(Navai) Manoharan Joseph
(Vimal) Lawrance, (Ravi) Gabriel, (Gnana) Durairatnam, (Justin) Devasuthan, (Jans) Dedinus, Antony P., (Balan) Kandiah T.,
We hold the Christian religion, as found in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments alone.
We believe that the Scripture teach these truths.
We believe that the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are alone the Word of God written. They are verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, inerrant in all matters on which they touch and are the infallible and complete rule of Christian faith and life.(2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Pet 1:19-21.)
We believe there is but one living and true God, creator and sustainer of all, loving, holy, sovereign, infinite, eternal and unchangeable. In all perfections, self-existing in three Persons-the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit- the same in essence and equal in power and glory.(Deut 4:35. 6:4. Is 43:6. Mk 12:29. 1 Tim 4:6. Ge 1:26. 2Cor 13:14. 1Pet 1:1. Ge 11:6,7)
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, coequal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, and in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death for sinners, His bodily resurrection, ascension to heaven, mediatorial ministry and His coming personal return in glory.(Jn 1:1-3.14. Matt 1:18. Lk 1:35. 1 Pet 2:24. Matt 28:6. 1 Cor 15:4. Matt 24:30. Act 1:11. Heb 9:15. 1 Jn 2:1. Rom 8:34.)
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and person of the Holy Spirit, coequal with God the Father and God the Son, who convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment of sin; who regenerates, sanctifies, seals, illuminates, comforts, empowers and permanently indwells those who believe in Jesus Christ, developing in them the fruit of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit bears witness to the truth, teaches and guides believers in truth and in the ways of God. Some gifts of the Spirit were signs-gifts until the Scriptures were completed. The gifts are distributed to believers individually according to His will.(Ps 139:7. Jn 3:5. 14:16. 16:7-8,13. Gal 5:22-23, Heb 2:4, Acts 1:8, Eph 1:13, I Cor 12:11, 13:8)
We believe that God created angels to worship and serve Him. They are under the authority of God and are not to be worshipped themselves. Among the angels there are divisions and ranks. Angels appeared before mankind in physical form to bring messages from God and to minister to humanity.(Ps 91:11. Dan 6:22. Heb 1:14. 12:22. Jude 9. Lk 1:19. Ps 103:21. Ge 19. Heb 13:2. 1Thess 4:16. Lk 2:9-15. Rev 7:11-12. Col 2:18.)
We believe that Satan is a fallen angel who rebelled against God and who now exists as the ruler of darkness, author of sin, the evil tempter of man and the archenemy of God and man. The Lord God has all power to restrain Satan and turn his works of evil to serve God’s just, wise and holy purposes. God has declared the ultimate victory and condemnation of Satan and his angels.(Isa 14:12-15. Jude 6. 2 Pet 2:4. Matt 4:-1-11. 2 Cor 4:4. Jn 12:31. 1 Pet 5:8-9. James 4:7. Rom 16:20. Mk 16:17. >Rev 20:10)
We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God, that he sinned, becoming guilty before God which resulted in total depravity thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.(Gen 1:27. Gen 3. Rom 3:10-18,23. Eph 2:1. 1:13. Rom 6:23.)
We believe our salvation is entirely by grace through faith, the work of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who justifies, sanctifies and glorifies us by His sovereign grace. Salvation was obtained by the voluntary suffering, death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ on our behalf as the perfect atoning sacrifice for our sins, those whom God has effectually called cannot be snatched away from God but will in the end be brought, divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord following the Christian life on earth which involves a struggle against sin.(Eph 1:4,2:8. 1Pet 1:1. Rom 5:19. 8:29. Rom 7:14-25. Jn 10:18, 28,29. Phil 3:21. 1Jn 3:2)
We believe and look for the personal, physical, visible return of Christ Jesus in power and glory to end the present age, in the resurrection both of the just and unjust at His coming, in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked.(Matt 24:30. 25:31. Acts 1:11. Phil 3:20. Gal 3:26-27.)
We believe that God gives the local church to serve a group of redeemed people, called out from the world and separated unto the Lord Jesus. The local church is a place for worshipping, ministering the Word of God, teaching, praying, observing the ordinances, organizing spiritual activities, evangelizing, sending forth missionaries, fellowshipping, edifying and disciplining members and helping the needy both within and in the world outside. Christ is the Head of the Church. The church is the body, bride, building, flock, vine and family of Jesus Christ. Pastor, elders and deacons have been given as its officers to preach and teach the Word and to lead the church in the Christian faith according to the Word of God.(Matt 18:20. Acts 1:4. 13:2. Acts 2:42-47. 1 Cor 6:15. Deut 14:2. Act 16:2. 20:28. 13:2-3. Eph 4:11-16. 1:22. Rev 21:2.)
We believe that there are two ordinances given in the New Testament for the church to regularly observe that symbolizes to believers the blessings of salvation.
Baptism:-the total immersion of the believer in water in the Name of the Triune God following their repentance, confession of faith in Jesus Christ, and evident obedience to the teaching of the Scriptures. It is a symbolic act of obedience, occurring once, which demonstrates the believer’s identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.(Matt 28:19-20. Act 2:38. 8:38. 9:18. Rom 6:4-6. Col 2:12.)
Lord’s Supper:- the remembrance by believers of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ for the cleansing of the iniquities of His redeemed people. It is a regular ordinance of the church to be observed by the taking of two elements-the bread and wine-which proclaim His death until He comes again(Lk 22:17-20. Matt 26:-27. Acts 2:42. 20:7. 1 Cor 11:24-26.)
We believe that Christian worship involves praise (through the singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs and the giving of thanks to God) prayer; reading, teaching and preaching the Scripture; giving tithes and offerings; observing the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper and fellowshipping. It requires a personal relationship with God and takes place during daily life as the believer walks with the Lord and practices His teaching from the Bible in Spirit and Truth.(Ps 107:22. 116:17. 100:4. Col 3:15. 1 Thess 5:18. Acts 1:14. 2:42-47. Mal 3:10. 1 Cor 16:2)
We believe that God has ordained civil authority among the nations to restrain mankind from sin, maintain peace and to promote justice and righteousness. Christians must obey and pray for their rulers, except in any matter contrary to the Word of Christ in the Scriptures. Christ alone is the only true King and ruler of this earth.(Matt 22:21. Rom 13:1-7. 1Pet 2:13-18.)
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