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FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST FELLOWSHIP

/O PASTOR TIMOTHY KATOKA,, BOX 510499, • CHIPATA, Eastern Province 10101 • Zambia • +260-97-949143/see/charmin/CM09539

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CHURCH STATEMENT OF FAITH:
A. INTRODUCTION: THERE IS ONLY ONE BODY OF CHRIST, THE CHURCH, ONE SPIRIT, ONE HOPE, ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM ACCORDING TO EPHESIANS 4:3-6. THIS IS THE BASIS OF OUR UNITY BECAUSE WE HAVE ONE SHEPHERD, JESUS CHRIST. (JOHN 10; 16)

B. THE GOSPEL: THE GOSPEL IS THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST AND IT CONTAINS, ATLEAST THE FOLLOWING:
* JESUS IS GOD COME IN THE FLESH TO EARTH AND WAS BORN OF A VIRGIN (JOHN 1:1, 14, MATTHEW 1:22-23).
* JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS, WAS BURRIED, AND THEN ROSE FROM THE DEAD (1 COR 15: 1-5).
* BY HIS DEATH HE FORGIVES THE SINS OF THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM (ROMANS 5:8-9)
* BY HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD HE IS NOW THE RULING LORD AT GOD'S RIGHT HAND (EPHESIANS 1:20-21).
* HE WILL COME AGAIN TO JUDGE THE WORLD (MATHEW 25:31-32).

C. THE WORK OF THE CHURCH, WHICH IS THE COMMUNITY OF THOSE REDEEMED BY JESUS: SINCE JESUS HAS BEEN GIVEN ALL AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH, HE COMMANDS US TO GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTISING THEM AND TEACHING THEM TO OBEY JESUS (MATHEW 28:18-20). THE CHURCH HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO CARE FOR THE NEEDY AND HELPLESS (JAMES 1:27).

D. MAJOR POINTS OF THE FAITH:
*WE BELIEVE THAT THE SCRIPTURES ARE INSPIRED AND, AS ORIGINALLY GIVEN, ARE WITHOUT ERROR AND ARE THE FINAL AUTHORITY IN ALL MATTERS OF FAITH AND CONDUCT (2 TIMOTHY 3:15-17). SINCE JESUS IS GOD'S COMPLETE AND FINAL REVELATION, THE NEW TESTAMENT IS OUR RULE OF FAITH AND PRACTICE AS HIS DISCIPLES.
* WE BELIEVE IN THE TRINITY, GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT; THREE DISTINGUISHABLE PERSONS, BUT ONE INVISIBLE GOD.
*WE BELIEVE THAT WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS AS SAVIOUR AND LORD, AND NOT BY GOOD WORKS (EPHESIANS 2:8-9).
* WE BELIEVE EVERY BELIEVER WILL BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION IN WATER (ROMANS 6:3-4), TO RE-ENACT THE BURIAL AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS. A PERSON SO BAPTIZED IS THEN CONSIDERED A PART OF JESUS`CHURCH (GALATIANS 3: 26 -28). WHICH IS GOD'S FAMILY ON EARTH.
*WE BELIEVE THAT THE LORD'S SUPPER SHOULD BE TAKEN REGULARY TO REMIND BELIEVERS OF CHRIST'S DEATH AND RESURRECTION ON THAT DAY (ACTS 20:7).
*WE BELIEVE THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT MANIFESTS HIMSELF IN THE BELIEVER BY PRODUCING THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT (GALATIANS 5:22-24) AND BY GIVING ALL THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT MENTIONED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, DIFFERING GIFTS  GOING TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE FOR THE UP BUILDING OF THE CHURCH ( 1 CORINTHIANS 12: 4-7).
*WE BELIEVE EACH BELIEVER MUST REGULARLY GIVE WITH A CHEERFUL HEART TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE CHURCH (2 CORINTHIANS9:6-8).
*WE BELIEVE EACH BELIEVER MUST SEEK TO KNOW GOD THROUGH DAILY PRAYER AND BIBLE READING (JOHN 17:3), AND BY REGULAR ASSEMBLY WITH OTHER CHURCH MEMBERS FOR WORSHIP (HEBREWS 10:25).
*WE BELIEVE THE CHURCH MUST WORK AND PRAY THAT GOD'S WILL ON EARTH BE DONE AS IT IS IN HEAVEN (MATTHEW 6:10).
*WE BELIEVE THE CHURCH LOOKS FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN JESUS WILL RULE OVER ALL THINGS IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH (REVELATION11:15).
*WE BELIEVE IN ETERNAL LIFE FOR BELIEVERS AND ETERNAL PUNISHMENT FOR UNBELIEVERS.
*WE BELIEVE THE MOST IMPORTANT LAWS IN THE BIBLE ARE TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOUR (MARK 12:28-31).

 5. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE FELLOWSHIP:
a) TO PROMOTE UNITY, COOPERATION AND FELLOWSHIP AMONG THE VARIOUS CHURCHES THAT ARE A PART OF THE FELLOWSHIP AND ALSO OUTSIDE
b) THE GOAL OF THE FELLOWSHIP IS TO ENCOURAGE AND HELP MEMBER CHURCHES TO COOPERATE WITH EACH OTHER IN THE TASK OF OBEYING THE GREAT COMMISSION 

(MATHEW 28:19-20), AND MATURING IN CHRIST (EPHESIANS 3:14-21, 4:11-16). EACH CHURCH IS EXPECTED TO WORK TOGETHER WITH ITS SISTER CHURCHES ON THE NATIONAL AND DISTRICT LEVELS TO FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION. TRUE UNITY OF MIND AND SPIRIT IS THE MAIN AIM IN ALL DECISIONS, GOALS AND MINISTRIES THAT ARE AGREED UPON AT NATIONAL AND DISTRICT LEVELS.
 
6. CHURCH VISION...TO BE A HOLY AND EVANGELISTIC CHURCH THAT LEADS INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND THAT EACH MEMBER SHOULD LEAD ATLEAST  TWO PERSONS TO THE LORD EACH YEAR.

Church Programs

. CHURCH PROGRAMS
1. MISSIONS...BEING A CHURCH THAT HAS A VISION TO BE HOLY AND EVANGELISTIC IN NATURE WE HAVE, IN THE PAST, BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED WITH BOTH NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS, AND THESE ARE PHYSICAL MISSIONS AND SPIRITUAL MISSIONS.
PHYSICAL MISSIONS.....WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE WORK OF SUPPORTING BOTH ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN AND OUTSIDE OUR CHURCH BY SUPPLYING THEM WITH THEIR SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS, NUTRITIONAL FOOD SUPPLEMENTS AND GENERAL SOCIAL CARE. WE HAVE FURTHER DONATED SECONDHAND CLOTHES TO THE POOR AND NEEDY PEOPLE IN LILONGWE, THE CAPITAL CITY OF OUR NEIGHBOURING COUNTRY, MALAWI.
SPIRIRUAL MISSIONS...WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN GOSPEL CRUSADES IN OUR TOWN AND ALSO IN LILONGWE, MALAWI. FURTHERMORE, OUR TEACHING MINISTRY HAS HAD A LOT OF SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES CONDUCTED FOR CHURCH LEADERS BOTH WITHIN AND OUTSIDE BOTH THE COUNTRY AND THE TOWN.

8. YEAR 2007 SPIRITUALLY PACKED CHURCH MISSION PROGRAMS.
a) GOSPEL CRUSADES IN C9. GENERAL CHURCH PROGRA HIPATA, OUR TOWN (31ST AUGUST-2ND SEPT 2007)
b) GOSPEL CRUSADE IN MCHINJI, REPUBLIC OF MALAWI (7TH SEPT-9TH SEPT 2007)
c) INTERNATIONAL LADIES' CONFERENCE, INVOLVING MALAWI, ZAMBIA AND ZIMBABWE DELEGATES IN CHIPATA (19TH APRIL-21ST APRIL 2007)
d) INTERNATIONALCHURCH LEADERS' CONFERENCE INVOLVING MALAWI AND ZAMBIA IN CHIPATA (25TH MAY-27TH MAY 2007).
e) INTERNATIONAL LEADERS' SEMINAR [INVOLVING ZAMBIA AND ZIMBABWE] IN CHIPATA, FROM 8TH AUGUST TO 11TH AUGUST 2007).
f) INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CONFERENCE, INVOLVING ZAMBIA AND MALAWI, IN MALAWI FROM 30TH JUNE TO 3RD JULY 2007).

9. GENERAL CHURCH PROGRAMS
a) HIV/AIDS HOME BASED PROGRAM........THIS IS AN OUTREACH MEANT TO GIVE SOCIAL, SPIRITUAL AND ALSO MEDICAL THERAPIES TO THE MEMBERS AND NON MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH AT THEIR RESPECTIVE HOMES. CURRENTLY OUR HOME BASED CARE PROGRAM HAS FIVE (5) MEMBERS, CONSISTING A SUPPORT GROUP.WE OFFER PYSCHOSOCIAL COUNSELLING TO OUR CLIENTS AS WELL AS SPIRITUAL COUNSELLING.

b) ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN'S SUPPORT GROUP...IN THIS OUTREACH, WE HAVE EIGHTY-ONE (81) ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN, BOTH CHURCH MEMBERS AND NON MEMBERS THAT WE GIVE HELP TO. THE HELP GIVEN IS AS FOLLOWS:
* PAYMENT OF SCHOOL TUITION FEES FOR THE SCHOOL GOING ORPHANS 
* PAYMENT OF SCHOOL NATIONAL EXAMINATION FEES FOR THE SCHOOL GOING ORPHANS.
* PROVISION OF SCHOOL PAIRS OF SHOES AND UNIFORMS FOR THE SCHOOL GOING ORPHANS.
* DISTRIBUTION OF NUTRITIONAL FOOD SUPPLIES TO ALL ORPHANS.


c) TEACHING MINISTRY (NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL)...WE HAVE GIFTED MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD WHO TEACH THE BODY OF CHRIST THE WORD OF GOD, WHOLESOMELY. WE OFFER SPECIALS TRAININGS IN:
1) SETTING UP A SMALL BUSINESS VENTURE
2) EVANGELISM AND PERSONAL WITNESSING AND EFFECTIVE EVANGELISM FOLLOWUPS 
3) GENERAL MARRIAGE COUNSELLINGS AND GENERAL COUNSELING IN ANY AREA
4) LEADERSHIP
5) BREAKTHROUGH PRAISE AND WORSHIP
6) HOW TO BREAK POVERTY MENTALITY.
7) HIV/AIDS ISSUES
8) JUNIOR AND SENIOR LEVEL MATHEMATICS, SCIENCES, COMMERCIAL STUDIES AND      OTHER ACADEMIC STUDIES.
9) FOUNDATIONAL BIBLICAL STUDIES.

d) CHILDREN'S CHURCH...THIS IS A CHILDREN'S PROGRAM (SUNDAY SCHOOL) WHERE TRAINED TEACHERS OFFER LESSONS TO THE CHILDREN IN THE CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY. SOME OF THE LESSONS OFFERED INCLUDE: REPENTANCE, NEW LIFE IN CHRIST, CHRISTIAN POETRY, MUSIC AND WORSHIP FOR CHILDREN ETC.

e) COUPLES' FELLOWSHIP.....THE PROGRAM AIMS TO STRENGTHEN OUR EXISTING MARRIGES AND BE A GOOD EXAMPLE TO THE UNMARRIED IN THE CHURCH. TRAINED MARRIAGE COUNSELLORS TEACH THE COUPLES THE BIBLE BASED PICTURE AND UNDERSTANDING OF MARRIAGE.

f) YOUTH PROGRAM.....OUR YOUTH DEPARTMENT IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING DEPARTMENTS IN THE CHURCH WITH MULTITALENTED FACES AMONGST THEM. THE YOUTHS CARRY OUT YOUTH EVANGELISM, YOUTH RETREATS, PRAYER MEETINGS AS WELL AS YOUTH COMMUNITY SERVICES.

g) JESUS FILM PROGRAM......WE AIM TO SHARE CHRIST WITH OUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS AND FAMILIES USING THE JESUS FILM PROJECT. WE NORMALLY HAVE SEVERAL SHOWS PER YEAR AND MANY PERSONS HAVE ACCEPTED CHRIST AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOUR AND THEY ARE CURRENTLY MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH.

h) INTERCESSORY DEPARTMENT...THIS MINISTRY, HEADED BY PASTOR JENNIPHER KATOKA, MEETS ONCE PER WEEK FOR 60 MINUTES TO PRAY FOR AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, THE AMERICAS, EUROPE AND ASIA. WE ASLO PRAY FOR REGIONAL ISSUES, POLITICAL ISSUES HEALTH ISSUES, SPIRITUAL ISSUES AS WELL AS ECONOMICAL ISSUES AFFECTING ALL THE CONTINENTS AND COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD.

10. CHALLENGES/PROBLEMS...TO EVERY GOOD WORK, HARDWORK IS EXPECTED BUT MORE ALSO CHALLENGES. OUR CHALLENGES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
a) LACK OF A CONSISTENT SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR OUR PROGRAMS, ESPECIALLY THE HIV/AIDS AND ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN'S SUPPORT GROUPS.
b) LACK OF A BUILDING OF OUR OWN WHERE WE CAN FREELY CARRY OUT OUR PROGRAMS, AS RENTING IS PROVING TO BE A HEAVY TASK FOR THE CHURCH.
c) LACK OF TRANSPORT TO COORDINATE AND MONITOR THE WORK AS THE ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN DO NOT LIVE IN ONE HOME OR AREA AND ALSO THAT THEY ATTEND DIFFERENT SCHOOLS IN THE TOWN.



11. APPEAL......WE HUMBLY AND KINDLY APPEAL FOR THE FOLLOWING FROM ANY WELL WISHER WHO WISHES TO SOW A SEED IN THE PROGRAM THAT DEALS WITH ORPHANS AND THE HIV/AIDS INFECTED PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCH.
a) EARNEST PRAYERS TO CONTINUE DOING THIS GREAT AND NOBLE TASK.
b) ANY MATERIAL SUPPORT
c) ANY FINANCIAL SUPPORT
d) ANY NUTRITIONAL FOOD SUPPORT
e) ANY VISIT TO OUR PROJECT
f) ANY VALUABLE ADVICE AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM.

"WE NEED TO TOUCH HEAVEN IN ORDER TO TOUCH THE SOULS OF MEN EFFECTIVELY".

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