The City Partnership has been established by Christian businessmen to reach the business communities of the South Africa with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The worldview of today’s city worker is shaped in large measure by corporate values and western materialism. It is our conviction that pressures of business life today are such that many business people never go anywhere near a church and never ever heard the gospel. Our ministry is based on Paul’s missionary strategy (Philippians 1:3-6) – Christians partnering together with God and each other to share and apply the gospel at work.
The City Partnership exists to reach and disciple business people with the Gospel for the glory of God and the good of the local church.
The City Partnership wants to establish meetings in all the major business centres of South Africa with a clear focus on faithfully teaching and applying God’s Word. We want transform the business world of South Africa by partnering with Christians in business and equipping them to effectively live and share the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ at work. We also aim to partner with churches as their outreach arm into the business community.
Statement of Faith
As a Christian organisation, we believe it is important to have a statement of faith. This statement of faith reflects our core beliefs as an organisation, and gives us the foundation on which we build our ministry.
These are the foundational beliefs of The City Partnership.
The unique supremacy of Christ
This is a distinctive view of Jesus. The Bible teaches that Jesus claimed to be not merely a prophet or super-human. He is not merely the best of many ways to God. He is uniquely and eternally God the Son, now fully human as well. He is the complete and unique self-revelation of God. He is the complete and uniquely true and living way to be saved by God. He is now risen and enthroned at the right hand of the Father as supreme Lord to rule and judge us all.
The seriousness of sin
This is a distinctive view of humanity. The Bible teaches that we share the guilt of the original rebellion of our representative ancestor, Adam. We are not only corrupted in our physical desires but also in our perception and wills. We are all naturally dead to God and deserving of his eternal condemnation and just punishment in hell.
The penal substitution of Christ’s death
This is a distinctive view of the death of Christ. The Bible teaches that just as a football substitute takes the place of a player on the pitch, so Jesus took our place on the cross in “substitution” for us. It was “penal” in that he suffered there the penalty or punishment for our sin. God did this to satisfy his own personal justice. This means that Christ’s death not only conquered Satan and his power of death, not only set us an example of sacrificial love to follow but, supremely, satisfied God for our sins.
The justification of believers by grace alone
This is a distinctive view of our salvation. The Bible teaches that we are acceptable to God and reckoned righteous or “justified” in his judgement only by the righteousness of Christ’s perfect obedience counted as ours. This is not because of anything good in us i.e. it is by the generosity of his “grace” alone. Christ “swapped” places with us: God the Father treated Jesus just-as-if-he-was-me (and punished him) so that he can treat me “just-as-if-I’d” been Jesus (and accepted or “justified” me).
The sovereignty of God the Father
This is a distinctive view of history. The Bible teaches that God created the world and governs every detail of history including the salvation of the sinners that he has elected to save for eternity. The future is not uncertain or at risk to God as some suggest!
The regeneration of God the Holy Spirit
This is a distinctive view of Christian experience. The Bible teaches that God creates new life in us, not through baptism but through his gospel. Through God’s word, God’s Spirit creates the faith to believe his Word and to repent or turn from sin. He indwells every Christian bringing new life and a love for keeping the law of Christ. He helps us to know Christ, to speak of Christ, to serve one another like Christ, to bear the fruit of Christ-likeness and to pray to our Father like Christ.
The reality of God’s coming judgement
This is a distinctive view of the future. The Bible teaches that Christ will return to raise all humanity to face his judgement. He will welcome all who have trusted the gospel about him into the eternal paradise Kingdom of the New Creation. All who don’t know God or have failed to believe his gospel will forever be excluded from his presence in the ruinous destruction of eternally just and conscious punishment. We can only consider such sombre truths with tears and heavy hearts but we are not at liberty to change the politically incorrect teachings of Scripture.
The priority of evangelism
This is a distinctive view of the world we live in. The Bible teaches that as Christ turned from concentrating on healing to focus upon preaching the gospel and as his apostles delegated their famine relief so as not to be distracted from their ministries of prayer and the Word, so we must recognise that the kindest and most loving thing that we can do for a poor and needy world is to proclaim the gospel. Of course, Evangelicals have also always served the social needs of their societies but our highest priority is spreading the news about Jesus. The world won’t understand or praise our commitment to missionary priorities, but they are the priorities of Jesus.
The authority of Scripture
This is a distinctive view of how we know God. The Bible teaches that as Christ regarded every word of the Old Testament as the contemporary voice of God, reliable and authoritative in every detail, so Christians should listen to the contemporary voice of God addressing us in the sentences of the Scriptures (the Old testament fulfilled with the New Testament writings of Christ’s authorised apostolic eye-witnesses). Interpreted in accordance with its various kinds of literature (including literary conventions such as approximation, poetic devices and the personal emphases of different authors) the Bible is without error in all it affirms. Moreover, since the Bible is God’s complete summary of the person and work of Christ, it contains everything we could possibly need to know from God for salvation and righteousness. The Spirit of God guides us through the Word of God as the light to our paths to be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The centrality of Bible-teaching
This is a distinctive view of Christian ministry. The preaching and teaching of God’s Word is not simply the preferred option of certain kinds of intellectual churches. The Bible is how the Spirit of God grows and directs his churches and his people. As the Scriptures are taught in Sunday School, youth events, congregational meetings, outreach and missionary initiatives, the Spirit of God is calling the people of God to faith and repentance, granting new life, judging sin and approving righteousness, sanctifying and edifying his people to go out to live lives of sacrificial worship.
The importance of the local church
This is a distinctive view of church. The voice of God in the Scriptures gathers the people of God around the Word of God into the church of God. All God’s people are in Christ and therefore gathered in the heavenly church around the throne of God. This assembly is reflected on earth in the congregations of God’s people gathering to hear God’s Word. It is the local church that by its mutual love and unity in the truth of the gospel displays the power of God in drawing people together under the rule of Christ and which has responsibility for upholding the truth in this godless generation.
The necessity of holiness
This is a distinctive view of the worship that pleases God. Christ died to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do good. We are warned not to be deceived by those who turn the grace of God into a licence for immorality. We must be clear that those who continue without repentance in wicked lifestyles such as greed, slandering others or sexual immorality such as homosexual practice are not being saved. Our reasonable worship in response to the gospel is to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. We all fail and struggle. We must strive to be holy not in order to be saved but because we have been saved and while we are saved not by works but by faith in his works, nevertheless, real faith will always be evident in the growing holiness of God’s children that reflects the holiness of our heavenly father. This is particularly important to understand and contend for in the present permissive climate of our culture that is compromising so many church leaders across our nation and the western world.