Our Statement of Faith
The Southgate Christian Fellowship is a member of the Evangelical Alliance. We are therefore fully in agreement with the EA statement of faith which accepts the revelation of the triune God given in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and confesses the historic faith of the Gospel as stated there.
Here is our statement of faith point by point, followed by an explanation:
�We believe the Bible to be the only infallible, authoritative Word of God'
Historic Christianity has from the beginning acknowledged the Bible to be the highest authority for faith and practice. Evangelical Christians believe that the very words of the original texts, and not merely the general concepts or ideas, were inspired by God, and therefore free from error in their teachings:
2Peter 1:20-21: Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:16: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness...
�That there's one God eternally existent in Three Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit'
�That there's one God'... The Bible teaches that there is one God, and only one God:
Deuteronomy 6:4: Hear, O
�God eternally existent' ... The Bible nowhere attempts to give proof of God's existence. From the very beginning it is always presumed:
Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
1Timothy : Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
�God eternally existent in Three Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit' ... The biblical doctrine of the Trinity can be summarized in three statements: There is one God and only one God. This one God has a plural nature. This one God is called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, all completely equal, all distinct personalities, all designated God and fully possessing the divine nature.
Matthew 28:19: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...
2Corinthians : May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
�In the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ'
The deity of Jesus in Scripture is demonstrated with reference to divine titles, attributes, and actions. There are New Testament texts that specifically state an equality or identity between God and Christ, eg:
'Mighty God' - Isaiah 9:6: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Titus 2:13: While we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
�His Virgin Birth'
From the very start, the birth of Jesus, like salvation itself, was the sovereign, supernatural initiative of God, beyond all merely human possibilities:
Isaiah 7:14: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Matthew 1:20: "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.�
�His Sinless Life'
Jesus, conceived by the Holy Spirit, was therefore sinless - the unblemished sacrifice for our sins:
2Corinthians : For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
By his preaching, teaching and miracles of healing and exorcism, Jesus demonstrated his divinity and the new entrance of God's Kingdom in human history:
Matthew 4:23-24: Jesus went throughout
'His Vicarious Death'
The death and resurrection of Jesus are at the heart of the Christian faith. 'Vicarious death' simply means he died on our behalf - he became the object of God's wrath for us:
1Peter 2:24: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
'His Bodily Resurrection'
Jesus' resurrection was God's vindication of Christ's teaching and earthly ministry, the demonstration that Christ has defeated sin, death, and the Devil:
1Corinthians 15:4-5, 20: ...that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve...But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
'His Ascension to the Right Hand of the Father'
The ascended Jesus is today directing and empowering his church from the right hand of God:
Acts -33: God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
Ephesians 1:19-23: ...That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
''His Personal Return in Power and Glory'
Both the Ascension and Second Coming of Christ involve his physical and personal presence:
Matthew 25:31-32: "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
'In the Ministry of the Holy Spirit, His Gifts and Graces'
The Holy Spirit comes to do in and through us all that Jesus did for us on the Cross:
John 14:16-17,26: And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever - the Spirit of truth...But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Galatians 5:22-25: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
1Corinthians 12:8-10: To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
'and in the Spiritual Unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ'
The Church is the Family of God, united in Christ Jesus:
Galatians 3:27-28: For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
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