Believers Eastern Church accepts the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments — 66 books containing all things necessary to salvation — as the supreme and foundational standard of faith. We believe in the absoluteness of the Scripture. We believe that the Bible, Old and New Testaments in the original autographs, is the inspired, infallible Word of God: a complete and final written revelation of God.1
We believe in all the fundamental doctrines of ancient Biblical Christianity. We accept and confess the historic Creed of Nicaea, Constantinople and Ephesus. We believe and practice the holy sacraments followed by the historical church.
We believe in one personal, transcendent and holy God, the creator of all, who is eternal, and who manifests Himself in three separate persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.2
We believe that Jesus Christ, though fully God, became a human, that He is the promised Messiah, was born of Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His death on the cross, was bodily resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, ascended back to the right hand of God the Father, and ever lives to intercede for us.3
After Jesus ascended to heaven, He poured out the Holy Spirit onto the believers in Jerusalem, enabling them to fulfil His command to preach the Gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by all believers today.4
We believe that all people are, by nature, separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but salvation, redemption and forgiveness are generously offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.5
We believe that when people believe in Jesus Christ as their Saviour, their sins are forgiven, and they become the children of God.6
We believe in the person and work of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in, seals and empowers all believers, baptising them into the Body of Christ.
We believe that the Holy Spirit fills all believers who ask in faith, enabling them to communicate the gospel in power.7
We also believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the New Testament are for today and should be exercised within the scriptural guidelines.8
We believe that agape love is more important than all the gifts, and without this love, all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless.9
Believers Eastern Church prioritises guiding each believer along an intimate walk with Jesus and being formed anew in His image.10
We believe in the Second Coming of Christ, His living with His saints, and the rapture of church. It will be personal and visible.11
We seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that its message can be applied to an individual’s life, leading that person to greater maturity in Christ.12
We believe in the resurrection of the body unto eternal life for the redeemed and unto eternal punishment for the lost.13
- II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20–21; St. Matthew 5:18; John 16:12–13.
- Deuteronomy 6:4; St. Matthew 28:19; St. John 1:1–2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:6.
- St. John 1:1; St. Matthew 1:20–23; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 1:3, 10:12; St. John 16:7–11; St. Matthew 19:28, 25:31; 2 Timothy 2:8.
- St. Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8, 4:8, 4:31.
- Genesis 3; Romans 3:23, 5:12; 1 John 1:8; Ephesians 2:3–10.
- Ephesians 1:7, 2:1–10; St. John 1:12.
- I Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; St. Matthew 28:16–20; Acts 1:8.
- I Corinthians 12, 14.
- I Corinthians 13.
- Romans 8:29; Philippians 2:1–7; 2 Corinthians 3:18.
- Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51–52; Acts 2:38–47; I Thessalonians 4:13–18; I John 3:2–3; I Corinthians 11:23–26.
- Isaiah 28:13; Acts 20:27; Nehemiah 8:8; Matthew 7:24; James 1:22–24.
- Revelation 20; Acts 24:25; St. John 5:28–29; St. Luke 16:19–31; II Corinthians 5:8; I Thessalonians 4:14–17; 1 John 3:2.
Becoming a Believer
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
To be a Christian means to follow Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Bible. Christians believe Jesus is God and have put their faith in His sacrificial death on the cross for our salvation. We actively follow Him as our Lord and Saviour. We believe in the Trinitarian worship as revealed in the Scriptures: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
To be a Christian also means to be part of the Holy Church. We then live out our faith as members of the Church rather than as individuals separate from each other. We also look forward to the time when Christ returns for His Bride, the Church.
As a natural response to God’s love and forgiveness of our sins, worshipping and obeying God becomes the centre of a Christian’s life. Jesus’ primary commandment was to love God and people. Learning to love as Jesus intended us to and doing so are the ongoing pursuits of a Christian’s life. This includes living a life sharing Christ’s love with others and keeping ourselves free from sin.
Believers Eastern Church is profoundly committed to the evangelical faith that brings transformation into the image of Christ (II Cor. 3:18) and partakes of the divine nature according to II Peter 1:4. This spiritual journey of theosis is best accomplished through embracing the sacramental life and worship where God alone is the audience. The more we gaze into His face in worship, the more we become like Him.
Love and Mission
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ ”
True faith is more than a set of doctrines or a theological framework, but a life lived with the Triune God at its centre. Love for God is demonstrated first and foremost by a life of worship, both as individuals and as members of the Body of Christ.
However, love of God results in love for others. This love encompasses those within the Church and those without. We love our brothers and sisters as Jesus would and we lay down our lives for those who do not yet know Him as Jesus did. This includes those in our surrounding areas as well as the utter most parts of the world.
Demonstrating the love of Christ in word and deed is the hallmark of true faith.
Services and Sacraments
The centre of “church life” for every parish and believer is Sunday worship. Here we gather for the express purpose of worshipping God through the ministry of the Word and through Holy Communion. Holy Communion has been the central focus of worship since the Apostles and remains so for Believers Eastern Church.
Prayer meetings and special services are also a regular part of Believers Eastern Church life.
We also believe and practice the sacraments as revealed in the Bible with Holy Communion as the most important. God ordained in his Word specific practices that the early Church referred to as ‘means of grace.’
Participating in the services and sacraments of the church are important because as we worship God according to the pattern that He gave us, He interacts with us and transforms us into the image of His Son. This is known as spiritual formation.
Christian Calendar and
Christmas and Easter are only two days of what is known as the Christian or Liturgical Calendar, which Believers Eastern Church follows and has been practised since the early days of the Church.
The events of the Liturgical Year centre on the life of Christ and help us orient our time and seasons around Christ Himself. Every Sunday is a day set aside for us to remember what Christ did for us through His death and resurrection and form the basic building block for the liturgical year.
Beginning in with the season of Advent, we prepare our hearts for Christ coming, which we celebrate at Christmas, followed by Epiphany, the Great Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost and the Ordinary Season.
We also follow the Revised Common Lectionary which arranges daily reading of Scripture according to the events in the liturgical calendar. Following the daily readings will enable you to read through most of the Bible in a year and the Sunday readings for worship services will do so in three years.
Personal, Family and Corporate
Living a holy life dedicated to worshipping and walking with God is a necessary part of every believer’s life. As we make God more and more the centre of our life and allow His will to become our will, we experience what the Church Fathers referred to as theosis, Christ’s incarnate life being lived in and through us.
Part of living a holy life includes living with Christ as the centre of our homes. The practice of family spiritual disciplines and the ‘family altar,’ a regular daily time dedicated to worship and prayer are foundational for having a Christ-centred home.
Also, it is impossible to walk with God and reject His Holy Church, which He gave His life for. Learning to walk with and worship with other believers as Christ’s Body is essential for knowing Christ.
Pursuing Holy Orders
Being ordained for ministry within Believers Eastern Church is reserved for members of the Church. BEC has two ordinations to the priesthood – first and second level priests.
July 5, 2020
Morning Psalm: 146, 147
Evening Psalm: 111, 112, 113