Find out about the History of the Evangelical Church, the Statement of Faith and as well as the International Board of Elders.
1. Where does the Evangelical church come from and where to?
This church started from the revivals for D.L. Moody in the USA under Evangelicals in 1890. Then D.L. Moody encouraged mission work even overseas. Franson and Torry who were Moody converts came out to join mission work and to establish new work in Africa. So they organised overseas offices, one in Africa and another one in Asia. Miss Mallah More also a convert of Moody and student in Moody Bible College was the pioneer of the Africa office of Mission work.
2. What were the aims?
The aims were to establish local churches that were:
1. To be selfpropagating for the furtherance of the gospel, not to wait for someone to plan or give orders.
2. A plan for selfgoverning
3. Self supporting This means that each local church once established would be autonomous when grown into maturity. This order goes the way of the Evangelicals that do not anoint but ordain pastors according to the anointing of the Lord at the point of salvation. The conference ordains by the order of the local churches.
3. Phases of growth of the Evangelical Church:
1. Phase one (1890-1921 Acts 4:36-37)
1. The missionary work of the church started operating under the style of Scandinavians mission under contracts.
2. Their problems Missionaries did not care much about the up bringing of the established. They evangelised after the political was pf 1914. As the result may people believed out of fear, frustration and sufferings. Most missionaries were not theologically trained. They only had the basics that would help them to communicate the good news. As the results, most converts could not differentiate between Christian lifestyle and western life style.
2. Phase two (1921- 1936 Acts 9:27-31)
1. The first group of missionaries were sent out to convert people, putting up schools, hospitals and church buildings. This work was done under the individual independence mission in contract for that project.
2. Their problems:
They copied big churches that came before them into Africa, e.g. hierarchy of positions, women's status (Lumenyane) and branches of the mission stations controlled by one pastor circuits and many more.
Missionaries at their stations would visit branches quarterly. They had not business conferences but conventions only. Conferences would only be held in the mission stations just to give progress reports by leaders of the branches.
Those branches were governed by chieftendom copied from the African style of leadership. This chieftendom style of leadership till 1957.
3. Phase Three (1936 1956 Acts 11:19-30)
1. The first constitutional development started in 1936 but doe to World War 2 was postponed. It was continued in 1947 and brought to the church in 1948. The church was named "Bantu Evangelical Church" due to apartheid practiced in Republic of South Africa. The second reason was because Missionaries could not be part of the church. The system compelled them to establish indigenous local churches. Then the church was registered in Pretoria in 1948 but was approved in 1950. The delay in registration and recognition of the church in Pretoria was due to the new Government of Boers that forced separate development. That resulted to the different name for the Colored and Indian members of the same missionaries named "Evangelical Bible Church" that had no fellowship with the "Bantu Evangelical Church." Semi independent with three Whites as advisors.
2. There was struggle for the constitutional development till 1972 July. In 1972 the church was given the constitution of Evangelical Bible Church to help her be able to make her own constitution. Missionaries imposed all these constitutions on the church.
4. Phase Four (1956-1980 Acts 13:1-5,9)
1. The first black chairman in 1956 was appointed. Rev. A. Mndebele served for on year and passed on.
2. In 1957 the second chairman Rev. J. Nyawo abolished positions in the church. A great change in the administration of the church came. It was said that 'uniform' would be 'LOVE' instead of the one that was used before then. It was said loud and clear that members would operate by gifts of the Spirit as listed in the Holy Bible, not positions as it was. Circuits were to come to an end and they became districts. Pastors
were given same and equal status in the district. An elected committee to operate for three years in the office administered each district. Above national level there was a committee that oversees the whole denomination for three years.
3. In the same year 1957 the missionaries and the church broke the chains of unity as they matured that is not being dependant to missionaries. They started to take decisions on their own on what they needed from missionaries. The missionaries' representatives were withdrawn from church conferences and a new constitutional committee was appointed to draft constitution from the mind of the church.
4. The chairman encouraged that young men called by God into His ministry be sent for theology studies overseas with fund assistance from missionaries. A number of young men studied in the USA and Canada in 1960's and 70's while others registered for degrees in African theological institutions. In 1970, the church put up its theological institution the Swaziland Bible Institute that greatly enhanced training for pastors and helped in maintaining the same theological understanding in the church.
5. In 1980, the first constitution for the church was adopted. The constitution allowed separate developments of the church in South Africa and
Swaziland. However the churches were to meet every three years for general conventions.
5. Phase Five (1980 to date Acts 15:1-2, 12, 36-40)
1. Constitutionally churches were given autonomy as per D.L. Moody's plan.
2. In 1995 a constitution review commission was established to look into some contrivances that arose in the past 15 years of the constitution's operation.
3. In 2000's church convention, the reviewed constitution was approved under the leadership of Rev. Dr. N.T. Nyawo.
1. We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God without
error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of man and the
divine and final authority for Christian faith, life and conduct.
2. We believe in One God, Creator of all things infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three
persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in Jesus Christ, without any change in His eternal Deity, became a man through
conception by the Holy Spirit and virgin birth, that He died on the cross, a perfect and compete sacrifice, in our stead and for our sings according to the
Scriptures. He rose bodily from the dead and ascended into Heaven where at the right hand of the Majesty on High (God Almighty), He is now our High
Priest and Advocate.
4. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age, to convict of sing and regenerate the sinner upon
believing in Christ, at the time of regeneration baptising the believer into the only Body of which Christ and to indwell, guide, fill and empower the
believer for godly living and service
5. We believe that all the saved should manifest the fruit of the Holy Spirit by living a life which brings honour and glory rather than reproach to the Lord
Jesus Christ, and that God commands that believers must stay clear from false doctrines, sinful pleasures, practices and associations
6. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit as revealed in the Scriptures are given for the purpose of edifying the Church of Jesus Christ and are to be used
in an orderly manner to avoid confusion and division among the believers.
7. We believe that man (Adam), was directly created by God in His own image; but being tempted by Satan, Adam fell into sin. That resulted in him
acquiring a sinful nature that spread from Adam to the entire human race. The entire human race is, therefore, lost. Only through repentance, fain in Jesus
Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit, can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
8. We believe that atoning death of Jesus and His resurrection provide the only way to justification and salvation for all who believe and that only such as
receive Jesus Christ by personal faith are born of the Holy Spirit and, thus, become children of God
9. We believe that the church is composed of all such persons who through the saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are
united together in the body of Christ, of which He is the head.
10. We believe that water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances that must be observed by the church even though they are not the
means of salvation
11. We believe in the existence of the Devil/Satan as a veritable being who, in collaboration with the fallen angels, frustrates in numerous ways servants of
God and the Church of Jesus Christ in fulfilling God’s plan on earth.
12. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord and of the unbeliever to judgement
and everlasting conscious punishment in the lake of fire
13. We believe in the personal pretribulation,
return of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this blessed Hope has a vital bearing on the personal life
and service of the believer.
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Scripture: Job 37:116
Consider The Clouds by David H. Roper
One day many years ago my boys and I were lying on our backs in the yard watching the clouds drift by. "Dad, one asked, "why do clouds float? "Well, son, I began, intending to give him the benefit of my vast knowledge, but then I lapsed into silence. "I dont know,I admitted, "but I'll find out for you.
The answer, I discovered, is that condensed moisture, descending by gravity, meets warmer temperatures rising from the land. That moisture then changes into vapor and ascends back into the air. Thats a natural explanation for the phenomenon.
But natural explanations are not final answers. Clouds float because God in His wisdom has ordered the natural laws in such a way that they reveal the "wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge (Job 37:16). Clouds then can be thought of as a symbolian outward and visible sign of Gods goodness and grace in creation.
So someday when youre taking some time to see what images you can imagine in the clouds, remember this: The One who made all things beautiful makes the clouds float through the air. He does so to call us to wonder and adoration. The heavens even the cumulus, stratus, and cirrus clouds declare the glory of God.
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