Dear Partner in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I want to welcome you to our parish website and appreciate you for spending your valuable time to know what the Lord is doing in and through our parish for the glory and furtherance of His kingdom.
The St. Thomas Evangelical Church of India (STECI) exits, for the Word of God and for the Testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev 1:9). We believe that the formation of the STECI was not a historical accident, rather it was divinely mandated to preserve the purity and commitment of the Church. The very purpose of the formation of the STECI was to guard the sound doctrine, to practice Holy living and to engage in the proclamation of the Gospel.
We as a Parish also hold on to those cardinal principles of our church. We as a parish are called to guard the sound doctrine. It is more relevant in our context where all kinds of distorted teachings are prevalent among Christian communities. We as a parish cannot allow false teachings to creep into our church. In order to counter it, we are called to teach and preach the Word of God. We consider 66 books in the Bible as inspired, inerrant, infallible and authoritative word of God for our faith and practice. Therefore, our life and practice need to be based completely on the Word of God.
We as a church demand each of us to lead a holy life. Holiness means set apart from the world and set apart for God. God has given us a rebirth through the blood of Jesus in order to lead a holy life. We believe in the seriousness of sin and brokenness it brings in each person’s life if one is careless about sin. We are called to repent and reconcile to God and others when our sin is brought to light according to God’s Word.
We as a church are committed to the Proclamation of the Gospel and it is a divine commission given to us. We have a responsibility as a parish to take the Gospel to the unreached areas and make Jesus known to all. We need to spend all our resources, energy and time for this single task of making Christ known to those who never heard the Gospel.
Let us be an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in Purity (1 Tim 4:12). May our life and activities be centered around these three important principles for which we stand as a church. The church exists for the Glory of God and we bring glory to God when we live out our faith.
May God bless you,
In Christ’s Service,
Rev. George Joseph