CLARITY, WHAT BELIEFS DO WE HOLD?

 

 Statements of faith are important, and while we have had one posted on our blog since it’s inception… here is an updated S.O.F. so that we are clear where we stand. 

 

 

 

                    What We Believe

 

 

SCRIPTURE

We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible, nothing added or deleted, constitute the whole of Scripture “given by inspiration of God” to mankind. We believe that the Bible is not only inerrant, but also sufficient for all instruction unto righteousness. We believe that the Bible is the chosen method that God uses to instruct mankind of His will and ways. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

GOD

We believe in one triune God, creator of all that is, existing in the Godhead, in perfection, before and independent of His creation. He is the source of all goodness. He is benevolent, all wise, and infinite in His attributes.  (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26).

 

JESUS CHRIST

We believe Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin and walked this earth in human flesh, is the creator of Heaven and earth, (John 1:1-3) the eternal God, mutually, voluntarily, eternally, sustaining to God the Father that relationship of a son. His death was eternally ordained, and carried out under the reign of Pontius Pilate for the express purpose of providing a vicarious, legal, and just payment for the sin of the entire human race (Is. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8). He was raised from the dead on the third day in order to be the ground for the justification of all who would be saved (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5). He is presently seated on the right hand of the Father, and will bodily, visibly return to the earth for his own (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).

 

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit shares all the attributes of the Father and Son. To speak of Him is to speak of God. The earthly ministry of the Holy Spirit is to manifest the Son to mankind, and to minister God’s presence to the world (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9, Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12: 4-11, 12-14, 28; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14, 17-18; Eph. 4:7-12; Eph. 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27).

 

SALVATION

All men have  sinned and come short of the glory of God. Every man is personally accountable for the sin in his life and must give an account before God on the day of judgment. The only hope is a work of grace by God alone. Jesus Christ, in human flesh, lived a life of obedience to God, and by virtue of his humanity and Deity, was accounted a worthy substitute for sinning souls. His death and resurrection from the dead are the basis on which God chooses to forgive the repenting-believing sinner. The merits of Christ’s atonement potentially extend to the whole world. The ground of our salvation is the shed blood of Jesus Christ; the occasion of our salvation is our believing God in this regard. Faith and faith alone being the requirement for the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, we believe that the believer is eternally saved in Him (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:27; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; John 14:6).

 

THE CHURCH

We believe that the local church is an indigenous autonomous body of baptized believers, functioning within the parameters of the structure, discipline, and ministry revealed in the New Testament. The Church is the people and not a location. (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).

 

BAPTISM

Water baptism by immersion is to be administered by the church to the morally-spiritually discerning who have put their faith in the finished work of Christ, and have so testified publicly. Water baptism is a picture of the “one baptism” by the Holy Spirit (Into the body of Christ), and neither of itself nor in connection with faith has any efficaciousness in regard to justification (1 Cor. 12:13).

  

 

SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER

Believers, and believers only, are absolutely and eternally secure in Christ

(1 Cor. 15:1-2; Hebrews 3:6, 14; Gal. 5:1, 4; Hebrews 10:35-39; Colossians 1:22-23).

 

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

We believe that the new birth results in new life and that new life results in new living. Saving faith results in a saved soul and a saved life. Holiness is the normal Christian walk. Where there is not holiness the genuineness of true conversion should be questioned. Holiness in one’s walk is the evidence of a genuine conversion and regenerate heart, but holiness does not retain salvation.

 (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11).

 

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