WHAT WE BELIEVE

Christian Orthodoxy: The Apostles Creed

The Apostles Creed connects us with the historic Christian Church

and to the Global Church. 
 
This creed identifies basic Christian Orthodoxy.
I believe in God the Father almighty;
and in Christ Jesus His only Son, our Lord,
Who was born from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
Who under Pontius Pilate was crucified and buried,
on the third day rose again from the dead,
ascended to heaven,
sits at the right hand of the Father,
whence He will come to judge the living and the dead,
and in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Church,
the remission of sins,
the resurrection of the flesh
(the life everlasting).

Christian Covenant Fellowship Statement of Faith

God
We believe in one God. God is uncreated, eternal, all-powerful, and perfect in Holiness.
The three persons of the Trinity are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is one God in three distinct persons, each person being fully God.

Genesis 1:26-27, Deuteronomy 6:4, John 1:1, Acts 5:4, Matthew 3:16-17

The Father
Out of nothing, God the Father created all things for His glory and by His word. By His word He lovingly reigns and rules as Sovereign over all things past, present, future, guiding them to His desired end. His ultimate end is the Glory of His name throughout all the earth by all peoples.

Genesis 1:1 Genesis 1:26-27, Isaiah 43:7, Revelation 5:9-10, Revelation 22:3

Jesus Christ 
Jesus Christ, the only begotten uncreated Son of God, was the eternal Word made flesh, supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He was perfect in nature, teaching, and obedience. He is wonderfully and mysteriously fully God and fully man. He was always with God and is God. Through Him all things came into being and were created. He was before all things and in Him all things hold together by the word of His power. He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation, and in Him dwells the fullness of the godhead bodily. He saves sinners by His substitutionary life, death and resurrection to the glory of God. After His resurrection, He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord over all things. He is the Head pastor of His body, the church.

Genesis 1:26-27, John 1:1, 1 Corinthians 15:3-5, Colossians 1:16-20

The Holy Spirit 
The Holy Spirit is fully God and has been sent by the Father and the Son to Glorify the Son. Through Gospel proclamation the Holy Spirit regenerates, convicts, fills, empowers, and gifts God’s people. The Holy Spirit is active in the life of every believer and continues to fill, empower, send, and gift believers from the moment of regeneration to our coming glorification. All of the gifts of the Spirit at work in the first century church are available for believers today and are given by the Holy Spirit as He wills, for the edification of the church. The Holy Spirit leads the believer to behold the finished work of Jesus and be transformed into people with lives bearing the fruit of the Spirit. In all things the Holy Spirit will glorify the Son. Where the Son is not glorified the Holy Spirit is not at work.

Genesis 1:26-27, John 3:8, John 16:14, Acts 5:4, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 2 Peter 2:21

The Scriptures 
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It is composed of 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament, no more and no less. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The scriptures were given by God and were inspired fully and verbally by Him. Because it is inspired by God, the Bible is free of error in all that it teaches. The bible is sufficient to reveal all that we need to know about God, and are our guide in all Christian life, practice, and doctrine.

2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 2:21

Humanity 
God made humanity-male and female- in His own image, that humanity might glorify Him through the enjoyment of fellowship with Him. Male and female were created equal but different. Male and female were designed by God to function in complementary roles even before the fall. As the representative of the human race, although created innocent and sin free, Adam and Eve sinned against God. Because of this sin all humanity has been credited with that sin and are by nature and choice sinners and spiritually dead. Unregenerate humanity is under the dominion of Satan, do not want the things of God, and are incapable of coming to God apart from the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:27, Psalm 14, Romans 3:9-20, Ephesians 2:1-4, Titus 3:3

The Gospel 
The Gospel is of first importance and is the Good news about Jesus life, death, and resurrection in the place of sinners to the Glory of God. The Gospel is news about Jesus. Jesus alone saves sinners. Although the Gospel message requires a response from a sinner, the response is not a part of the Gospel. The salvation that Jesus brings has eternal implication for its recipients. We find that Salvation in Christ includes Election, Regeneration, Conversion, Justification, Adoption, Sanctification, and Glorification. All of these realities flow through and from Jesus Christ. The Gospel message should be preached to all people everywhere as we trust that whoever repents and believes in Jesus will not perish but have everlasting life. Salvation in Jesus was God’s idea and is to the praise of His glorious grace.

John 3:16, Romans 8:28-30, Ephesians 1:1-14 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 1 Peter 1:3-5

The Church and Her Mission
The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. In obedience to the bible they organize under qualified Elders and Deacons, gather regularly for preaching and worship, receive the biblical ordinances of baptism and Communion, are unified by the Holy Spirit, are disciplined for holiness for their good and God’s gloryand scatter to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. The church is to be missionaries to the world for God’s glory and their joy. The local church is a part of the the global church that is comprised of all God’s people from all time and all places.

Genesis 12:2, Deuteronomy 7:6-8, Matthew 1:21, Acts 2:42-47, Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 2:9-10 

Baptism 
Baptism is an act of obedience involving the immersion of a believer in water. Baptism identifies our union with Jesus, His life, death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus commanded that we do this throughout the whole world and that we as the church have the authority and responsibility to do so.

Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 6:1-4

Communion
The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus. We are to receive the bread and the wine as a visible reminder to us of the Gospel of Jesus and our union with His life, death, and resurrection. The bread and wine represent the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 26:26-29, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Return of Christ and Consummation of all Things
The return of Christ will be future, visible, and glorious. We affirm that He can return at any moment or in a thousand years. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and a final judgment. The final judgment will send people to heaven and eternal Joy with God, or hell with eternal conscious torment apart for God. Jesus will have victory over Satan and demons and will usher in the news heavens and the new earth.

Matthew 24, Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11-20, Revelation 20 – 22