Sea Cliff Gospel Chapel’s Fundamental Doctrines to the Christian Faith
The scriptures inspired. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason. It is inerrant in the original documents and of final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:15, 2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Peter 2:2).
The one true God. There is one true God who has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM” and has further revealed Himself as eternally existent in three persons i.e., Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, also known as the Trinity. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29, Isaiah 43:10, Isaiah 11, Matthew 28:19).
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully Man. Born of a virgin, sinlessly perfect. His sacrifice is substitutionary and representative. He rose bodily from the dead and ascended to His Father’s right hand, where He now ministers as our Great High Priest. He will come to rapture His Church and subsequently return to reign on earth.
Man, his fall and redemption. Man was created good and upright for God said, “Let Us make man in our image, after our likeness.” But man, by voluntary transgression, fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31, Genesis 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-21).
The salvation of man. Salvation of anyone is only by the grace of God which brings salvation not by any work or action but through faith in the Jesus Christ and His life, death, burial and resurrection. This faith results in the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by hope of eternal life (Titus 2:11, Romans 10:13-15, Luke 24:47, Titus 3:5-7). Salvation will result in the inward evidence to the believer of his salvation by the direct witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. “Therefore by their fruits you shall know them” Matthew 7:20 1 Timothy 4:15
There are Two Christian Ordinances, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism by immersion in water. The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the scriptures by all who have repented and believed in Christ as Savior and Lord. This signifies that the believer, having died with Christ, is buried with Him in baptism and also is risen with Christ to walk in newness of life. They declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19, Acts 10:47, Acts 48, Romans 6:4, Acts 20:21, Hebrews 10:22)
The Lord’s supper. The Lord’s supper, consisting of the elements, bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol done in Remembrance of Christ, a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers until He comes. It was instituted by the Lord Jesus Himself exclusively for His own.
Regeneration. All people who turn from their sins and put their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ receive a new birth by which their life is regenerated by the power of God’s Holy Spirit (John 3:3-6, Titus 3:5). From that time forth the regenerated person has God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within them enabling them to live a holy life (1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Peter 1:3-4). Also giving them power to be witnesses for Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8).
The church. The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the church, which is written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22, Ephesians 1:23, Ephesians 2:22, Hebrews 12:23).The Church is the people who gather together in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, not the building or facility used by the Church. The Church began with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and is composed of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. These believers are united to Him and to one another by the indwelling Spirit. This means the Church, as a whole, is not an organization, but a living organism, known as the Body of Christ.
The ministry and evangelism. A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the evangelization of the world and the edifying of the body of Christ (Mark 16:15-20, Ephesians 4:11-13).
The blessed hope. The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 1 Thessalonians 4:17, Titus 2:12, 1 Corinthians 15:51, Romans 8:23
Jesus is Coming Back. The personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ to translate His Church is imminent, an event which concludes the present age of grace. This will be followed by the outpouring of God’s wrath on the earth, known as the Tribulation. After this, Christ’s Millenial Kingdom will be established, and the “glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.” At the conclusion of His Millenial Reign, Christ will deliver up the Kingdom to God, the Father, that the Triune God may be all in all. (2 Thessalonians 1:17, Revelation 19:11-14, Romans 11:26, Romans 11:27, Revelation 20:1-7).
The millennial reign of Jesus. The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, the salvation of national Israel, and the millennial reign of Christ on earth are the scriptural promise and the world’s hope. (2 Thessalonians 1:17, Revelation 19:11-14, Romans 11:26, Romans 11:27, Revelation 20:1-7).
The lake of fire. The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whoever not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake, which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Revelation 19:20, Revelation 20:10-15).
The new heavens and the new earth. We, “according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21, Revelation 22).