Confession of Faith

The Baptist Church of Mizoram, while upholding the Early Church Confessions (Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed) formulates and teaches the following ’Confession of Faith’. It expects the congregation and church leaders to profess the same.

  • Scripture: Both the Old Testament and the New Testament are inspired by God and are thus Living Words. The authors, being directed by the Holy Spirit wrote which they received from God and so the originator is God. The Words of God are infallible, perfect for salvation and for the knowledge of God’s will to us. It is the base and axis of Christians’ unity and strength and is the best measure for view, faith, and deed. (Jn 12:47-50; II Tim 3:16,17.)
  • God: There is only One true and living God. In God is three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are equal, of same substance, rightly unified, working together on different mission.
  • God the Father is an eternal, unchangeable, highest judge, creator of all things, and omnipresent in spirit. The Perfect One in holiness, intelligence, truth, goodness, and love, and worthy of all exaltation and love. God alone is the One we believe and worship. (Ex 15:11; Deut 6:4; Ps 83:18; Is 6:3; Mk 12:29; Jn 4:24; I Tim 6:15,16; Rev 4:11.)
  • Son: Jesus Christ is the only Son of God, sent to the world, born as human, and in him is God born in the flesh. He is both God and human, but without sin. By the power of the Holy Spirit Virgin Mary gave him birth. For the reconciliation between God and human he offered himself to be the perfect sacrifice. He was crucified, died, was buried, rose on the third day, and is sited on the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the quick and the dead. (Mt 1:18,25; Lk 2:7; Jn 3:16; Acts 1:22-23; Rm 14:10-12; II Cor 5:10,21.)
  • Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is born of the Father and the Son, and is a true God. It helps people realise their sin and warns of the coming judgment. It prepares peoples’ mind towards the Christ and make manifest the love of Christ. The Holy Spirit helps people in accepting Christ as their Saviour and also helps them in all good deeds. (Gen 1:1-3; Jn 14:16,26; 16:8-11; Acts 5:32; Rm 8:14,16,26,27; Heb 9:14.)
  • Human: God created human, both male and female in God’s own image. Human are created to have fellowship with God and to worship and to serve. All human have the same origin. (Gen 1:27; 2:18; Sam 100:3; Pro 7:29; Acts 17:26; Eph 1:4-6.)
  • The Fall: Human is created in the image of God, but succumbs to the temptation of Satan and thus breaks the rule of God, not by coercion but by his/her free will and therefore falls short of holiness and righteousness. For this all human falls into sin and becomes sinners.
  • So, the nature of human is want of holiness that God’s rule demands and leans towards evil. Therefore human becomes guilty for eternal damnation with none to save. (Gen 3:1-6, 24; Rm 3:10-23; 5:12,21; 6:23; Eph 2:1-5.)
  • Salvation: In Jesus Christ God provides free salvation for all humankind. Whosoever repents and believes in Jesus Christ and admits him as Lord and Saviour shall have salvation. Those that are saved can by grace have that assurance of being saved. (Jn 3:16; Rm 10:9-13; II Cor 5:14-15; Gal 2:16; Eph 2:8; II Tim 1:10-11; Tit 2:11.
  • Redemption: Salvation for human is but the work of God’s grace and is achieved by the redeeming work of God’s Son. He became human according to God’s will but one without sin. This whole redemption is made by his obedience unto death on the cross. In him is present the complete deity of God and is adequate as saviour in every respect. (Is 53:4-7; Rm 3:24-26; II Cor 5:21; Phil 2:7-8; I Pet 1:18,19.)
  • Rebirth: It is because of the work of the Holy Spirit that one is born again. When one is born again, he/she acquires that he/she never has earlier and thus is made anew in Christ. Thought and plans become holy and desires change. The power of evil upon him/her is destroyed, that once who inclines towards evil and loves oneself is now made holy and becomes a lover of God. Such change happens once and for all and is truly the work of the power of God. Such manifestation in goodness and new life is discernible externally. There is no salvation without this rebirth. (Jn 3:3-7; II Cor 5:17; Eph 2:8-9; Jac 1:18; I Pet 1:23.)
  • Repentance: Repentance is God’s work through the Holy Spirit which makes one turn around. In repentance is present sorrow and regret because of profanity and spoil for the soul. Repentance is humbleness because of awareness of one’s shortcoming, confession of sin, disgust for and the desire to walk away from evil, and the aspiration to abstain from every form of un-cleanliness. (Is 55:7; Mt 3:1-2; 4:17; Acts 3:19; 17:30; Rm 2:4; II Cor 7:10.)
  • Faith: Faith is God’s Grace through the Holy Spirit that helps a person realise Christ’s atonement and accepts him as Lord and Saviour. It is to accept Christ wholeheartedly and to put complete trust in him. This is possible because of the comprehension of God’s truth. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Acts 16:31; Rm 1: 16-17; 4:5; 5:1; 10:9-11,17; Gal 3:25-26; Heb 11:1,6.)
  • Justification: Those who believe in Christ God justifies and admits them as righteous, which is but the blessing of the Good News of Christ to humankind. By justification is present forgiveness of sin and assurance of eternal life for righteousness. It is not achieved because of deeds, but freely by faith in the blood of the saviour. By that faith God freely gives God’s holistic righteousness, and so peace and blessing human receive now and forever. (Acts 13:39; Rm 3:26; 4:4-5; 5:1-11; 8:1-2,30; I Cor 6:11.)
  • Adoption: Adoption as children of God is by God’s grace through Christ for those who believe in him. The spirit to be God’s children is kept in our heart and thereby we are counted among the Family of God. As we are God’s children, we are inheritors with Christ. (Acts 20:32; Rm 8:16-17; I Cor 5:1; Gal 3:29; 4:6-7; I Pet 1:4.)
  • Sanctification: Sanctification is that holiness believers attain according to God’s will. It commences at rebirth and grows by the work of the Holy Spirit on Human. For growth in holiness, the following are crucial:-
  • The Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, prayer, exercising to be attentive towards God and practicing the will of God. (II Cor 7:1; Phil 2:12; I Thes 4:1-12; 5:23; I Tim 4:7-16; I Pet 2:1-2; II Pet 1:5-8.)
  • Safeguarding the Holy: Those which are born of the Holy Spirit are united with Christ and are thereby safeguarded. They shall not fall and be lost forever. As they are strengthened and by the power of God they are able to persevere and overcome trails and temptations. For their good God cares and protects. (Jn 5:24-25; 6:40; 10:28-29; 11:25; Rm 8:35-39; Phil 1:6.)
  • The Church: The Church is that purchased of Christ by his blood, the fellowship of believers in Jesus, the body of Christ, built by the Holy Spirit to be the temple of God, that which observes Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
        It is the one who according to God’s words follow God’s will and practice the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is built to continue Christ’s mission and for the manifestation and instrument of the Kingdom of God. Shepherd of the Church are the ministers, the pastors, probationary pastors, and the elders. (Matt 16:18-19; Acts 2:42-47; 20:28; 12:12-13; Eph 4:11-13; 5:23; Col 1:18.)
  • Task of the Congregation: The duty of every believer is to unite in the church, to observe ordinances of Christ, to worship God and nurture one another on the truth, to proclaim the gospel of Christ and bring others unto him. (Mtt 28:18-20; Jn 4:23-24; Acts 2:42-47; Rm 12:1-5; Eph 4:11-16; I Pet 2:4-5.)
  • Baptism: Christian baptism is that those who believe in the Lord Jesus received in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This signifies that we share the death, burial, and the resurrection of Christ. This also signifies the departure from sin, and the sharing of Christ’s resurrection in faith and the manifestation of willingness to be faithful followers of him. Those who are to undertake baptism should be repentant of sin and believer in Jesus Christ. (Mtt 28:19-20; Mk 16:16; Acts 2:38,41-42; 8:36-39; 18:8; Rm 6:3-4.)
  • Lord’s Supper: The Lord’s Supper is the bread and wine partaken by believers as the symbol of Christ’s body and blood. It is the command of Jesus in remembrance of his sacrificing his life. This is a channel of God’s grace.
  • The Lord’s Supper makes known believers’ share in Christ’s sacrifice and their attainment of eternal life in Christ’s death and resurrection. It is communion with Lord Jesus and manifestation of commitment to serve him. It is to be celebrated until the Lord comes. (I Cor 10:16-21; 11:23-28; Acts 2:42.)
  • Righteous and Sinners: There is much discrepancy between the righteous and the sinners. The righteous are the ones God justifies because of their belief in Lord Jesus. Sinners are those who do not repent and do not believe in Jesus. Such people are sinners in the sight of God and are condemned. When the righteous die their souls rest in God but the soul of sinners suffer in purgatory. (Mtt 7:13-14; Lk 16:25; Jn 3:18,36; 8:21-24; Rev 21:8; 22:12-15.)
  • Government: That human may dwell as society and meaningfully, it is the will of God to establish (state) government. Therefore it is our duty to intercede for government officials and to obey them provided their words do not clash with God’s. But for Jesus is the king of heaven and earth, he is to be the topmost authority in our heart. It is our belief that the government does not interfere in religious affairs. (Ps 72:11; Mtt 22:15-21; Rm 13:1-7; 14:12; I Pet 2:13-16.)
  • The Second Coming: God will put an end to the time of the present world. On that day Lord Jesus Christ in his majesty will come to judge and to deliver his holy ones. The dead will rise from the grave. Every one, the living and the dead will stand before the judgement of God. That judgement is for the classification of the righteous and the sinners. Sinners will then be found in want and condemned eternally. The righteous will but be justified and will enter into eternal glory. (Mtt 13:37-49; 25:31-46; Jn 14:2-3; Acts 1:11; 24:15; Rm 14:10-11; I Cor 15:12-58; I Thes 4:13-18; II Thes 1:3-10; Rev 20:4-6.)

 

BCM Thurin Puanchhah: Confession of Faith (Mizo)

3 Comments

  1. Is it true that you believe ” The Holy Spirit is born of the Father and the Son, and is a true God” as stated in bullet 5 of your Confession (http://www.mizobaptist.org/bcmnew/?page_id=61)?
    According to the Bible (and as stated elsewhere in your own confession), (1) The Holy Spirit is eternally a member of the single Godhead, and was never born (the Nicene Creed –English translation uses the word “proceeds” rather than “born”), and (2) is not a separate God — but rather a separate Person within the single triune Godhead. Maybe “born” and “a true God” were simply unfortunate wording, but they appear to limit the eternality of Holy Spirit and possibly even convey polytheism….. Just a thought……

  2. You Amy are such an inspiration to me! The love and faith in our Lord you both exfeplimy in your daily living is truly Saintly. I am extremely blessed to know you. God is great, Jesus is Lord!Love ya’,Rob Edwards

  3. a rem leh remloh chu ka hrelo a, mahse ka zawhna chu heihi ani- Nicea/Apostle Creed ah khan “one, holy, catholic church” a in ti a. Mahse tunah kan hriatah kohhran pawh 100 chuang kan awm toh a
    Hetah kohhran chu pakaht chauh ani tur tih laia, tam tak kan awm hi kan thurin(Creed) kalh ani lawm mi?

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