If you are a follower of Jesus Christ and have been redeemed
by the blood of the Lamb, you know what that deep truth means to you (1
1 John 4:10).
You also know that you
are part of what the Bible calls the "Body of Christ" as described in
1 Corinthians 12:14-30 and
Romans 12:3-8. The Body of
Christ is the same thing as the Church. The Church is not a building or an
organization. Church buildings are merely meeting houses and should
not be revered as the Temple was in the Old Testament where God resided. In the New Testament, His people became the Temple (1
2 Corinthians 6: 15-17) and now He resides in us! This is a
deep and sacred truth.
With this truth comes a deep responsibility.
Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the command to go and make
disciples of Him and build His Kingdom in all nations (Matthew
28:19-20). This is called by many as the Great Commission.
We are to build His Kingdom here on earth till He comes to take
His Church or
His Bride home to be with Him. To do a word study on how the Bible calls
His Church "His Bride" click
Did you ever stop and think how BIG the Body of Christ is
here on earth?
The Bible tells all of us that we need to "work out" our
salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians
2:12-13). That doesn't mean we have to work to obtain
2:8-9) but it does mean that once we have accepted that free gift
of salvation, we need to earnestly develop a deep and intimate relationship with
our Lord Jesus Christ and diligently seek out His will for our lives (Romans
12:1-2). But sometimes, how we develop our relationship with
God clashes with how others in the Body of Christ have developed theirs.
If you been around other followers of Jesus Christ long
enough, you know that there are many differences in how we apply the truths
found in God's Word. Does that mean that truth changes to certain groups
of people? No, that is called relativism. We believe there are
certain absolute truths that do not change and because they define the Eternal
God of the Universe. He is truth (John
John 18:37-39) Therefore because He
does not change, neither does truth change.
God revealed Himself, His character through His
Word. He wanted us to know Him. That is why He gave us His Word.
We believe that certain truths
or "doctrines" reveal to us His nature and
belief in those doctrines define those who are true followers of Him.
Here are a few
doctrines that are universally accepted by Christians. By calling them
we are proclaiming that they are clearly taught in the Bible and cannot be
interpreted any other way. We believe that these doctrines found in God's
breathed out Word (2
Timothy 3:16,17) are a measuring line for all other teachings about God.
In other words, the Bible is absolutely true and is a standard for learning
about God and learning about your relationship with Him.
1. The Scriptures of the Old and New
Testaments being given by Divine inspiration, are the Word of God, the final and
supreme authority in all manners of faith and conduct.
2. In the Scriptures God reveals Himself as
the living and true God. Creator of all things. Perfect in love and
righteousness in all His ways this one God exists eternally as a Trinity of
persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
3. God made man in His image that He might
have fellowship with him. Being estranged from God by his disobedience, sinful
man is incapable of a right relationship to God apart from Divine grace.
4. The only Mediator between God and man is
Jesus Christ our Lord, God's eternal Son, who as man fully shared and fulfilled
our humanity in a life of perfect obedience.
5. By His death in our place, Jesus revealed
the Divine love and upheld Divine justice, removing our guilt and reconciling us
to God. Having risen bodily from the dead and ascending into heaven, He rules
as Lord over all and intercedes for us as our great High Priest.
6. The Holy Spirit, through the proclamation
of the gospel, convicts our hearts, persuading us to repent of our sins and
confess Jesus as Lord. By the same Spirit we are led to trust in Divine mercy,
whereby we are forgiven all our sins, justified by faith through the merit of
Christ our Savior, adopted into God's family as His children and enabled so to
live in the world that men may see our good works and glorify our Father who is
7. God by His Word and Spirit calls sinful men
into the fellowship of Christ's body. Thus He creates the one Holy, universal
and apostolic Church, united in the bonds of love endowed with the gifts of the
Spirit and summoned by Christ to preach the gospel and to administer the
sacraments, to relieve human needs and to strive for social justice.
8. God's redemptive purpose will be
consummated by the return of Christ to raise the dead, judge all men and
establish His glorious Kingdom. Those who are apart from Christ will be
eternally separated from God's presence, but the righteous shall live and reign
with Him forever.
There are also many
doctrines that have been points of division throughout church history.
But those listed above are universally accepted
by Christians worldwide. God tells
us many times in His Word to strive for unity within the body of Christ (the
living church today).
Over the years, we have worked with many different kinds of
Christians and this is what we have learned.
Quarreling and dissension about matters of
doctrine should be greatly discouraged (2
Timothy 2: 14 &
Titus 3: 9-10).
The Scriptures teach very clearly that we are to love one another; and that love
covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). God's desire is to bring His
people into unity by His Spirit (John 17:20-23). We believe it is very
difficult to come to a complete intellectual agreement about numerous doctrinal
issues especially within a ministry containing persons from diverse church
backgrounds. We choose to focus on our calling as a ministry rather than
highlight our differences in doctrine.