Association of Baptist for World Evangelism
These statements summarize what is outlined in our Principles and Practices.
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ABWE is determined, under God, to be a spiritually empowered family of servants committed to glorifying Him. We will follow Christ’s command to preach the Gospel throughout the world. As representatives of our sending churches, we boldly evangelize, disciple, train leadership and establish reproducing Baptist churches in agreement with our doctrinal statement. We are committed to integrity, excellence, compassion and accountability until our Lord returns.
We are committed to scriptural integrity and to doctrinal purity as expressed in the ABWE Statement of Faith.
We are committed to obeying the Great Commission and assuming all the responsibilities connected with this command.
We are committed to exercising the spirit of Christ in our dealings with churches, missionaries, donors, and critics.
We are committed to the priority of the local New Testament church and its leadership, pastors and deacons.
We are committed to providing faithful service for the local churches as they send out their missionaries.
We are committed to the principle of accountability between the mission, missionaries, and supporting churches.
We are committed in concert with our sending churches to maintaining high standards for all ABWE personnel.
We are committed to the New Testament principle and practice of evangelism, discipling, and planting reproductive Baptist churches.
We are committed to a programme of church planting that has national leadership, ownership, and stewardship in view from the inception.
We are committed to a fiscal responsibility in serving our supporting churches and missionaries.
We pledge ourselves to do all we can to bring people to Christ throughout the world, maintaining a biblical perspective and balance regarding our involvement in church planting and ministries of compassion.
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New testaments as originally written were God-breathed, both verbally and in every part.
We believe in one God, the Creator of heaven and earth; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, died vicariously, rose from the dead, ascended bodily into heaven, and is coming again to rapture His saints and establish His kingdom. The rapture of His church is imminent and will be personal, pretribulational and premillennial.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son and of the same nature. We believe there is a distinction between the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and His ministry in the New Testament. We believe the Bible does not support the authenticity of the sign gifts of prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, miracles and healing for today.
We believe the Scriptures teach that a man was created by a direct act of God and not from a previously existing form of life. By voluntary transgression he fell from his state of innocence; consequently all men are now sinners by nature and by choice.
We believe the Scriptures teach that salvation of sinners is divinely initiated, wholly of grace, and accomplished only through the mediatorial work of the Son of God.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Church of Jesus Christ, distinct from Israel in the Old Testament, was inaugurated at Pentecost and must be considered in two aspects: the local church and the “church which is his body.”
We believe the Scriptures teach that baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to show his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes.
We believe the Scriptures teach the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust. Believers by faith in Christ will spend eternity in the presence of God, unbelievers in everlasting punishment.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a personal devil who is the “god of this age” and the “prince of the power of the air.”
We believe the Scriptures teach that every believer should be separated unto God and from worldliness and by the aid of the Holy Spirit should walk in Christian love and holiness.
We believe the Scriptures teach the believer should be separated from apostasy as exemplified in ecclesiastic organizations which include liberals and those who sanction theological compromise.
Our Statement of Accountability (Canada)
Spending of funds is confined to board approved programs and projects. Each restricted contribution designated towards a board approved program or project will be used as designated, with the understanding that when the need for such a program or project has been met, or cannot be completed for any reason determined by the board, the remaining restricted contributions designated for such program or project will be used where needed most.