Are your beliefs in line with ours?
These are the values at the Core of our Beliefs.
God, the Father is the ONE True God, Creator and Omnipresent (is everywhere) ruler of the entire physical universe and the spiritual world beyond.
He shows His Holy redeeming love towards all mankind and is forgiving of the repentant. He wants to share His love in a personal relationship with everyone who will accept Him.
God’s Holy Spirit interacts with and transforms His people into the likeness of Christ.
We encourage all people to be empowered by His Spirit and to "provoke unto love and good works" by means of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Heb 10:24
Jesus Christ, Gods' only begotten Son, is our Saviour, King and elder brother. He gave Himself on the Cross, as a complete and final sacrifice for sin. All who are drawn to Him by the Father, who will come to Him in love and trustful obedience, will be saved.
He came from God, and returned to God, and is our Mediator with the Father.
The Bible is the Word of God, conveyed to man through His prophets. It contains the eternal truth God intends for all mankind to learn and live by in order to obtain peace.
“All scripture is given for inspiration, doctrine and correction in righteousness". Tim 3:16-17
However, we acknowledge that mortal human beings can vary in judgements, interpretations and understandings of His Word. But we should not use doctrine to divide peoples but to seek mutual understanding in love.
It is God’s great desire is to share His life eternally with all mankind. Our Salvation, which leads to Eternal Life, is only available as a freely given gift through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. This is offered to all who choose to believe in Him.
The Sabbath of the Bible, the seventh day of the week is sacred time, a gift of God which was given at Creation. It is affirmed in the Ten Commandments and re-affirmed by Jesus Christ and the Apostles.
In loving response to God's grace toward us, the Sabbath should be observed as a day of rest and worship. It is a reminder, not only of God's presence in time, but also His pledge of eternal rest in His kingdom.
The baptism of believers, by immersion, is a command of Christ and an integral part of our commitment to Him. It is a witness to the world of our acceptance of Christ as Saviour and Lord. It is a symbol of our repentance and our death to sin, and rebirth to a new life in Jesus.
Baptism involves full immersion, followed by the Laying on of Hands. Rom 6:4
With the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which we acknowledge by our Baptism, we commence a partnership with God, our Creator, to begin transforming our
lives into His image.
All people, regardless of race, colour, gender, or abilities, are equal in God's sight. Thus, we believe in equality, love, respect and forgiveness of others. Our lives should be a genuine expression of God’s character of love, mercy and justice.
Christian people, to the best of their abilities and means, will want to care for and preserve God’s creation, this earth. God has many times in the past dramatically intervened in world affairs and is still interacting with people, on multiple levels in order to lead this world to fulfil His divine purpose.
God will again intervene in a dramatic way with the return of Christ to establish His Kingdom on this earth. He who, conquered death, will gather together, all people, both living and dead for judgement. At His return in heavenly power and glory, He will set up His Kingdom, with those who have accepted His salvation, and they will receive eternal life in glorified bodies.
Obedience to God's Holy Law, is an expression of our love for God. This is recorded in the Old Testament, and was lived in, and expressed through, the life of Christ in the New Testament. These Laws are given to believers to glorify God in this world, to warn us of sin, to lead mankind to Salvation and for the profit of others.
We do not acknowledge the additional burdens added by humans, both before and after Christ’s life on earth.
Christians should love God and love their fellow man, for in so doing, they fulfil the Law as Christ stated in His Word. Gal 5:14
Annual Holy Days
God appointed Annual Holy Days to be celebrated throughout the year. These days were given to all mankind, not just to Israel, to rejoice in and draw near to Him at the times He especially set apart. They reveal God’s nature and plan
Passover - Lords Supper
The Lord's Supper commemorates the suffering and death of our Redeemer, until He comes. It is a symbol of our union with Christ, and a confirmation of our covenant with Him.
We hold that the ceremony of the New Testament Passover should be celebrated once a year as a memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection.
The Church of God (ecclesia) is all redeemed believers united by the Holy Spirit into one body, of which Christ is the Head.
The local church is a community of believers organised in a covenant relationship for worship, mutual support, fellowship and service.
Regular fellowship with believers, who practice and proclaim common convictions, is an integral part of God’s plan for His people to enable them to grow in grace and knowledge. Heb 10:25.
It is major role of the Church is to proclaim the Gospel of Salvation and of Christ’s Kingdom.
We seek to present Christ to the world by the way we live. We strive to be witnesses to this faith and, where possible, making disciples, baptising and teaching them to observe all that He has commanded. Matt 28:19-20
What is Unique about us?
HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT
We hold a basically Baptist theology based on salvation by Grace through Faith in the sacrifice of our Saviour Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and have Hope because of His resurrection. We uphold the sovereignty of the Father, the sacrifice of the Son and the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit and the role He/it plays in our lives.
We hold the Bible is the Word of God and is the basis of our faith.
We are a traditional church or fellowship in matters of organization, worship, outreach and nurture.
Where we do differ is that we hold that the Sabbath of The Lord, The Seventh Day, is the day of rest and worship. There is no Scriptural support for the position of Sunday worship.
We also celebrate the Annual Holy Days as documented in the Pentateuch. We maintain that Scripture does not say that these God-given celebrations, with their wonderful layers of meaning, were done away with. We hold the Passover service within the framework of a meal, just as Jesus did. We begin with foot washing. The partaking of the bread and wine occurs during the meal.
We embrace the differences among us and can agree to disagree on differing interpretations of challenging theological issues with respect and acceptance, as long as people come in love and peace.
Our differences from traditional Christianity are minimal, and we choose to focus more on where we agree, rather than where we disagree.
Why Fellowship of God?
We called ourselves Fellowship in God to convey the concept that we were a small group whose purpose was to meet together to honour and worship God.
We chose the word “GOD” rather than Christ etc to convey the concept that we accept the values and tenets of the Old Testament and link those to Christ’s teachings. We try to place equal emphasis on all of the Godhead.
Jn 1:3 What we have seen and heard we declare to you so that you, too, can have fellowship with us. Now this fellowship of ours is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus, the Messiah.
Co 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus the Messiah, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you!
Act 2:42 The believers continued to devote themselves to what the apostles were teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to times of prayer.
We chose “IN” God to try to convey that we are “in” God, not just “of” Him, or followers or adherents. We want to be an integral part of Him, through His kingdom.
Gal 3:28. There cannot be Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is no male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Joh 14:20 At that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
1Co 1:9 Faithful is the God by whom you were called into fellowship with his Son Jesus the Messiah, our Lord.
And "FELLOWSHIP" because it conveys the connotation of a loose, friendly, probably smallish, group of people who were friends and comfortable with each other.
We have no rigid structure or programme. We have a "leader", but all decisions are made in open discussion. We have traditional services, Bible Studies and, if necessary, just a discussion around a point that is challenging someone. Women openly share in all these events. The roles required to keep a group going fall naturally to whichever member has the appropriate gifting or skills and calling.
Gal 2:9 So when James, Cephas, and John (who were reputed to be leaders) recognized the grace that had been given me, they gave Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the gentiles and they to the circumcised.
We chose the name originally as it implied a tenuous link back to the Worldwide Church of God from which many of our initial members came. But we wanted a degree of separation to show that, while we shared a heritage, we wanted to move on to a wider view of God and His vision for us. Now, many of our members are from other backgrounds, some are new to the faith and others have had no association with the World Wide Church of God ever.