DOXA Christian Church's beliefs
This doctrinal statement does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter
and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, the true center of
Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
(A) By the Holy Bible we mean that collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation which, as originally written, is the true, pure, and
preserved Word of God.
(B) By inspiration we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite
way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
(II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth,
inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons
-the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit-equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; John 14:10, 26)
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been begotten by the Holy Spirit and born
of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.
(Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; II Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-8)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice;
and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
(Acts 2:18-36; Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministries
of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
(Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2)
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person Who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in
regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.
(John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe that He is the Divine Teacher Who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all
the saved to be filled with the Spirit.
(Ephesians 1:17-18; 5:18; I John 2:20, 27)
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip
believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry.
(Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12:4-11, 28; Ephesians 4:7-12)
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in
tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death
awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing.
(I Corinthians 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)
The Fallen Nature of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adamís sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became
alienated from God; and, that all men are sinners by birth and by choice, and, of themselves, utterly unable to remedy their lost condition.
(Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23 ; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was
shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; I Peter 1:18-19), and that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again;
that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process.
The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by Godís power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
(John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5)
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of Godís Word which, however,
clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.
(Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)
We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born again persons.
(I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27)
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.
(Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of any external authority or control.
(Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; I Corinthians 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4)
We recognize water baptism and the Lordís Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age.
(Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; I Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe that all the saved should live in a manner that does not bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious
apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God.
(Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; II Timothy 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11)
The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in that ďblessed hope,Ē the personal, imminent return of Christ Who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period.
At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to
the nation of Israel.
(Psalm 89:3-4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)
The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all menóthe saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
(Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29;11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13)
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are at death absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await
the first resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.
(Luke 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:4-6)
We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection when, with soul and body
reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious
punishment and torment.
(Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15)
The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin, and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that
he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
(Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10)
We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally, not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly
in Godís own image and after His own likeness; that manís creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or developments through
interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animals and vegetable life were made directly; and that Godís established law was that they
should bring forth only after their kind.
(Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11)
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: (1) the home, (2) the church, and (3) the state.
Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and are governed by His Word.
God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and has balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution
has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of
responsibility under God.
(Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-24; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14)
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate physical activity be engaged outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any
form of perversion of Godís original intent for a physical relationship between a husband and wife is sinful.
(Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of Godís wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially.
We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully
to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the
use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made.
(Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6;Ephesians 4:28; I Timothy 5:17-18; I John 3:17)