“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)
We believe that the main effect of ministry should be to “See Christ formed” in the lives of those reached.
COMMISSIONED TO GO AND COMMANDED TO LOVE COMMISSIONED TO GO!
Matthew 28:19-20 GO teach all the nations GO baptise in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost GO teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. In the Commission to go Jesus has promised to be with us always even to the end of the world.
COMMANDED TO LOVE
John 13:34-35; John 15:12-14; James 2:8 We are to love one another as Christ loved us. People will know we are disciples of Jesus by our love for each other. We fulfil the Royal Law of God by loving our neighbour as ourselves. Jesus says: “you will do well”
The Lord gave us the mandate to build a strong HomeBASE in Pretoria in order for there to be an effective sending to the nations. HRC Pretoria is this HomeBASE that is located geographically in Pierre van Ryneveld, Centurion. HomeBase consists of many different ministries and people from every tribe and nation with a diversity of gifts united in pioneering this move of God’s Spirit in and around the cities of Johannesburg; Centurion and Pretoria.
We exist through many households that are scattered throughout Gauteng. Strong households with well trained pastors move the church citywide. Our focus shifted from Sunday events to the effective working and operating of many households. The focus shifted from a church in Pierre van Ryneveld (community type church) to a citywide church. We take the church to the people during the week and then on Sunday mornings we all gather to celebrate and worship together at HomeBase.
We intend to go to every nation in Africa and the rest of the world to plant churches there and to spread the message of reform.
Our combined mission is to have an accurate church in five different continents that can spread out to those continents. The five continents are: Africa, Australasia, The Americas, Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe.
As we continue to practice doing just as He tells us to do in His word, life completely changes for us. We will have a completely different perspective and will come to have an entirely new attitude towards life, things and people and joint with this perspective we believe that the Church is God’s Genius at work!
There is only one true Gospel and that is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. That is what Jesus preached and that is what the apostles preached. There are many so called gospels, but there is only one Eternal Gospel – the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. ROM 14:17 explain that it’s characteristics are described as righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
OUR PRIVILEGE then is to reign with Christ and enter into the kingdom by faith. We have been made to “sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”. We are to be more than conquerors. Sin shall therefore not have dominion over us. Sin, sickness and Satan are banished from the glorious realm in which God’s children are called to live. Jesus is our KING, we are His Kingdom. HIS WILL is our highest desire and the extension of His Kingdom our sole occupation. All else will be added unto us. Our occupation is rulership, not defeat!
There is one God, our Creator, eternally existing in Three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Son of God and Saviour of the world. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life and God anointed him to heal the sick and raise the dead. His vicarious death, bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God the Father are all just as real as His physical and imminent return.
The Bible is the living word of God written by holy men inspired by the Holy Spirit and contains instruction in holy living. The Holy Spirit is our Guide and Comforter. The fruit of the spirit is a spiritual harvest from seed sown and the gifts of the Spirit are given to each member to encourage other believers to make unbelievers aware of the reality of Jesus Christ in the church, the body of Christ, today. We are Christ’s ambassadors to a spiritually dark and lost world imploring them to be reconciled with God through Jesus Christ. The blood of Jesus Christ paid the price for their reconciliation and everyone who believes in Him shall be saved and have all their sins forgiven.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is essential gift for all believers who obey the Lord and are baptised in water by full immersion in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues just as the disciples did in the book of Acts as the Spirit gives utterance. The other gifts of the Spirit follow after the baptism. Everyone who acknowledges Jesus as Lord has the Spirit within because no man can say Jesus is Lord except through the Holy Spirit. We believe in the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper to remind ourselves of His death and resurrection and to learn to discern the body of Christ amongst us of which He is the Head. We also believe in the sacrament of water baptism by full emersion to signify our identification with Christ Jesus’ death and resurrection of which water baptism is a symbol.
We bless the little children just like Jesus did and find no scriptural evidence for sprinkling or baptism of infants who have no choice regarding the administration of the sacrament. We baptise believers who confess Jesus Christ as their Lord, the bible as their code of living and the church as their spiritual family. We believe in the corporate cleansing of sin of the body of believers whenever we have fellowship with God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and with one another when we gather to worship our God.
We also believe in the washing of water of the word that purifies the hearts of church members when the word is preached. Jesus said, ‘you are clean because of the words I have spoken’. This allows every member to function in the church without any guilt or condemnation and to find fulfilment and to add to the growth of the church. We believe in corporate blessing of salvation, divine healing, provision and protection just as Israel was taken care of in the wilderness under the cloud and the pillar of fire.
There was none feeble amongst them and they received physical sustenance from Manna from heaven and water from a rock that followed them. Christ is our Bread from Heaven and the Rock of Ages. We believe in the apostolic blessing of grace and peace to the church that acknowledged apostolic ministry and our apostolic commission is to go into the whole world as sent ones to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom and make disciples of all nations. Our great Commandment is to love God and others as we love our self, because He first loved us leaving us an example to follow.
We believe we have already come to Mt. Zion, the Heavenly Jerusalem, to a great company of angels and the spirits of just men made perfect, to the elders in heaven, to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant based upon better promises and to God the Father and Judge of us all. This is the true church called the Church of the Firstborn of which we are an integral part. It is a present reality and not a distant hope.
We are New Testament believers and the Kingdom of God is a present reality with an ultimate fulfilment awaiting us. The Kingdom of God is within us and we do not have to take it by force as men did until the time of John the Baptist. It is our Heavenly Father’s good pleasure to give the Kingdom to us.