What are the signs and symptoms of depression, and what causes it? Do christians get depressed? Do African christians understand depression?
Join us as Pastor Dennis tackles the topic of depression and its effects on our spirituality.
Sermon Series: Dec 31st to Jan 14th
To GROW God’s people in Christ to ENGAGE the lost with the Gospel
South Coast Community Church came into being on Sunday, 2nd February 2014.
Before our launch we met at Word of Life Grounds and were known as Word of Life Fellowship Church and we’ve been an active presence within the Diani / Ukunda area since 2008.
SouthCoast Community Church (SCC), in its initial organization, for purposes of governance and operation, is a non-denominational, unaffiliated with any recognized denomination(s).
The elders of SCC in all aspects of the Church are the authority as stewards and under-shepherds of the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ our Savior.
Every word in the original writings of the Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testament) is inspired by God (literally God-breathed) and is without error. It is accurate in all matters to which it speaks, spiritual, historical, and scientific. The Holy Scripture is the authoritative Word of God.
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the foundation of the faith and practice of South Coast Community Church (II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Pet. 1:20, 21).
God exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three have distinct personalities and yet are of the same substance, one God. (Gen. 1:1; Deut 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 1:1-3; John 1:14; John 4:24; John 8:58; John 10:30; II Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:30)
Man is created in the image and likeness of God. In Adam, all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men are sinners. Men are justly condemned to eternal judgment and can do nothing to merit salvation. (Gen. 1:26, 27, Gen. 9:6; Rom 2:2, 3, 5; Rom.3:23; Rom. 5:12-21; Eph. 2:1)
The eternal Son of God became incarnate (a human being) in the Lord Jesus Christ, having been born of the Virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully man without separation or confusion. He died physically on the cross and was bodily resurrected three days later, and afterwards He ascended physically to heaven. He will one day return to reign physically as King and Lord on this earth. (Ex. 3:14; Luke 1:31-33; Luke 2:10,11; John 1:1-3,14,18; John 5:18; John 8:58; I Cor. 15:1-5; Heb. 1:1-9; I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 5:8; I John 5:20; Rev. 1:4-8)
Salvation is acquired by faith (trusting) alone in Christ alone. The only means to salvation is believing in Christ’s substitutionary death and resurrection, which satisfied the wrath of God against the sin of the individual. For those who reject Christ, there is an eternal state of punishment awaiting them in hell. For those who believe in Him, there is awaiting them the eternal blessing of the presence of God and all of what heaven has for them. (John 3:16-18, 36; 5:24; 17:3; Rom. 4:1-5;5:l; 8:29,30; Eph. 2:8,9;Tit. 3:5,6; Acts 16:31)
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He convicts men of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates (giving new birth), indwells (lives in), baptizes (places them in the body of Christ-the church), and seals (marks out the believer as His own for eternity) all believers at the point when they exercise faith in Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells (fills) believers at salvation (and not at later date) to guide, influence and control a believer’s life in accordance to the will of the Father and the Son. He further empowers the believer to serve the body of Christ and He also enables the believer to walk by faith and obedience. (Matt 18:19; Matt. 28:19; John 3:3-7; Acts 5:3,4; Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 2:12; I Cor. 6:19; I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:30; Col. 3:14; Titus 3:5)
Every believer has been sanctified (set apart or made holy) by God. He is set apart at the point of believing in Christ (Positional Sanctification). He also chooses as an act of faith and obedience to be sanctified (set apart or made holy) for the purpose of serving God (Progressive Sanctification). He will also experience eternal sanctification at the moment he enters into glory (John 17:15-17; Rom. 1:7; I Cor. 1:2; I Cor. 6:11; Eph. 1:1; Eph. 5:26,27; Heb. 10:10,14; I Thess. 4:3,4; I Peter 1:15,16; I John 3:2)
All who are born of the Spirit through faith in Christ have assurance of salvation and are eternally secure in Christ. In other words, once saved forever saved. (John 6:37; John 10:27-29; John17:12; Rom. 5:1; Rom. 8:1:35-39; Eph.1:13; Eph. 4:30; II Tim. 1:12; I John 5:11-13)
The universal church is made up of all those who have trusted in Jesus Christ. The church is the body of Christ and is His bride. The church is universal (all believers) and is local (individual assemblies). All believers have been chosen by God and baptized by the Holy Spirit into the church. The church is to bring glory and honor to God through her faithfulness to her Savior, Jesus Christ. Through her daily walk and witness she is to testify of the grace and salvation that is offered freely to all who would believe in Him. She will be taken away from this world (the catching away) to be with her Savior until the time when He will return to set up His Kingdom on the this earth. The local church is made up of persons who have trusted in Christ and have willfully committed themselves to Him and to one another. Their purpose is to glorify God in worship, instruction, fellowship and evangelism. The most tangible proof of the local church is her love for those in the body. (Matt. 28:18-20; John 13:34,35; Acts 1:8; 2:44-47; 1 Cor. 12:4-13,27; Eph. l:22,23; 5:24-30; 1 Thess. 4: 13-18; Rev. 20: 1-3)
South Coast Community Church remains a distinctive body of believers. It is fundamental, evangelical, non-charismatic in its’ doctrine and its’ practice. We are independent and non-denominational in our relationship with other churches. Our doctrinal position does not exclude us from intimate fellowship with all believers in Christ. Our distinction is made in order to clarify the position of the church as a whole.
Spiritual gifts are God-given abilities to all believers for service, i.e., “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service to the building up of the body of Christ.” (Rom. 12:1-6; I Cor. 8:1; I Cor. 12:7:11; Eph. 4:1-16; I Pet. 4:10, 11)
Spiritual gifts are given by God for the unity of the body and not as a sign of spiritual superiority. They do not determine one’s salvation.
The Christian is to live a life that is holy (different from the world) before God in character and before the world in reputation. It is through that lifestyle that the believer has a foundation to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
God has promised to reward all believers who are faithful to Him. (Matt. 28: 18-20; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 3:12-17; 2 Cor. 5:10; I Pet. 1:15,16; I Peter 2:9,10; I Peter 3:15; John 14:1-3)
The Scriptures teach that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only two ordinances of the church. Baptism (emersion) simply is the believer’s outward testimony of an inward experience (faith in Christ). The Lord’s Supper is a memorial to the death of Christ and His soon and eminent return. (Matt. 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15, 16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; Acts 9:18; Acts 10:47; I Cor. 11:23-26)
Angels are created beings that were to serve and bring glory to God. Due to Satan’s rebellion one-third fell from heaven and are destined to eternal fire at the coming judgment. During the present time, their purpose is to serve their leader Satan through deceiving God’s people and the world. The remaining angels are presently serving God and ministering to His people. (Job 38:6,7; Ps. 148:2-5; Matt.25:41; Eph. 6:11,12; Col. 1:16; 1 Tim. 5:21; Jude 6; Rev. 12:9)
The blessed hope of the Church is the imminent return of Christ. The events of the return of Christ take place in the following order: the rapture of the Church, the tribulation, the Second Advent (Coming), the establishment of the reign of Christ on earth for one thousand years, and finally the eternal state of punishment for the unsaved and the eternal state of blessing for the saved. (Matt. 24:21,29,30; 25:31-46; John 14:1-3; I Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:4-10; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10)
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