Believers Eastern Church is an evangelical, indigenous church movement within Asia that GFA, as an international mission organization, works with to fulfill the Great Commission commanded by our Lord Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."
Though the church was born through the ministry of GFA-supported national missionaries, there is no legal binding between GFA and Believers Eastern Church.
A typical church service in a Believers Eastern Church includes 30 minutes of worship and adoration of Jesus Christ and 40 minutes of systematic teaching from the Word of God with practical applications. It also includes prayers, Scripture readings and confession of the Nicene Creed or the Apostle's Creed. The creed that is confessed helps new believers become grounded in sound doctrine. Following a systematic reading of the Word of God during the worship service is especially important for the illiterate people in the congregations. All of this is not to the exclusion of spontaneous prayer and worship, which is also enthusiastically encouraged and taught.
All this serves to help unify the 2.6 million believers in the Body across South Asia and gives believers a sense of a greater community and involvement in the Church.
We wanted to give you an inside look at how the Lord has led us over the years.
We at Gospel for Asia are committed as a non-denominational mission's movement to the authority of God's Word and the call of God upon His people to give all for the sake of the Great Commission. In South Asia we have contextualized to the culture, and they have embraced the Good News in an extraordinary way. Multitudes are coming to the Lord!
I hope you will be encouraged to hear firsthand how the Lord has been going before us. Thank you for the part you are playing.
For those who have yet to hear,
To get a fuller understanding of Believers Eastern Church and the principles that guide it, you can download a copy of Guiding Principles (PDF).
What you read in this book are the faith and practices of Believers Eastern Church written for the benefit of the pastors and members of the church.
You can also learn more about the history, distinctives and mission of Believers Eastern Church online.Learn more about Believers Eastern Church