China Horizon


Revision - First draft, January 4, 2008

          The church of Jesus Christ is called by God to be his people and the body of Christ.  The goals of the church are to worship and praise the Triune God, to teach the Word of God for the edification of God’s people, and to witness to the power and grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ through word and deed, for His glory. 

    As she engages in the task of witness in and across cultures, the church labors toward the conversion of men, women and children to saving faith in Christ; the maturing of the Body of Christ in every culture, raising up workers competent to teach, counsel and lead; and the transformation of society, thought and culture, according to the Word of God. 

    中華展望的董事與同工宣告我們有責任宣講、教導主一次交託給聖徒們的真理。我們承認基督教教義有更完整,更優美的講述,如《使徒信經》,《尼西亞信經》,《威敏斯特信仰告白要理問答》 (1647),《洛桑信約 》 (1974),《芝加哥聖經無誤宣言》(1978) 與 《劍橋宣言》(1996)等;我們也同時接受此信仰宣言,作為我們信仰的總結。
    The Board of Directors and staff of China Horizon affirm our duty to proclaim, teach and defend the truth once delivered to the saints.  Recognizing that there are more complete and excellent expositions of Christian doctrine such as the the Apostles’ Creed , the Nicene Creed , the Westminster Confession and Catechisms (1647), The Lausanne Covenant (1974), and The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978)) and The Cambridge Declaration (1996), we subscribe to the following summary of our Biblical faith.  

1.    《聖經》SCRIPTURE   

The Bible of the Old and New Testaments is the inspired Word of God, is in its entirety infallible and inerrant in its original manuscripts in all it affirms, in matters of faith, conduct, history and science, and is the only supreme authority for every believer and the church.  The Word of God alone can bind the human conscience.  Christians receive the Bible as the Word of God because of the testimony in Scripture and with Scripture by the Holy Spirit, Who is its Author.  

2.    上帝GOD

There is only one true, living and Triune God, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Who is infinite, eternal, and unchanging in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.  The three persons of the Triune God are equal in glory and power, and worthy of worship.  

3.  創造CREATION   
God created the universe out of nothing by the power of His Word, and created man and woman in His own image to rule over the world for His glory.  

4. 罪SIN   

In Adam’s one sin all mankind sinned and fell into death, and is subject to God’s eternal  judgment and curse.  Only by the grace of God in Christ can men and women be redeemed from sin, and reconciled with God.  

5. 耶穌基督 JESUS CHRIST   

Jesus Christ is God the Son, eternally begotten by the Father.  Fully God and fully man, he took on human nature in the Incarnation, was born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life among us.  He died on the cross as a substitutionary, propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of God’s people.  Jesus Christ bodily rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and will physically, visibly and imminently return to judge the living and the dead.


Jesus Christ is the only way to know God and be saved.  Salvation is by the grace of God alone, and received through faith alone.  

7.  新生命THE NEW LIFE   

True repentance and faith will bear the fruit of obedience and good works.  Faith and its fruits are not meritorious before God, but are the results of the Spirit’s gracious work in men and women.  Born again men and women are exhorted and required to live holy lives in obedience to the Word of God, to the glory of God.  The Law of God is the norm for obedience and holy living.  


The Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ.   All believers are filled by the Spirit as they yield in repentance and faith to His sovereign and gracious rule.  The Holy Spirit is the giver of all gifts for the work of ministry in the Kingdom of God.  



The Church is the people of God and the Body of Christ, instituted by God to worship Him, proclaim His Word, instruct His people and evangelize the lost, for His glory.  All who profess faith in Christ, and their children, have the right to belong to the visible church on earth, and to receive her teaching and discipline.  Christian parents and churches are obligated to pray with and for their children, and to bring them up, by the Word of God, to fear and know Him, and to repent and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Bible specially instructs God’s children to care for the widow, orphan and the sojourner in their midst.  We affirm the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ throughout history.

10.    文化CULTURE  

Culture is the product of men and women created in God’s image as they carry out the mandate to manage and rule over the earth.  Culture is man’s response to God’s self-revelation in nature, and not God’s revelation itself.   Thus all culture bears the marks of God’s image.  Since all mankind has fallen in Adam, all cultures have been marred with sin, and are judged in the light of the Word of God.  

As men and women receive the Word of God and mature as the church of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit illumines them by His Word as they view and engage their own culture.  In this process, some elements in culture will be affirmed and retained; some will be modified and adjusted for use in life and ministry; and still others will be rejected as contrary to the principles of the Word of God.  We reject any belief and conduct built on the mixture of the Christian gospel and the philosophies and religions of the world.  
12.    歷史HISTORY  

History is the record of God’s redemption of His people, His revelation of truth, and the response of mankind in obedience and disobedience to Him. The meaning of the history of the universe, is that God makes all things in heaven and on earth one in Jesus Christ.  History will be consummated  when Christ returns to gather His people, judge the world, and usher in a new heaven and new earth.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2008 )