Core Value 16: Expository Preaching

God has ordained preaching as the primary means by which his people are brought to faith and sanctified (Romans 10:17; Ezekies 37:4–6; John 17:17; James 1:18–25). Therefore we affirm the centrality of expository preaching since this best reflects the mind of God and most edifies his people. We place a...

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Core Value 15: Sufficiency of Scripture

God has revealed all that is necessary for life and godliness in his Word (2 Timothy 3:16–17). Therefore we affirm the complete sufficiency of the Scripture for faith and obedience in all areas of life (2 Peter 1:3; Matthew 4:4); we also affirm the completion of God’s revelation in the sixty-six...

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Core Value 14: Evangelism

God has ordained evangelism—the proclamation and teaching of the biblical message about Christ and him crucified—as the primary human activity through which he will call his elect people to salvation (1 Corinthians 1:17–25). Therefore we affirm that in this regard our core activity is to unite efforts in God-centred evangelism...

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Core Value 13: Freedom of Religion

God has ordained civil government for the ordering of society in order to ensure the peaceful co-existence of all citizens irrespective of race or creed (Romans 13:1–7; 1 Timothy 2:1–4). Therefore we affirm the responsibility of government to ensure that citizens are free to practise and propagate religion according to...

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Core Value 12: Pluralism

The only true and living God is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who has revealed himself in holy Scripture (Isaiah 43:10–11; Matthew 28:19; 1 John 5:20). Therefore we affirm that he alone is to be worshipped and obeyed in all of life, and that Jesus Christ is the only...

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Core Value 11: Animals and the Environment

God has given mankind dominion over that part of his creation which is not made in his image and needs to be subdued, especially since the fall and God’s subsequent curse (Genesis 1:26–28; 3:17–19). Therefore we affirm the stewardship of human beings to use animals and the environment for the...

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Core Value 10: Creation

God is the sovereign creator of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1–2:3; Hebrews 11:3). Therefore we affirm that the account of creation in Genesis is a record of historical events, that God created everything out of nothing, after its own kind, and that man was specially created in the image...

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Core Value 9: Racial Harmony

God has created all mankind in his own image; all people are of one blood, having descended from Adam (Genesis 5:1–3; Acts 17:26–28). Furthermore, God in Christ has broken down every wall that sin has made to separate us, creating one new humanity in Christ (Ephesians 2:13–18). Therefore we affirm...

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Core Value 8: Vocation

God calls each of his people to serve him in various ways in this world (1 Corinthians 7:20–24; Colossians 3:22–25). Therefore we affirm the sanctity of labour and the validity of all vocations which are not contrary to the righteous requirements of Scripture (1 Thessalonians 4:11–12; 2 Thessalonians 3:6–10). We...

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Core Value 7: Gender Roles

God our creator has established a difference in the creation and roles of men and women, which we are not at liberty to change (Genesis 1:27; 1 Corinthians 11:7–9). Therefore we affirm the male headship of responsibility in the home and in the church, to be exercised in the spirit...

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