The purpose of Ruaraka Baptist is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by winning the un-churched, making them into regular attendants and gradually mentoring them into dependable Christians who are able to serve the body of Christ in various leadership positions (core ministry leaders), both within and outside Ruaraka Baptist Church.
There is only one living and true God. The eternal triune God reveals Himself through God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co – equal and are one God (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matt. 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:13)
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. (Matt. 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 4:14, 15 John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; I Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13)
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily. (II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture or error. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21;
II Timothy 1:13, 14; Psalm 119:105, 160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53: 6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1) In totality, salvation includes regeneration (New Birth), justification (legal acquittal through the death of Christ) and glorification (the culmination of salvation and the final abiding of the redeemed).
God’s Purpose of Grace
This is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness and excludes boosting and promotes humility. All true believers endure to the end. They may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair there graces and comforts and bring reproach to the course of Christ and temporal judgment on themselves and yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (Gen 12:1-3, Exodus 19:5-8, Eph 1:4-23, 1 Tim 1:12, 2:10)
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is by immersion of a believer in water in the name of the father, and of the son and of the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believers’ faith in the crucified, buried and the risen Christ, the believers’ death to sin, the burial of the old self, and the resurrection to walk in the newness of the life of Christ.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby through the partaking of the bread and the taking of the bread memorize the death of Christ and anticipate His second coming.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven, also called eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 3:6; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; I Corinthians 2:7-9)