We hold to the protestant, reformed and evangelical Anglican faith as described by the main articles of faith of each of these movements. Historically this is rooted theologically in the 39 articles of religion first published in 1553. Lephare-Bukavu is committed to the doctrines as taught in the historic orthodox creeds of the Christian church (Apostle Creed, Nicene Creed and Athanasian Creed) The following 3 points are the main core belief we believe express such position in Bukavu during the 21st century. From these will flow most of our ministries.
•The Gospel and salvation: Salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone through grace alone by faith alone. This is achieved by personal faith and confession of Jesus’s lordship over all of one’s life. This inner truth and reality is made evident in one’s life by a life of obedience to Christ through his word.
•The bible: The bible is the revealed word of God and thus is our final authority in all matters of life. It is inerrant and relevant to every generation. It is to be preached, taught, believed and upheld high by all followers of Christ.
•The need for Gospel renewal: the Gospel produces changes in people that only the grace of God can produce. It is the power of God that take captive all our thoughts and desire making them subject/obedient to Christ. This results in a changed life with a great sense of humility.
Community centered (Family)
•The church: The church is the universal body of believers and is central to God redemptive plans. This is acknowledged by Christians through their commitment to local assembly of believers in their neighborhood and belonging to small groups/gospel communities. •Community-cultural renewal The gospel produces changed people who in turn produce change and renewed culture. As Christians live in gospel-centered biblical communities a clear impact of cultural renewal will be witnessed: upholding all the good and great values already anchored in our city by God grace while critiquing and offering alternatives for those aspects of cultural that are against God’s kingdom.
•Serving the body as we serve the city: As the Christians meet in small group and serve one another, they will also aim at being outward looking and prayerfully asking what is that God what them to do in their communities to bring about the light of the Gospel of Christ there.
Mission centered (Mission)
•Service-outward face and social healing : The gospel produces an inward desire to see the kingdom of God established. Even though this reality will only be fully realized when Christ returns, Christians are in a sense artisans of such reality in their cities. This is done mainly through their actions of searching for temporary healing for the wounds and ills that are caused by sins. They become people for others cultivating redemptive relationships with non-Christians and inviting them both to church and gospel communities they are part of. Since the Gospel gets at the root of all social ills, the message of this gospel will be preached and held high as a solution to the many ills and brokenness of society. We will endeavor to serve the poor and marginalized in our city.
•Movement: We aim at raising leaders among us for the greater work of the kingdom. Yet we also intended to network with other people to see God’s redemptive purposes achieved in the city through our constant desire to be praying, talking and discussing with them. We are aware that on our own we cannot manage to bring about the renewal and change that God intends for Bukavu. We will therefore strive for unity where possible and that for the glory of Christ.
•Shining the light of the Gospel: A strong emphasis will be put on acts of mercy and justice. We will continually prayerfully consider how we may bring the light of the Gospel and the kingdom of God in our city and its surrounding through intentional acts of mercy and justice. The areas of economics, health, education, human rights and others will be part of these plans.