Midrand Chapel affirms the central tenets of orthodox Christianity. A copy of our Core Beliefs and Constitution can be obtained from our Website ( Core Beliefs / Constitution)

We strive to submit to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as our sole authority for faith and practice rather than to any particular creed, confession, or theological system. As a member of the Sola-5 Association of churches, we uphold the confession, core values and constitution of the Association (Sola5-Handbook-2009) For those who would prefer to place us into neat theological categories, we hold to the following distinctive doctrinal convictions:

  1. Believers Baptism (Rom 6:1-12)

  2. The Doctrines of Grace (Eph 1:3-14)

  3. Lordship Salvation (Mk 4:1-20)

  4. Elder Lead (1 Pet 5:1-5)

  5. Church Discipline (Matt 18:15-20)

  6. Creationism (Gen 1)

  7. Complementarianism (1 Tim 2:8-15)

  8. Cessationism (1 Cor 13)

  9. Expository Preaching (2 Tim 3:10-4:5)

  10. Futuristic Pre-millenialism (Mk 13)

The statement given below summarizes the foundational doctrines of orthodox Christianity and represents the "Core Beliefs" which all our members hold in common. (Download: Core Beliefs)


The Bible

The Bible is inspired by God, is complete and consists of 66 books (2 Peter 1:20-21). It is all sufficient, is without error and is the final authority on all matters of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

God

There is one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4), existing in three persons as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all equal but distinct (2 Corinthians 13:14). As creator, God is author and sustainer of all (Ephesians 3:9).

God the Father

God as Father is the first person of the Trinity, the author of our salvation, having decreed this for His own glory before the foundation of the earth (Ephesians 1:4-6). He saves from sin all that come to Him through Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23). He adopts these as His own and becomes, upon adoption, Father to them (John1:12-13).

God the Son

Jesus Christ is God’s Son and came to earth (John 3:16) fully God (John 10:30) and fully man (Philippians 2:5-8). He was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), led a sinless life (Hebrews 6:5), died on the cross (Philippians 2:8), was buried (Matthew 27:60), was raised up after three days (1 Corinthians 15:4) and ascended to heaven (Acts 1:9) from where He will return again to establish His Kingdom (Revelation 20).

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit came from the Father and Son (John 14:25-26) to convict the world of sin (John 16:7-9). He indwells every believer in Christ (Romans 8:9) and is an enduring helper (John 15:26), teacher and guide (John 16:13).

Angels, Satan, Demons

Angels were created to serve and worship God (Hebrews 1:6). Satan and demons sinned and were judged by God (Isaiah 14:12-17) and will ultimately be punished in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).

Man and Sin

Man was created by God (Genesis 2:7) free of sin (Genesis 1:31) and in His likeness (Genesis 1:27). God’s intention was that man should glorify Him and enjoy His fellowship (Colossians 1:16).

Adam’s sin of disobedience against God brought upon him the penalty of spiritual and physical death (Genesis 3:1-19). As a consequence, all men are born with a sinful nature (Romans 3:9-18) and are sinners by choice (Romans 5:10-12) and are therefore under condemnation. God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished (John 3:36).

Salvation

With no ability to recover himself, man is hopelessly lost (Ephesians 2:8-9). His salvation is wholly of God’s grace (Romans 5:8). Those who repent and trust in Christ as Lord and Saviour are delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life through His death on the cross (Acts 2:38). All true saints are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13) and will ultimately persevere in the faith (Jude 1:24-25).

Sanctification

Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 6:1-22).

Future Things

Christ will personally and visibly return to earth (1 Thessalonians 4:16) and establish His kingdom (Revelation 20). There will be a resurrection of the body of both the just (1 Corinthians 15:51-57) and the unjust, as well as a final judgment of all (Revelation 20:11-15), eternal blessedness of the righteous in heaven with God (John 10:28) and the endless suffering of the wicked (2 Thessalonians 1:9).

God’s Church

At salvation believers are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body, the universal church, the bride of Christ, of which Christ is the head (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). The local church is a manifestation of the universal church, autonomous and free from external authority and control (1 Peter 5:1-5). The purpose of the church is to glorify Christ by teaching, worshipping, fellowshipping and evangelizing.

Ordinances

Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:38-42). Baptism is an act of obedience and a sign of personal repentance, faith and regeneration (Romans 6:1-11). Believers are baptized by full immersion in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Acts 8:36-39).

The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for believers to commemorate His death until He returns (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

The Constitution below lays out the biblical, theological and practical principles by which the church is governed. The statement of faith contained therein represents the official doctrinal position of the church and is upheld by the leadership and taught to our membership (Download: Midrand Chapel Constitution)


Midrand Chapel Constitution (Amended Feb 2006)

PREAMBLE

We, the members of Midrand Chapel, do ordain this Constitution and by-laws and voluntarily submit to it to enable us to achieve our goals as a local church under the Headship of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1.Name Of The Church

The name of the church shall be Midrand Chapel; hereinafter referred to by the name, or “the church”. Midrand Chapel is a Bible-based, Evangelical, Independent Baptist church.

(At a Special General Meeting on 22nd March 1992 the name of the church was amended from Midrand Baptist Church to Midrand Chapel as per paragraph 14).

2. Objective Of The Church

2.1 Worship: to promote the worship of God in spirit and in truth.

2.2 Evangelism: to win the lost to Christ through the clear presentation of the Gospel.

2.3 Equipping: to equip the saints to do the work of the ministry through a consistent, expository teaching of God’s word.

2.4 Missions: to promote the fulfilling of the Great Commission by the supporting and the sending of missionaries and organisations of like faith and purpose.

2.5 Fellowship: to promote a growing fellowship among all our members.

2.6 Discipline: to submit to the Headship of Jesus Christ as our Lord in our worship, faith and practice.

2.7 Ordinances: to administer the ordinances of baptism and communion.

3. Statement Of Faith

3.1 The Scriptures

We believe in the divine and verbal plenary inspiration of both the Old and New Testaments and in the inerrancy of the original Scriptures, 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21.

3.2 God

We believe in the only true God, eternally existing in three Persons as the incomprehensible Triunity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; each possessing divine perfection and worthy of the same homage and obedience. He, as creator and sovereign ruler of the universe, is righteous in all His works. Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19, Revelation 4:11; Deuteronomy 32:4.

3.3 Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God; who became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and that He lived a sinless life that He might reveal God. We believe He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a Substitutionary sacrifice and full Propitiation for our sins, and that our redemption is made sure to us by His literal, bodily resurrection from the dead.

We further believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven in the presence of the Father and in the position of power and that, as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate. John 1:1,2,14; Philippians 2:6-8; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24,25; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Hebrews 4:14-16.

3.4 The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person of the Triunity who convicts men of sin and who alone enables a man to place a genuine trust in Jesus Christ, baptising him into the Body of Christ at the moment of saving faith, indwelling him for godly living and forever sealing him to glory. We thus believe that every believer has the Holy Spirit

completely and continually in his life from the moment of salvation. The present ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus Christ, and to produce holiness in the life of the believer. John 16:7-11; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18

3.5 Man And Sin

We believe that man was directly created by God in His own image; that through the historic fall into sin, man came under God’s condemnation, and that in consequence the whole human race is dead in sin and subject to His judgement; death and hell. We believe that this total depravity extends to every child of Adam, and that each man is a sinner both by nature and practice. We further believe that without God’s provision for salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ, no one can enter the Kingdom of God. Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1; John 3:5,18.

3.6 Salvation

We believe that salvation from sin is a free gift offered by God through His grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins; and that apart from Christ’s work there is no provision for salvation. We further believe in the absolute, eternal security of the believer. “Once saved, always saved”. 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Acts 4:12; Romans 8:33-39.

3.7 The Church

3.7.1 The Universal Church

We believe in the one, true, universal church, and that all true believers from Pentecost to the Rapture are placed into that church, Christ’s body, by the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation.

3.7.2 The Local Church

We believe that the local, independent church is God’s primary vehicle for accomplishing His purpose of equipping the saints to do the work of the ministry. The local church should be self-supporting and self-propagating. Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:3-13; Ephesians 4:12.

3.8 The Ordinances

3.8.1 Baptism

Baptism is a responsibility instituted by Christ in which a believer is immersed in water to give testimony to the world and to the church that the person has believed in Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and is identified with Him in His death, burial and resurrection., We believe that only confessing believers may be baptised and, therefore, do not practice infant baptism. We believe that immersion is the only proper mode of baptism. While baptism is not necessary for salvation, it is a command of the Lord Jesus Christ, and every true believer should be baptised.

3.8.2 Communion

The Lord’s Supper is a memorial to His death wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and wine, which symbolise Christ’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes. We believe that the church should observe this ordinance regularly and that every believer should partake after examining himself. Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:26-38; Acts 2:37-41; 1 Corinthians 11:23-36.

3.9 Angels, Satan And Demons

We believe in the personal existence of unseen spirits in the world who contend for the souls of men, some furthering the purpose of God and others, under Satan, opposing the purpose of God. We believe Satan is a created being who became the originator of sin through pride and because of his fall he became the archenemy of God and man.

Because of the death of Christ, Satan is a conquered foe and the believer in Christ has been set free from his dominion. Hebrews 1:7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9-12.

3.10 Future Things

3.10.1 The Second Coming Of Christ

We believe in that “blessed hope”, the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial coming of Christ for His redeemed ones, and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6.

3.10.2 Heaven And Hell

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery, hell, until the final judgement when they will be assigned to eternal punishment in the Lake Of Fire, separated from God forever. Revelation 20:11-15

3.10.3 We believe that the souls of believers pass immediately upon death into the presence of the Lord where they remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of their bodies at His Second Coming, after which they remain with the Lord forever. 1 Corinthians 15:12-21.

4. Church Governance

4.1 Church Membership

4.1.1 Responsibility Of Members

For the efficient and effective operation of this local church we encourage individuals to become members of Midrand Chapel to bear the responsibility to expedite the order and unity that God intends for His church.

4.1.1.1 We believe in the priesthood of all believers; that they pray for and support one another and further the ministry of the church.

4.1.1.2. Members will be expected to attend church regularly; to attend General Meetings and exercise his or her vote for the welfare of the church; to engage in some specific ministry of the church; to be conscientious in giving.

4.1.1.3 Members will enjoy the full support of the other members of the church as we take seriously the Lord’s commands to love one another, to bear one another’s burdens, to care for one another, to correct one another and to assist one another to grow to maturity in Christ.

4.1.2 Qualifications For Membership

The membership shall consist of those who have given evidence of their personal faith in Jesus Christ; who have confessed their faith by believer’s baptism; who have accepted this constitution and have agreed to live under its discipline; and who have been admitted to membership in terms of the procedure listed below:-

4.1.3 Admission Of Members

4.1.3.1 Application for membership shall be made in writing to the church leadership.

4.1.3.2 The leadership shall appoint two church leaders to interview the applicant and report to the leadership with their recommendation of all satisfactory applicants.

4.1.3.3 The leadership shall consider the recommendation and approve all satisfactory applicants for membership.

4.1.3.4 The new members shall receive the right hand of fellowship at an appropriate church service.

4.2 Church Discipline

We believe it is the responsibility of the church to carry out discipline of its members in compliance with Matthew 18:15-17.

4.2.1 Inactive Members

4.2.1.1 Any member who stops attending church services shall be placed on an “Inactive Membership” list after six months of absence, excluding extenuating circumstances.

4.2.1.2 An inactive member shall be prohibited from voting.

4.2.1.3 Every effort will be made to encourage an inactive member to be restored to active membership.

4.2.1.4 An inactive member shall be restored to full active membership after three months of regular attendance.

4.3 Church Leadership

The church leadership shall consist of the Elders and Deacons, who together, shall form the Church Executive. The minimum number of members serving on the Church Executive at any time may not be less than four (4). If the number of members serving on the Church Executive should fall below the minimum number at any time, the church executive will not be allowed to make any decision regarding the disposal of any asset of the church, until new members have been appointed to the Church Executive so that it comprises the minimum number of members.

4.3.1 Elders

4.3.1.1 The oversight of the church rests with the Elders. Under the Headship of the Lord Jesus Christ, the final authority and responsibility in all matters touching the life and service of the church rests with the Elders. While the Elders and Deacons will normally function as the Church Executive, in all cases the Elders shall retain the ultimate responsibility and authority.

4.3.1.2 The number of Elders shall be based upon the needs of the church and the spiritual qualifications and leadership ability (as spelled out in 4.3.1.4 below) of the men required for the growth and development of the church.

4.3.1.3 The Elders shall appoint by vote one of their number to function as the Head Elder. This Head Elder shall have the responsibility and authority to give overall direction and leadership to the church. Ideally, the church shall employ this man in full time ministry. He will function as Head Elder until removed from his position either by resignation or by impeachment. Impeachment shall require a 2/3 majority vote of the Elders.

4.3.1.4 The Elder must be a male member, mature in faith, whose life demonstrates the qualities listed in 1Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-11, “above reproach, husband of one wife (not divorced), temperate, prudent, hospitable, able to teach, etc.”, who is a member in good standing of Midrand Chapel; and who has a desire to serve his Lord through this church in a leadership role.

4.3.1.5 The Duties Of Elders:-

The Elders must: be involved in a teaching ministry in the church; administer the ordinances; understand and exercise church discipline; give leadership and oversight to the church; guard the doctrine of the church; serve as an example to the church of godly living; lead the church with humility and faithfulness, not lording it over the members. 1 Peter 5:3

4.3.1.6 The Appointment Of Elders:-

4.3.1.6.1 Elders shall be appointed through recommendation of the existing Elders.

4.3.1.6.2 Each Elder shall serve for a period of three years and then must offer himself for re-election if he desires to continue to serve.

4.3.1.6.3 New Elders shall be appointed whenever necessary:-

– the resignation or impeachment of an existing Elder;

-numerical growth constituting the need for additional Elders;

-new ministries in the church constituting the need for additional Elders.

4.3.1.6.4 The procedure for appointing new Elders shall be:-

-The names of candidates may be submitted by any of the following – the Elders, the Deacons, church members, any man who desires to serve and who qualifies.

-The Elders shall consider each man, evaluating his spiritual maturity and eligibility. Each man shall then be informed of his candidacy and invited to serve.

-The names of the men selected shall be submitted to the church for a minimum period of two weeks before appointment. During this time any candidate may remove himself from consideration and any member who knows any valid reason why a candidate should not be elected to serve as an Elder must submit a signed statement to the Elders stating the objection.

-Should such a statement be submitted, the Elders shall discuss the matter with the candidate and deal with it as they deem best.

-If no objections are raised, the Elders shall vote for the candidates. A simple majority shall be sufficient.

4.3.1.6.5 Meetings:-

The Elders shall meet as often as necessary for the proper fulfillment of their duties and shall summon the Deacons to any meeting that requires the full church Executive.

4.3.2 Deacons

The Deacons shall be responsible to serve the church and to assist the Elders in the leadership and administration of the church.

4.3.2.1 The Deacon must be a male member, mature in his faith, whose life demonstrates the qualities listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-13;who is a member in good standing of Midrand Chapel and who has a desire to serve his Lord through this church in a leadership role.

4.3.2.2 The Deacons shall oversee:-

4.3.2.2.1 All financial aspects of the life of the church.

4.3.2.2.2 The administration of all physical aspects of the church (e.g. buildings, property, materials, maintenance, etc.).

4.3.2.2.3 Any other duties appointed to them by the church Executive.

4.3.2.3 The existing group of Deacons shall appoint one of their members to serve as Head Deacon. The Head Deacon shall serve as spokesman of the group, shall co-ordinate all activities of the Deacons and shall chair all meetings of the Deacons.

4.3.2.4 The Appointment Of Deacons:-

4.3.2.4.1 Deacons shall be appointed through recommendation of the church Executive.

4.3.2.4.2 Each Deacon shall serve for a period of three years and then must offer himself for re-election if he desires to continue to serve.

4.3.2.4.3 New Deacons shall be appointed whenever necessary:-

-the resignation or impeachment of an existing Deacon;

-numerical growth constituting the need for additional Deacons;

-new ministries in the church constituting the need for additional Deacons;

4.3.2.4.4 The procedure for appointing new Deacons shall be:-

-The names of the candidates shall be submitted to the church for a minimum of two weeks before appointment. During this time any candidate may remove himself from consideration and any member who knows of a valid reason why a man should not serve, must submit a signed statement of the objection to the Elders.

-Should such a statement be received, the Elders shall discuss the matter with the candidate and deal with it as they deem wise.

-If no objections are raised the candidates shall be voted for by the Executive. A simple majority shall be sufficient.

4.3.2.4.5 Meetings:-

The Deacons shall meet as often as necessary for the proper fulfillment of their duties and shall attend any meeting that requires the full church Executive.

4.3.3 The Church Executive

4.3.3.1 Description:-

4.3.3.1.1 The Church Executive shall be the governing body of Midrand Chapel.

4.3.3.1.2 The Executive shall consist of the Elders and Deacons.

4.3.3.2 Operation:-

4.3.3.2.1 The Executive shall meet once a month to handle all matters pertaining to the life of the church, or as often as necessary in between.

4.3.3.2.2 Two/thirds of the Executive shall constitute a quorum.

4.3.3.2.3 The Head Elder shall serve as the Chairman. In his absence, the Elders shall elect an Elder to serve as Chairman.

4.3.3.2.4 The Executive shall appoint from their number a Treasurer and a Secretary.

4.3.3.2.5 Business shall be conducted according to Parliamentary Procedure, with each member of the Executive holding an equal vote.

4.3.3.2.6 While consensus should b sought, a 2/3 majority shall carry a vote.

4.3.3.3 Limitations:-

4.3.3.3.1 The Executive shall submit any matter to a General Meeting of the church membership which involves major financial commitments by the church or which requires significant new involvement by the members.

4.3.3.3.2 The Executive may submit any matter to a General Meeting of the church membership, which the Executive considers important enough to call for the vote of the full membership (e.g. calling of a pastor).

4.3.3.3.3 The Executive shall publish a report of the business it conducts and of the financial statement quarterly. Items of business, which are of a confidential or personal nature, shall not be published.

5. General Meetings

5.1 The Annual General Meeting

5.1.1 The church business year shall end on 31st December and the Annual General Meeting shall be held as soon thereafter as possible; but not later than 28th February.

5.1.2 The Agenda and notice of the meeting shall be posted to the members’ 14 days prior to the meeting.

5.1.3 The Secretary and the departments of the church shall submit reports.

5.1.4 The Treasurer shall submit an audited Financial Statement.

5.1.5 The Chairman shall submit the Church’s goals for the coming year.

5.2 Special General Meetings

5.2.1 Special General Meetings may be convened:-

5.2.1.1 On the initiative of the Church Executive.

5.2.1.2 Upon the written request to the Executive by at least 1/3 of the membership, stating the purpose.

5.2.2 Notice and Agenda of a Special General Meeting shall be posted to all members’ 7 days prior to the meeting, clearly specifying the matters to be submitted for consideration.

5.3 Quorum And Business

5.3.1 One-third of the total membership shall constitute a quorum.

5.3.2 The Chairman of the Executive shall serve as the Chairman of all General Meetings. In his absence, the Elders shall elect one of their numbers to serve as Chairman.

5.3.3 Only members who have attained the age of eighteen years shall be entitled to vote.

5.3.4 Voting shall be by show of hands unless one member requests a ballot.

5.3.5 There shall be no postal or proxy voting.

5.3.6 All business shall be conducted according to Parliamentary Procedure.

5.3.7 A two-thirds majority of eligible voters present shall carry a vote.

6. Finance

6.1 The church shall be supported by the voluntary giving of members and friends in a manner decided upon by the Executive that is not in conflict with the spirit and teaching of the Scriptures.

6.2 The church shall have the power to buy, sell, donate, let or hire, exchange, transfer, receive by way of donation or otherwise, movable and immovable property and to invest its funds in Government or Municipal stock, mortgage bonds, or on fixed deposit or otherwise, in Banks, Post Offices, Building Societies, or approved organisations and shall further have power to borrow money with or without security in such manner as the church shall think fit; negotiate loans from Bankers or others by overdraft or otherwise and by passing mortgage and notarial bonds for registration with the proper authorities; and to open and operate upon banking accounts and to make, draw, accept discount; execute and issue promissory notes, bills of exchange and other negotiable and transferable instruments; to guarantee the performance of contracts by any person or duly constituted church having objectives wholly or partially similar to the objectives of this church and to enter into guarantee or suretyships of every description.

6.3 The church may not give any of its money or property to its members or office bearers, except as reasonable compensation for services rendered, i.e. the only time it can do this is when it pays for work that a member or office bearer has done for the church. The payment must be a reasonable amount for the work that has been done.

6.4 The only exception to point 6.3 will be where a member receives legitimate assistance in terms of the church’s Benevolent ministry. This is however conditional on the following:

6.4.1 Such assistance must be given on the same basis as to non-members, i.e. there must be a legitimate basic need in terms of food, clothing, shelter or medical care; the assistance must be reasonable in terms of the need; the assistance must not be given on a recurring basis, without reasonable steps being taken by the church to enable the person to look after their own needs; there must be adequate funds available in the church coffers

6.4.2 The member receiving Benevolent assistance may not in any way be involved in the decision making processes regarding this assistance

6.4.3 The decision to provide assistance to the member must be ratified at a meeting of the Church Executive, during which the member reciving Benevolent assistance must not be present, except if called upon by the Church Executive to provide information relevant to the case.

6.5 Members or office bearers of the church will have no rights in the property or other assets of the church solely by virtue of their being members or office bearers.

7. Immovable Property

7.1 All immovable property shall be registered in the name of the church.

7.2 All acquisitions of immovable property in any manner shall require the approval of a General Meeting, due notice having been given of the proposed transaction.

7.3 Any proposal to sell, donate, exchange, mortgage, hypothecate or otherwise alienate or encumber any immovable property shall have the prior approval of a Special General Meeting by the two-thirds majority vote of a quorum consisting of 50% of the membership.

7.4 The Elders shall have the authority to negotiate immovable property purchases and sales on behalf of the church and the Executive Chairman, the Treasurer and the Secretary shall be required to sign any such agreements.

8. Administration Of The Ordinances

8.1 Baptism

8.1.1 The Elders shall perform baptisms.

8.1.2 Anyone who desires to confess the Lord Jesus Christ through baptism may be baptised providing the Elders have satisfied themselves regarding the candidate’s personal salvation and appreciation of the essential meaning of the ordinance.

8.2 Communion

8.2.1 The Lord’s Supper shall be observed as frequently as deemed advisable by the Elders but shall be observed at least once a month in the morning services of the church.

8.2.2 The Lord’s Supper shall be presided over by the Elders or by those appointed by them.

8.2.3 Participation in the Lord’s Supper shall be open to all who love Jesus Christ and accept Him as Saviour.

8.2.4 All participants should examine themselves prior to partaking of the Lord’s Supper and shall settle any matter between themselves and the Lord, or between themselves and another member, before partaking.

9. Relationships

Believing in the essential unity of the Church which is composed of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ; Midrand Chapel co-operates with others whose doctrinal views and relationships are in harmony with those of Midrand Chapel.

Midrand Chapel stands separate from theological liberalism, neo-orthodoxy and neo-evangelicalism; from relationships with ecumenical groups or movements, including the World Council of Churches and its agencies; and from evangelistic efforts sponsored by those who do not hold to the fundamental doctrines of the Christian Faith.

It is the conviction of Midrand Chapel that the present charismatic movement and practice are not in harmony with the Word of God.

10. Indemnity

All officers of the church shall be fully indemnified against all actions, costs, charges, losses, damages and expenses which they or any of them shall incur in the execution of their duties; except such as they shall incur by their own wrongful action done intentionally or with gross negligence.

11. By-laws

11.1 The Executive shall have authority to enact such By-laws as it may deem necessary for administering the funds, managing the affairs of the church, or clarifying any part of doctrine or practice.

11.2 A By-law may be enacted or amended by a vote of two-thirds of the Executive.

12. Departments, Committees, Sub-Committees And Organisations

12.1 All Departments, Committees, Sub-committees and Organisations of the church shall be subject to the Church Executive in all their operations.

12.2 All appointments of office bearers to Committees, Sub-committees, Departments and Organisations shall be authorised by the Church Executive.

13. Dissolution Of The Church

13.1 The dissolution of the church may be effected by the two-thirds majority votes of the complete Church Executive with the members being informed 21 days prior to the meeting.

13.2 On dissolution of Midrand Chapel the Executive must transfer the remaining assets to a charitable, religious, or educational institution, within the Republic of South Africa; which is itself exempt from income tax in terms of section 10(1)(f) of the Act.

13.3 The above institution shall be in agreement with the Doctrinal Statement and Scriptural Goals of Midrand Chapel.

13.4 In the event of the church contemplating dissolution; it shall not be competent for the church to give away or sell for less than market value any of its property whether movable or immovable.

13.5 Until the church is dissolved through the procedure described above, the church will continue to exist even when its membership changes and there are different office bearers.

14. Amendment Of The Constitution

This Constitution may be amended by the following procedure:-

14.1 Any change must come by proposal of the Church Executive.

14.2 Any proposal to change this constitution must be submitted to the membership of the church, in writing, four weeks prior to a Special General Meeting called to discuss the amendment.

14.3 The Constitution shall be changed by a two-thirds vote of those present at the General Meeting called for that purpose.