Our Confession of Faith
We believe that the Bible is fully and verbally inspired of God. It is the complete revelation of God for man of which the original autographs are without error. Therefore, it cannot be modified or completed by another revelation. It is the supreme authority for the Church and for each believer in all areas of doctrine, spiritual and moral life. (II Timothy 3 :16,17 ; II Peter 1 :19,21 ; 3 :15,16 ; Revelation 22 :18,19)
God is an eternal being in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, of whom we recognize the deity, the equality and the distinct personality in unity. (John 1 :1-14 ; Ephesians 4 :4-8 ; I John 5 :20)
Jesus-Christ, God the Son, existed eternally with the Faither in glory before His incarnation by His miraculous birth of a virgin. He is the Word made flesh, only mediator between God and men. Entirely God, entirely man, He was tested like us in all things, without sin, and therefore, He can rescue us in our weaknesses. His substitutionary death on the cross for all men was followed by His bodily resurrection and ascension to Heaven. Since that time, Jesus-Christ is our High Priest and He intercedes for us before the Father. He will return personally in the air to rapture His church before the Tribulation. After the Tribulation, He will return to the earth to judge the Antichrist and to establish His millennial kingdom. At the end of time, He will judge all unbelievers at the Judgment of the Great White Throne (Philippians 2 :2-11 ; I Thessalonians 4 :13-18; Revelation 20)
The Holy Spirit, third person of the trinity, is co-equal with the Father and the Son, and shares all their divine characteristics. His work is to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates, baptizes, seals and fills the believer. The Holy Spirit dwells in the hearts of all of God’s children in order to guide and comfort them, producing in each one submitted to Him the fruit of the Spirit. We are commanded to be continually filled with the Spirit and to neither quench nor grieve Him by our lives (John 15 :26,27 ; 16 :7,13,14; II Corinthians 1 :21-22). The Spirit of God gives spiritual gifts to each believer fcr service. We believe, however, that the gift of tongues ceased with the destruction of Jerusalem (I Corinthians 13:8; 14:21-22; cp. Deut. 28). We believe that the gifts of prophecy and of knowledge were done away with by the completion of the written Word of God (I Corinthians 13:8-13) and that the apostolic gift of operating signs, wonders and miracles ceased as the Gospel was received by various populations (Mark 16:16-20; Hebrews 2:3). However, through the ages, God has been willing to heal individuals according to His sovereign will and for His glory (James 5:16).
Mankind was created by God in the persons of Adam and Eve. The first couple was placed in the garden of Eden in a state of moral innocence. By a voluntary act of disobedience to God’s commandment, mankind lost its state of innocence, to the point that each human being is born with a sinful nature and in a condition of spiritual death. Of himself, man is incapable of earning his salvation and the forgiveness that God offers him in Jesus (Genesis 1 :27,31 ; Isaiah 64 :5,6 ; Romans 3 :10,19-23)
Eternal salvation is given only by the grace of God, with no personal merit on the part of man, in virtue of the sacrifice of Christ, and by the effective action of the Holy Spirit to all those who repent of their sin and place their confidence in Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice on the cross. This gift of God is received by faith. Justification is the legal declaration made by God that the sinner is righteous in His eyes, because he is clothed with the righteousness of Christ. Justification happens at the new birth. Sanctification concerns our life with Christ, and our spiritual growth to Christlikeness. Glorification, the ultimate stage of salvation, will take place when Jesus transports the believer to Heaven, where he will be made perfect for eternity (John 14 :6 ; 11 :25-26 ; Romans 3 :23-28 ; 5 :1-8 ; Ephesians 2 :8,9 ; I Thessalonians 1 :9-10 ; Titus 2 :11-14 ; 3 :4-7)
The universal Church, or the Body of Christ, is composed of all the believers, deceased and alive, since the day of Pentecost until the day when Christ raptures His Church. The local Church is an assembly of believers who are voluntarily engaged together to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in a same place. They meet in His Name to celebrate believers’ baptism, the Lord’s Supper, to worship, pray and praise God, to enjoy Christian fellowship, to witness, to receive the teaching and the ministry of the Word of God and to help in the progression of the Gospel. Each local Church is a self governing body, independent, autonomous, under the leadership of pastors or elders, assisted by deacons, which precludes all outside intervention. Its only Head is the Lord Jesus Christ, by the leading of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 18 :15-20 ; 28 :18-20 ; I Corinthians 11 :23-33 ; 12 ; 16 :1-3 ; Ephesians 5 :22-32 ; I Timothy 3)
Baptism, sign of identification with Jesus-Christ, was both praticed and taught by our Saviour and the apostles. Although baptism confers no merit to the believer, it is nevertheless an essential step of obedience and demonstrates the identification of the Christian with Jesus-Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Consequently, it should be preceded by a personal testimony of conversion, it should be practiced publicly, by immersion in water and in the framework of a local church. Following baptism, one becomes a member of the local church. (Matthew 28 :19, Acts 2 :38-42, 8 :36-39 ; 10 :47-48; I Peter 3 :21)
The Lord’s Supper was commanded and instituted by Jesus Christ to commemorate and to proclaim His propitiatory sacrifice. It should be observed by local churches regularly until His return. The two elements, the bread and the cup, are the symbols of the pierced body and shed blood of our Lord. Those who have been saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and who have subsequently been baptized by immersion are invited to partake. A person living in known and unconfessed sin, eating and drinking without discerning the body of the Lord, brings judgment upon himself. (Matthew 26 :26-29 ; 28 :19-20 ; Mark 14 :22-25 ; Luke 22 :14-20 ; Acts 2 :42 ; I Corinthians 10 :16-22 ; 11 :23-33)
Separation from the world is a duty for all those who are redeemed by the Lord. Since each believer has been called to serve the Master, each one has the responsibility to live a life separated from all immoral practice, association or pleasure. He is an ambassador for God and a witness to an unbelieving generation. He must show the example of a holy and active life, and show the divine love that has been spread abroad in his heart. (John 17 :14-16 ; Romans 12 :1-2 ; I Corinthians 5 :17-20 ; 6 :11-7 :1 ; I Timothy 6 :9-11 ; James 4 :4 ; I Peter 1 :14-16 ; 2 :1). The principle of separation implies no cooperation with those who deny the Gospel message and the authority of the Bible or who do not position themselves clearly in these areas. (II Corinthians 6:14-18).
Satan exists and he is a personal being. Created by God as a Cherubim angel, he voluntarily led a revolt against God through pride. He is at the origin of sin, the agent of the fall of man, “the prince and the power of the air”, “the prince of his world”. He will be judged and punished eternally in a lake of fire. (Genesis 3 :1-6 ; Job 1 :6 ; Isaiah 14 :11-15 ; Ezekiel 28 :12-19; I Peter 5 :8).
Angels are beings created by God, possessing intelligence and powers far superior to those of mankind in present state. The holy angels serve God faithfully in several areas, of which the protection of believers. The fallen angels take part in Satan’s actions and will be judged with him. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Matthew 16 :27 ; 24 :31 ; Hebrews 1 :4,14 ; II Peter 2 :4 ; Jude 6 ; Revelation 5 :11,12 ; 14 :9-11 ; 20:10)
The Lord’s day, the first day of the week, should be used mainly for he worship of God and the edifying of our souls in the local church, in conformity to the example of the apostles and the first christians. (Mark 2 :27 ; John 20 :19 ; Acts 2 :1-4 ; 20 :7 ; I Cor. 16 :1,2 ; Colossians 2 :16 ; Hebrews 10 :25)
We believe in the separation of church and state. The civil government is divinely established in the interests and for the good order of society. We should therefore pray for our authorities, honor them and obey them conscienciously, except in those areas which would be opposed to the revealed will of our Lord Jesus-Christ. (Romans 13 :1-7; I Peter 2 :13-17)