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Faith and Beliefs

THE AUTHORITY OF GOD’S WORD AND ORTHODOXY

The faith of Believers Eastern Church is rooted in the Apostle's doctrine and holy traditions of the ancient Church, as revealed in the 66 books of the Holy Bible, the inerrant and infallible Word of God. We are evangelical in nature and believe that the Church universal has only one faith, continued unbroken through the teachings of the ancient Church Fathers, as preserved in the Nicene and Apostle's Creeds and affirmed by the seven Ecumenical Church Councils, especially Nicaea, Constantinople and Ephesus.

Adhering to the biblical faith of the ancient Church is orthodoxy; therefore, we do not claim any unique theology or worship practice, but hold fast to that which has been the common, Scripturally-based faith from the beginning. However, each generation needs to practice and teach this orthodox faith in a way that is understood and applicable by its culture and era.

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THE NICENE CREED, OUR PLUMBLINE

The ancient Creed established at the Councils of Nicaea (325 A.D) and Constantinople (381 A.D.), known as the Nicene Creed, is the plumb line for the true, orthodox faith. It summarizes and preserves the 2,000-year-old core beliefs of Christianity, especially regarding the nature of Christ, the Trinity and the Church.

Believers Eastern Church acknowledges the Nicene Creed as the official statement of faith for our church. It is a regular part of our worship services.

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made; being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and died and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; whose Kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And we believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

OUR FAITH

Our statement of faith is truly evangelical and adheres to the ancient orthodox faith. It communicates that faith in an understandable and applicable way within our modern contexts.

Believers Eastern Church accepts the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments—66 books containing all things necessary for 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. We believe in all the fundamental doctrines of ancient Biblical Christianity. We accept and confess the historic Creed of Nicaea, Constantinople and Ephesus.

  • 2 Timothy 3:16
  • 2 Peter 1:20-21
  • St. Matthew 5:18
  • 2 Timothy 3:16
  • St. John 16:12-13

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.

  • Deuteronomy 6:4
  • St. Matthew 28:19
  • St. John 1:1-2
  • 2 Corinthians 13:14
  • Philippians 2:6

We believe that Jesus Christ, though fully God, became a human, that He is the promised Messiah, was born of the 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.

  • 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

After Jesus ascended to heaven, He poured out the Holy Spirit onto the believers in Jerusalem, enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the Gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by all believers today.

  • St. Luke 24:49
  • Acts 1:8, 4:8, 4:31

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.

  • Genesis 3
  • Romans 3:23, 5:12
  • 1 John 1:8
  • Ephesians 2:3-10

We believe that when people believe in Jesus Christ as their Saviour, their sins are forgiven, and they become the children of God.

  • Ephesians 1:7, 2:1-10
  • St. John 1:12

We believe in the person and work of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in, seals and empowers all believers, baptizing 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.

  • 1 Corinthians 12:13
  • 2 Corinthians 1:22
  • Ephesians 1:13
  • St. Matthew 28:16-20
  • Acts 1:8

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.

  • 1 Corinthians 12, 14

We believe that agape love is more important than all the gifts, and without this love, all exercise of spiritual gifts are worthless.

  • 1 Corinthians 13

Believers Eastern Church prioritizes guiding each believer along an intimate walk with Jesus and being formed anew in His image.

  • Romans 8:29
  • Philippians 2:1-7
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18

We believe in the Second Coming of Christ and His living with His saints and the rapture of Church. It will be personal and visible.

  • Titus 2:13
  • 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
  • Acts 2:38-47
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • 1 John 3:2-3
  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

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.

  • Isaiah 28:13
  • Acts 20:27
  • Nehemiah 8:8
  • St. Matthew 7:24
  • James 1:22-24

We believe in the resurrection of the body unto eternal life for the redeemed and unto eternal punishment for the unredeemed.

  • Revelation 20
  • Acts 24:25
  • St. John 5:28-29
  • St. Luke 16:19-31
  • 2 Corinthians 5:8
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17
  • 1 John 3:2

THEOLOGICAL FORMATION

Scattered across our various dioceses, our centres for theological formation (seminaries) train both women and men to serve God by continuing Jesus mission of love and service for the glory of God.

Ten of these focus on imparting special training specifically to serve the poor and needy in downtrodden areas. The rest cater to training the seminarians to study the Word of God and learn all that is required to carry on the vision and mission of the Church.

Located in our Synod Secretariat campus, the Believers Eastern Church Theological Seminary (BECTS) is the flagship seminary of the Church and provides a bachelor's and master degree programs that are recognized by renowned theological accrediting agencies.

Our training focuses on building a deeper and intimate relationship with Jesus, practical ministry, the fundamental tenants of the church and on knowing and living out God's Word. This formation effectively equips our students to grow in their pastoral calling and enables them to become the future shepherds of our church.

  • ACADEMICS

  • SPIRITUAL
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ACADEMICS

While the rest of our seminaries offer theological diplomas, Believers Eastern Church Theological Seminary offers Bachelor of Theology, Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees that are accredited by the the Senate of Serampore College (University) and the Asian Theological Association. BECTS's approach to teaching the Bible focuses on actively following Jesus rather than imparting intellectual knowledge alone. Classes cover a wide range of topics including theology, Church history, liturgical training, and includes practical ministry opportunities.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION

As in all our seminaries, BECTS's primary concern for each student is their spiritual life and character formation. The seminary is led by a group of clergy and teachers who are deeply involved with each one of them, ensuring that the students are mentored to live as followers of Christ.

The spiritual life in the seminary includes daily celebration of the Eucharist thrice in a week, weekly times of fasting and specific time taken for studying and meditation on God's Word, throughout the day. They also spent one day of the month in silence and meditation. Apart from this, the students join with the community in prayer on all Tuesday evenings and once in a month, for a special whole-night prayer.

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