Welcome at the Pentecostal Holiness Church of Burundi
Brought in Burundi by a missionary from the United States, the late Rev. Philip List in 1992, PHCB has grown up to more than forty local pastors who leads local churches, and ministries operating within local churches. PHCB has been involved into church planting, community counseling and education, peace building and conflict resolution, social welfare and livelihood, children outreach, education, family counseling and more.
Among challenges PHCB is facing is that Burundi is landlocked country. Located in East Africa, it is at 1500 Miles from the Indian sea and at 2000 Mile from Atlantic sea. You will reach to Burundi generally by air from Kenya(2 hours flight), from Rwanda(30 min flight). Burundi borders the following nations: Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. The population of Burundi is eight millions people living on an area of 27,830 square kilometers or (10,747 square miles).Burundi is organized in provinces (17 in total) and districts (communes).
The country got the political independence from Belgium colonization in 1962. But thereafter, several social instabilities have characterized the country in ethnic and political confrontations.
Our belief statement
1. We believe that one God exists from everlasting to everlasting and expresses Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
2. We believe that God inspired people to write the Bible (His Word), revealing His plan and His love for us.
3. We believe that the Bible, which has sixty-six books: thirty-nine in the Old Testament (OT) and twenty-seven in the New Testament (NT) is the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God.
4. We believe that God created us all in His image and deserves our love and obedience.
5. We believe that through the decision of one man (Adam) death entered the world, separating us from God. Since then, we’re all born separate from God.
6. We believe that through the sacrificial death and resurrection of one perfect man-God the Son we can renew our relationship with God.
7. We believe that all we have to do is to believe in Jesus in order to be forgiven of all our wrongs and to spend eternity with God.
8. We believe that if we accept this gift from God, He lives in us, empowering us to live, love and help others know Him.
9. a. We believe that everyone who has accepted God’s gift (7) is a child of God and part of our family, regardless of their denomination, church affiliation, race, nation or gender.
b. Diversity in interpreting God’s Word in non-essentials is an opportunity for acceptance, learning and growth, not conflict and rebellion.
c. Everyone who has not accepted God’s gift (7) is still loved by God (2, 4, 6), and therefore, by God’s children. God’s children are like Him in the World.
We trust and quote IPHC articles of faith (14). http://www.iphc.org
We believe there is no other but one living and true God, everlasting, with infinite power, wisdom and goodness; Maker and Preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in the unity of this Godhead there are three Persons of one substance of eternal being, and equal in holiness, justice, wisdom, power, and dignity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
We believe that the Son, who is the Word of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took man’s nature in the womb of the blessed virgin; so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and the manhood were joined together in one Person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God and perfect man, who actually suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile the Father to us, and to make the atonement, not only for our actual guilt, but also for the original sin.
We believe that Christ did truly rise again from the dead, and took again His body, with all things appertaining to the perfections of man’s nature, and ascended into heaven and there sits until He shall return to judge all men at the last day.
We believe the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty and glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.
We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, known as the Bible, composed of sixty-six books and divided into two departments, Old and New Testaments. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, the full and complete revelation of the plan and history of redemption.
We believe that eternal life with God in heaven is a portion of the reward of the finally righteous; and that everlasting banishment from the presence of the Lord and unending torture in hell are the wages of the persistently wicked (Matthew 25:46; Psalm 9:17; Revelation 21:7-8).
We believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood for the remission of sins that are past, for the regeneration of penitent sinners, and for salvation from sin and from sinning (Romans 3:25; 1 John 3:5-10; Ephesians 2:1-10).
We believe, teach, and firmly maintain the scriptural doctrine of justification by faith alone (Romans 5:1).
We believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood for the complete cleansing of the justified believer from all indwelling sin and from its pollution, subsequent to regeneration (1 John 1:7-9).
We believe in sanctification. While sanctification is initiated in regeneration and consummated in glorification, we believe that it includes a definite, instantaneous work of grace achieved by faith subsequent to regeneration (Acts 26:18; 1 John 1:9). Sanctification delivers from the power and dominion of sin. It is followed by life-long growth in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:16; 2 Peter 3:18).
We believe that the Pentecostal baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire is obtainable by a definite act of appropriating faith on the part of the fully cleansed believer, and the initial evidence of the reception of this experience is speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Luke 11:13; Acts 1:5; 2:14, 8-17; 10:44-46; 19:6).
We believe in divine healing as in the atonement (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:14-18; James 5:14-16; Exodus 15:26).
We believe in the imminent, personal, premillennial second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonian s 4:15-17; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 3:1-4; Matthew 24:29-44), and love and wait for His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8).
We believe it is the responsibility of every believer to dedicate his life to carrying out the work of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; Acts 1:8).
We acknowledge the apostles ‘creed’
“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; which was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell [that is, the place of the departed righteous]; the third day He rose again from the dead, He ascended into heaven; and sat on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic [universal] church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body; and life everlasting. Amen.”