C.C.A.P SYNOD OF ZAMBIA

The Synod of Zambia accept the articles declaratory of the fundamental principles of the Church as contained in Section II of the C.C.A.P General Assembly as a sufficient statement of its own faith.  Included are the following creeds and confessions of faith:

1     The Apostles Creed

2     The Westminster Confession of Faith

3     The Larger Catechism

4     The Shorter Catechism

5     The Heidelberg Catechism

6     The Belgic Confession

7     The Canons of Dort

8     The Churches Confession of Faith of 1924

9     Nicene Creed

 1 The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian is part of the Holy catholic (universal) Church and subscribes to:

2  worshiping one God, All-loving, All-wise, Almighty, in the Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the same substance, equal in power and glory, adoring the Father, infinite in majesty, by whom all things were made;

3  confessing our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, who for our salvation was made man, died on the Cross, was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven and owing obedience to Him as Head over all things;  

4  Trusting in the promised renewal and guidance of the Holy Spirit;

5  Proclaiming the Gospel of the forgiveness of sins, of acceptance with God through faith in Christ, and of eternal life;

6  And labouring in the communion of Saints for the advancement of the Kingdom of God throughout the world.

7  The Church receives the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the Word of God and the Supreme rule of faith and life; and avows the fundamental doctrine of the catholic Faith as interpreted and taught by the Protestant Reformation.

1 .The Church receives the historic confessions of Faith known as the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed, as containing the sum and substance of the Faith of the Church.  Until such time as the Church shall exercise its rights to frame its own Confession of Faith as set forth in these standards, it also adopts as subordinate standard the statement known as the “Brief Statement of the Faith” adopted by the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, in the year 1924; Article 1 therefore being understood in the sense used in Articles 3, 4 and 5 of the Large catechism (Westminster 1648).  The said “Brief Statement of the Faith” is as follows:

2  “The Word of God, which is contained in the Scripture of the Old and New Testament is the supreme rule of faith and conduct.   

3  That there is one God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  These three are one God, equal in power and glory, and He alone is to be worshipped.

4  All human beings are sinners and therefore in need of salvation, and can be saved only by the grace of God, through the redeeming work of Christ, and the regenerating and sanctifying of the Holy Spirit.

5  God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  The Lord Jesus Christ being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and born of her, yet without sin, was true man and true God.  To save men from sin, and reconcile them to God, He perfectly fulfilled the Law of God, offered Himself on the Cross a true and perfect sacrifice, died, was buried, rose again from the dead, and ascended into heaven from whence (where) He shall come to judge the quick (living) and the dead.

6  The salvation thus wrought for us in Christ is applied to us by the Holy Spirit, who works faith in us, and unites us to Christ, enabling us to receive Him as He is offered to us in the Gospel, and to bring forth the fruits of righteousness.  In his gracious work the Holy Spirit uses all means of grace, especially the Word, Sacraments and prayer.

7  The Sacraments of the New Testament are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Baptism is a Sacrament wherein the washing with water in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, signifies and seals our engrafting into Christ and partaking of the benefits of the Covenant of Grace and our engagement to be the Lord’s.  The Lord’s Supper is a Sacrament wherein by giving and receiving bread and wine according to Christ’s appointment, His death is showed forth, and the worthy receivers are, not after corporal and carnal manner, but by faith, made partaking of His body and blood to their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace.

8  It is the duty of all believers to unite in the fellowship of the Church to observe the Sacraments and other ordinances of Christ, to obey His laws, to continue in prayer, to keep holy the Lord’s Day, to meet together for worship, to wait upon the preaching of the Word, to give as God has prospered them for the support and extension of the Gospel, and at all times to seek the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

 The Government of the Church shall be Presbyterian, which shall receive as agreeable to the word of God, provided for the due order and discipline among the officers and members, and attested by the larger and world-wide fellowship of the Presbyterian Church now in being.  The Government of the Church, in accordance with Presbyterian usage, is implemented by ministers and elders, duly associated in the courts of the Church.  These courts shall have executive, legislative and judicial powers

CHURCH OBJECTIVES

  1. Pray for Missions

To pray for missions means to communicate with God on behalf of missions work, people involved in missions work, and people that need to know and accept God’s redeeming love, and ensure that there is peace, unity within and outside Zambia.

  1. Engage in Mission Action and Witnessing

The teaching and actions of Jesus recorded in the New Testament show us that the Christian faith is not stagnant but active and participatory. We are to share the gospel in word and deed verbally and through our actions.

  1. Learn About Missions

Learning about missions helps believers better understand what God says about making His name known throughout the earth. This will be done through having a reputable college which is at Chasefu and incorporate other disciples. More so the church will endeavour to cooperate with the government of the day in education, health and developing the nation by building infrastructure. 

  1. Support Missions

Christians have a part in upholding the cause of missions, maintaining missions work, and encouraging mission’s personnel, thus by ensuring Gods work is done through evangelising in all areas. More so the church will endeavour to also build churches and pastors’ houses and empower women and youths with skills that will help them to be self- sustaining.

  1. Develop Spiritually Toward a Missions Lifestyle

For the believer, spiritual development involves growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ. It involves day-to-day living that applies and carries out the missions imperatives of God’s Word. To disseminate the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word of God to the end that people may be evangelized and believers may be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.

  1. Participate in the Work of the Church and Denomination

As a mission’s ministry within a congregation, encourages and provides opportunities for all church members and other participants to be aware of and involved in missions and cooperates with other missions ministries within the congregation to help the congregation fulfil its mission’s potential. Thus the church will endeavour to provide clean water to the communities in Zambia, and develop programs that will help members accommodate people with disabilities, ex-prisoners and those who are affected with HIV/AIDS, to be the kind of church God wants us to be, we wholeheartedly commit ourselves to pursuing the aforementioned objectives.

To recognize the various ministries established by God to equip believers to fulfil their respective functions as members of the Body of Christ and to bring the whole Body of Christ into unity, maturity and completion according to Ephesians 4:11-16.

To license and ordain ministers, to assist in the establishment and maintenance of other churches or ministries, and to send forth and maintain ministers, missionaries and other workers for the establishment and up building of such churches or ministries, either domestic or foreign.

 

Scripture and Doctrine

 

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