What We Believe
Rainbow Christian Fellowship holds to a reformed understanding and interpretation of Scripture and denominationally forms part of the Reformed Churches in South Africa. It is a local expression of God’s visible Church, which He is assembling for Himself since creation.
The basis of our faith and convictions is the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, which we believe to be God’s infallible Word. We believe that it was fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error. It is the final authority in all matters on which it speaks.
Jesus quoted Scripture at every point in his life, including his words on the Cross from Psalm 22. Since we trust Jesus to be who he said He is, we also follow his lead in trusting the authority and inerrancy of the Scriptures and submit ourselves under it.
There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons (Trinity) – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and personality. God the Father – The first person of the Trinity is the One whom Jesus revealed to us as “the Father.” God is not some remote, unknowable spiritual entity. Rather God is our loving, powerful heavenly Father. Against all other ideologies about the beginning of the world, we profess that God created heaven and earth and all that is in them. This profession affirms the goodness of creation and endows it with meaning and purpose. Further, all that is good and beautiful points to a Creator God. Thus, all humans can know something about God through what creation reveals.
God the Son
We affirm that Jesus of Nazareth, though born of a woman and truly man, was more than a mere human being; as God’s Son he also is God himself. He is very God of very God. He is of the same substance as the Father. What is true of the Father is true of the Son. As the Christ, Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies about a Messiah who would redeem God’s people. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are grounded in historical fact. After his earthly work of redemption was finished, Jesus took his place in heaven as Lord of all things. He will come again to make all things new.
God the Holy Spirit
When Jesus ascended bodily to heaven, he promised his disciples a comforter, a source of power; one that would “lead them into all truth.” This gift was the Holy Spirit. Ever since then, the Holy Spirit has dwelled in and empowered God’s people. The Holy Spirit is the third person of Trinity, the presence and power of God with us here and now, leading the church, uniting God’s people, applying God’s forgiveness to our broken lives, speaking to us, and spurring us individually and communally to godly living. The Holy Spirit is not an agent of God, He is God. One and the same in essence, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son, being true and eternal God.
We believe that God created human beings from the dust of the earth and made and formed them in his image and likeness – good, just, and holy; able by their will to conform in all things to the will of God. But when they were in honour they did not understand it and did not recognize their excellence. Instead they, lending their ear to the word of the devil, subjected themselves willingly to sin and consequently to death and the curse thereof.
For they transgressed the commandment of life which they had received, and by their sin they separated themselves from God, who was their true life, having corrupted their entire nature. So they made themselves guilty and subject to physical and spiritual death, having become wicked, perverse, and corrupt in all their ways. They lost all their excellent gifts which they had received from God, and retained none of them except for small traces which are enough to make them inexcusable. Moreover, all the light in us is turned to darkness, as the Scripture teaches us: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
Here John calls the human race “darkness.” Therefore, we reject everything taught to the contrary concerning human free will, since humans are nothing but the slaves of sin, and cannot do a thing unless it is given them from heaven. For who can boast of being able to do anything good by oneself, since Christ says, “No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me”.
Who can glory in their own will when they understand that “the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God.” Who can speak of their own knowledge in view of the fact that “those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit.” In short, who can produce a single thought, knowing that we are not able to think a true thing about ourselves, by ourselves, but that “our competence is from God”
And therefore, what the apostle says ought rightly to stand fixed and firm: “God works within us both to will and to do according to his good pleasure.” For, apart from Christ’s involvement, there is no understanding nor will that conform to God’s understanding and will, as he teaches us when he says, “Apart from me you can do nothing.
At Rainbow Christian Fellowship we subscribe to the Reformed dogmas (teachings) formulated by the reformers of the 16th century, who called the Church back to the Biblical truths of the early Christian Church by maintaining these principles:
Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
Sola Fide (Faith Alone)
Sola Christi (Christ Alone)
Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
Soli Deo Gloria (For His Glory)
We hold to the biblical doctrines articulated in the Three Forms of Unity, namely:
The Belgic Confession of Faith
The Heidelberg Catechism
The Canons of Dordt
Though not an official confessional standard of the Reformed Churches in South Africa, RCF is in agreement with the biblical doctrines as stated in the Westminster Confession of Faith.
Rainbow Christian Fellowship also fully subscribes to the creeds of the early church:
As a local church we test ourselves against, and call on other true churches to hold us accountable to the following marks of the true Church of God:
The pure preaching of the Word of God,
The administration of the sacraments,
Faithful exercise of Church discipline.
At Rainbow Christian Fellowship we insist on the maintenance of the missionary dimensions of the above marks of the true Church. It is our conviction that the church of Jesus Christ finds its fullest expression in relation to the world, only if it lives out its nature as a missionary people. For, there is no other church than the church sent into the world, and there is no other mission than that of the Church of Christ, which is at once missionary and eschatological.