Essential Christian Doctrine

We believe in the traditional and orthodox Christian truths that have been handed down from the Apostles. Essential Christian doctrine is the set of beliefs that are non-negotiable whereas non-essential Christian doctrine can be debatable within the body of Christ.  The following would be non-negotiable essential Christian doctrines:

The Bible: The belief in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as being inspired by God and without error in the original writings and that as God’s revelation, they serve as the final authority in issues of faith and life (2 Tim. 3:16).

The Incarnation and Virgin birth of Jesus Christ (Ll. 1:26-38):  We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man.

The Deity of Jesus Christ (Mt. 3:17, Mat 26: 63, 64, Jn. 14: 6).

The Trinity: The belief in one God (Dt. 6:4) eternally and simultaneously existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mt. 3:16-17).

Salvation is exclusively through Christ (John 3:16; Gal. 1:9, 10; Eph. 2:8-9):  Jesus Christ died in our place for our sins according to the scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are purchased and declared justified because of His blood sacrifice.  All who receive, by faith, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God in which they are eternally secure.

The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Jn. 20:26-29): Following his resurrection, the risen Lord Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11) where He represents believers today as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ, i.e., we believe that Jesus could return at any moment and pray that He will (Acts 1:11, Rev. 22:20).

The Moral Depravation of Humanity (Rom. 3:10, 23; 6:23): We believe humanity was created in the image of God but sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, are sinners in thought, word, and deed in need of redemption through Jesus Christ who graciously forgives all who ask (John 3:16; Rom. 10:13).

God is the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe and Humanity (Gen 1-2).

We believe that while it’s not perfect, the church is a spiritual body made up of all believers in Christ from every race and is God’s primary vehicle for communicating His message of grace and love (Mt. 29:19,20). We believe that the church should regularly assemble and is responsible for administrating the sacraments of baptism and the communion.

 

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