Jabula New Life International is an institute that seeks to further the work of God's Kingdom through a system of associated Ministries and Assemblies. Its service is primarily in the area of church and leadership development, "helps" and "administration" and it seeks to create structures by which we may work together and be governed. We are a group of relevant worshippers who are optimistic about God's agenda for the day in which we live. We enthusiastically proclaim a message of empowerment, releasing God's victory and blessings upon this generation. Jabula is a fellowship founded by human beings, governed by human beings, and designed for human beings. It is therefore conceived in order to bless the Kingdom of God. It makes no claim of divine origin except that it grows out of the hearts of its founders as a means to facilitate the work of our Lord. In such a time that the ministries may perceive that this institute no longer serves the purposes founded in our Statement of Purpose, or is no longer faithful to the Consensus of our Beliefs affirmed in its original context, such ministries would feel free to disassociate without guilt. Only God's church is eternal; our efforts to carry out the temporal aspects of that Church are not. We who, by God's grace, put our hands to the formation of this institution urge any future leaders: beware the temptation to usurp the divinely bequeathed sovereignty of the churches, the evil that may influence us all to seek to dominate others in God's Name, and the stifling accumulation of irrelevant trivialities and complicated legalities. With great enthusiasm over the potential opportunities this Ministry offers, and with a comprehension of the equal potential of misdirection of its noble aim, we here set forth the constitution of Jabula International Network North America.
We believe in one God, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1) We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is the only begotten of the Father, and is truly God and truly man. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious and atoning death for the sins of the world, was resurrected bodily for our justification, and now reigns in Glory until all things be put under His feet. (I Tim. 3:16)
We believe in the absolute inspiration of the Holy Scriptures in their original autographs, given by the Holy Spirit without error as He moved upon holy men of old. Furthermore, we believe that the church has no authority to establish doctrine or practices contrary to these same scriptures, which were subsequently accepted as Canon by the early Christian Church. (I Tim. 3:16)
We believe that man was made in the image of God and is the crown of creation. He is now by reason of the "fall" spiritually alienate4d from his Creator. Apart from God he has no ability to attain to this high calling. (Psalm 8; Ephesians 2:8-9) We believe that justification is by grace through faith in our Lord's sacrifice on Calvary. (Romans 3:21-24) We believe that all people are to repent and be buried with our Lord Jesus Christ in the water of baptism. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:28; Romans 6:4; II Peter 3:9)
We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an endowment of power given by God to anoint the believer for sanctification and evangelism. It is our understanding that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit are active within the body of Christ until the coming of the Lord. Furthermore, we believe that the development of these gifts ought to be encouraged under the guidance of local church authority. (Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:1-2; I Cor. 12:4-7)
We believe that those who are called by the name of Christ should depart from iniquity, understanding that salvation from the penalty of sin only beings the process of redemption. We acknowledge that one work of the Holy Spirit is to create in us the character of Christ. (II Tim. 2:19)
We believe in the Priesthood of the believer; that is to say, all people born of God have equal status before God and direct access to their Lord. (Pet. 2:5)
We believe in the identity of the body of Christ on the earth is primarily perceived through the local church. While encouraging the voluntary association of local churches, and recognizing the need of consensus on matters of fundamental doctrine and conduct, we strongly confess the local church to be sovereign and autonomous. (Rev. 2, 3)
We believe that the callings of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher are functional within the body of Christ until the Lord's return. Furthermore, these ministries are gifts to the church for the purpose equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, that the body of Christ may be edified. (Ephesians 4:11-16).
We believe in the literal Second Coming of our Lord, the literal rule of Christ upon the earth, the resurrection of the regenerate to eternal life and the unregenerated to eternal damnation, and the ultimate victory of the eternal Kingdom of God. (Acts 1:9011; Daniel 12:2; Revelations 22:1-7).