Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,
says Yahweh of Hosts. Zechariah 4:6
Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors,
That the King of Glory may come in! Who is this King of Glory?
Yahweh of Hosts: He is the King of Glory. Psalm 24:9-10
The following points constitute what we believe to be the sine qua non of historic, orthodox Christianity (adopted from the doctrinal statements of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the Evangelical Theological Society):
The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God, without error in the original autographs, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each an uncreated person, of one essence, equal in power and glory.
Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men, regenerate the sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.
Jesus Christ will return again, personally and bodily, to this earth and that his second advent has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
There will be a bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
We believe the above points of doctrine form the basis of Christian fellowship. However, we also state that we are Calvinistic in our soteriology and historic premillenarians in our eschatology.
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