9.1 As partakers of God’s saving grace, believers are the firstfruits of God’s new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17Ephesians 3:10–11James 1:18). In the church, they begin to experience the fellowship that will characterise the new humanity (Hebrews 12:22–23). Yet believers continue to live in the present world and in human society, which is maintained and upheld by God’s common grace (Psalm 145:9Romans 2:151 Peter 1:1). In this human society, God has appointed civil rulers to main­tain order and justice, if necessary, by the use of the sword (Romans 13:1–41 Peter 2:14).

Article 9.1

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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