Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself
to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its
author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its
matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals
the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the
end of the world the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard
by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All
Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine
There is one
and only one living and true God. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us
as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without
division of nature, essence, or being.
God the Father
God as Father
reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of
the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is
Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus
God the Son
Christ is the
eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the
Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He honored the divine law by His
personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made
provision for the redemption of men from sin.
God the Holy
Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He exalts Christ. He convicts men
of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He enlightens and empowers the
believer and the church in worship,
evangelism, and service.
Man is the
special creation of God, in His own image. He created them male and female as
the crowning work of His creation. By his free choice man sinned against God
and brought sin into the human race. The sacredness of human personality is
evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for
man; therefore every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of
respect and Christian love.
involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who
accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal
redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes
regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification.
God's Purpose of
the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies,
sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. All true believers endure to the end. Those
whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall
away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.
Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation
of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of
the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws,
exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and
seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation
operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a
congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its
scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are
gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as
qualified by Scripture.
the Lord's Supper
baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience
symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the
believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to
walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. The Lord's
Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members memorialize the death
of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
It is the
duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord
Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations, to seek constantly
to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian
lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
The Lord's Day
The first day
of the week is the Lord's Day. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from
the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion.
God, in His
own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly the dead will be raised; and
Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned
to Hell. The righteous will receive their reward and will dwell forever in
Heaven with the Lord.
The cause of
education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions
and general benevolence there should be a proper balance between academic
freedom and academic responsibility. The freedom of a teacher in a Christian
school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by
the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for
which the school exists.
God is the
source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we
owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy
trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They
are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and
people should organize such associations and conventions as may best secure
cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations
have no authority over one another or over the churches. Cooperation is
desirable between the various Christian denominations.
& the Social Order
Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in
our own lives and in human society, in the spirit of Christ, Christians
should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms
of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We
should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the
helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for
the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.
state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full
freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. A free church in a free state is
the Christian ideal.
ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is
composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood or adoption. Marriage is
the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in
God's image. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has
the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his
family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her
husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She,
being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the
God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in
managing the household and nurturing the next generation... Children, from the
moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to
demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage.
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