Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible is the authoritative Word of God.
- We view the Apostle’s Creed as a true reflection of how mankind had tried to understand God and worked together to concisely express our understanding of who He is; but we realize it is not the whole story, for there is so much more . . . . .
- We anticipate that it will take eternity to know Him.
- John 17:3 (New International Version)
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
Paul urges us to have his perspective: "To live is Christ, and to die is gain" (v. 21).
With Paul's perspective on life, he cannot lose. Wherever he is, Paul considers it "the world" into which the Lord wants him to go to preach the Gospel. Even prison is a positive experience for Paul, because he is able to spread the Gospel there. And if he is to die, that is even better. To live is fruitful ministry, but to die is gain. Most of us have our affections too deeply implanted in the things of this world to identify with his perspective. We must learn to let go.
The Lord is worthy of our praise:
"Ah, Lord God! Behold, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for you. You show loving kindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them Ñ the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts. You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for your eyes is open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings."
Pause for praise and thanksgiving.
Now pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your loving kindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
Then pray this affirmation to the Lord: You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include: an eternal perspective,
your ministry in your local church, whatever else is on your heart.
Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord: To Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
THE LINK NET MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL CHURCH IS A BODY OF PEOPLE:
· Who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 1:7)
· Who are separated from the world (2corinthians 6:16-18)
· Who believe the gospel(John 20:31)
· Who follow Christian teachings (Titus 2:11-14)
THE OFFICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE CHURCH
The official committee of the church shall be responsible to see all the activities of the church are carried out properly for the spiritual progress of the church; it shall also be responsible for obtaining and maintaining a place of worship, together with necessary equipment.
a) The members of the committee are the church elders and deacons .
(Acts 6, Timothy 3:8-13)
b) They must be men of sound character who will fulfil the requirement laid down in
the word of God. The pastor is the chairman of the meetings.
The pastor is the vision bearer of the church and for it to progress spiritually and physically he should be supported by the church officials.
THE PRIVILEGES OF MEMBERS
1. To receive the ministry of the word from the pastor Acts 20:27-28
2. To receive visits from the pastor and church elders.
3. To take part in the activities of the church.
4. To receive the lords supper.
5. To receive a membership a card.
THE MEMBER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO OTHER MEMBERS
1. To visit the sick, help the needy, comfort those in trouble and always to maintain
good relationship with everyone 1 Thessalonians 5: 14-15, Hebrews 12:14,
James 1:27, Mathew 25:35-40
2. To pray for a brother who has been overcome by sin. 1 John 4:16.
3. To withdraw from those who cause divisions Romans 16:17, 2Thessalonians 2:6,
THE MEMBER’S RESPONSIBILITY TOWARD THE UNCONVERTED
1. To live a clean life and give a good testimony of the power and grace of God
1 peter 2:9, 12, 15, 1 Thessalonians 5:22, Mathew 5: 13-16.
2. To strive to give the gospel to the unsaved and pray for their conversion
2 Corinthians 5:18-19, 1 timothy 2:1-7.
3. To love his enemies. Mathew 5:43-48
DUTIES OF MEMBERS.
1. To live a clean life before God and not to be following the things of the world.
2 peter 1:4-8,1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Acts 8:4
2. To win souls to Christ.
3. To honour, respect and support the pastor of the church. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13,
Hebrews 13:17, 1 Corinthians 9:12-14.
4. To contribute to the support of the church with tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:10,
5. To attend the service of the church regularly.
THE PURPOSE OF THE COMMITTEE
1. To correct the fault 2 Corinthians 7:8-9
2. To restore the one who has sinned to fellowship. Galatians 6:1 , Mathew 6:14-15
3. To protect the good testimony of the church. 1Timothy 3:7, Titus 1:10-13.
4. To keep other members from falling into the same sin. 1 Corinthians 5:6-7
The pastor is responsible for the faithful ministry of the word of God in the services, and has a general direction of the activities of the church.
Deacons and elders are the help of the pastor in activities of the church as follows:-
I. In visiting church members and others.
II. Being part of the committee in charge of the discipline.
III. Seeing that the finances of the church are proper handled.
IV. Seeing that properties of the church are kept in good condition.
The work of Deaconesses is to assist the pastor in visiting the sick, keep the church clean, and when needed to sit on the committee in charge of discipline at request of the official committee.
Prepared and compiled by
Rev. Eng. JK. Maragia
The Link Net International Ministries Church (Kenya)