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Local Church Partnership Agreement:

A Memorandum of Understanding between:

One Life 20:24 Uganda, P.O. Box 24478 Kampala, Uganda & 

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We are convinced that a healthy God-glorifying local church is God’s greatest tool to transform communities. Pastors of local church(es) may join together to become a Local Church Partner with One Life 20:24, Uganda. The purpose of the partnership is to come alongside local believers & churches in training and shepherding the children & youth in their community through the establishment of a One Life 20:24 Bible Club. 

One Life 20:24 agrees to:

 - Provide training and follow-up of all local volunteers/staff.

- Provide teaching materials and other program components, such as prizes for the memory verse program. 

The Church Partners agrees to: 

- Abide by our Key Values& Uphold the Mission Statementof One Life 20:24, Uganda. (Attached)

- Affirm our Statement of Faith. (Attached)

- Commit to being onsite regularly to oversee the local club project, ensuring the quality, content, atmosphere, and accountability requirements are kept.

Provide the location for the clubs to take place.A place that is peaceful, safe, has shelter from the rain, and has accessibility to host the clubs each week.

- Provideat least 2 qualified local believers (1 male and 1 female minimum) who serve as volunteers(not paid) who will be trained for teaching and administrating the club. They will ensure each volunteer abides by our policies and meet our Volunteer Requirements(Attached). 

- The Church Leaders affirm and agree that they also meet and will abide by the requirements for volunteers. Church Partners understand that they are servant leaders and are not paid or financially remunerated for their facilitation of the One Life 20:24 ministry in their community.

- Takefull responsibility to ensure proper records and accountabilities are kept safely and submitted to the National Office in Uganda on request. This will include registration of children, general attendance, memory verse records, and other financial receipts and accountabilities.

- Church partners understand that One Life 20:24 Uganda is not partial nor limited to a particular church or denomination. One Life 20:24 seeks to come alongside all churches in local areas who hold to the Bible as God's complete, infallible and inherent Word; and believe that salvation is not dependent on the work of man, but rather the complete and finished work of God's Son, Jesus Christ. Therefore, the Bible Club shall be open to serve all the children and youth of a community regardless of religion, church, tribe, status or nationality.  

 

 

 

The name of the local One Life 20:24 Bible club shall be called: _________________________________

And shall be held at the following location: __________________________________________________

And shall begin at this date: _________________________________________________  

Initial Training of volunteers shall take place: ___________________________________ 

On these days each week_________________________________________ @ ____:____  , ____:_____

Prize stores shall be held approximately every 2 months. Site visits will take place at the same time, but other site visits by national staff may take place at other times; both announced and unannounced. 

This agreement is for the period of one year, with the possibility of annual renewal. Such renewals will take place at the discretion of our Board of Directors, One Life 20:24 Uganda.

With thankfulness and anticipation of God’s Work through His Spirit and his Word, by the grace of God and reliance on His strength and provision, we enter into this agreement:

This __________  day of _______________ in the year of our Lord, ________________

Agreed to by: 

_________________________ , Country Director, One Life 20:24, Uganda

 

_________________________, Secretary, Board of Directors, One Life 20:24, Uganda

 AND

__________________________, Church Leader _________________________________

 

__________________________, Church Leader_________________________________

 

__________________________, Church Leader_________________________________

 

__________________________, Church Leader_________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications for Volunteers

Code of Conduct

Each volunteer will conduct themselves in a way that demonstrates the gospel of Jesus to the community, and especially to all those who attend our programs.

Conduct & Faith in Jesus Christ

Each volunteer must have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship begins through faith and trust in Jesus’ finished work on the Cross on your behalf as payment for your sin (selfish and self-willed rebellion against God’s rule in your life as Creator, Master, and Lord). True conversion results in regeneration of the heart and life that is continually changing to reflect our Lord Jesus Christ. This happens as a believer continually yields to the Power of the Holy Spirit, is devoted to God’s Word, is faithful in prayer, and responds to God’s leading in obedience.  

Must be an active member and or leader in good standing, for at least two (2) years, participating in the worship and life of a local Evangelical church.

Must be a person of sound Evangelical doctrine and practice.

Must be a Christian of mature faith and leadership ability, whose life and ministry are above reproach.

Description of Volunteers

Volunteers have a heart to see the children and youth in their community come to know, love, and radiate the glory of God. They are committed to God’s Word, and believe that youth are a key component in the local church. They volunteer their time (not paid) and energy because they are enthusiastic about the ministry God has given them.

Function of Volunteers

Volunteers Assist and work under the leadership of local church partners in facilitating and teaching the Bible clubs. This will include hearing children recite memory verses, preparing and teaching Bible lessons, working with the children to organize the club times, and assisting in record keeping.

Requirements for Volunteers 

Because club volunteers are in teaching positions of Biblical content and are shepherding the souls of children, we desire each staff member to seek to live by the qualifications for overseers from 1 Timothy 3:1-7:

•         Faithful to their husband or wife (or if unmarried, living a life of purity and dedication to Christ)

•         Sober-minded and self-controlled

•         Respectable

•         Able to teach

•         Not a drunkard

•         Not violent, but gentle

•         Not quarrelsome

•         Not a lover of money

•         Manage their own household and life well

•         Not a recent convert

•         Maintain a reputation of integrity 

With God’s continual help, knowing that we all are progressing in sanctification as related to the above, we will continually strive to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

 

Treatment of Children

Each of us will seek to continually grow in the way we interact with children, striving to keep discipline but never in a harsh, angry way. Employees shall never hit, slap, or beat (or threaten) children, nor shall they defile or humiliate children, as such actions are criminal activity, according to Law. Children who do not respond to positive incentives for behaviour or verbal warnings shall be dismissed from the club for the day, and if undesirable behaviour is consistently a distraction, they shall be dismissed (with the consent of all other staff) for one month.

There shall always be at least two staff members on duty at a time, preferably one male and one female. And no staff member should ever be alone in an isolated area with a child/children without the presence of a guardian or another staff member. 

Each volunteer and each of the children who attend our programs, are made in the image of God. (Genesis 1:27) As such, we should treat one another and the children in the same way we treat God. Jesus says: “As you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me” (Matthew 25:40). 

Each will seek to treat each child, youth, and those they interact in a manner that honours Jesus Christ.

Volunteers Must be able to read, write, speak, and express oneself fluently and professionally in the English language, as well as in the local tribal language where the club is located.

Volunteers must understand, appreciate and abide by the constitution and the policies of One Life 20:24.

Any specific volunteer duties shall be written here (days of volunteering, responsibilities, etc.): __________________________________________________________________________________

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With thankfulness and anticipation of God’s Work through His Spirit and his Word, by the grace of God and reliance on His strength and provision, we affirm to abide by the conduct requirements as stated above.

This __________  day of _______________ in the year of our Lord, ________________

Agreed to by: 

 

_________________________ , Volunteer Church Partner, __________________ Village

 

Witnessed and affirmed by: 

 

__________________________, Church Leader (One Life 20:24 Church Partner)

 

* This form shall be signed by eachChurch Partner & Volunteer. One copy of this form shall be kept by the Local Church Partner Office and the other shall be given to the National Office Staff. 

Mission, Motto, & Core Values

One Life 20:24, Uganda:

 

Mission:Seeing Uganda’s next generation of children and youth come to 
know, love, and radiate the Glory of God.

 

Motto:God’s Word Changing Lives, One Life at a Time.

 

Method: Facilitating Bible clubs (Herein after referred to as “One Life Clubs”) 
in Uganda’s poorest areas and training local believers in partnership with national churches.

 

 

We are a group of believers in Jesus Christwho are seeking to reach and disciple Uganda's children and youth through teaching them the good news of Jesus Christ and His Word, the Bible. 

 

We do not seek to build up our own organization, but rather the glory of God and the nurturing of His people and kingdomthrough coming alongside local churches. We are a non-profit, Christ-focused, Jesus-loving organization founded by a Canadian missionary.

 

We run our projects on the ground in Uganda throughthe oversight of a Project Director for Ugandanational employees, and volunteer believersfrom Ugandan churches, and the training and assistance of short-term volunteersfrom both North America and East Africa. 

 

In Uganda, our projects are administered in partnership with and through local churchesin each of the districts where we serve and minister.

 

One Life Clubs are not in affiliation with any one particular denomination, as we seek to come alongside all churches in local areas who hold to the Bible as God's complete, infallible and inherent Word; and believe that salvation is not dependent on the work of man, but rather the complete and finished work of God's Son, Jesus Christ. 

 

One Life and churches we partner with, commits to being faithful stewards of God’s resources(human, scriptural, financial, time, and environmental - I Corinthians 4:1). All staff & volunteers will not use One Life 20:24 resources for personal benefit, but only those necessary for them to carry out their responsibilities and ministry with One Life 20:24.

 

We believe that children and youth are highly valued by God because they are made in His Image. Although they often undervalued, they are our future leaders. Most importantly children are worshippers for God's kingdom and will bring Him great glory!

 

We believe the way in which we carry out our projects as youth workers affects the way our message ultimately impacts those we are sharing with. Many children have never experienced the gentle and genuine love of Christ, nor the lasting hope and joy He brings. We desire that bothour message and the life of our staff will exemplify and glorify Christ.

 

We believe in the life and heart transforming power of Jesus & His Spirit, and believe that while we may assist in meeting physical needs, all individual's truest needs can be met only in the person and work of Christ. God carries out His work through His Word, the Bible, and the working of His Spirit. He doesn't need us, but it is a blessing and great joy to work alongside what He is doing. Our activities will always revolve around sharing the gospel and God's Word.

 

We believe in local churches and Pastors who lead as Servants and Shepherds of their communities for the glory of God. We desire to partner with and come alongside groups of local believers in the areas we serve when setting up One Life Clubs. 

 

We believe that no single organization has the monopoly on materials, content, or methods. We know that God has given each member of the body of Christ unique gifts and resources. As such, we try not to “reinvent the wheel” whenever possible. Partnering and utilizing the most effective and needed materials, methods, and resources of other organizations.

 

There are over 27 million children and youth in Uganda, with 69% of the population under 24 years of age.This presents both an amazing need and an amazing opportunity to impact Uganda with the love of Jesus Christ. The churches in Uganda have large numbers of children to care for, love, and raise up for the glory of God.We seek to come alongside local churches in Uganda's most impoverished areas. 

 

 

Statement of Faith

One Life 20:24, Uganda

 

 

 

3.1: The Holy Scriptures:We teach that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and thus the 66 books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:7-142 Peter 1:20-21). We teach that the Word of God is an objective, propositional revelation (1 Thessalonians 2:131 Corinthians 2:13), verbally inspired in every word (2 Timothy 3:16), absolutely inerrant in the original documents, infallible, and God-breathed. We teach the literal, grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture which affirms the belief that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation in six literal days (Genesis 1:31Exodus 31:17). We teach that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice (Matthew 5:1824:35John 10:3516:12-1317:171 Corinthians 2:132 Timothy 3:15-17Hebrews 4:122 Peter 1:20-21).

 

We teach that God spoke in His written Word by a process of dual authorship. The Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors that, through their individual personalities and different styles of writing, they composed and recorded God’s Word to man (2 Peter 1:20-21) without error in the whole or in the part (Matthew 5:182 Timothy 3:16).

 

We teach that, whereas there may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but one true interpretation. The meaning of Scripture is to be found as one diligently applies the literal grammatical-historical method of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (John 7:1716:12-151 Corinthians 2:7-151 John 2:20). It is the responsibility of believers to ascertain carefully the true intent and meaning of Scripture, recognizing that proper application is binding on all generations. Yet the truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in judgment of it.

 

3.2:  God:We teach that there is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4Isaiah 45:5-71 Corinthians 8:4), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:192 Corinthians 13:14)—each equally deserving worship and obedience.

God the Father. 

 

We teach that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace (Psalm 145:8-91 Corinthians 8:6). He is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31Ephesians 3:9). As the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Psalm 103:19Romans 11:36). His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with mankind. As Creator He is Father to all men (Ephesians 4:6), but He is spiritual Father only to believers (Romans 8:142 Corinthians 6:18). He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass (Ephesians 1:11). He continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events (1 Chronicles 29:11). In His sovereignty He is neither the author nor approver of sin (Habakkuk 1:13John 8:38-47), nor does He abridge the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures (1 Peter 1:17). He has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as His own (Ephesians 1:4-6); He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; He adopts as His own all those who come to Him; and He becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own (John 1:12Romans 8:15Galatians 4:5Hebrews 12:5-9).

 

3.3: God the Son: We teach that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine excellencies, and in these He is coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal with the Father (John 10:3014:9).

 

We teach that God the Father created all things according to His own will, through His Son, Jesus Christ, by whom all things continue in existence and in operation (John 1:3Colossians 1:15-17Hebrews 1:2).

 

We teach that in the incarnation (God becoming man) Christ surrendered only the prerogatives of deity but nothing of the divine essence, either in degree or kind. In His incarnation, the eternally existing second Person of the Trinity accepted all the essential characteristics of humanity and so became the God-Man (Philippians 2:5-8Colossians 2:9).

 

We teach that Jesus Christ represents humanity and deity in indivisible oneness (Micah 5:2John 5:2314:9-10Colossians 2:9).

 

We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born (Isaiah 7:14Matthew 1:2325Luke 1:26-35); that He was God incarnate (John 1:114); and that the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, redeem men, and rule over God’s kingdom (Psalm 2:7-9Isaiah 9:6John 1:29Philippians 2:9-11Hebrews 7:25-261 Peter 1:18-19).

 

We teach that, in the incarnation, the second Person of the Trinity laid aside His right to the full prerogatives of coexistence with God and took on an existence appropriate to a servant while never divesting Himself of His divine attributes (Philippians 2:5-8).

 

We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross and that His death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive (John 10:15Romans 3:24-255:81 Peter 2:24).

 

We teach that on the basis of the efficacy of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the believing sinner is freed from the punishment, the penalty, the power, and one day the very presence of sin; and that he is declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God (Romans 3:255:8-92 Corinthians 5:14-151 Peter 2:243:18).

 

We teach that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead and that He is now ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He now mediates as our Advocate and High Priest (Matthew 28:6Luke 24:38-39Acts 2:30-31Romans 4:258:34Hebrews 7:259:241 John 2:1).

 

We teach that in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave, God confirmed the deity of His Son and gave proof that God has accepted the atoning work of Christ on the cross. Jesus’ bodily resurrection is also the guarantee of a future resurrection life for all believers (John 5:26-2914:19Romans 1:44:256:5-101 Corinthians 15:2023).

 

We teach that Jesus Christ will return to receive the church, which is His Body, unto Himself at the rapture, and returning with His church in glory, will establish His millennial kingdom on earth (Acts 1:9-111 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20).

 

We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the One through whom God will judge all mankind (John 5:22-23):

•   Believers (1 Corinthians 3:10-15, 2 Corinthians 5:10)

•   Living inhabitants of the earth at His glorious return (Matthew 25:31-46)

•   Unbelieving dead at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11-15)

 

As the Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5), the Head of His Body the church (Ephesians 1:225:23Colossians 1:18), and the coming universal King, who will reign on the throne of David (Isaiah 9:6Luke 1:31-33), He is the final Judge of all who fail to place their trust in Him as Lord and Saviour (Matthew 25:14-46Acts 17:30-31).

 

3.4: God the Holy Spirit:We teach that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, underived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity, including intellect (1 Corinthians 2:10-13), emotions (Ephesians 4:30), will (1 Corinthians 12:11), eternality (Hebrews 9:14), omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10), omniscience (Isaiah 40:13-14), omnipotence (Romans 15:13), and truthfulness (John 16:13). In all the divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19Acts 5:3-428:25-261 Corinthians 12:4-62 Corinthians 13:14Jeremiah 31:31-34 withHebrews 10:15-17).

 

We teach that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute the divine will with relation to all mankind. We recognize His sovereign activity in creation (Genesis 1:2), the incarnation (Matthew 1:18), the written revelation (2 Peter 1:20-21), and the work of salvation (John 3:5-7).

 

We teach that the work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost, when He came from the Father as promised by Christ (John 14:16-1715:26) to initiate and complete the building of the Body of Christ, which is His church (1 Corinthians 12:13). The broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and transforming believers into the image of Christ (John 16:7-9Acts 1:52:4Romans 8:292 Corinthians 3:18Ephesians 2:22).

 

We teach that the Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption (Romans 8:92 Corinthians 3:6Ephesians 1:13).

 

We teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher, who guided the apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed to writing God’s revelation, the Bible (2 Peter 1:19-21). Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit (John 16:13Romans 8:9Ephesians 5:181 John 2:2027).

 

3.5a: Man:We teach that man was directly and immediately created by God in His image and likeness. Man was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self-determination, and moral responsibility to God (Genesis 2:715-25James 3:9).

 

We teach that God’s intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify God, enjoy God’s fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by this accomplish God’s purpose for man in the world (Isaiah 43:7Colossians 1:16Revelation 4:11).

 

We teach that in Adam’s sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God, man lost his innocence, incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death, became subject to the wrath of God, and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. With no recuperative powers to enable him to recover himself, man is hopelessly lost. Man’s salvation is thereby wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis 2:16-173:1-19John 3:36Romans 3:236:231 Corinthians 2:14Ephesians 2:1-31 Timothy 2:13-141 John 1:8).

 

We teach that, because all men were in Adam, a nature corrupted by Adam’s sin has been transmitted to all men of all ages, Jesus Christ being the only exception. All men are thus sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration (Psalm 14:1-3Jeremiah 17:9Romans 3:9-18235:10-12).

 

3.5b: Children:We teach that just as each of us were created in the image of God, children are also made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). Each person regardless of how young or old they may be, have inherent value because they were created and ordained by God and are made in His image.As such, we should treat one another and children in the same way we treat God. Jesus says: “As you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me” (Matthew 25:40). We will always treat each child, youth, and all those we interact with in a manner that honours Jesus Christ. 

 

Some tend to disvalue children and give them a lower place—however, Jesus Himself when He was on earth stopped his normal activities with the “important” people of His time to take time for ministering to children. Jesus said: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”(Matthew 9:14) May we never be like the disciples, who had to be corrected by God for seeking to push away children (Matthew 9:13). We believe that we should rather warmly welcome and enthusiastically minister to children. 

 

Jesus placed  a greater importance on children and noted that children have inherent potential for mature faith and belief in Jesus Christ“Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, verily I say unto you: Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Whosoever therefore  shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven… Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”(Matthew 18:1-10).

 

We also believe that children need special care and training when they are young, so that they know the way in which God asks them to relate to others, to their world, to authority, and especially to God and to His Word. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Ephesians 6:4, Proverbs 22:6, Proverbs 22:15)

 

genuine mark of true religion is one that places a high priority on the care of children and widows:“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”(James 1:27). Therefore, we believe that God has placed a high priority on the spiritual AND physical care of children and youth, particularly those who have been abandoned or neglected, or who are orphans through physical death of a parent.

 

We also recognize that children and youth are in a formative and important time of life. The negative impact of mistreatment, abuse, neglect, anger, or discouraging words is exponential. Jesus warned that those who harm young ones will carry a greater punishment: “…it would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these young ones to stumble.”(Luke 17:2, Mark 9:42) God gave us specific instruction that we are to bring children up in the care and admonition of the Lord with special care that we do not provoke them to anger (Ephesians 6:4). A few of the ways we can provoke to anger is by favouritism, pushing them to achieve beyond normal, discouragement, failing to sacrifice for them/making them feel unwanted, failing to let them mature at a normal pace, using love as a tool of reward or punishment, or physical or verbal abuse. (See MacArthur’s Commentary on Ephesians 6 for more detail).

 

We believe that while we have a strong responsibility to teach, train, and care for children, we also have much to learn from them in regards to faith.Children exemplify the type of faith that God desires from all believers, and their prayers are especially important to Him. (Matthew 18:3) God loves their honesty and vulnerability, their sincerity, their trust and satisfaction in God. It makes us smile, but children honestly know who they are and will readily admit their sin and their neediness. We believe we all need to grow in dependence on Christ, and our greatest desire is to teach children that their greatest need can be met in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

 

3.6: Salvation & the Believer: We teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works (John 1:12Ephesians 1:72:8-101 Peter 1:18-19).

 

3.7: Regeneration: We teach that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given (John 3:3-7Titus 3:5). It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God (John 5:24) when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works are the proper evidence and fruit of regeneration (1 Corinthians 6:19-20Ephesians 2:10), and will be experienced to the extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his life through faithful obedience to the Word of God (Ephesians 5:17-21Philippians 2:12bColossians 3:162 Peter 1:4-10). This obedience causes the believer to be increasingly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). Such a conformity is climaxed in the believer’s glorification at Christ’s coming (Romans 8:172 Peter 1:41 John 3:2-3).

 

3.8: Election: We teach that election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies (Romans 8:28-30Ephesians 1:4-112 Thessalonians 2:132 Timothy 2:101 Peter 1:1-2).

 

We teach that sovereign election does not contradict or negate the responsibility of man to repent and trust Christ as Saviour and Lord (Ezekiel 18:233233:11John 3:18-19365:40Romans 9:22-232 Thessalonians 2:10-12Revelation 22:17). Nevertheless, since sovereign grace includes the means of receiving the gift of salvation as well as the gift itself, sovereign election will result in what God determines. All whom the Father calls to Himself will come in faith, and all who come in faith the Father will receive (John 6:37-4044Acts 13:48James 4:8). We teach that the unmerited favor that God grants to totally depraved sinners is not related to any initiative of their own part or to God’s anticipation of what they might do by their own will, but is solely of His sovereign grace and mercy (Ephesians 1:4-7Titus 3:4-71 Peter 1:2). We teach that election should not be looked upon as based merely on abstract sovereignty. God is truly sovereign, but He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with His other attributes, especially His omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom, grace, and love (Romans 9:11-16). This sovereignty will always exalt the will of God in a manner totally consistent with His character as revealed in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:25-282 Timothy 1:9).

 

3.9: Justification: We teach that justification before God is an act of God (Romans 8:33) by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Luke 13:3Acts 2:383:1911:18Romans 2:42 Corinthians 7:10Isaiah 55:6-7) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Romans 10:9-101 Corinthians 12:32 Corinthians 4:5Philippians 2:11). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man (Romans 3:204:6) and involves the imputation of our sins to Christ (Colossians 2:141 Peter 2:24) and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Corinthians 1:302 Corinthians 5:21). By this means God is enabled to “be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26).

 

3.10: Sanctification: We teach that every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and is therefore declared to be holy and is therefore identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional and instantaneous and should not be confused with progressive sanctification. This sanctification has to do with the believer’s standing, not his present walk or condition (Acts 20:321 Corinthians 1:2306:112 Thessalonians 2:13Hebrews 2:113:110:101413:121 Peter 1:2). We teach that there is also, by the work of the Holy Spirit, a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the standing the believer positionally enjoys through justification. Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:1719Romans 6:1-222 Corinthians 3:181 Thessalonians 4:3-45:23).

 

In this respect, we teach that every saved person is involved in a daily conflict—the new creation in Christ doing battle against the flesh—but adequate provision is made for victory through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The struggle nevertheless stays with the believer all through this earthly life and is never completely ended. All claims to the eradication of sin in this life are unscriptural. Eradication of sin is not possible, but the Holy Spirit does provide for victory over sin (Galatians 5:16-25Ephesians 4:22-24Philippians 3:12Colossians 3:9-101 Peter 1:14-161 John 3:5-9).

 

3.11: Security: We teach that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 5:246:37-4010:27-30Romans 5:9-108:131-391 Corinthians 1:4-8Ephesians 4:30Hebrews 7:2513:51 Peter 1:5Jude 24).

We teach that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality (Romans 6:15-2213:13-14Galatians 5:1325-26Titus 2:11-14).

 

3.12: Separation: We teach that separation from sin is clearly called for throughout the Old and New Testaments, and that the Scriptures clearly indicate that in the last days apostasy and worldliness shall increase (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:12 Timothy 3:1-5). We teach that, out of deep gratitude for the undeserved grace of God granted to us, and because our glorious God is so worthy of our total consecration, all the saved should live in such a manner as to demonstrate our adoring love to God and so as not to bring reproach upon our Lord and Saviour. We also teach that separation from all religious apostasy and worldly and sinful practices is commanded of us by God (Romans 12:1-21 Corinthians 5:9-132 Corinthians 6:14-7:11 John 2:15-172 John 9-11). We teach that believers should be separated unto our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12Hebrews 12:1-2) and affirm that the Christian life is a life of obedient righteousness that reflects the teaching of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:2-12) and a continual pursuit of holiness (Romans 12:1-22 Corinthians 7:1Hebrews 12:14Titus 2:11-141 John 3:1-10). 

 

3.13: The Church:We teach that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13), the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2Ephesians 5:23-32Revelation 19:7-8), of which Christ is the Head (Ephesians 1:224:15Colossians 1:18).

 

We teach that the formation of the church, the Body of Christ, began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-2138-47) and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51-521 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

 

We teach that the church is thus a unique spiritual organism designed by Christ, made up of all born-again believers in this present age (Ephesians 2:11-3:6). The church is distinct from Israel (1 Corinthians 10:32), a mystery not revealed until this age (Ephesians 3:1-65:32).We teach that the establishment and continuity of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:232720:1728Galatians 1:2Philippians 1:11 Thessalonians 1:12 Thessalonians 1:1) and that the members of the one spiritual Body are directed to associate themselves together in local assemblies (1 Corinthians 11:18-20Hebrews 10:25).

 

We teach that the one supreme authority for the church is Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3Ephesians 1:22Colossians 1:18) and that church leadership, gifts, order, discipline, and worship are all appointed through His sovereignty as found in the Scriptures. The biblically designated officers serving under Christ and over the assembly are elders (also called bishops, pastors, and pastor teachers; Acts 20:28Ephesians 4:11) and deacons, both of whom must meet biblical qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1-13Titus 1:5-91 Peter 5:1-5).

 

We teach that these leaders lead as servants of Christ (1 Timothy 5:17-22) and have His authority in directing the church. The congregation is to submit to their leadership (Hebrews 13:717).

 

We teach the importance of discipleship (Matthew 28:19-202 Timothy 2:2), mutual accountability of all believers to each other (Matthew 18:5-14), as well as the need for discipline of sinning members of the congregation in accord with the standards of Scripture (Matthew 18:15-22Acts 5:1-111 Corinthians 5:1-132 Thessalonians 3:6-151 Timothy 1:19-20Titus 1:10-16).

 

We teach the autonomy of the local church, free from any external authority or control, with the right of self-government and freedom from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals (Titus 1:5). We teach that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other for the presentation and propagation of the faith. Each local church, however, through its elders and their interpretation and application of Scripture, should be the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. The elders should determine all other matters of membership, policy, discipline, benevolence, and government as well (Acts 15:19-3120:281 Corinthians 5:4-7131 Peter 5:1-4).

 

We teach that the purpose of the church is to glorify God (Ephesians 3:21) by building itself up in the faith (Ephesians 4:13-16), by instruction of the Word (2 Timothy 2:2153:16-17), by fellowship (Acts 2:471 John 1:3), by keeping the ordinances (Luke 22:19Acts 2:38-42) and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world (Matthew 28:19Acts 1:82:42).

 

We teach the calling of all saints to the work of service (1 Corinthians 15:58Ephesians 4:12Revelation 22:12).

 

We teach the need of the church to cooperate with God as He accomplishes His purpose in the world. To that end, He gives the church spiritual gifts. He gives men chosen for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:7-12), and He also gives unique and special spiritual abilities to each member of the Body of Christ (Romans 12:5-81 Corinthians 12:4-311 Peter 4:10-11).

 

We teach that there were two kinds of gifts given the early church: miraculous gifts of divine revelation and healing, given temporarily in the apostolic era for the purpose of confirming the authenticity of the apostles’ message (Hebrews 2:3-42 Corinthians 12:12); and ministering gifts, given to equip believers for edifying one another. With the New Testament revelation now complete, Scripture becomes the sole test of the authenticity of a man’s message, and confirming gifts of a miraculous nature are no longer necessary to validate a man or his message (1 Corinthians 13:8-12). Miraculous gifts can even be counterfeited by Satan so as to deceive even believers (1 Corinthians 13:13-14:12Revelation 13:13-14). The only gifts in operation today are those non-revelatory equipping gifts given for edification (Romans 12:6-8).

 

We teach that no one possesses the gift of healing today, but that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith and will answer in accordance with His own perfect will for the sick, suffering, and afflicted (Luke 18:1-6John 5:7-92 Corinthians 12:6-10James 5:13-161 John 5:14-15).

 

We teach that two ordinances have been committed to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:38-42). Christian baptism by immersion (Acts 8:36-39) is the solemn and beautiful testimony of a believer showing forth his faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, and his union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Romans 6:1-11). It is also a sign of fellowship and identification with the visible Body of Christ (Acts 2:41-42).

 

We teach that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of His death until He comes, and should be always preceded by solemn self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:28-32). We also teach that, whereas the elements of Communion are only representative of the flesh and blood of Christ, participation in the Lord’s Supper is nevertheless an actual communion with the risen Christ, who indwells every believer, and so is present, fellowshipping with His people (1 Corinthians 10:16).

 

3.14: Angels:We teach that angels are created beings and are therefore not to be worshiped. Although they are a higher order of creation than man, they are created to serve God and to worship Him (Luke 2:9-14Hebrews 1:6-7142:6-7Revelation 5:11-1419:1022:9).

 

Fallen Angels. We teach that Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his Creator (Isaiah 14:12-17Ezekiel 28:11-19), by taking numerous angels with him in his fall (Matthew 25:41Revelation 12:1-14), and by introducing sin into the human race by his temptation of Eve (Genesis 3:1-15).

 

We teach that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Isaiah 14:13-14Matthew 4:1-11Revelation 12:9-10); that he is the prince of this world, who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 16:20); and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12-17Ezekiel 28:11-19Matthew 25:41Revelation 20:10).

 

3.15: Last Things: Death. We teach that physical death involves no loss of our immaterial consciousness (Revelation 6:9-11), that the soul of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ (Luke 23:43Philippians 1:232 Corinthians 5:8), that there is a separation of soul and body (Philippians 1:21-24), and that, for the redeemed, such separation will continue until the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17), which initiates the first resurrection (Revelation 20:4-6), when our soul and body will be reunited to be glorified forever with our Lord (Philippians 3:211 Corinthians 15:35-4450-54). Until that time, the souls of the redeemed in Christ remain in joyful fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:8).

 

We teach the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life (John 6:39Romans 8:10-1119-232 Corinthians 4:14), and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Daniel 12:2John 5:29Revelation 20:13-15).

 

We teach that the souls of the unsaved at death are kept under punishment until the second resurrection (Luke 16:19-26Revelation 20:13-15), when the soul and the resurrection body will be united (John 5:28-29). They shall then appear at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15) and shall be cast into hell, the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41-46), cut off from the life of God forever (Daniel 12:2Matthew 25:41-462 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

 

3.16On Marriage/Sex/Abuse:We teach that marriage is beautiful because God is glorious. God, in His infinite wisdom, created and ordained marriageto display the mysterious union of Christ and His Church (Ephesians 5:22-25). As the creator and author of marriage, God alone has the authority to define it. This He did in the second chapter of Genesis where God, having created both groom and bride, brought them together personally (2:22) and a benediction was pronounced over the couple; "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and they shall become one flesh(2:24, ESV). For this reason, we hold that marriage is between one man and one woman; that it is sealed by the exchange of covenant vows; and that it is intended for the whole of natural life, until death.

 

We welcome those of all races, genders, ethnicities, and sexual inclinations to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. We sympathize with all who struggle in temptation, and exhort them to pursue the obedience of faith and embrace the new life given to the Redeemed by the Holy Spirit. Accordingly, we continue to reject any and every sinthat degrades God's glorious creation of marriage, including: adultery, fornication, rape, incest, homosexuality, polygamy, lust, pornography, coercive abstinence while in the state of marriage, and all forms of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. 

 

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