Emmanuel Private School

About Us > Statement of faith

While we realise that we cannot confine God to mere articles of faith, we also recognise the importance of doctrine in these days of no absolutes. We often hear the statement that “It doesn’t matter what I believe, as long as I am sincere”.  This statement is contrary to what the Bible teaches with regard to a Biblical worldview. The Bible teaches that doctrine must be sound.

The programmes and activities of the Church of affiliation and the School will be based upon and at all times be consistent with the following:

  1. We believe in God eternal, Triune (existing in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit), Almighty Creator, Sustainer and Ruler of all creation;
  2. We believe in God the Father, the author of creation and salvation;
  3. We believe in Jesus Christ, the only Son of God the Father, true God and true man, who for the sake of humanity and its salvation, descended from heaven and became flesh; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary; who lived on earth and was crucified, died and was buried, and who rose from the dead and ascended to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest and Advocate;
  4. We believe in the Holy Spirit, true God proceeding from the Father and the Son; who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment and leads us into all truth;
  5. We believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of God, written by men as the Holy Spirit inspired them. We believe that it authoritatively proclaims the will of God and teaches us all that is necessary for salvation and growth to spiritual maturity. We accept them as the supreme and final authority for faith and life;
  6. We believe that all human beings are created in the image of God; due to their sinful rebellion this image is marred. All human beings thereby incur the penalty of sin which is death physically and spiritually. We further believe that all have sinned before God and that it is the will of God that all people should receive salvation through faith;
  7. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins as a substitution sacrifice according to the Scriptures and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood;
  8. We believe that all who repent of their sin and receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God;
  9. We believe in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit resulting in the empowering and equipping of believers for service, with the accompanying supernatural Gifts of the Spirit and in fellowship with the Holy Spirit;
  10. We believe that a Christian should be a disciple of Jesus Christ, living a consecrated and holy life.
  11. We believe in marriage as an institution of God between one man and one woman with no room for a third person. We distance ourselves from any doctrine or belief that undermines this fundamental principle.
  12. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ appointed two ordinances, Baptism in water and the Lord’s Supper, to be observed as acts of obedience and as perpetual witnesses to the cardinal facts of the Christian faith – that Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water as a confession of identification with Christ in burial and resurrection and that the Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the emblems symbolic of the Saviour’s broken body and shed blood, in remembrance of His sacrificial death, until He comes;
  13. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church which is constituted by the Holy Spirit and consists of Born-again believers. The Church is responsible for the proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel and God’s will to all people. As a charismatic community they fellowship with and edify one another;
  14. With regards to submission to authority, we believe in the principle of being in authority because you are under authority. As such, it is understood that membership will be subject to submission to authority in matters pertaining to governance, doctrine and personal behaviour;
  15. We believe that at the time appointed by God, Christ will come to take away His Church;
  16. We believe in a day of judgment when Christ will judge the living and the dead. We believe in the resurrection of the body and eternal life for the righteous and eternal punishment for the wicked. We believe in the new heaven and the new earth where God will reign in glory;