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DOCTRINAL STATEMENT, English version

 

 

Ephesians 4:1-7:
"I, the prisoner in the Lord, exhort you therefore to walk worthy of the calling wherewith ye have
spacerbeen called,
with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love;
using diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace.
There is ONE BODY and ONE SPIRIT, as ye have been also called in ONE HOPE of your
spacercalling;
ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM;
ONE GOD AND FATHER OF ALL, who is over all, and through all, and in us all.
But to each one of us has been given grace according to the measure of the gift of the Christ"

We affirm that the seven-fold unity expressed in this passage is the Holy Spirit's Doctrinal Statement
for the church which is the Body of Christ.
We believe that all expressions of doctrinal position and requirements for this Dispensation of
the Grace of God must be in full accord with the Holy Spirit's outline.
We recognize other doctrinal unities for other dispensations, but we affirm that Ephesians 4:4-6
stands alone as the doctrinal unity of this dispensation.

Desiring to be in full accord with the Mind of the Spirit, we hold and require the following doctrinal beliefs:


 

A. THE BIBLE

The entire Bible in its original writings is inerrant, verbally inspired by God, and of plenary authority
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21).
In the presentation of the Word, it is to be 'cut in a straight line' according to the dispensational principle
as set forth in 2 Timothy 2:15:
"Strive diligently to present thyself approved to God, a workman that has not to be ashamed,
cutting in a straight line the word of truth."

1. Inerrant - There are no errors of any kind in the original writings.

2. Verbally Inspired - Inspiration extends to the very words which the writers used in the original writings.

3. Plenary - Inspiration is full (i.e. All scripture is inspired, or written under the authority of God).



 

B. THE GODHEAD

There is one God, eternally existing in three Persons commonly known as the Trinity (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 2 Peter 1:21).
The three Persons are:

1. God the Father (1 Corinthians 8:4-6).

2. God the Son, Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14; 10:30-33).

3. God the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4).



 

C. THE PERSON OF CHRIST

As man, He was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man
(Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:32, 35; John 20:28; Romans 1:3-4; Philippians 2:6-9; Hebrews 1:8).



 

D. PERSONALITY AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead, Who has been sent

- to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-11);

- to regenerate all believers in Jesus Christ (Titus 3:5);

- to baptize such into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13);

- to seal them unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30);

- to lead them into all truth (1 Corinthians 2:12; Ephesians 1:17-18; 3:16-19);

- and to make temples of God out of their bodies by indwelling them (1 Corinthians 6:19).

It is the will of God that the believer

- be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18);

- walk by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-18);

- and bear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25).



 

E. SATAN

We believe in a personal evil being, called satan, who is a living, subtle, and active devil and who is the open and declared enemy of God and man.

1. He is the tempter (Genesis 3:1-14; Matthew 4:1-11);

2. He disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-15);

3. He was judged and triumphed over by Christ's death, resurrection, and ascension unto the right hand of God (John 16:8-11; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14-15);

4. He will be cast into the Lake of Fire with his angels and all men whom he has deceived to be punished with everlasting torment - (Revelation 20:10-15).



 

F. ETERNAL DESTINY

Man has a choice to spend eternity in heaven or in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15).

1. Man's Problem
The first man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) but fell through disobedience
(Romans 5:19), and thereby incurred the penalty of both physical and spiritual death, which is
separation from God (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 4:18).

All of Adam's posterity have been born with a nature of sin (Romans 5:12; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3),
which renders them powerless to please God apart from God's gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17-18; 8:8),
and which causes all who come to the state of moral responsibility to become sinners in thought, word, and deed (Romans 1:18-23; 3:23).

No one can work his way to heaven (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).

2. God's Solution
God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth for the purpose of dying for man's sin
(Romans 2:4; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:5-8).

The basis for salvation is totally dependent upon the work of Jesus Christ on the cross
(John 19:30; Hebrews 10:10).

Jesus shed His blood to pay the price for man's sin (Romans 3:24-28; 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

Definition: God's Grace is God's love and free gift toward man even though he does not deserve it.

3. Man's Response
The means through which an individual accepts God's gift of salvation is faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour.
He must believe that Jesus died, was buried, and arose again from the grave
(Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

4. Eternal Security
Once a person trusts in Jesus Christ as one's personal Saviour, he is sealed by the Holy Spirit so he can not lose his salvation (Romans 8:38-39; Ephesians 1:13-14).



 

G. THE BELIEVER'S WALK

The believer should strive to glorify God and to please God in his daily life.
God desires a believer in Christ to live a godly life (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

Definition: Sanctification means "set apart" unto God from evil resulting in a godly lifestyle.

1. Positional Sanctification
God sees the believer in Christ as set apart through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit
(1 Corinthians 1:2,30; 2 Thessalonians 2:13).
The Holy Spirit does this work when He identifies the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:1-5; Colossians 2:12).

2. Experiental Sanctification
Whereas the positional sanctification in no way depends upon the daily manner of life, the believer is expected as his reasonable service to live a surrendered, Spirit-filled life to the glory of God
(Leviticus 20:7; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8).

a. Since the old self was crucified

spacer1. the believer should not serve sin (Romans 6:6);

spacer2. the believer is freed from sin and not a slave of sin (Romans 6:7,19);

spacer3. therefore, the believer should reckon himself dead to sin (Romans 6:11).

b. The flesh and the Spirit are at war with each other in the believer in Christ (Galatians 5:17).
There is no good thing in the flesh (Romans 7:18).

c. The believer in Christ makes the choice to serve sin or to serve righteousness (Romans 6:12-19; 12:1-2).

d. It is essential that the believer in Christ should sanctify himself to please God and to serve the Master
(Colossians 1:9-10; 2 Timothy 2:19-21).

e. The believer needs to walk by faith to experience true holiness (Galatians 3:3; Colossians 2:6-7).

3. Ultimate Santification
The final perfected state of the believer will be attained only when we see Jesus Christ face to face
(Romans 8:29-30; Philippians 3:20-21).



 

H. THE BELIEVER'S MISSION

Every true believer in Christ is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Therefore, we should daily seek to

1. walk with God. The believer in Christ is to glorify God in all he thinks, says, and does.
He is to obey the complete will of God by diligent study of the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:15-17)
and by prayer (Romans 8:26-27; Philippians 4:6,7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
We believe God expects us to abstain from whatever is displeasing to Himself, whether it be sins
(Colossians 3:5-11), worldly lusts (1 John 2:15-17), or religious systems or doctrines which are
contrary to the Word of God (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Galatians 1:8-9; 2 Timothy 3:5-7).

2. proclaim to the world the message of reconciliation by our lives and our lips
(2 Corinthians 5:17-6:3; Philippians 2:12-16).

3. promote the spiritual growth of fellow believers (Ephesians 4:11-16).



 

I. THE UNITY OF BELIEVERS

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J. DISPENSATIONAL MATTERS

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K. THE LORD'S SUPPER

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L. ESCHATOLOGY

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M. CIVIL GOVERNMENT

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N. LAWSUITS BETWEEN BELIEVERS

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O. HUMAN SEXUALITY

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