The Vision And Development and Confession of Faith of the China House Church Alliance

China Aid Association
The Vision And Development of the China House Church Alliance
The vision of the China House Church Alliance is to serve the multitude of house churches that are in need in the name of Jesus Christ. The work to be done includes: Biblical training, building up of churches, establishment of orphanages, adopting street urchins, caring for the elderly, literary services, kindergartens, mission to the minority nationalities, serving refugees from North Korea, providing legal counseling and assistance to the persecuted brothers and sisters, and so on. We know that the Alliance cannot fully satisfy the variety of needs listed above. But we would humbly come before God and beseech that He fulfill these jobs with His almighty hand. We ask all our brothers and sisters and coworkers to pray for the work of the Alliance, and invite brothers, sisters, and churches sharing the same mission to join in our ranks. The following is a brief introduction to our work and anticipated development:
I. Biblical education
The biggest need emerging from churches everywhere is that their leaders and younger believers need some training and education.  The majority of them have started service after they accepted Jesus as their Savior. They lack the opportunity of receiving systematic and comprehensive theological education, and thus face significant challenges in their service. Right now the Alliance has four schools for Biblical education.

2.  Anhui Biblical Training School
     II.Service for street urchins
     In cities throughout China, you can easily come across quite a few street urchins in train stations and bus stations. The street urchin service of the Alliance is to provide a warm home for these children so they won’t wander in the street, and to feed and clothe them and let them hear the Gospel. At present there are 18 children living in such homes of God’s love.
     III. Building up Churches
Every pastor of the Alliance is actively involved in the eternal work of building up churches. The aim of the Alliance is to establish 1,000 churches in the year  2006.

     IV.Home for the Elderly
Currently about 15 percent of China’s population is around the age of 60, while the average life-span of the Chinese is 70. Therefore the majority of these elderly people will not have the opportunity of receiving the Gospel. Moreover, the majority of the younger generation has discarded their responsibility of supporting and caring for their elder parents due to deterioration of morality. Some elderly people simply live on without being cared for as if they never had any children, while China has not set up the social security system for the service of these millions of elderly people. The Alliance thus has established Home for the Elderly to help such old folks. In the Home the oldest is 103 years of age, and  the majority of the rest is around 80. Ninety percent of the old people have accepted Jesus Christ after they were admitted to the Home for the Elderly.
V. Literary Work
Access to spiritual books is very constructive to Chinese Christians. The Alliance is engaged in distributing books it has collected to the people who need them.

VI.Youth Service
Chinese law prohibits preaching the Gospel to anybody under the age of 18. There are 300 million children in China. In a good number of home churches there is no worship oriented toward the youth since we do not know how to influence the children. The believers’ children refuse to come to the church or participate in worship and service. So we are facing two challenges: extend our hands to help the 300 million children and to educate the believers’ children. Please come and help us.

VII.Mission in the Minority Nationalities Regions
There are more than 100 million people living in the minority nationalities regions of China. It is not easy to preach the Gospel to them since they live mainly in remote and mountainous localities, or they are Muslem.  This presents substantial challenge. Now the Alliance is serving 12 of the dozens of minority nationalities. 

VIII.North Korean Refugees
About 2 million North Koreans have fled their country to seek refuge in China. They cannot return for fear of facing severe punishment or even death if they do so. They cannot understand Chinese. The Chinese government does not honor U.N. conventions to treat them as refugees and often repatriate these North Koreans. The Alliance is now doing something to help these refugees. 

IX.Legal Counseling and Assistance Service
The multitudes of China House Churches are often being persecuted due to their faith and courageous preaching of the Gospel. This issue is no longer a secret. The Alliance will provide legal counseling and assistance to those believers who are under persecution.

X.External Mission 
The Alliance will faithfully accept the vision that God presents to China, that is to spread the Gospel to the end of the earth. The Alliance has been prepared to herald this holy mission and train workers to do mission work in the Arabic and other un-reached nations. And the Alliance is willing to work with burdened brothers and sisters so we can jointly achieve this sacred mission.

China House Church Alliance        
                                         January 28, 2006
The Confession of Faith of China House Church Alliance
We Believe:
(1)    The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.
(2)     In one God, existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is the Creator of all things, and the Sustainer of all things; He is the Lord of history and the world.  He is the Judge and Savior.
(3)     That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins, resurrected and arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate. Jesus came to demonstrate love and righteousness of God, to bring us into reconciliation with God.  Anything or any man which attempt to replace Jesus or to be equal to Jesus is an idol.
(4)    The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service as witness.
(5)    That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin in Adam, man needs delivery of God, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit and through believing in Jesus Christ can man be righteous and reconciled to God.  All men, regardless of their race or culture background are sinners and all need salvation through Jesus Christ.
(6)    That the blood of Jesus Christ and His death and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and, thus become children of God.  No one can be saved by his own goodness.
(7)    That water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are important ordinances from the Lord to be observed by the Church during the present age though not the conditions for a person to be saved.
(8)    That the true Church is one body, composed of all such persons who accept Christ as the only head and have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and serve the believers by worshipping together, the holy communion, fellowship, service, witness, and preaching the Gospel; that the true Church is the peace maker through love and suffering, and is the symbol of resurrection and hope.
(9)    In the Second Coming of Jesus Christ at the end of world, to judge the living and the dead, which provides the foundation of life and ministry of all believers.
(10)                     In everlasting life for all believers who resurrect in body, and in ever lost life of non-believers.

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