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- November 8, 2016
It is the commitment of Truth Exchange to faithfully uphold the revealed truths of Holy Scripture. We therefore commit ourselves to the following summary statements of the vital teachings of Scripture and the Christian faith. We believe that:
The Holy Scriptures, comprised of Old and New Testaments, is divine revelation, and we submit to the authority of Scripture, acknowledging it to be inerrantly inspired by God. The central salvation message and essential teachings are clear and accessible to all who follow the standard and self-evident rules of literary interpretation.[i] Scripture is therefore the supreme, unmediated, and final authority of faith and practice for every believer.
There is only one eternal, almighty and perfect God. Within the Being of this one true God exist three eternally distinct and coequal Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three Persons are the one true God.
Because of a profound love for His creation, God initiated a plan of redemption which He has accomplished on behalf of His people in the Person of Jesus Christ, who is the eternal Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity, who took upon Himself human flesh through the miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary. He who is true God became true man, uniting two natures in one person forever. Christ lived a perfect, sinless life, died on the cross as an atoning sacrifice for our sins, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into Heaven where He now serves as our High Priest, our only Mediator. He will return bodily and visibly to the earth as King of kings and will judge every human being who has ever lived.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
Proceeding from the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit, the eternal Third Person of the Triune God, dwells in the hearts of believers, carrying out their rebirth and operating in their sanctification. The same Holy Spirit has been given to the people of God to empower[ii] them for the service of bearing witness to the kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit brings His people together to form a corporate community of believers. We believe that Christ has established a visible church which is called to live in the power of the Holy Spirit under the rule of the authority of Holy Scripture, exercising discipline and preaching the Gospel of Christ.
THE NATURE of MAN
In Adam, human beings were created in the image of God. That is, we share in a finite way the communicable attributes of God, including personality, spirituality, rationality, and morality. Through the fall of Adam, that image of God in humanity has been corrupted, although not eradicated. Every human being is radically corrupt and estranged from God. Human beings are condemned by God because of their descent into sin, both through their relationship to Adam and through individual choice. The desperate need of humanity is twofold. We desperately need forgiveness of our sins and restoration of our fellowship with God. Yet, humans remain totally unable to atone for and restore themselves.
Jesus’ death on the cross provided a substitutionary atonement for the sins of humanity. In salvation, we are rescued from God’s wrath by His unmerited grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Christ alone.
SALVATION and HELL
Those who have received the free gift of salvation will be raised from the dead or raptured (snatched up from their earthly lives) to meet Christ at His Second Coming, and their bodies will be transformed like unto His glorious, immortal body. They will live forever in the fellowship and Kingdom of God in a new heaven and a new earth. Eternal, conscious punishment apart from the fellowship and Kingdom of God (hell) is the ultimate destiny of unredeemed humanity, Satan, and his entire angelic host.
The Christian church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ alone have been reborn by the Holy Spirit. Corporately and individually, its members strive to worship, serve, and glorify God through prayer and praise, diligent study and application of the Scriptures, evangelism, sanctified living, good works, and observance of the rites of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The ultimate mission of the church is the discipleship of all nations – not only the saving of souls (which is primary) but also the bringing of the gospel to bear on every aspect of life and thought – until the Lord returns.
We support the work of Christian organizations and institutions that confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We are committed to the implementation of the social and cultural implications of God’s Word for the well-being of man and his environment. We believe our faith should be visible in concrete forms and models of personal and social behavior. We seek to be faithful Disciples of Christ, enduring in love and obedience until He comes again.
[i] Literary interpretation is the critical analysis used to interpret the Bible. It takes into account:
- What is the geographical, historical, and social setting? How does this affect the story?
- Who is (are) the main character(s)?
- Scripture interprets Scripture. The evidence to support your understanding is found mainly from Scripture itself. Secondary sources (i.e., commentaries, dictionaries, etc.) may support your point of view as well, but are not your primary source of interpretation.
[ii] The Holy Spirit empowers believers to serve God by first giving them a new heart that is no longer bound by the chains of sin. Next, He empowers them by the continuous sanctification of their entire lives to Christ. Additionally, He empowers a believer for godly living and service by depositing into the life of every believer spiritual fruits and gifts.