Evangelical Christian Baptist Doctrine
About the Word of God, or Sacred Scripture
We believe that the Bible, the canonical books of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and consists of 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament. In. 17:17; Rome. 3:22.
The Bible, the perfect revelation of God to the human race, is the true source of knowledge of God. It reveals the will of God, contains the commandments of God, laws and prophecies, and points the way to salvation. 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21; Jer. 1:9; 27:18; 36:1-4; 2 Pet. 1:15-20; Eph. 3:3; 1 Thess. 2:13; 1 Cor. 2:13; In. 20:31; open 22:18-19.
The Bible reveals the truth, proclaims God’s love and eternal life in Christ Jesus. In. 14.6;1 Jn. 4:10; 1 In. 5:11; In. 20:31. Holy Scripture is the source of the Christian faith and spiritual guidance for believers. Rome. 10:17; 2 Pet. 1:19; Jesus Nav. 1:7-8; Matt. 22:29; Rome. 15:4; 2 Tim. 3:14-16; Heb. 4:12.
We believe in the one, living, true God. Deut. 4:35; Is. 44:6; 45:5-6; Ps. 89:3; Jer. 10:10; Dan. 6:26; Mr. 12:29.32; John. 17:3.
We believe in the Beginningless, All-Wise, Omnipresent, Omniscient and Almighty God. Ps. 146:5; Ps. 138:2; Acts. 15:18; Etc. 5:21; 15:3; Ps. 101:28; 138:7-10; Jer. 23:23-24; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 4:13; Gen. 17:1
We believe in God the Creator, who created heaven and earth and all that fills them. Is. 45:12; Ps. 23:1; Gen. 1:1-3; Ps. 106:25-29; Naum. 1:5; Is. 40:26-29; Acts. 17:24-28.
We believe that God is a Spirit, and as a Spirit He is invisible to people. John. 4:24; Ref. 33:20; John. 1:18; John. 4:12; 1 Tim. 6:16. However, “His invisible, His eternal power and Godhead, from the creation of the world through the consideration of creatures are visible” Rom. 1:20.
We believe that God is perfect, righteous and holy. Matt. 5:48; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; Deut. 32:4; Is. 57:15.
God is merciful, just and compassionate. Onion. 6:36; Ps. 118:37; Ps. 98:9; Jacob. 5:11; Ps. 85:5; 114:5; Onion. 10:30-37; Matt. 9:36; 14:14; Onion. 7:13; Heb. 4:15.
We believe that “God is love” and this love is revealed to mankind in Jesus Christ. 1 John. 4:9-16; John. 13:15; 14:21; 16:27; 17:23; 1st John. 4:9-10; Rome. 5:8; Eph. 2:4-5; 1 Tim. 2:4.
On the Trinity of God
We believe in the triune, consubstantial God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 1 John. 5:7; Gen. 1:16; 3:22; 11:7; Is. 6.8; 48:16; Matt. 3:16-17. God the Father 1 Pet. 1:12; 1 Cor. 8:6.
God the Son is Jesus Christ. John. 6:27; Rome. 9:5; 1st Tim. 3:16; John. 1:1; John. 10:30;Phil. 2:6; Mt 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:13. God the Holy Spirit Acts. 5:3-4; 1 Cor. 3:16.
We believe that every person who is born again has the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in him. 2 John 9; 1 John. 2:23; 1 Cor. 3:16; Rome. 8:9.
About Jesus Christ – the Son of God
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who is God from eternity 1 Jn. 5:20; Rome. 9:5; John. 1:3; Qty. 1:16; open 1:8; John. 8:25; Ear. 1:15:17; John. 3:13; 6:62; 17:15:24; 1 Cor. 15:47.
Christ is omniscient, omnipresent, holy, innocent of evil John. 2:24-25; Heb. 4:13; Matt. 9:3-4; John. 1:48-49; 4:29; Qty. 2:3; Matt. 18:20; Matt. 28:20; Heb. 7:26.
We believe that God from eternity predestined His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as a propitiatory sacrifice for the redemption and salvation of the human race. Rom. 8.3; 1 Pet. 1:18.20; Is. 53:5; 1 Pet. 2:24; 3:18.
Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit, was born of the Virgin Mary, uniting in Himself the divine nature with the human. Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:20; Onion. 1:35; 1 Tim. 3:16; Rome. 1:3-4.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man.1 Tim. 2:5; Qty. 1:20. We believe that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures” 1 Cor. 15:3-4.
Christ was “delivered for our sins and rose again for our justification” Rom. 4:25; Acts. 13:39; Rome. 5:18; Heb. 9:11:26. He is the Conqueror over the devil, hell and death.1 Cor. 15:55.
By death he deprived “the power of him that has the power of death, that is, the devil” Heb. 2:14-15; 1 John. 3:8; Onion. 4:33-36:41; 2 Tim. 1:10; Rev. 20:2-3:14.
We believe that Christ is the promised Anointed One of God – the Messiah and the only Savior of the world. Acts. 2:26 Luke. 4:18-19, Acts. 4:12. “The Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – Matt. 9:6; John. 4:42; 10:28;1 Pet. 1:18-19; Gal. 1:4; 2:20; Eph. 5:2; 1 Tim. 2:6; Tit. 2:14; Heb. 9:12.
We believe that the resurrected Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, sat down at the right hand of God and became an intercessor for us before the Heavenly Father and the High Priest of future blessings. 16:19; Heb. 9:24. 1 John. 2:1; Heb. 7:24-25; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; 3:16 Heb. 9:11-12; 7:21-28; 8:1-6.
We believe that the resurrected, ascended and glorified Jesus Christ is the Founder and Head of the Church Matt. 16:18; Qty. 1:18; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:23.
We believe that Jesus Christ will come again in power and glory to judge the living and the dead John. 5:22. Acts 17:31; 1:11; Rev. 19:11-16. Matt. 24:30; Mar. 14:62; Onion. 21:27; Acts. 1:11.
About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit has all the divine attributes of Acts. 5:3-4, namely:
omnipotence Rome. 15:19;
omniscience 1 Cor. 2:10;
omnipresence Ps. 138:7;
holiness Eph. 4:30.
The Holy Spirit from eternity performs the deeds of God. Job. 33:4, Ps. 103:30.
The Holy Spirit inspired the prophets and apostles. 2 Pet. 1:21.
We believe that the Holy Spirit was sent down on the day of Pentecost to testify about Christ, to glorify Him and to build up the Church. Acts. 1:8; John. 15:26; John. 16:7. John. 16:14; 1 Cor. 12:13.
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin: of righteousness and judgment John. 16:8, resurrects a believing man John. 3:3-5; Tit. 3:5, 1 Cor. 3:16; Rome. 8:9 and contributes to his spiritual growth.
We believe that the Holy Spirit teaches, guides, instructs, rebukes, encourages, and comforts believers. John. 14:26; 1 Cor. 2:12-13; John. 16:13; Acts. 8:29; 13:2; 16:6-7; John. 2:20.27. Eph. 3:16,18-19; 1 Cor. 6:11; Rome. 8:13-14; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; 2 Tim. 1:7. Eph. 1:13; 4:30; 1 Cor. 3.16; 6:19.
We believe that the Holy Spirit repeatedly fills the regenerated person with himself and gives him strength for a holy life and for a testimony of Jesus Christ. Acts. 4:31; Eph. 5:18; Acts. 1:8; 2:4; 5:3; 9:17; 13:9. 1 Cor. 2:4.
The Holy Spirit gives the children of God the ability to bear fruit Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 5:9.
The Holy Spirit strengthens us in our weaknesses and intercedes for us, Rom. 8:26.
We believe that the Holy Spirit endows believers with gracious gifts for service in the Church: the gift of preaching the Gospel, spiritual education, help, unity in Christ, and others. 1 Cor. 12:7-11:28.
About a human
Creation of man. We believe that man was created by God sinless in His image and likeness.Gen. 1:27; Gen. 1:26; 2:7; 5:1; Eccl. 7:29; Is. 45:12. Man is created triune. He has a spirit, soul and body Gen. 2:7; 1 Thess. 5:23.
God gave man wisdom and power to control the world around him. Gen. 1:28; Gen. 2:15; Ps. 8:7. God created man with free will, so that he himself can choose between good and evil. Gen. 2:16-17; I. Nav. 24:15; Jer. 21:8; Deut. 30:19.
The fall of man. Man has transgressed the commands of God and fallen into sin. Through the fall of Adam, all mankind inherited sin and death. Rome. 5:12; Is. 59:2.
Redemption of man. We believe that our redemption is made on the cross of Calvary through the voluntary sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins. John. 1:29; Matt. 20:28; Is. 53:4-7; Acts. 4:10-12; 1 Pet. 1:18-19. 1 Pet. 2:24; Heb. 9:11-15.
In Christ, God offers man free salvation. Tit. 2:11; Matt. 11:28-30; 18:11; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 Tim. 2:4; Rome. 3:24. It is up to a person to accept by faith the offered salvation and eternal life or to reject it. Mar. 16:16. John. 12:46-48; John. 3:18; 5:39-40; Heb. 10:38; Acts. 10:43.
We believe that for the conversion of a sinner to God, faith is necessary, which is given to a person through the action of the Holy Spirit and hearing the Word of God. John. 16:8-9; Rome. 10:17; Heb. 11:6; Acts. 4:4.
Faith leads a person to repentance, turning from dead works, and salvation in Christ Jesus. Acts. 26:18; Acts. 11:21; Eph. 2:8.
Faith moves a person to trust the Lord and be obedient to Him. 2 Tim. 1:12; Rome. 4:18-21; Heb. 11:8. Confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is a confirmation of the true faith. 2 Cor. 4:13; John. 20:28; Rome. 10:9-10; Matt. 10:32-33; Onion. 12:8-9; Acts. 8:37. Jacob. 2:17; Gal. 5:6.
Repentance, Conversion, Regeneration, and Justification
We believe that repentance is given by God to people by grace. Mar. 1:15; Acts. 11:18; Rome. 2:4; Acts. 2:37-38. Repentance conversion includes contrition for sin, confession before the Lord and forsaking sin, accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. 2 Cor. 7:10; Etc. 28:13; Ps. 37:19; Acts. 26:20.
We believe that the consequence of the conversion and acceptance of Jesus Christ as the Savior is the new birth from the Holy Spirit and the Word of God as a necessary condition for adoption and entry into the Kingdom of God. John. 1:12-13; John. 3:5. Jacob. 1:18; 1 Cor. 4:15; Gal. 3:26. Through the new birth, a person becomes a child of God, a partaker of the divine nature and a temple of the Holy Spirit. 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:17; 1 Pet. 2:9. 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 6:19.
The true signs of rebirth are a complete change of life, hatred of sin, love for the Lord and the Church, and a thirst for communion with Him, striving to become like Christ and do the will of God. Eph. 2:5; Ps. 96:10; Gal. 4:19. 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 John. 3:14; 1 John. 5:1; Gal. 5:13.
Those who are born again have in themselves the testimony of the Holy Spirit that they are children of God and heirs of eternal life. 1 John. 5:10-11. Rome. 8:16-17; Gal. 4:7; Eph. 2:19.
We believe that justification changes the position of a believing person before God, frees him from the consciousness of guilt and fear of condemnation for sin, since Christ took upon himself all our guilt and punishment for sin. Rome. 5:9; Rome. 3:24-25; Rome. 4:25; Rome. 3:28; Gal. 2:16; 2 Cor. 5:21. The consequence of justification is liberation from the eternal condemnation and wrath of God, putting on the righteousness of Christ, receiving peace with God, possessing a glorious inheritance with Christ. Rome. 5:9; Rome. 8:1; Rome. 4:5; Rome. 5:1; Rome. 8:30.
We believe that without holiness no one can see the Lord. Heb. 12:14; 1 Thess. 4:3-7.
Sanctification is a consequence of the justification of sinners through Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 1:30; Heb. 10:10-14; 1 Cor. 1:2; 1 Cor. 6:11; Rome. 1:7. The Christian needs constant sanctification throughout his life. Rev. 22:11; Eph. 5:27; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 3:19.
Sanctification is separation from sin, consecration to God, and transformation into the image of Jesus Christ. Tit. 2:14; 2 Pet. 3:14; Rome. 6:2.6; Flp. 2:15; 2 Cor. 6:17-18; Qty. 3:5-8. 2 Cor. 3:18. Flp. 2:5; 1 John. 2:6; Rome. 8:29; Eph. 4:13; Qty. 3:10-11; Gal. 4:19. 2 Cor. 5:15; Rome. 6:19; 8:12-13. 1 Thess. 3:13. 1 John. 3:2; 1 Cor. 15:49; Rev. 19:7-8.
Sanctification is carried out by God with the participation of a believer. The Divine side includes the action of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, His Word and the Holy Spirit. 1 Thess. 5:23; John. 17:17; Eph. 5:25-26. 1 Pet. 1:2; Heb. 10:10;2 Thess. 2:13. Human participation includes:
Faith in Jesus Christ as Savior 1 Cor. 1:30
study of the Holy Scriptures Eph. 5:26. 1 Tim. 4:16; John. 5:39; 15:3; Jacob. 1:21-22; 2 Tim. 3:15-16
trust in the Lord in all circumstances of life 2 Tim. 1:12.
holy walk before God Rev. 22:11.
Prayer is a means of communication between man and God. John. 16:23; Flp. 4:6; Jer. 33:3; Onion. 18:1; Rome. 8:15; Gal. 4:6; Matt. 26:41.
In prayer, we open our desires to God, who is powerful to fulfill our petitions, for He promised to answer the prayers of those who call to Him. Ps. 49:15; Zach. 13:9; Matt. 26:4; Flp. 4:6.
We must pray not only for ourselves, but also for all people: for the church, for ministers, for the success of spreading the Gospel, for all the saints, for relatives, for the suffering, for the sick, for our friends and enemies. 1 Tim. 2:1-2; Gen. 18:23-32; Ref. 32:11-14, 30-32; 34:8-10; Matt. 5:44; Onion. 22:32; 23:34; 1 John. 5:16; Jacob. 5:14; 2 Thess. 1:11; 3:1.
The children of God are called always and for everything to give thanks to the Lord, because all His intentions serve the good of the believer Jer. 29:1; Rome. 8:28; 1 Thess. 5:17-18; Eph. 5:20.
We believe that God hears prayers offered according to His will and fulfills them 1 Jn. 5:14. John. 16:23; Mar. 11:24-25; John. 14:13-14; 15.7; Matthew 21:22; 2 Cor. 12:8-9.
Prayers may be accompanied by fasting. Mar. 2:2; Matt. 17:21. In the Old Testament, fasts were made during social disasters and the judgments of God’s Journeys. 8:21-23; Joel. 1:14; 2:12-15. Prayer with fasting is also performed during experiences and sorrows of Judgment. 20:26; 2 Kings 1:12; Eph. 4:3; Dan. 10:2-3; Ps. 34:13; 68:11; in the election of ministers of the church Acts. 13:2-3; 14:23 and other circumstances Mar. 9:29; 2 Cor. 6:4-5. Jesus Christ taught that during all the time of fasting people should not be dull like the hypocrites Mt. 6:16-18. Fasting consists not only in abstaining from eating and being in prayer, but also in resolving the “fetters of unrighteousness” and bringing one’s relationships with people to the proper state Isa. 58:3-12; Zach. 7:3-10; Matt. 5:23-24.
Church of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ created the Church. Matt. 16:18. Qty. 1:26-27; Eph. 3:9-10; Rome. 14:24-26. Since the day of Pentecost, there have been the Ecumenical (invisible), local and domestic churches.
The universal Church of Christ is made up of people redeemed by the Blood of Christ from every tribe, tongue, people and nation in heaven and on earth. Heb. 12:22-23; Rev. 5:9-10; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; Qty. 1:12-22. The universal church is called:
Body of Christ Col. 1:17-18; 1 Cor. 12:20-27; Eph. 1:22-23; Qty. 1:18-27.
Bride of Christ 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:27; Rev. 19:7-9; 21:9-10.
Spiritual house, or temple of God Eph. 2:19-21; 1 Pet. 2:4-6; Heb. 3:6.
The flock of Christ John. 10:16; John. 21:15-17; 1 Pet. 5:2; Heb. 13:20.
We believe that all who believe in Christ and are born again are baptized (immersed) with the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ and are members of the Church of Christ. John. 3:5; Eph. 1:13; Rome. 8:9,14; Tit. 3:5-7. 1 Cor. 12:13; Acts. 2:47; Eph. 4:5; Gal. 3:27; Qty. 2:12.
We believe that at the end of the period of grace, the Church of Christ will be raptured from the earth to meet the Lord in the air, there to share eternal glory with Him. John. 17:24; John. 14:13; Feb 1 4:13-17; 1 Cor. 15:51-57; Flp. 3:20-21.
Those who have fallen away from Christ are excommunicated from the Church, those who are bound on earth by the decision of the local church, according to the Holy Scriptures of Heb. 6:4-7; Matt. 18:16-18; John. 20:23; 1 Cor. 5:3-5.
Belonging to the Universal Church does not exempt from the need to join the local church of Acts. 2:41.
The local church is a collection of reborn souls, united by one faith (one confession), one love and hope, voluntarily united to serve the Lord together and satisfy their spiritual needs. Acts. 2:42; Matt. 18:17; Acts. 14:23; 1 Cor. 12:13; Rome. 8:9-14.
The tasks of the local church are:
preaching the gospel Matt. 28:19; Mar. 16:15,20; Acts. 20:24;
education of believers to achieve holiness, Christian piety and observance in life of the commandments of Christ Matt. 28:20; Eph. 3:18-19;
multiplying Christian love and strengthening the unity of believers according to the High Priestly Prayer of the Lord John. 17:21-23.
About membership in a local church
The condition for becoming a member of a local church is faith, repentance and regeneration. A person testifies to this before God and the church through oral confession, personal life and water baptism. Rome. 10:9-10. 1 Tim. 6:12; Acts. 19:2-5.
A believer becomes a member of a local church after being baptized by faith. Acts. 2:4
To preserve church deanery, there are measures of church influence:
exhortation Tit. 2:15; 1 Tim. 1:5,
remark 2 Thess. 3:14
and excommunication 1 Cor. 5:12-13.
Excommunication from the local church can be in the case of:
falling away from faith in God Heb. 10:38; 1 Cor. 16:22;
deviations into heresy Tit. 3:10;
the fall of Matt. 18:15-18; 1 Cor. 5:11-13; 2 Thess. 3:6.
Setting up a local church
Every local church belongs to God 1 Cor. 1:2; Acts. 20:28. By the will of God, the church has a structure and a certain order. 1 Cor. 14:33.40. The Lord supplies ministers through calling and election by the church. The right of election belongs to the church. Eph. 4:11-12; Acts. 6:2-7; 13:1-3; 15:22; 1 Cor. 12:28-29; Tit. 1:5. The elders are obliged to shepherd the church of the Lord of Acts. 20:28 instruct church members in sound doctrine 2 Tim. 2:15 support the weakActs. 20:35 to rebuke those who oppose Tit. 1:9. Deacons are called to assist elders in their ministry. 6:1-4. Churches may have deaconesses and other elected ministers 1 Cor. 12:28; Rome. 16:1; 12:7-8. Elders, deacons and other elected ministers participate in the discussion and resolution of spiritual issues. Acts. 15:6; Acts. 15:22; Flp. 1:1. Ministers of the church can receive maintenance from her. 1 Cor. 9:14; Matt. 10:10; Gal. 6:6; 1 Tim. 5:17-18.
On the ordination of church ministers
Elders, deacons and other ministers chosen by the church must comply with the requirements of the Holy Scriptures of Acts. 6:3; 1 Tim. 3:1-12; Tit. 1:6-9 and be ordained to the ministry by the laying on of hands of superior ministers of Acts. 6:1-6; 13:3; 14:23; 1 Tim. 4:14; 5:22; Heb. 7:7. Ordination loses its validity when the minister commits a sin that entails excommunication from the church Heb. 12:15-17; Ezek. 44:10-13; Mal. 2:7-9.
Ministers, along with other members of the church, are subject to ecclesiastical punishment, however, with the participation of higher ministers 1 Tim. 5:19.
Responsibilities of Church Members
Church members must remain obedient and faithful to the Lord 1 Sam. 15:22-23; Rev. 2:10, to live among themselves in peace and in mutual love 2 Thess. 1:3; John. 13:34-35; 1 John. 3:11; 1 Pet. 1:22; John. 15:12,17.
Every member of the church must obey the ministers of 1 Pet. 5:5; Heb. 13:17, honor them 1 Tim. 5:17, pray for them – Col. 4:3, and keep the church united Phil 1:27; 2:2; Rome. 15:5-6. Church members are to take a zealous part in the life of the church and in the material ministry 1 Cor. 12:25-26; Rom. 12:13; 2 Cor. 9:7-8; Heb. 13:16.
Every member of the church is called to attend worship meetings and participate worthily in the Lord’s Supper Heb. 10:25 a.m.; Ps. 15:3; 26:4; 121:1; 1 Cor. 11:26-28; Acts. 2:42.
About water baptism
We believe that water baptism by faith is the fulfillment of the commandment of Jesus Christ about the Church, evidence of faith and obedience to the Lord; it is a solemn promise to God of a good conscience Mar. 16:15-16; Acts. 2:38.41; 22:16. 1 Pet. 3:21.
Water baptism according to the Word of God is performed on those who have believed in Jesus as their personal Savior and experienced the new birth. Acts. 8:36-38; 2:41; 8:12; 10:47; 18:8; 19:5.
Baptism is performed by ministers through a single immersion in water in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Matt. 28:19.
The baptism of the believer symbolizes his death, burial and resurrection with Christ. Rome. 6:3-5; Gal. 3:26-27; Qty. 2:11-12.
When performing baptism, the minister asks questions to the person being baptized: “Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Do you promise to serve God with a good conscience?” Acts. 8:37; 1 Pet. 3:21. After the affirmative answer of the baptized, he says: “According to your faith, I baptize you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” The word “Amen” is pronounced by the person being baptized together with the minister. After baptism, the ministers perform a prayer over the baptized and a communion.
About the Lord’s Supper
We believe that the Lord’s Supper (breaking bread) is the commandment of Jesus Christ to remember and proclaim His suffering and death on the cross. 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Matt. 26:26-28; Onion. 22:17-20.
The Lord’s Supper (breaking bread) expresses our unity with Christ and with each other. 1 Cor. 10:16-17. Bread and wine point to the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Matt. 26:26-28.
The Lord’s Supper will be served in the Church “until He comes” 1 Cor. 11:26. Church members who are at peace with the Lord and the church participate in the breaking of bread. 1 Cor. 11:27-29; Matt. 5:23-24.
We believe that the first day of the week was the day on which Jesus Christ was resurrected for the justification of our Matt. 28:14; Mar. 16:9; Rome. 4:25.
This day, being the day of the resurrection of Christ from the dead, heralds the glorious triumph of our Redeemer and is a great feast for Christians 1 Cor. 5:7-8.
The first and second communion of the risen Christ with the disciples took place on the first day of the week of John. 20:19-26.
The descent of the Holy Spirit also took place on the first day of the week of Acts. 2:1.
On the day of the resurrection, the apostle John was in the spirit and received a revelation from God, Rev. 1:10.
The first day of the week is associated with the Church and heaven. It is a marvelous proof of God’s eternal acceptance of the Church and indicates what He has done for us Eph. 2:11-16.
Sunday, as the day of the Lord, should be a day of holy labor for the Lord, a day devoted to the study of the Word of God, being in prayer, participating in divine services and showing Christian love in the works of mercy of Acts. 2:42; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; Jacob. 1:26; 2 Pet. 1:5-9.
About marriage and family
We believe that marriage is established by God – Gen 2:18:24.
Marriage is a union between a man and a woman for mutual help and support, for the continuation of the human race and for the common path of life in love and harmony, until death separates them Gen. 2:18; 1 Cor. 7:38; 1 Pet. 3:1-7; Eph. 5:22-33.
Based on the Holy Scriptures, a man can have only one wife, and a woman – one husband Mt. 19:4-6; 1 Cor. 6:16; 7:2.
In the event of the death of one of the spouses, the Word of God does not forbid the survivor from entering into marriage, but only in the Lord 1 Cor. 7:39.
We acknowledge that divorce is not permissible Matt. 19:6-9.
However, in the case of adultery or malicious abandonment of the family by one of the spouses, divorce and marriage of an innocent party may be allowed according to the Word of God. 1 Cor. 7:15. Marriage, being an institution of God and a civil act, is formalized according to the laws of the country, and in the church it receives a blessing through instruction in the Word of God and the prayer of Col. 3:17; 1 Pet. 2:13.
We believe that children in the family are a precious gift of God – Ps. 126:3. Parents are responsible for the spiritual upbringing of their children Col. 3:21; Eph. 6:4; Matt. 18:6-7; Deut. 6:5-9; Ps. 77:3-8.
On the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and Judgment
We believe in the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory. Acts. 1:1; Matt. 25:31; 26:64; 1 Thess. 1:10; 2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 1:7.
The second coming of Jesus Christ must be preceded by the resurrection of the dead in Christ and the change of the faithful who remain alive, the rapture of the Church invisible to the world and her meeting with Christ in the clouds. 1 Thess. 4:16-17; 1 Cor. 15:51-67; Flp. 3:21; 1 John. 3:2.
We believe in the Judgment Seat of Christ for the saved. 2 Cor. 3:14; 1 Pet. 5:4; 1 Cor. 9:24-25; 2 Tim. 4:7-8. We also believe in the resurrection of all the dead and in the righteous judgment of God before the Great White Throne. Rev. 20:11-12.
After the judgment of the Great White Throne, eternity will come; for some, she will be blessed with Christ, for others, eternal torment. John. 5:29; Dan. 12:2; Rev. 22:20.
Attitude towards the state
We believe that the authorities are established by God. Rome. 13:1-2. A Christian must be an exemplary citizen of his country, he is called to obey the authorities “not only out of fear of punishment, but also according to conscience” Rom. 13:5-7; Mar. 12:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-17.
As citizens of their country, Christians are called to “do justice to everyone,” that is, to obey the laws of the State of Luke. 3:14; Acts. 23:12-23; 1 Pet. 2:13-14; Rome. 13:1-7.
Christians are obliged, through a pious life and prayer, to fight against every evil in the life of society, contributing to the triumph of good, Rome. 12:17 freedom 1 Cor. 7:21, righteousness Phil. 4:8, peace for all people 1 Pet. 3:11; Rome. 14:19; 12:18; Heb. 12:14.
We are called to pray for the government, so that the use of the authority entrusted to it will preserve peace and justice Jer. 29:7; 1 Tim. 2:1-2.
We believe that the Church of Christ is not of this world John 18:36. The Church, recognizing Christ as its Head, in its essence cannot be under the dominion of secular power; all the more so, she cannot herself have secular power and cannot act in its spirit and its methods Mt. 20:25-28; Onion. 12:13-14.
The separation of church and state is in keeping with the principles of the gospel. We consider inadmissible any human interference in the canonical fulfillment of the duties of our Christian faith, in our relationship to God. The Church in her canonical activity in relation to the state is guided by the words of Christ: Matt. 22:21.