DOCTRINAL AND SPIRITUAL RULES
This constitution of our faith was written to maintain the order, unity and peace in the life and worship of the church. Anyone who wishes to become a member of this church must accept all the articles of this constitution. (I Cor. 14:33; Eph. 4:31)
Confession of Faith
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were make: who incarnated by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spake by the prophets. And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Holy Bible – (Scriptures)
We believe that the Holy Bible is the perfect revelation of God to man. It is composed of the 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. It is the only inspired book and the only source and rule of our faith and works. It is the only infallible book of God, the perfect, sufficient, safe, and right guide for every aspect of our spiritual faith, life, difficulty and question. (II Tim. 3:16,17; II Pet. 1:19-21; Matt. 5:18,19; I Pet. 1:10,11; Acts 1:16, 4:25; I Cor. 2:13; Rev. 22:18,19).
The Holy Trinity
We believe in one living and true God who is self existing, without beginning, eternal, unchangeable, perfect in his holiness, in his glory, in his power, infinite in his wisdom, his righteousness, goodness, and truthfulness. We believe and worship one God, we believe in the unity of the divinity and in the mystery of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, have three hypostases, being of one substance “homoousios” and equal in glory. (Matt. 28:19,20; Col. 1:12-17; II Cor. 13:13; John 14:1, 23, 17:3; Eph. 1:3-14; I Thess. 3:11; II Thess. 1:2, 2:16,17.)
The Revelation of God We believe the God revealed himself in nature, in history, and in the heart of man, that because of his love made His revelation clearer to his servants who spoke inspired by the Holy Spirit. We believe also that when the appointed time came, He revealed himself perfectly in the person of Jesus Christ, the Word, who became flesh and who is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being. Finally we believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Father are the faithful record of the divine revelation. (Heb. 1:1-2, 2:3-4, 3:7, 10:15,16; John 1:1-14; Rom. 1:1-23; Ex. 4:10-15, Jer. 1:5-9; Rev. 1:1, 22:18,19) The Person of Christ
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Word “Logos”, without beginning, the Son of a Father without beginning, being of one substance with the Father, who took upon himself the human nature, born of the virgin Mary who conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord, before his incarnation, through his earthly life as well as after his ascension. We believe in his sinless life, in his expiatory death in our place and for our sake, an in his bodily resurrection for our justification. We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven where he lives on the right hand of His Father as our High Priest, that he mediates between God and men as the only Mediator, that He saves those who come to Him and that one unknown day, He will return to establish His earthly kingdom. To Him we give love, obedience, and worship as our Prophet, Priest, King and Saviour. (John 1:1-14; 1 Cor. 15:47, 9:5; Titus 2:13; Heb 1:10; I John 5:20; Ps. 45:6; Heb. 1:8) The Second Coming and the Judgement We believe in the bodily, visible and glorious second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the bodily resurrection of the dead, in the coming judgement, in the creation of new heavens and new earth where the believers will live eternally. We believe in an eternal hell for those whose names are not written in the book of life. We believe that whosoever dies in the Lord, immediately after death lives consciously in the presence of our Lord, while the nonbelievers are awaiting in Hades souls without bodies, for the final judgement. ( Matt. 24:3-51, 25:1-46; Luke 12:35-40; I Thess 2:16, 4:13-18, 5:1-11; 1 Pet. 4:17,18; Rev. 1:7, 6:7).
God the Holy Spirit We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the deity, proceeds from the Father to glorify the Son and persuades the people about sin, justification, and judgement. We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates, seals, baptises and lives in the hearts of those who confess faith in Jesus Christ and receive Him as their Saviour and Lord. We believe that it is a sacred obligation of every believer to be filled continuously with the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives certain gifts to the believers for the edification of the church. (Matt. 28:19; I Cor. 2:11-12; 2 Cor. 13:13; Rom. 8:2,11; 1 John 5:6; Zach. 4:6)
We recognise one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church constituted by the born again believers of every age and every nation, united by the Holy Spirit with Christ as one body with Him and having fellowship among themselves. For this reason, we believe that it is God’s will to have His visible church upon the earth made up of those who confess faith and obedience to Christ, to be organised as the New Testament teaches for the confession of His name, for the common worship of God, for the edification of the believer, for the expansion of the Gospel to the whole world and for the performance of the Sacred rites. (Acts 19:32-41; Matt. 16:18, 18:17; Eph. 5:25-27)
The Salvation and the Life of Believers
Sinfulness and the Salvation of Man We believe that man is by nature sinful and separated from God so that he cannot inherit the kingdom of God by his own works, but only through regeneration which comes through the actions of the Holy Spirit and the expiatory death of Jesus Christ. We believe also that man can be reconciled with God by faith accepting the sacrificial work which Christ has performed on the cross. Man’s sins are cleansed with the blood of Christ, man becomes a son of God and partaker of the Sacred nature. (Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:8,9; 2 Cor. 5:18-20; 1 Pet. 3:8; John 1:12; Rom 3:9-28, 5:1-9; 1 Pet. 2:18-19; Heb. 9:12,16,22; Jer. 17:9; Eph. 2:3; Mark 7:20-24; Rev. 1:5; 1 John 1:7) Justification by Faith- and Adoption We believe that whoever repents, believes in Jesus Christ, confesses and abandons his/her sins and trusts humbly in the work of Jesus Christ is forgiven, justified by God and united with Christ. All who are united with Christ in such a way are participants in His life, with this adoption become members of the family of God as co-heirs with Christ, and have in them the Holy Spirit who is the assurance of their inheritance. (Acts 13:39; Rom. 4:22-25, 5:9-19, 1:16, 3:1-28; 1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 2:16; 3:8-26; Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:7)
The Triumph of Believers and Judgement of Unbelievers We believe that the state of reconciliation or hostile attitude of man towards God is regulated eternally during the earthly life before death. The saints of all ages will live eternally with Christ and will be His joint heirs, because He saved them. We also believe, that there is a day of judgement for the sinners, when they will be thrown in the lake of fire where they will live for ever receiving various degrees of punishment according to their sins. (Dan. 12:3; Rom. 8:17; Rev. 8:11-15; Matt. 25:30-46, 18:8; Luke 16:2-28; Rom. 3:24, 6:23; Eph. 1:3-7, 2:5-7; Heb. 4:16; Rev. 1:18, 20:1-15)
We believe that the word of God encourages us to get nearer to Him, the heavenly Father, only in the name of Jesus Christ, His Son. To pray humbly and freely, for ourselves and for others, giving the appropriate honour and glory to His name. (Matt. 6:5-15, 7:7-8, 18:19,20; John 15:1-16; Acts 9:13-17; Rom. 8:9-27)
The Lord’s Day We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s day and that we should sanctify it as a day of worship and rest. (Acts 20:7; Mark 2:27; John 20:19; 1 Cor. 16:2; Heb. 10:25; Rev. 1:10)
We recognise the following sacraments and institutions: the Lord’s Supper, the Baptism of believers, the Dedication of children and Marriage.
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s supper or “Eucharistia” is an institution of fellowship with our Lord and with others who believe in Him, during which the bread and wine are offered and taken in remembrance of Him and His death on the cross. (Matt. 26:26-30; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
We believe that Baptism is testimony of good conscience of those who have been saved and is not a precondition or proof of man’s salvation. The church urges the members to be baptised as directed by the Word of God. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:38, 8:12, 2:41, 8:36-39, 20:1,47,48; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 1:13; 1 Pet. 3:21)
Dedication of Children
We believe that it is a duty of the Christian parents to dedicate their children to the Lord in the presence of the church, so that they become the object of fervent and united prayer. (Luke 2:22-24; Matt. 19:13-15)
Marriage is performed by the ordained pastor of the church or any other pastor upon approval by the Board of Elders. Written approval by the Board of Elders and presence of the legal documents required by the Province of Ontario are prerequisites for the marriage.