The Reinland Congregation Statement Of Faith

Section 1

  1. We believe in God, the eternal Spirit, infinite in holiness, power, wisdom, righteousness, love, and mercy. This one and only eternal God has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Father

2. We believe in God the Father who created all things. He can be known to the extent that He has revealed Himself in Word and deed as the source and sustainer of life. He is a God of love who orders all things to serve His eternal purpose. In mercy and grace, He adopts His children all who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.

The Son

3. We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, whom the Father sent to reconcile us to Himself and to redeem us from sin and eternal death. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Thus, He is true God and true Man according to the Scriptures. He lived a perfect, holy, and sinless life. In the redemptive purpose of God, He suffered crucifixion and death for our sin. He rose from the dead for our justification and ascended into heaven where He now intercedes for all who believe. He will come again to judge the living and the dead and to establish His eternal Kingdom.

The Holy Spirit

4. We believe in the Holy Spirit, one whom the Father and the Son, sent by them to effect redemption in man. He convicts, regenerates, guides, teaches, empowers, comforts, intercedes, unites believers into one body, and glorifies Christ.
Basic Scriptures cited are representative and exhaustive:
Gen. 1Deut. 6:4-6Ps. 139Is. 40Mt. 28:19Jn 1:1184:2415:26Rom. 8;
2 Cor. 3:175:1913:14Phil. 2:6-111 Tim. 3:166: 15-16Heb. 11:6Jude 25.

The Revelation of God

5. We believe that God has revealed His power and duty in the created universe so that man can know Him. God revealed Himself in saving word and deed in the Old Testament and established a covenant relationship with His people. He revealed Himself supremely and finally in the Lord Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament. We believe that all Scripture is inspired by God as men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit. We accept the Old and New Testaments as the infallible Word of God and the authoritative guide for the faith and life of Christian discipleship. We believe that the Old Covenant was preparatory in nature finding its fulfillment in the New Covenant. Christ is the key to understanding the Bible. The Old Testament bears witness to Him, and He is the One whom the New Testament proclaims.
Ps. 19119:105Lk. 24:27Rom. 1:18-232 Tim. 3:15-172 Pet. 1:16-21Heb. 1:1-28:5-13.

Section 2

Man and Sin

6. We believe that man was created in the image of God, sinless, and in fellowship with God with a free will to make moral choices. But man sinned, and willfully disobeyed God breaking fellowship with Him and bringing physical, spiritual, and eternal death on the whole human race. Consequently, all are sinful by nature, guilty before God, and in need of forgiveness through Christ.


Salvation by Grace

7. We believe that there is one Mediator between God and man, the Man Jesus Christ. The purpose of His coming was to redeem man from the judgment and power of sin and to reconcile him to God. Through the shedding of His blood, Christ provided the one sufficient sacrifice for sin and established God’s New Covenant. We are saved by the grace of God through faith in Christ. The Holy Spirit through the Word of God, convicts’ man of sin needs for salvation. Those who repent of their sin and trust in Christ as Savior and Lord receive forgiveness. By the power of the Holy Spirit they are born into the family of God and receive the assurance of salvation. Saving faith involves a surrender of the will to Christ, a complete trust in Him, and a joyful obedience to His Word as a faithful disciple.
Acts 2:42-47Eph. 1:13-142:8-91 Tim. 2:5-6Heb. 4:129:15-281 Jn. 1:9

The Christian Life

8. We believe that the Holy Spirit lives in every Christian and transforms him into the image of Christ. He empowers the believer to follow Christ and to be an effective witness for Him. The Christian lives in fellowship with God and other believers and joins the local church at baptism. He/ she contributes to the building of the body of Christ with spiritual and material gifts nurtured through the Word, fellowship, and prayer. The believer grows more Christlike, glorifies God, and is a witness for Him in everyday life. Believers attain spiritual maturity as they yield to Christ and obey His Word. In Christ, the believer puts off the former way of life with its sinful affections and lusts. He/she is no longer enslaved to sin and Satan power. His/her body is a temple of the Spirit and should not be defiled or abused in any way. The believer is not to be bound by the tyranny of things. He/she seeks to dedicate his or her time, talents and possessions to Christ and His Kingdom. The fruit of the Spirit is to be increasingly evident in his/her life, especially in his/her relationship to others. The Holy Spirit empowers him to gain victory over sin and temptation, to live a pure life, and to do good. Yet all followers of Christ continually need the forgiving, chastening, and cleansing grace of the Lord.
Mt. 5:13-16Jn. 12:2615:4-5Rom. 6:8-16121 Cor. 6:19-20Eph. 2:1-16Tit.2 :11-14Heb. 12:14Jn. 3:16-18.

Section 3

The Church of Jesus Christ

9. We believe that the church is one body, the bride of Christ, established through God’s redemptive work in history. Believers from all nations, races, and social classes, regenerated by faith in Christ and cleansed by His blood, are baptized by His spirit into one body and joint into members of God’s body, whose head is Christ. Despite diversity in congregations and denominations, the Spirit works a basic unity which results in cooperation and fellowship with believers of other Christian groups. The Scriptures, particularly the records of the New Testament Church, guide believers in questions of life and doctrine. Through His Spirit the Lord gives gifts to the Church to be exercised for the upbuilding of believers and propagation of the Gospel.

Marriage

10. We believe only in one marriage between a man and a woman who are baptized and are in the same faith and good order.

Organization


The local church is an association of believers, baptized and organized for worship, fellowship, nurture, service, and witness. and we respect that other Churches regulates its own affairs. Congregations, committed to the Word of God and to this confession, rules and regulations.
Gen. 1:27-28Ex. 20:1-17Hos. 4:2Rom. 1:271 Cor. 6:9-101 Tim. 1:9-10Rom. 12:151 Cor. 7:10-401 Cor. 13:4-71 Tim. 2:8-15

As Christian we are called to turn:

  • From ignorance of God to a relationship with God
  • From bondage of sin and past mistakes to freedom, forgiveness, and healing
  • from individualism to interdependence with others in the local church
  • from lifestyle choices that harm us, others, and the earth to choices that nurture
    wholeness, healing, joy, and peace
  • from hating enemies and ignoring neighbors to showing love and justice to all
  • from loving possessions to sharing with all in need
  • from aimless existence to a mission of representing and proclaiming God’s kingdom on earth.

 

As Christians, we look forward to the day when God will once again send Jesus to bring all things under God’s eternal rule.

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