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Sunday, 07 February 2010 08:47

STATEMENT OF FAITH
The work and activities of Africa Youth Ministries are based upon and consistent with the following creed and beliefs:
JESUS CHRIST
He is the head of the Body, the Church and the head of this Ministry. God has set Jesus at His right hand in Heavenly places. He put all things under His feet and gave Him to be head over all things to the Church, which is the Body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Eph. 1:20 23; 1Cor.1: 3; Eph.4: 15 and 5:23; Col.1: 18 and 2:10)
THE SCRIPTURES
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as the Holy Spirit moved them. We accept the New Covenant (Heb. 8:13), as recorded in the New Testament, as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thes.2: 13; 2 Pet. 1:12)
THE GOD HEAD
Our God is one, but manifested as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19). The Father is the Source of the Word. (John 1:14; 14:28; 16:28). The Son is the Word manifested in flesh, the only begotten of the Father and has existed with the Father from the beginning. (John 1:1; 1:14; 1:18). The Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son and is eternal. (John 15:26)
MAN – HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. Jesus Christ, the Son of God was manifested to destroy the work of the devil by giving His life and shedding His blood to redeem and restore man back to God. (Rom. 5:12; 3:23; 1 John 3:8)
THE GOSPEL
Jesus gave us the Great Commission: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes.” (Rom. 1:16) These signs shall follow those who believe: In my Name they will cast out demons… they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17-18; Matt. 10:7-8)
WATER BAPTISM
Baptism in water is through full immersion and is a direct command of the Lord, for believers only. This ordinance reflects the spiritual reality of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39) The following formula regarding the Water Baptism has been accepted:
“Upon the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and by the authority, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to those who are believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the New Birth. This experience is accompanied by the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit gives utterance. (Matt.3: 11; John 14:16-17; Acts 2:38-39; 19:2-7; 1:8)
SANCTIFICATION
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see God. We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite, yet progressive grace, commencing from the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation. (Heb. 12:14; 15:23; 2 Pet. 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil.3: 12-14; 1 Cor. 1:30)
DIVINE HEALING
Healing is for the physical ills of the body and is wrought by the power of God through faith and the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the Atonement of Christ and is the right of every member of the Body of Christ today. (Mark 17:18; Jas. 5:14-18; 1 Pet. 2:24; Matt. 8:17; Is. 53:4-5)
THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD AND RETURN OF OUR LORD
“The same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner…” (Acts 1:11) When Christ returns, “…the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air…” (Rev. 20:6)
HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION
The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost. He will be cast into the lake of fire with no further opportunity of hearing the gospel or of repentance. (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19:20)
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