The purpose of God We affirm our belief in the one eternal God, Creator and Lord of the world, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who governs all things according to the purpose of his will. He has been calling out from the world a people for himself, and sending his people back into the world to be his servants and his witnesses, for the extension of his kingdom, the building up of Christ’s body, and the glory of his name. (Is. 40:28; Matt. 28:19; Eph. 1:11; Acts 15:14; John 17:6,18; Eph 4:12; 1Cor. 5:10; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 4:7)
The authority and power of the Bible We aﬃrm the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it aﬃrms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We also aﬃrm the power of God’s word to accomplish his purpose of salvation. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21; John 10:35; Is. 55:11; 1 Cor. 1:21; Rom. 1:16; Matt. 5:17,18; Jude 3; Eph. 1:17,18; 3:10,18)
The uniqueness and universality of Christ We aﬃrm that there is only one Saviour and only one gospel, although there is a wide diversity of evangelistic approaches… Jesus Christ, being himself the only God-man, who gave himself as the only ransom for sinners, is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which we must be saved. All men are perishing because of sin, but God loves all men, not wishing that any should perish but that all should repent. (Gal. 1:6-9; Rom. 1:18-32; 1 Tim. 2:5,6; Acts 4:12; John 3:16-19; 2 Pet. 3:9; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; John 4:42; Matt. 11:28; Eph 1:20,21; Phil. 2:9-11)
The nature of evangelism To evangelize is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures and that as the reigning Lord he now oﬀers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gift of the Spirit to all who repent and believe. (1 Cor. 15:3,4; Acts 2:32-39; John 20:21; 1 Cor. 1:23; 2 Cor. 4:5; 5:11,20; Luke 14:25-33; Mark 8:34; Acts 2:40,47; Mark 10:43-45)
Christian Social Responsibility We aﬃrm that God is both the Creator and the Judge of all men. We, therefore, should share his concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of men from every kind of oppression. Because mankind is made in the image of God, every person, regardless of race, religion, colour, culture, class, sex or age, has an intrinsic dignity because of which he should be respected and served, not exploited. (Acts 17:26,31; Gen. 18:25; Is. 1:17; Ps. 45:7; Gen. 1:26,27; Ex. 3:9; Lev. 19:18; Luke 6:27,35; Jos. 2:14-26; John 3:3-5; Matt. 5:20; 6:33; 2 Cor. 3:18; Jos. 2:20)
The Church and evangelism We aﬃrm that Christ sends his redeemed people into the world as the Father sent him and that this calls for a similar deep and costly penetration of the world. We need to break out of our ecclesiastical ghettos and permeate non-Christian society… The church is the community of God’s people rather than an institution, and must not be identiﬁed with any particular culture, social or political system, or human ideology. (John 17:18; 20:21; Matt. 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; 20:27; Eph. 1:9,10; 3:9-11; Gal. 6:14,17; 2 Cor. 6:3,4; 2 Tim. 2:19-21; Phil. 1:27)
Cooperation in evangelism We aﬃrm that the church’s visible unity in truth is God’s purpose. Evangelism also summons us to unity, because our oneness strengthens our witness, just as our disunity undermines our gospel of reconciliation.(John 17:21,23; Eph. 4:3,4; John 13:35; Phil. 1:27; John 17:11-23)
Churches in Evangelistic partnership We rejoice that a new missionary era has dawned. The dominant role of western missions is fast disappearing. God is raising up from the younger churches a great new resource for world evangelisation and is thus demonstrating that the responsibility to evangelize belongs to the whole body of Christ. (Rom. 1:8; Phil. 1:5; 4:15; Acts 13:1-3; 1 Thess. 1:6-8)
The urgency of the evangelistic task There is now, however, in many parts of the world an unprecedented receptivity to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are convinced that this is the time for churches and para-church agencies to pray earnestly for the salvation of the unreached and to launch new eﬀorts to achieve world evangelisation… Missionaries should ﬂow ever more freely from and to all six continents in a spirit of humble service. The goal should be, by all available means and at the earliest possible time, that every person will have the opportunity to hear, understand, and receive the good news. (John 9:4; Matt. 9:35-38; Rom. 9:1-3; 1 Cor. 9:19-23; Mark 16:15; Is. 58:6,7; Jos. 1:27; 2:1-9; Matt. 25:31-46; Acts 2:44,45; 4:34,35)
Evangelism and Culture This development of strategies for world evangelisation calls for imaginative pioneering methods. Under God, the result will be the rise of churches deeply rooted in Christ and closely related to their culture. Culture must always be tested and judged by Scripture. (Mark 7:8,9,13; Gen. 4:21,22; 1 Cor. 9:19-23; Phil. 2:5-7; 2 Cor. 4:5)
Education and Leadership We recognise that there is a great need to improve theological education, especially for church leaders. In every nation and culture, there should be an effective training programme for pastors and laymen in doctrine, discipleship, evangelism nurture and service. Such training programmes should not rely on any stereotyped methodology but should be developed by creative local initiatives according to biblical standards. (Col. 1:27,28; Acts 14:23; Tit. 1:5,9; Mark 10:42-45; Eph. 4:11,12)
Spiritual Conﬂict We believe that we are engaged in constant spiritual warfare with the principalities and powers of evil, who are seeking to overthrow the Church and frustrate its task of world evangelization. We know our need to equip ourselves with God’s armour and to ﬁght this battle with the spiritual weapons of truth and prayer.
(Eph. 6:12; 2 Cor. 4:3,4; Eph. 6:11,13-18; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; 1 John 2:18-26; 4:1-3; Gal. 1:6-9; 2 Cor. 2:17; 4:2; John 17:15)
Freedom and persecution It is the God-appointed duty of every government to secure conditions of peace, justice and liberty in which the church may obey God, serve the Lord Christ and preach the gospel without interference. (1 Tim. 1:1-4; Acts 4:19; 5:29; Col 3:24; Heb.13:1-3; Luke 4:18; Gal. 5:11; 6:12; Matt. 5:10-12; John 15:18-21)
The power of the Holy Spirit We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father sent his Spirit to bear witness to his Son; without his witness ours is futile. Conviction of sin, faith in Christ, new birth and Christian growth are all his work. Further, the Holy Spirit is a missionary spirit; thus evangelism should arise spontaneously from a Spirit-ﬁlled church. (1 Cor. 2:4; John 15:26,27; 16:8-11; 1 Cor. 12:3; John 3:6-8; 2 Cor. 3:18; John 7:37-39; 1 Thess. 5:19; 1 Cor. 12:4-31; Rom. 12:3-8)
The return of Christ We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, in power and glory, to consummate his salvation and his judgment. This promise of his coming is a further spur to our evangelism, for we remember his words that the gospel must ﬁrst be preached to all nations. We believe that the interim period between Christ’s ascension and return is to be ﬁlled with the mission of the people of God, who have no liberty to stop before the End. (Mark 14:62; Heb. 9:28; Mark 13:10; Acts 1:8-11; Matt. 28:20; Mark 13:21-23; John 2:18; 4:1-3; Luke 12:32; Rev. 21:1-5; 2 Pet. 3:13; Matt. 28:18).