A confessing community: Creation of heaven and earth

It may surprise you—or perhaps it won’t—that Bible interpreters have never fully agreed on a single interpretation of the creation story in Genesis 1–2. Some of the early church fathers (e.g. Victorinus, Lactantius, Basil the Great, Ambrose of Milan, and John Damascene) explicitly affirmed…

A confessing community: The Scriptures interpreted

One of the biggest doctrinal controversies in the fourth century centred on the deity of Jesus Christ. Arius and his followers taught that Jesus Christ was a created being, who did not always exist. Athanasius strongly defended the deity of Jesus Christ and helped…

A confessing community: The Scriptures sufficient

Every age has had its religious leaders who have claimed to receive direct divine revelation, apart from Scripture. Our age is no different—and, in fact, it may be more prevalent in Africa than in many places in the world. African churches are filled with…

A confessing community: The Scriptures revealed

South African Airways (SAA) buys 1.5 million bottles of Valpre water a year. The wholesale price of these bottles is R2.75 each. SAA, however, does not buy directly from the producer. It buys them from an empowerment company set up by ANC cadres and…

A confessing community: The revealed God

A 2000 M. Night Shyamalan film posits that superhero stories are simply sensationalised accounts of true-life heroes who, while not as powerful as the superheroes of which comic books tell, are extraordinary people who are able to do extraordinary things. As the stories of…

A confessing community: The providential God

The South African church community was recently thrust into the limelight when Pastor Alph Lukau staged the resurrection of Brighton Moyo. Some reports suggest that this was not the first time that Mr. Moyo was involved in a staged miracle. The Internet was in…

A confessing community: The sovereign God

Greg Boyd is a prominent proponent of open theism. In his book, God of the Possible, he tells the story of a young woman named Suzanne. One Sunday, Suzanne approached him, very angry at God. After he had worked through some of her initial…

A confessing community: God, self-existent

Gretta Vosper pastors West Hill United Church, a congregation in the United Church of Canada. Three years ago, she declared herself an atheist. Following that revelation, two-thirds of her congregation left the church, and denominational leaders sought to remove her from her position arguing…

A confessing community: The living and true God

Christian worship can be defined as a reverent response to divine revelation. To properly worship God, therefore, requires that we properly understand the nature and character of God as it is revealed in Scripture. The Sola 5 Confession of Faith begins with a definition…

A confessing community: Introduction

I am a member of Brackenhurst Baptist Church in Johannesburg, South Africa, which is in turn a member of Sola 5—an association of God-centred evangelical churches in Southern Africa. All member churches affirm Sola 5’s Confession of Faith. As a church, we are currently…