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Chinese Christian Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee charter
2017-09-24 Source: XinhuaNet

Chapter I General Provisions

  The first, based on the teachings of the Bible, inherits the church's historical tradition, makes reference to the basic contents of the universal church life, and combines the actual conditions of the Chinese church to make these regulations.

  Article 2 The Chinese Churches adhere to the principle of autonomy, autonomy and autobiography ("three selfs", the same below) and run the churches independently. They should actively carry out theological construction and guide their followers to make contributions to building a harmonious society.

  Article 3 As the backgrounds and development of the churches in different places vary, the educational institutions in the provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government may formulate corresponding regulations in accordance with these Regulations, but they shall not contravene these Regulations and shall not make any regulations on the name of the sects.

  Article 4 The China Christian Association shall assume the responsibility of contacting, serving, guiding and supervising the educational administrations of all provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government in their educational affairs.

The second chapter of faith

  Article 5 The Chinese church bases its conviction on the contents summarized in the entire Bible and the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. The basic points are as follows:

  The Trinity God (God) is self-eternal.

  God is a Spirit. God is God's love, righteousness, holiness, faithfulness. God (God) is the almighty Father, creator, master of the universe, conservative and favored the whole world.

  Jesus Christ is the only child of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, incarnate in the flesh and is perfect God (God) and perfect. He came to the world for the salvation of mankind and witnessed the Father, God, preaching the gospel; he was crucified, buried, risen and ascends into heaven, and will come again in the future to execute his judgment.

  The Holy Ghost is the Counselor who convicts, repents and gives gifts of wisdom and power to guide people to know God and enter the truth so that they can live a sanctified life and make a beautiful testimony to Christ.

  The church is the body of Christ, and Christ is the head of the church. The church is the Apostolic, the only, holy, universal. The visible church is a fellowship formed by a congregation of God's (Lord) election, Lord Jesus Christ, established by the apostle under the command of Jesus. The mission of the church is to preach the gospel, to perform sacraments, to teach and shepherd believers, to carry out good deeds and testify to the Lord. The church is both universal and local. The Chinese church is to establish itself in love and to become one in Christ.

  The Bible is inspired by God (God), inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible has the highest authority in the faith and it is also the standard of believer's life. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, people of

Article 9 The Chinese Church adheres to the principle of unity and differences based on the principle of "three principles of self-determination," taking into account the different spiritual experiences and needs among believers. It also respects each other and accepts each other, and does not discriminate against each other nor attack each other. Follow the teachings of the Bible and endeavor to preserve the unity of the Holy Spirit.

Chapter IV Sacraments

  Article 10 According to the teaching of the Bible and the different traditions of the Church, the Chinese Church mainly practices two types of sacraments: baptism (including spot and baptism) and sacraments (also known as bakers).

  The baptism was appointed by the Lord Jesus, indicating that the baptized person died with the Lord, with the burial, and with the resurrection. The Chinese church acknowledges that salute and baptism are equally valid because the Holy Spirit works in baptism and makes believers new.

  The sacrament was established by the Lord Jesus himself, and the sacrament of the cup and cup symbolized his body and blood, respectively. Believers receive the Holy Communion in order to remember the Lord. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Communion reaffirms the believer's relationship with Christ and strengthens believers' faith and prosperity, and enhances unity and fellowship.

  Baptized believers receive the Holy Communion.

  Article 11 The sacraments shall be presided over by the bishop, the priest (including the elders who are the pastors in the traditions of the individual churches, the same below), the teachers (or the "vice pastor" Non-priesthood should not be entrusted with the sacraments.

  Article 12 The sacraments shall be publicly and solemnly held in the church according to a certain etiquette.

  Article 13. Older and sick believers may receive sacraments within their families when arranged by the church.

Chapter V Believers

  Article 14: When the first-come church pursues the gospel truth and participates in the gathering activity, it calls its friend; when he joins the church for a certain time, he or she will voluntarily accept Jesus Christ as the Savior, repent of the sins, behave properly and abide by the law, You can register with the church to participate in the best class, systematic study of the Bible and Believers. Persons who have passed the examination of faithful pastors may receive baptism. Once you have been baptized, you can register as a believer in the church.

  Article 15 Believers shall abide by the teachings of the Bible, obey the rules and regulations of the church, respect the pastors, be willing to sacrifice, support all the ministries in their work, and be responsible to the church.

  Article 16 Believers should be good citizens, love patriots to love religion, observe law and discipline

The bishop must have a bachelor's degree or above in his studies. He is over 40 years of age and has been a pastor for more than 10 years. He has deep theological attainments and actively promotes theological construction. He has a number of guiding papers or writings, rich experience in pastoral work, Co-workers and believers, noble character, loved by the believers and respect. 
  Priests should have formal theological education and have pastoral work experience. Graduates with a bachelor's degree in undergraduate or higher degree are required to have at least two years of pastoral work experience. Graduates of theological studies or Bible schools (two to three years) are required to have at least three years of pastoral work experience. 
  Teachers should have formal theological education and have pastoral work experience. Graduates of theology must have at least one year of pastoral work experience. Graduates of theology or Bible School (two to three years) must have at least two years of pastoral work experience. Any teacher who has been a teacher for more than one year may apply for priesthood. 
  Elders should have graduated from high school (including the equivalent of high school culture) education, with more than five years experience serving the church. Elders involved in preaching, subject to a certain degree of theological education or provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities recognized by the Christian Church two or more years (including one year) training.

  Article 21 Different priesthoods have different responsibilities: 
  Bishops are mainly responsible for interpreting Christian doctrines, promoting theological construction, regulating the sacraments, guiding and shepherding the spiritual lives of pastors and believers, but not special Administrative authority. 
  Priest is mainly responsible for the church ministries, management, points; presided over the sacrament; shepherding, teaching believers. 
  The teacher assists the pastor in managing the church, points, shepherding, teaching believers, can preside over the sacraments. 
  Presbyterian assistance to pastor, teacher management hall, point, the only responsibility of the church and their party, shepherding, teaching believers, commissioned by the priest can also preside over the sacraments.

  Article 22 The precepts of the priesthood are as follows: The 
  candidates for bishops shall be proposed by the conference of the two NPCs of the Christian Church. Before the proposal is made, candidates for the bishop's own opinion shall be solicited and the place where the candidate for the bishop is located or the province (autonomous region or municipality directly under the Central Government) The views of the Christian and Chinese Congregations, and then deliberated by the Standing Committee of the Chinese Christian Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee and the Standing Committee of the China Christian Council and passed by more than two thirds of the Standing Committees. 
  All those who apply for pastor's priesthood shall submit a written application by themselves, which shall be