Blaina Evangelical Church – Confession Of Faith
We believe in the only true and living God, the Holy Trinity of Divine Persons in perfect unity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each of whom is co equal and co eternal, and sovereign in creation, providence and redemption.
We believe in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who is holy, righteous, and full of grace, mercy, compassion and love. In his infinite love he sent forth the Son, that the world through him might be saved.
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, whose true humanity and full deity were mysteriously and really joined in the unity of His divine Person. We believe in his virgin birth, in his perfect life and teaching, in His substitutionary, atoning death on the cross, where he triumphed over Satan, sin and death, in his bodily resurrection and his ascension into heaven, where he now sits in glory at the right hand of God.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, whose work is indispensable to regenerate the sinner, to lead him to repentance, to give him faith in Christ, to sanctify the believer in this present life and to fit him to enjoy fellowship with God. For spiritual power and effectiveness his ministry is essential to the individual Christian and to the Church.
2. The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Scriptures, consisting of the 66 books of the old and new Testament as originally given, are the inspired infallible and inerrant Word of God, His full and final revelation of Himself and His will to man. They are to be received as the sole, supreme and all-sufficient authority in all matters of faith and practice.
3. The fall of Man
We believe that although men and women were created in the likeness of God, as a result of the fall all are now sinful by nature. Sin pollutes and controls them and infects every part of their being. As a result all men and woman are guilty in the sight of a holy God, and subject to the penalty of eternal death. Therefore it is only by being born again, forgiven and reconciled to God that men and women can know God and please him.
Salvation is entirely a work of God`s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom He calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.
5. The Church
The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. We further believe that the Church manifests itself in local congregations of those who have received salvation through Christ. Here God is worshipped; His word declared; sanctification and good works are promoted amongst its members; the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord`s Supper are administered; pastoral care is exercised; evangelism undertaken; and discipline is observed in accordance with the Holy Scriptures.
6. The Last Things
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.