STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe that the Bible is the inspired inerrant, infallible Word of God. It is the final authority for faith and practice for all human being. The 39 OT books and 27 NT books are the canonically accepted authoritative books of the Bible. We also believe that it must be studied, practiced and propagated.
The Triune God
We believe that God exists in TRINITY, 3 persons the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in one God-head from eternity. The Triune God is worthy of all praise, honour and worship. God is all powerful, all-knowing and all-present (omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent). The universe is His creation and is in His absolute control.
The Heavenly Beings – Angels
We believe that God created a heavenly realm of beings; they are revealed to us as angels. They were all originally created holy with free will. One of the chief angels, called Lucifer rebelled against God and fell from his holy estate and came to be called Satan. The fallen angel, Satan, with the other angels who fell with him works against God and His programmes. The holy angels fulfill the commands of God and have a great part in all of God’s programme.
We believe that Man is the crown of all creation. He was created in the image and likeness of God. The first man Adam fell and violated the divine will and thus the entire human race after him became sinners down the centuries. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. This State of spiritual death or the total depravity of human nature was transmitted to the entire human race. God through His incarnate Son, Jesus Christ, accomplished salvation for the lost humanity.
We believe that Jesus Christ in His divine side is the only begotten eternal Son of God, the Second Person of Trinity. In his human side he was born of the virgin, and received a sinless human body. He retained his absolute deity while remaining, a perfect man. He will remain God-Man forever. He is the only savior of the world. His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension were unique and took place as prophesied in the scripture. He will come back to earth in a very unique way.
The Holy Spirit
He is the Third person of Trinity. The Spirit of God has been actively involved in the creation and also in the preservation of the present world. The Holy Spirit is now present in every believer and in the community of believers, The Church of God, and active to the extent of freedom given to Him. Certain charismatic and miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the NT subsequently became unnecessary and hence ceased to exist. Filling of the Spirit and Baptism of the Spirit are two different works of the Spirit. Filling of the Spirit is the work that the Holy Spirit is continually or repeatedly doing in a believer to enable him to bear spiritual fruits and to live a victorious Christian life. Baptism of the Spirit is the invisible work of God as individual believers are added to the Church, which is the Body of Christ.
We believe that, sin entered into the human race through Adam’s fall at Eden. All human beings thus became sinners and condemned for eternal hell. Hence, all are in need of salvation. Man by his own means will never attain salvation. God in his mercy and love prepared salvation for all. The gracious quickening of the dead human spirit by the Holy Spirit moves or wooes man to receive the gift of salvation by Faith. It is the complete work of Christ and man can’t add anything to it. Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Christos. We believe in the eternal security of all such born again believers. Salvation is made available to all and is received by faith in the vicarious atonement of Jesus Christ. Human efforts are all futile to gain salvation.
We believe that the Church is the accomplished work of Christ, revealed in the NT. It is not found in the OT. It is the exclusive programme of God, commenced on the day of Pentecost that followed the Ascension of Jesus Christ. The Church is the worshipping community of believers. It is universal in existence, comprising of all believers in Jesus Christ from Pentecost till the Rapture. Visibly the church is local, consisting of believers in a locality gathering together to worship Jesus Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission. God is now engaged in the building up of His church. All believers are commissioned to witness and evangelise. We also believe that God has entrusted the church with two ordinances. They are the Believers’ Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The sacraments have no soteriological significance and do not impart any grace to anyone, either dead or alive.
We believe that God, in the Bible has revealed His master plan for the future. The return of Christ to the mid air to receive the Church i.e. the Rapture of the Church is imminent. All dead in Christ and all believers who are alive at that time will be caught up to Him. To those who are left behind begins a period of Tribulation for seven years on earth. This will be followed by the glorious appearance of the Son of God, which is the second phase of the Second Coming of Christ, to establish His Millennial Kingdom, on earth. After the millennial rule of Christ is the final judgment and then ushers the eternal state.
We believe that all those who are redeemed by the blood of Christ are set apart for separated holy living. They are to obey the Word of God and to live as Christ’s Disciples. Following Christ as commanded in the Word of God is mandatory to all believers. This leads to Christ- likeness which is God’s will concerning all the redeemed. This is made possible by the enabling work of the Holy Spirit in response to the individual’s commitment and obedience to the Word of God for holy living.
THE DIRECTOR SPEAKS
We are glad that many young people today are desirous of seriously studying the Word of God and we are glad that to such we can offer an Institute where sound doctrine is faithfully taught by godly and experienced men of God who count it a privilege to pass on that which they have learned.
To study the Word of God puts on each student a very serious responsibility to be not only a hearer but a doer of the Word. Then in the future, if God will, the students will be equipped to preach the Word of God, urgently, at all times, when it is convenient and when it is not. We believe that the students of Rehoboth Theological Institute will be able to discern the true from the false, they will be able to encourage the people of God and feed them patiently with God’s Word.
To the students who have made a serious commitment before God, to study His Word and learn of Him we offer the facilities available at Rehoboth Theological Institute and welcome you to this prestigious Institute.
James Varghese, Director, R.T.I
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL
It is of utmost privilege, I believe that you have got an opportunity to study the Word of God systematically in this Prestigious Institution, which will help you to know God at closer range than many others can. This will certainly lead you to be an ardent Lover of God, provided that you engage your heart to translate the mental store house of knowledge you will receive into moving yourself towards ‘Christ-likeness’, a character exhorted in the scriptures. So the challenges you will face at TRI are real; its possibilities are remarkable; and your potentials are ready to be unleashed. It is up to you how best you handle the above with the purpose of ‘Sola Deo Gloria’, solely to the glory of God exercising unwavering devotion and diligent determination.
We invite you to come, join us and explore the many opportunities waiting for you in the campus, if you are still outside. If you are already a scholar, know that year by year new facilities are being added into the resource bank of RTI for you to capitalize on. The spiritual ambiance and the aroma of its atmosphere is something unique to itself. If you are an alumnus/ alumna of RTI you are welcome back to visit us to see its growth and get encouraged by witnessing the faithfulness of God. If you are none of the above still we urge you to stop by RTI to indulge in the shear lush green beauty of the RGOT Campus and see by yourself the impact of the of missionary vision that hit the ground over a century ago. Many of its subsequent dreams have come true within the campus of RGOT. Several others still lay silent in sacred slumber. We trust and pray that they too will be awaken in God’s perfect time. Welcome to RTI.
Dr. P.C. Abraham