C3 Doctrinal Statement
- Original sin comes from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We believe man is fallen from righteousness and, apart from the grace of Jesus Christ, is unable to live a life of holiness; rather, he is always inclined to choose evil. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. In his own strength, without divine grace, man cannot do the good things that are pleasing and acceptable to God.⁷ Once receiving salvation however, man is responsible is free to exercise his will for good as he is empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We believe God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. The offering Christ freely made on the cross is the perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, redeeming man from all sin, so that no other satisfaction is required.
We believe that when we come to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are washed clean from our sins, adopted by God.
We believe this experience does not deliver us from the infirmities, ignorance, and mistakes common to man, or from the possibilities of further sin. The Christian must continue on guard against spiritual pride and seek to gain victory over every temptation to sin. He must respond wholly to the will of God so that sin will lose its power over him.
We believe that “the Lord's Day” is a holy day and its importance is vital. We should remember the Lord’s Day by devoting it to the Lord Jesus. We remember it by worshipping, knowing, fellowshipping with, and enjoying the crucified and risen Christ. We remember it as John did: by being in the Spirit; hearing Jesus' great Voice (the preaching of the gospel); and seeing Him (by faith) walking amidst the candlesticks (in the Church).
The most common way to observe the Lord’s Day is by attending the worship services of Bible believing Church. On this day we are encouraged to exercise corporate worship of God that will often include such things as: prayer, reading of the Scriptures, singing, and perhaps sharing a meal together.
“The Lord’s Day” is not to be confused with a 7th Day Sabbath requirement. We do not believe that Christians are bound to The Law of Moses and obligated to follow all of the 613 laws contained within¹⁰, such as the observance of a Saturday sabbath¹¹. However, we do believe that Christians are called to and will naturally abide by the 10 commandments as originally given through Moses at Mt. Sinai.¹²