Our Faith and Order

FAITH AND ORDER OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA, HOLLAND/BELGIUM DISTRICT

The Holland/Belgium District as part of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, believes in, and worships one God: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. It affirms its belief in the gospel of the sovereign grace and love of God, where in through Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, Incarnate, Crucified and Risen, He freely offers to all men and women, upon repentance and faith, the forgiveness of sins, renewal by the Holy Spirit and eternal life; and commissions them to labour in the fellowship of faith and to call all men and women throughout the world to enter into the kingdom of God.

As part of the Reformed family of Churches, members feel called to a Spirit-filled life receive through:

The Word of God as it is contained in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments which are accepted as the inspired Word of God, the supreme rule of faith and containing all things necessary for salvation;

The Sacraments, which are the means of grace and our Christian fellowship, the source of strength and inspiration.

With grateful hearts the Church accepts the witness and faith of the fathers expressed in the words of the apostles’ and Nicene Creeds (the Apostles Creed).

The life of the Church is conducted together according to the Constitution agreed and adopted by the general assembly; but the Church affirms that it is ready as and when necessary, to make any necessary changes in the light of the directions of the Holy spirit and the greater glory of our living Lord.

The Church is held together as one body, but it rejoices that it has been endowed with various gifts to equip it for work in its service to the building up of the body of Christ.

 It is the firm belief of the Church that our Lord Jesus, the King and the Head of the Church gives His body a form of government quite distinct from that of the State. In matters affecting faith and spiritual life, therefore, the Church is not subordinate to the State.

 The government of the Church appointed by the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Divine King and Head of the Church, has the right and power to legislate and to adjudicate finally in all matters of doctrine, worship, government and discipline in the Church, including the right to determine all questions concerning members and office in the Church, the constitution and membership of its Courts, and the mode of election of its office-bearers; and to define the boundaries and other office bearers.

 Recognition by civil authority of the separate and independent government and jurisdiction of this Church in matters spiritual, in whatever manner does not in any way affect the character of its government and jurisdiction as derived from the Divine Head of Church alone.

 The Church is committed to serve our Lord Jesus Christ who is its King and Head. The The Holland/Belgium District as part of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana is therefore a theocracy embodying the scriptural principles of church government, which have inspired many of the ideals of modern democracy. The Church acknowledges and respects the civil government; and deems it its duty to serve and cooperate with it in promoting and maintaining the public weal.

The Church accepts the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:9-10); but it also believers that there are various ministries to which the Lord calls His servants. It holds that while some are called to the Ministry of the Word and Sacraments, others are led by the Spirit to play their full part as lay members in the building up of the body of Christ.

 The Church considers it as inescapable duty to keep on praying and working with others in furtherance of the Kingdom of God on earth so that “the earth might be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9).

GENERATIONAL GROUPS

CHILDREN SERVICE

All children up to the age of 12 years belong to the members of the Children Service.

JUNIOR YOUTH (JY)

Children who graduate from the Children Service are admitted to the Junior Youth. This group consists of ages between 12 and 18.

 

YOUNG PEOPLE’S GUILD (YPG)

This group embraces those of ages from 18 to 30 years.

YOUNG ADULTS’ FELLOWSHIP (YAF)

This group embraces those of ages from 30 to 40.

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP

At the age of 40, each female member of the Church joins the women’s fellowship. This is the coordinating group for all females in the congregation.

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

At the age of 40, each male member of the Church joins the men’s fellowship. This is the coordinating group for all males in the congregation.

THE INTERGENERALTIONAL GROUPS

There are intergenerational groups in the Church and serve as channels for individual members to exercise their gifts and talents to enhance the life of the Church. These are Church Choir, Singing Band, and Bible Study and Prayer Group.


OUR VISION STATEMENT

“To be a Christ Centered, Self-Sustaining and Growing Church.”

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

“To uphold the Centrality of the Word of God and through the enablement of the Holy Spirit pursue a holistic ministry so as to bring all of creation to glorify God.”