What We Believe I 3 Measures, YWAM Namibia

What We Believe

Three Measures is a non-denominational organization that seeks to follow the teachings of the Bible. This is what we believe…

God

We believe in the Trinity, meaning that God is three persons with one being. God is the one and only God, but what God is includes the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity can be seen in the OT during creation when God refers to Himself as “Us” (Gen 1:26) and in His plural name, Elohim. In the NT the fact is seen throughout that Jesus is God, that the Father is God, and that the Holy Spirit is God. Scripture refers to the three in equal terms (Matt 28:19, 2 Cor 13:14, 1 Pet 1:2).

Jesus

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mt 16:15, Heb 4:14). He is 100% man (Heb 2:14, 1 Tim 3:16, Jn 1:14) and 100% God (Jn 1:1ff, 20:28; Acts 10:36; 1 Jn 5:20, Titus 2:13, 2 Peter 1:1). He was present and active at creation (John 1:1-3, Col 1:16, Heb 1:2), He was born of the virgin Mary (Mt. 1:23), He lived a sinless life (2 Cor 5.21, Heb 4:15, 1 Pet 2:22, 1 John 3:5), He paid for our sins at the cross (Mt. 20:28, Rom 3:25, 1 Jn 2:2, 1Jn 4:4 ) and He was raised on the third day (Acts 2:24, Acts 3:26, Acts 10:40, 1Cor 15:4). He now sits at the Father’s right hand in heaven (Acts 2:33-34, Eph 1:20, Col 3:1), serves as our high priest (Heb 4:14), reigns over His Kingdom (Acts 2:29-36) and will return again (Mt 25:31ff, Mk 13:26ff, Lk 21:27ff, 1 Thess 4:16).

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit inspired Scripture (2 Sam 23:2, John 16:13, Acts 1:16, 1 Cor 2:13, 2 Pet 1:21) and, in doing so, it was the Holy Spirit’s role to provide the special revelation of God to us. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit acts to convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment (John 16:8). Today, we are promised that we can receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9-11, 1 Cor 6:19, 2 Cor 1:22) at our baptism (Acts 2:28). The Spirit also plays a part in regenerating and renewing us during conversion (Titus 3:5). The indwelling Spirit provides us help to live the Christian life in godliness and sanctification (Rom 8:13, 1 Cor 12:3, Gal 5:22ff, Eph 3:16, Phil 2:13). Finally, the Holy Spirit equips Christians with different gifts to meet certain needs within the body (1 Cor 12:4, 28).

The Bible

Scripture is the inspired and inerrant Word of God and is the authority for His people, “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work” (2 Tim 3:16). It is the faith “once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 3).

Man

To be a human being is to be created in God’s own image (Gen 1:26-27) and to be loved by Him (John 3:16). To be human is also to have free will, the ability to choose good or evil. Unfortunately we have all sinned (Rom 3:23), putting us crossways of God’s righteousness and in danger of eternal death (Rom 5:12). We are all in need of redemption that we cannot provide for ourselves. We have been given only one name by which we can be saved, and that is the name of Christ (Acts 4:12). We are all headed toward eternity; those who have submitted themselves to the salvation of Christ will receive eternity in Heaven and those who have not, to eternity in Hell (John 14:6).

Salvation

In order to become a Christian, one must hear the gospel (Rom 10:14, 17; Gal 3:2; etc.), believe what they have heard (John 3:16; Acts 10:43, 13:39; Rom 1:16, 10:14, 3:22, 10:14; etc.), repent of their sins (Acts 2:38, 3:19; 2 Cor 7:10; etc.), confess Jesus as Christ and Lord, and be baptized (immersed) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38, 8:12, 8:38, 10:48, 16:15; Rom 6:3ff; Gal 3:27ff; etc.).

As a Christian one must be committed to Christ, living out a life of faithfulness to Him. Faith is not a onetime event, but a habitual lifestyle. It consists not only of mental ascent and trust, but also of knowledge and obedience.

Eternity

Jesus made it very clear that the only way to the Father is through Him (John 14:6). Throughout Scripture we see this again and again, that life in Christ is the only way to be saved. What is the final destiny of the saved (the Christians)? We can read many times in the New Testament that there is much that awaits the Christian after this life; this includes a glorified body (1 Corinthians 15:20-24, 35-50; 2 Corinthians 5:1-4; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), rewards, (1 Cor 3:14) and eternal life (Rom 6:23, 1 Tim 1:16). As for the unsaved, death (Rom 6:23), and eternal punishment in Hell (Matt 25:46, Jude 1:7) are what await in eternity.

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Update: Baby Kiara, Paul & Joseph

There is much news to tell! First of all thank you, thank you, thank you! We have been quite blessed by your generosity in giving and in praying for these dear families. I have been able to take 12 care packages to the families already! This includes things as small and simple as a lunch package to things like a week’s worth of groceries. Usually we don’t really engage in a lot of relief work, since the need is so overwhelming and never ending, instead we have focused on development, but in bringing these relief packages to people we have been able to really show them that they are loved and not alone.

Baby Kiara was discharged from the hospital yesterday. Her stay in the hospital went without any complications, but her burns are still healing so she will continue to go to the clinic every other day to have her bandages changed.  Her mom lost her job when the accident happened because she had to stay in the hospital with her. This family now really needs to find a stable job for Yomanda. Also pray for Kiara, she used to be a very friendly and smiley baby but since the accident she seems to be very reserved and quiet.

Baby Paul was discharged a week ago, even though his hand was still open and oozing. I took a care package with a week’s worth of food for the whole family, including loads of baby food and formula, the day after he was released. I learned after that, he was taken back to Usakos to go and stay with his other grandmother while his parents recover. You may remember that both his parents were also badly injured when their shack burned down. I don’t know if I will ever see this baby again, but he is on my heart constantly, please continue to pray for him and has family.

Baby Joseph is such a little joy! He has a great smile, and runs out the door when he hears the food cart coming! He was due to have a skin graft surgery this past Friday, but after they had him sedated in the operating room the doctor noticed that he had sores all over the inside of his mouth, these had been caused by pneumonia. His surgery was then canceled. His mom did not find out until after he had been in recovery for awhile. So she sat crying and praying, only to find out over 4 hours later that he hadn’t had the surgery. So for now he is still just in the hospital recovering from the lung infection and waiting. This family has been in the hospital for 14 weeks now, and there is no end in sight. Pray for this family!

Since Paul had been sent home a new baby filled his spot in the room. Baby Lawrence was born with water on his brain. He had surgery yesterday to put a stent in to drain some of the fluid off of his brain to relieve the pressure. His mom also is a teenager and has been through so much with her little one. He is three months old. This baby is a sweet heart, he loves to smile and chat and is a very happy baby. Please pray that he heals well from the surgery, that the stent does what it is supposed to and that his brain heals and develops well. I have interacted with many young mothers in the last few years and it really stands out to me how much this young girls loves her child. She lavishes love and attention on to him.

Again, thanks so much for all the support and prayers! In the last ten days I have seen some terrible things in that hospital, but I have also seen young mothers love and care for and fight for their babies. I have also experienced so much concern and care for these families from people all over the world. A local mom’s group has also now taken these families into their hearts and have made several care packages themselves. For now we have no further need for any more money or things, thanks so much again to all of you who have prayed and given!

 

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