We are a group of Christians who gather to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and all our principles are based on the Biblical teachings of the Bible. From time to time we are asked Who are you? What denomination? In reply we would say that we are believers in the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and that we find in the Bible (the infallible Word of God) the following basic truths (among others).
(1) THE ONE GOD
There is one true God – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. These three Persons are equal. This one God, the Creator of all, changes not and is from everlasting to everlasting.
The Father sent the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, from heaven into the world to be the Saviour of the world. So the eternal Son of God became Man and because of His sinlessness was able to bear the punishment for sin. He bore this punishment when He died upon the cross. He was buried and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures. In heaven He is now crowned with glory and honour.
(2) THE ONE BOOK
Holy men of God were used to write the sacred Scriptures (the Bible), but the very words they wrote were God-given. All Scripture is God-breathed. Being God's revelation, the Holy Scriptures are accurate, authoritative and sufficient.
(3) THE ONE GOSPEL
In the Holy Scriptures there is the gospel (the good news) that through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who suffered for sins, the Just on behalf of the unjust, salvation has been provided. There is no salvation in any other.
(4) THE TWO WAYS
(a) The gospel is preached for the obedience of faith. The one who truly repents from sin and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ passes immediately and for ever from spiritual death into life, receives eternal forgiveness of sins and becomes (and that for ever) a member of the family of God-a child of God.
(b) But not all obey the gospel. Many are guilty of unbelief and refuse so great salvation. Theirs is the way that leads to destruction-to Hell.
(5) THE TWO DESTINIES
(a) Those who obey the gospel will be for ever with the Lord.
(b) Those who obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord.
(6) THE TWO ORDINANCES
The one who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ should be baptised and break bread, as He commanded.
(a) Baptism – immersion in water in public confession of the Saviour – is an act of obedience which the believer never repeats.
(b) Repeatedly, indeed week by week, the believer should break the bread and drink out of the cup in remembrance of the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose body was given and Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary's cross.
(7) THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS
All believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have equal access through HIM to God the Father in worship, praise, thanksgiving and prayer.
Each local assembly (or church) is directly responsible to Christ, the Chief Shepherd, and in each developed local assembly there are responsible men who have to take care of the flock of God. These responsible men are described in the Bible as elders or overseers (bishops).
(9) THE COMING AGAIN OF THE LORD JESUS
The Lord Jesus Christ is coming to the air for His people – both those who have died and those who are still living at the time of His coming.
He is also coming to the earth with His people and will reign upon the earth for a thousand years.
The grace of God teaches believers that they should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour JESUS CHRIST.
Since the time of the Bible's completion millions of people have found these truths in the Bible and . . . HOW READEST THOU?
References to some of the Scripture portions upon which the above statements are based are given below. The name of the book is followed by the chapter number and then by the verse number.
1 Timothy 1:17. Matthew 28:19. Acts 17:24-26. Psalm 90:2. 1 John 4:9,14. Hebrews 2:14. Hebrews 9:14. 1 Corinthians 15:3,4. Hebrews 2:9.
2 Peter 1:21. 2 Timothy 3:16. Psalm 119:160. John 10:35.
Romans 5:6-8. 1 Peter 3:18. Acts 4:12.
(a) Romans 16:26. John 5:24. Acts 13:38-39. 1 Peter 1:23.
(b) Romans 10:16. Hebrews 2:3. Matthew 7:13. Revelation 20:15.
(a) 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
(b) 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9. Matthew 10:28. Mark 9:43-48.
(a) Matthew 28:19. Mark 16:16. Acts 2:41.
(b) Matthew 26:26-28. Mark 14:22-24. Luke 22:19-20.1 Corinthians 11:23-32.
1 Timothy 2:5. 1 Peter 2:5,9. Hebrews 13:15. Revelation 1:6.
Acts 20:17,28. 1 Peter 5:1-4. 1 Timothy 3:1-7. Titus 1:5-9.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. 1 Thessalonians 3:13. Revelation 20:6. Titus 2:11-13.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life John 3:16