Ekklesia Bible Fellowship (EBF) is an inter-denominational church with a passion for people. Ours is a multifaceted approach to ministry and outreach. We are a place where people can belong. We are a place where:
- Lives are transformed through the authentic teaching of the Word of God;
- believers are connected to each other through meaningful relationships, growing together in Christ;
- The ‘unchurched’ are vigorously pursued by spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the community and the world;
- All believers are equipped to be fully functioning disciples exercising themselves in their areas of giftedness;
- Men and women are able to fulfill their purpose and make an eternal impact for the kingdom of God;
- People are accepted for the wholeness of their identity in Christ and not judged by their past or circumstances;
- The Bible is taught, expounded, illustrated, and applied to all dimensions of believer’s lives;
- Believers are free to worship God in a dynamic and authentic manner;
- Members are characterized by the intentional and selfless giving of their time, talents, and treasures; and li >
- Members can rely on, respect, and follow Spiritual Leadership.
- The Bible is the Word of God, supernaturally inspired. It is inerrant in the original manuscripts and preserved by God in its verbal, plenary inspiration; and that it is a divinely authoritative standard for every age and every life.
- The Godhead exists eternally in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and that these three are one God.
- God is the absolute and sole creator of the universe and that creation was by His divine command.
- God, by His sovereign choice and out of love for men, sent Christ into the world to save sinners.
- That Jesus Christ in the flesh was both God and man. He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life; He was crucified, died as a penalty for our sins, and was raised from the dead bodily on the third day. Later, He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He is the head of the church and intercedes for believers. All living believers, along with all believers who have died, will meet the Lord Jesus in the air (Raptured) and will be with Him forever before the great Tribulation. We believe Jesus Christ is coming again personally, bodily, and visibly to this earth to set up His millennial kingdom.
- The Lord Jesus Christ made a perfect atonement for sin, through his sacrificial death and shed blood, and has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. Men are saved and justified on the simple and single ground of His shed blood.
- That salvation is through Jesus Christ alone, with forgiveness of sins, impartation of a new nature, and hope of eternal life—is entirely apart from good works, baptism, church membership or man’s effort and is of pure grace.
- That a true believer is eternally secure, that he cannot lose his salvation, but that sin may interrupt the joy of his fellowship with God and bring the loving discipline of his heavenly Father.
- That all who receive Christ become joint heirs with Him, and at death, their spirits and souls depart to be with Christ in conscious blessedness.
- That every Christian should become Disciples of Christ by growing spiritually mature, through the knowledge of and obedience to the Word of God and submission to the Holy Spirit, who indwells, baptizes and seals all believers at the moment of salvation.
- That every true Christian should be a vibrant part of a local church since this is God’s primary context for spiritual development and community impact.
The vision of what is now Ekklesia Bible Fellowship began many years ago while Pastor Barry Hall was Dallas Theological Seminary. One of his professors and mentors, Aubrey Malphurs would have been an early influence in Pastor Hall’s sensing and ultimate decision to plant a church.
Experiencing the way church has been done within the Jamaican culture and armed with insights into the biblical model of how church must be done, Pastor Hall was challenged to return to his homeland, Jamaica to transform the way church is done: this, despite the numerous opportunities that he could have grasped overseas as a highly qualified academician/theologian. His decision to return, however, was not an easy one. He felt apprehension to return to transform the Jamaican church for a number of justifiable reasons. How would he fit in since most churches tend to be:
- Resistant to change
- Plateaued or declining
- Culturally irrelevant
Upon Pastor Hall’s return, he began lecturing at a number of tertiary/theological institutions, among which is the Jamaica Theological Seminary. It was there he encountered students whom God used to continue to challenge and motivate him to plant a church that resembled the one described in the Bible, where there's relevant teaching, heart-felt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, and compassionate care. The classes he taught opened both his and his students’ eyes to what is really needed. Many wanted him to start a bible study where there could explore deeper, the Word of God, outside of the classroom. And in 2010, at his home, Pastor Barry began a bible study with about 12 friends, students and members of his family.
It was that bible study that became Ekklesia Bible Fellowship (EBF). On Sunday, September 4, 2011, EBF had its official launch at its current location on 32 Hope Road, Kingston 10. Today we stand ready to accomplish the vision that God has set before us. Being a new church provides the opportunity for establishing relationships and friendships. We believe that relationships are critical, which is basically what we are about at Ekklesia Bible fellowship, relationships with God and with people. In short, we'd like to have the kind of contagious Christianity that can influence and encourage the entire community.