Statement of Faith

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Statement of Faith 2016-12-05T12:54:26+00:00

We believe

The Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

That there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory.

That for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.

In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

In the spiritual unity of believers in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Kingdom Value of Children

To God, children are:

  • A sign – they are God’s blessing (Psalm 127:3) and are missed when not part of the covenant community.

  • In need of teaching – they are to be treasured and taught at home and in community (Deuteronomy 6, 11).

  • A symbol – they illustrate the relationship God wants with adults (Hosea 11:1, Matthew 18:2-3).

  • Worthy of protection – God is on the side of the vulnerable (Psalm 68:5; James 1:27). When children are neglected, abused, victimised, God grieves. Jesus strongly advocates for their protection (Matthew 18:5-6, 10).

  • Worshippers – they are designed to praise God (Psalm 8:2). Praise is not just something they will learn when older — it is their role now. Children praise Jesus even when adults reject him (Matthew 21:15).

  • Fellow-agents of God’s mission – Jesus said to let the little children come unto him for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as them (Matthew 19:14). Therefore, we must include children as subjects and agents of the great commission and the equipping of the saints for the work of service (Ephesians 4:12).

  • Examples – they are examples of the simple dependence that God’s Kingdom requires of adults (Matthew 18:4).

  • Unconditionally loved – Jesus has a blessing for children brought to Him: no demands, no challenges, not even a story! (Matthew 19:13-15)

  • A focus in God’s ministry – Jesus heals children (Luke 7, 8); welcomes them (Mark 10); uses children as examples of humility (Luke 18:17); warns of judgement for those who harm them (Matthew 18:5-6, 10) and values them (Matthew 18:12-14).

From The Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization 2010 “The Evangelization of Children”  Want to know more about the Kingdom mandate on children? Find free resources from The Lausanne Conference and Global Children’s Forum at www.Max7.org