To fulfil the great commission as stated in Matthew 28: 19-20, through a holistic ministry based on our belief and obedience to the authority of the Holy Scriptures.
The church philosophy emphasizes three commitments:
- A commitment to evangelism, which leads individuals to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
- A commitment to discipleship of believers to lead them to full maturity in Christ, becoming involved in ministry as they discover their spiritual gifts.
- A commitment to caring for persons' spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs.
Statement Of Faith
- 1. That the Bible is God's word that reveals His mind concerning the need and method of human redemption, that it was written by men who were divinely and uniquely inspired and thus it is perfect and absolutely trustworthy and is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct(II Timothy 3:16, 17; Luke 24:44; II Peter 1:21)
- 2. There is one and only one, true God, who is living, self existent, eternal and infinite in every excellence and who exists in three persons –the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit- one in essence though distinct in personality (Deuteronomy 6:4 Isaiah 45:21,22 Jeremiah 10:10 John 1:1-13 Acts 5:3,4,II Corinthians 13:14 )
- 3. Satan, the enemy of God and man, exists and seeks unlawful dominion through the overthrow of God's beneficent rule. (Genesis 3:1-14,Ezekiel 28:13-19, John 8:44, Revelation 12:9,20:2)
- 4. In the fall of man and the consequent need for redemption making all men sinners by nature and by choice, but that " God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Therefore those who receive Christ as their Lord and Saviour will rejoice forever in God's presence and those who refuse to accept Christ as such shall be separated from God both now and forever in an everlasting fiery hell. ( Romans 5:12, John 1:12,3:36; Revelations 20:15)
- 5. That the work of the Holy Spirit in man is to convict him of sin, of righteousness and of judgement and regenerate , indwell, sanctify and comfort and fill those who believe in Jesus Christ. (John 16:7-15; Ephesians 5:18; I Corinthians 3:16)
- That the church is a living spiritual body of which Jesus is the head and of which all saved persons are members. A visible church is composed of regenerated believers voluntarily united together for worship, work and fellowship. In conformity with the biblical New Testament practice believers should congregate in localised places in different areas of the world of which our church is one. Such churches have been committed until the return of Jesus Christ for the observance of two ordinances; baptism and the Lords supper.
- Ordinances of baptism and Lord's Supper: baptism by immersion is a symbol of the believer's union with Christ in his death and resurrection. Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death and undying love symbolising the fact that the believer is nourished and sustained by the eternal love of Jesus Christ. Believers baptism is done by immersion and is done once after conversion whereas the Lords supper is to be repeated by the congregation and the believer regularly. ( Mathew 28:19-20, Romans 6:3-4, I Corinthians 11:17-34, Colossians1:12)
- The first day of the week, the Lord's Day is especially honoured in the work of God being the day on which our Lord Jesus Christ arose from the dead and appeared to his disciples and gave the Holy Spirit. On it churches in the New Testament observed the Lord's Supper and on it we believers are directed to lay aside our means as God has prospered us. That notwithstanding we do not believe that we are under Sabbath law regarding it. We believe that because of the honour bestowed upon it in the scriptures God desires us to set it apart as a day of worship in honour to him. (Revelation 1:10; mark 16: 9; I Corinthians 16 :1-2; Colossians 2; 16,17)
- That each visible church is independent and self governing under the dictates of the word of God and that the church and the state should be separate(Matthew 22:21: I Corinthians 6:2-6). God has commissioned these churches to persuade a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as saviour and to enthrone Him as Lord and master. Human betterment and social improvement are essential products of the gospel and should be actively pursued by all churches and believers.
- That our Lord Jesus Christ shall return and we shall be caught up to meet Him in the air and so shall we forever be with the Lord. (I Thessalonians 4:16,17; I Corinthians 15: 51-52)
- To lead a life worthy of what we profess,
- To be mindful of the Scriptures,
- To give and receive admonition with humility,
- To have courtesy in speech,
- To be slow to take offence,
- To always be ready for reconciliation,
- To remember one another in prayer, and
- To encourage each other in anticipating the imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We further pledge:
- To strive together for the peace and purity of the church,
To contribute cheerfully and regularly as faithful stewards such time, talent and physical possessions in the measure that God shall prosper each of us.
- Having come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we will demonstrate his Lordship in our lives by continuing to promptly respond to the conviction, leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
- And should we move from Kampala Baptist Church, we will, as soon as possible, unite with another church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word.
LORD HELP US FULFILL OUR PLEDGE
TO KNOW HIM AND MAKE HIM KNOWN
We the members of Kampala Baptist Church, do in the presence of God, solemnly and joyfully covenant with one another to live a life that is committed to knowing Jesus Christ and making Him known.