7.2 All those who profess faith in Christ and obedience to the gospel, and who do not destroy their pro­fession by unholiness of conduct, are to be regarded as visible saints. A local church ought to be constituted only of visible saints (Matthew 18:15–20Acts 2:37–421 Corinthians 5:1–9). In addition to this fundamental princi­ple, true churches are recognised by their faithful preaching of the gospel (Galatians 1:69), pure observance of the ordi­nances in the fear of God (Matthew 28:18–201 Corinthians 11:23–25), prac­tice of church discipline (Matthew 18:15–201 Corinthians 5:1–9) and mu­tual love (John 13:34–35).

This is an extract from Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni‘s Confession of Faith. While our members must affirm the Statement of Belief our elders must, in addition, affirm the Confession of Faith. The document represents: the sound doctrine we teach, a unity between us on key aspects of the Christian faith, sets a clear expectation to our members and represents the leadership’s hopes for the congregation as a whole. This Confession is held by elders of member churches of Sola 5. Sola 5 is an association of God-centred evangelicals in Southern Africa currently with member churches in Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

More about Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni’s Confession of Faith here: https://tinyurl.com/yb57w8o9.

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