What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Our Confession of Faith.

  1. Holy Scripture
  2. God is the trinity of creation
  3. Man is the trinity of the Fall
  4. Salvation
    • faith
    • repentance
    • birth from above
    • justification
    • adoption
    • sanctification
  1. Church of Christ
    • Ecumenical
    • Locally
    • Home
    • New Testament decrees
      • Baptism by faith
      • The Lord's Supper
  1. Spiritual world
    • angels of God
    • fallen angels
  1. Future events
    • the second coming of Christ
    • resurrection of the dead
    • last trial
  1. Principles of the Christian life:
    • marriage and family
    • freedom of the Christian and freedom of conscience
    • attitude to the state and public duties
    • Christian and good deeds
  1. Principles of Christian service:
    • ministers of the church
    • rights and responsibilities of church members
    • church discipline
    • prayer
    • fast
    • material service
I. HOLY SCRIPTURE
We believe that "all scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Tim. 3:16), and by this we mean that the whole Bible is inspired by God, because the holy men of God were guided by the Holy Spirit to write it (2 Pet. 1:21). This inspiration extends equally and completely to all parts of Scripture — historical, poetic, educational, and the books of the prophets. Therefore, the Bible is infallible in the original text, authoritative and sufficient for all times (2 Pet. 1:19; Jn . 5:39), Christocentric - (points to Christ), Christological - (tells of Christ).

The center of the whole Bible is Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior, His Person, and His work in the first and second comings. Thus, no part of the Bible, including the Old Testament, can be considered correctly read or accepted unless it points to Him (Luke 24: 27,44; Acts 17: 2-3; 18:28; 26: 22-23). 28:23). Therefore, having God's authority and power to influence people, the Holy Scriptures as the Word of God are given to us for practical guidance in all dimensions of our lives (1 Cor. 55: 10-11; Ps. 118: 105; Rom. 15: 4; 1 Cor. 10:11).

Our faith is built on revelation: God reveals Himself in human history, and the 66 books of the Bible (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament) are an expression of His self-revelation (Heb. 1: 1-3).

We believe that, on the one hand, the Scriptures are the true testimony of God-fearing people about the God they loved and served, and on the other hand, because of the unique participation of the Holy Spirit in their writing, the Scriptures are God's testimony and God's teaching in human beings form the ultimate conviction that the Scriptures come from God and consist of His wisdom and truth comes only from Jesus Christ and His apostles who taught in His name.

  • Jesus Christ viewed the Bible (our Old Testament) as a written exhortation of His Heavenly Father to whom He was subject (Matthew 4: 4; 7:10; 5: 19-20; 19: 4-6; 26:31, 52-54. ).
  • The Apostle Paul described the Old Testament as fully "inspired by God," one that comes from the Spirit of God, as well as all creation, as well as the whole universe.
  • The Apostle Peter unequivocally affirms the divine origin of biblical teaching (2 Pet. 1:21; 1 Pet. 1: 10-12)

Since the apostolic teaching on Christ is the truth of revelation in the words taught by God (1 Cor. 2: 12-13), the Church rightly regards the true apostolic writings as those that complete the Bible.

We believe that what the Scriptures say is what God says, because the Bible is both a fully human book and a completely divine book. Therefore, all its multifaceted content - history, prophecy, poetry, songs, wisdom, sermons, letters and everything else must be accepted as from God.

Recognition of the Bible as the authoritative and infallible Word of God obliges us to:

  • to be thankful to God for the gift of His written Word (2 Cor. 9:15);
  • to be diligent in building our faith and life entirely and exclusively on it (Rom. 10:17; Jude 1:20).

We believe that Scripture is a divine book for people, interpretation must begin with its literal understanding (Luke 10:26). Therefore, the use of allegories that do not pay attention to the author of the book, the historical background of its writing, is unacceptable.

Each book of the Bible is not written in coded language, but in a way that can be understood by the readers to whom it is addressed. This also applies to books that make extensive use of symbolic language - - Daniel, Zechariah and Revelation.
No meaning can be imposed on Scripture that cannot be read with certainty in it, that is, when it cannot be shown that it is unequivocally stated by one or more authors (Mark 15: 4-6; Acts 8: 30-35).

In reading and explaining the Scriptures, we must adhere to two principles:

  • to accept the facts, commandments, promises, and warnings that God communicates to us as they are written (literal understanding) - Luke. 8: 5-8;
  • (if possible!) prayerfully, on the basis of the same Scripture to reflect and find what God wants to reveal to us (spiritual meaning) - Luke. 8: 9-15. Diligent observance of these rules is a sign of the Christian "who faithfully teaches the doctrines of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15).
 
II.GOD
We believe that there is ONE and only ONE GOD (Deut. 6: 4; 1 Cor. 8: 4): living (Deut. 32: 39-40), true (Ex. 34: 6), perfect. (Matthew 5:48).

He reveals Himself as an infinite, immeasurable, self-sufficient, everlasting, and unchanging Person (Ex. 3:14; Ps. 44: 7).

He is:

  • Holy (Ps. 21: 4; 1 Pet. 1:16);
  • Almighty (Gen. 17: 1; 18:14; Job 42: 2; Luke 1:37);
  • Omniscient (Ps. 93:11; 138: 2; Prov. 5:21);
  • Omnipresent (Gen. 28:16; Ex. 3: 5);
  • Creator and Almighty of all that exists (Rev. 1: 8);
  • One, worthy of glory and worship (Ex. 20: 2-7; Matt. 4:10; Rom. 16:27).
 
We believe that GOD is the TRINITY: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1: 1-2; Luke 3: 21-22; Heb. 1: 1-2; Rev. 3:22).

Each Person of the Trinity possesses the whole set of divine features. The Triune God is equal and indivisible in His nature and attributes, so that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, but not three Gods, but ONE GOD (John 10:30; 14:26).

We believe that GOD is the FATHER
not created by anyone, without beginning, not born, through whom all things happened (John 1: 1-4). He is holy (1 Pet. 1:16), righteous (Matt. 19:17), righteous (Ps. 7:12; 70:19; Rev. 3:19).

God is the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Matt. 3:17; 17: 5).

We believe that GOD is the SON
not created, but born, "in the bosom of God the Father" (John 1:18). He is one with the Father and possesses all the attributes of God. For the salvation of men, He incarnated and became man (Phil. 2: 7), without losing His divine essence. He became a true MAN, in whom the Divine and Human nature were perfectly united (without mixing, without changing, without sharing). Thus, Jesus Christ is the true GOD (1 John 5:20) and the true MAN (Rom. 5:15; 1 Tim. 2: 5).

He was:
  • immaculately conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:35);
  • physically born of the Virgin Mary (Matt. 1:21; Luke 2: 7);
  • lived a completely sinless life (1 Pet. 2:22; Heb. 4:15);
  • died on the cross for the sins of men (Matt. 27:50; Rom. 8:34);
  • he rose bodily from the dead (Matt. 28: 5-6; Acts 1: 3);
  • ascended and sat down at the right hand of the Father (Mark 716:19; Acts 1: 9). He is:
  • the only Intercessor and Mediator between God and man (Rom. 8:34; 1 Tim. 2: 5);
  • will come a second time in strength and glory (Acts 1: 10-11; John 14: 1-3).

We believe that GOD is a HOLY SPIRIT
not created, who came from the Father through the Son (John 14:26). He is equal to the Father and the Son and possesses all the attributes of God.

The Holy Spirit is:
  • is the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures (2 Pet. 1:21);
  • participates in:
works of creation (Gen. 1: 2); - the salvation of man (Heb. 3: 7); building the Church (Eph. 2:22);
  • glorifies Christ (John 16:14);
  • reveals sin (John 16:14);
  • regenerates man (John 3: 5-7);
  • leads the way of sanctification (John 16:13).

We believe that in CREATION
heaven and earth, all visible and invisible, as well as man himself participated in the DIVINE TRINITY: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

We believe that in CREATION
the new heaven and the new earth, where the truth dwells, and the new man to live on them (2 Pet. 2:13), the DIVINE TRINITY participates:

  • Jesus Christ forgives the sinner (Gal. 4: 4);
  • The Father - - accepts as sons and daughters (Gal. 4: 5);
  • The Holy Spirit fills, sanctifies, and makes an heir (Gal. 4: 6-7).
 
III. MAN
CREATION OF MAN
We believe that God created man from the dust of the earth, breathed in the breath of life, and man became a living soul "(Gen. 2: 7). Thus, man is a triune being (spirit, soul and body) - Job. 12:10; Is. 57:16; 1 Sol. 5:23; Heb. 14:12) and belongs to the physical (visible) world and the spiritual (invisible).
God created man immortal in His image and likeness, which are intellectual, moral, volitional, and other qualities (Gen. 1: 26-27, 5: 1; James 3: 9).
God created man sinless to:
  • direct communion with its Creator (Gen. 1:31; 3: 8; Ecclesiastes 7:29);
  • glorifying God (Ps. 66: 4);
  • the continuation of the human race and "dwelling in all the earth" (Gen. 1:28; Acts 17:26);
  • to possess the world around and to work the earth (Gen. 1:28; 2:15; Ps. 8: 7).

God created man with free will. She had the right to choose between good and evil (Gen. 2: 16-17; Pet. 30:19; Isa. 24:15; Jer. 21: 8).
 
THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was tempted by the devil to choose his own path of disobedience to his Creator and thus sinned against the holy God (Gen. 3: 1-6; Isa. 59: 2; John 8:44).

At the time of the Fall, man died spiritually and became mortally physically (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2: 1; Col. 2:13).

Man's sin resulted in God's punishment of the earth and creation (Gen. 3:17; Ps. 89:10; Rom. 8: 20-21).

Through the fall of the first humans, all mankind inherited sinful nature and death (Gen. 6: 3; Ps. 50: 7; 57: 4; Jer. 17: 9; Rom. 5:12).

The result of the Fall is that man cannot find God on his own (1 Cor. 2:14; Rom. 3:11).

IV. SALVATION
We believe that God foresaw the fall of the first humans, so He prepared a plan of salvation according to which Christ was the Lamb ordained for slaughter from the foundations of the world (Rev. 13: 8). At God's appointed time, Christ took upon Himself the sin of the whole world, suffered God's righteous judgment, and, having fully satisfied God's justice, accomplished complete redemption and salvation (John 1:29; 1 Pet. 2:24; 2 Cor. 5:21). ).
Salvation is accomplished by God by grace through redemption in Jesus Christ. Man receives it only through personal and independent conversion to God. Therefore " there is no other name under heaven given among men, that we should be saved" (Acts 4:12).

FAITH

We believe that the conversion of a sinner to God requires faith, which is given to man by the action of the Holy Spirit, through hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17; Heb. 11: 6; Acts 4: 4). Faith has three main elements:
  • knowledge of God, His Word and His will (2 Tim. 1:12);
  • obedience to God and His Word (John 10:27; James 4: 7);
  • acceptance of what God offers (John 1:12; Rom. 8:15).
God's order in man's salvation: fact, faith, feelings. The Holy Spirit, through faith, leads man to repentance, urges him to turn from dead works and to turn to God (Acts 11:21; 26:18; Eph. 2: 8). The personal confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is a confirmation of true faith, accompanied by works of faith (2 Cor. 4:13; John 20:28; Rom. 10: 9-19; Mark 10: 32,33; Luke 12). : 8-9; Acts 8:37).
 
REPENTANCE AND CONVERSION

We believe that repentance is given by God only through His grace and goodness (Mark 1:15; Acts 2: 37-38; 11:18; Rom. 2: 4). Repentance and conversion include: repentance of sin, confession of sin before God, abandonment of sin, and acceptance of Jesus Christ as one's personal Savior (Proverbs 28:13; 2 Cor. 7:10; Acts 26:20).
Repentance is a change in one's mind, feelings, and especially in one's will (Acts 2: 37-38; 9: 6,20; Luke 15:20; Matthew 21:29).
A sign of true repentance is doing deeds worthy of repentance (Acts 26:20; Luke 19: 8-9).
 
RENAISSANCE
We believe that the conversion and personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is the birth from above of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, which is a necessary condition for adoption and entry into the Kingdom of God (John 1: 12-13; 3: 3; James 1). : 18; 1 Cor. 4:15; Gal. 3:26).
Rebirth is not a reworking of man's sinful nature, but a resurrection from his dead spiritual state and birth to new life (John 3: 3, 5-6; 1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 5: 17; 1 Pet. 2: 9; 2 Pet. 1: 4).
The real signs of revival are: a radical change of life, love for God, His Word, love for the Church and people; hatred of sin, thirst for communion with God through prayer, likeness to Christ (1 John 3: 1; 5: 1; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 2: 5; Gal. 4:19; 5:13).
Those born again have a confidence in salvation based on the Word of God (1 John 5:13), the testimony of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:16), and the fact of experiencing Jesus Christ (John 1:12).
 
JUSTIFICATION

We believe that by believing in Jesus Christ, a person receives justification by faith, regardless of the works of the Law (Rom. 3:28; 2 Cor. 5:21). By justification, the believer's position before God changes, freeing him from the realization of guilt and the fear of condemnation for sin, because Christ took all the blame on Himself and punished it. The righteousness of Christ is credited to the believer, as if he were not guilty at all. A converted person receives peace with God and the right to possess a glorious inheritance with Christ (Rom. 4: 5; 5: 1; 5: 9; 8: 1; 8:17; 8:30).
 
ADOPTION
We believe that through being born again, man receives a new nature and the Holy Spirit is in it (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19). On the day of faith, man becomes a child of God and receives all the rights, duties, and privileges of the King's heir (John 1:12; 1 John 3: 1-2; Gal. 4: 1-7). Therefore, Scripture does not require looking for special signs of salvation (Acts 13:39; Romans 5: 1; 1 Cor. 3: 21-23; Eph. 1: 3; 4:30; Col. 2:10; 1 John 5: 11-13).
Upon adoption, the child of God becomes the object of God's special love (John 17:23), His Father's care (Luke 12: 27-33) and upbringing (Heb. 12: 5-11), and has the right to inherit (1). Pet. 1: 3-5; Rom. 8:17) and free access to Heavenly Father (Ephesians 3:12). The children of God are guided by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8: 4; Gal. 5:18), they obey God in everything (1 John 5: 1-3).
 
SANCTIFICATION
We believe that God in Jesus Christ accomplished man's salvation, gave birth to him for a new life, justified him, and adopted him into God's family (Eph. 2:19; 1 Pet. 2: 9-10). Moreover, God took care of our sanctification, for it is His will (1 Thess. 4: 3; 1 Pet. 1:16).
Sanctification is separation from sin, consecration to God, and transfiguration into the image of Jesus Christ (1 Thess. 4: 7; Phil. 2:15; Col. 3: 5-8; 2 Cor. 6: 17-18).
 
Growth in sanctification:
The person receives the INITIAL sanctification on the day of faith and by his position becomes a saint in Christ, having communion with the Holy God (1 Cor. 1: 2; 6:11; Rom. 1: 7; Heb. 10:10).
GROWING sanctification begins on the day of conversion and lasts a lifetime as a process of practical deliverance from the power and authority of sin, to become like the Lord Jesus Christ, His life and character (2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4: 11-15; 5:27; Phil. 3: 10-15; 1 Thess. 4: 1; 2 Pet. 3:18; Rev. 22:11).

For this God has given gracious means:
  • The word of God as light, spiritual food, and active power for sanctification (Isa. 1: 8; Ps. 1: 1-2; Matt. 4: 4; John 13: 8; 2 Tim. 3: 16-17. );
  • a prayer by which the believer communicates with God, glorifies and honors Him, confesses his transgressions, reveals his desires to Him, and always thanks and cares for the repentance and salvation of others (Matt. 26:41; John 4: 23-24; 16:23; 1 John 1: 9; 1 Thess. 5: 17-18; Phil. 4: 6; 1 Tim. 2: 1-4);
  • complete obedience to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies and bears the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5: 22-23; 1 Pet. 1: 2; 2 Thess. 2:13; Eph. 3:16), guides the believer in life so that everything helps him for good (Rom. 8:28);
  • constant abiding by faith in Christ, like a branch on a vine or a member of the Body of Christ (John 15: 2,5,8; 1 Cor. 12:27).
COMPLETED OR FULL sanctification will come at the crucifixion of the Church, when the resurrection of the dead in the Lord will take place and the children of God who live on earth will be changed and they will receive resurrected bodies without the presence of sin, like the glorious body of the Lord (1 Thess. 3:13; 4: 17; 5:23; 1 John 3: 2).
The saved will share with Christ His eternal glory (John 17:22; 1 Pet. 5:10; 1 Thess. 2:12; Heb. 2:10; 2 Tim. 2:10).
So,
“Take care of peace with all and holiness,
without which no one will see the Lord ”
(Heb. 12:14).

V. CHURCH OF CHRIST THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH
We believe that the Ecumenical Church is an invisible gathering of spiritually born people redeemed by Jesus Christ from all nations at all times who have been united to the Body of Christ through the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the time of birth from above and in heaven and in heaven. of the earth (John 3: 3, 1 Cor. 12:13; Heb. 12:33).
The Universal Church of Christ is not a continuation of Old Testament Israel, but was born in the Passion of Calvary and created by Jesus Christ on the Day of Pentecost on the basis of apostles and prophets, where the cornerstone is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. It is a new people of God , an invisible temple of the Lord , a living spiritual organism, of which Jesus Christ is the head, and all believers are members (Matt. 16:18; Acts 2; Gal. 3:28: Eph. 1: 22-23; 2: 19-22; Col. 1:18).
After the end of the period of grace, the Universal Church of Christ will be picked up in the clouds to meet the Lord and continue to be with Him forever (1 Thess. 4: 16-17).
Belonging to the Universal (invisible) Church does not release a person from the obligation to belong to a local church, because only in it can he fulfill his responsibilities to his brothers and sisters in Christ (Heb. 10:25; Matt. 18:17). ).
 
LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that the local church is a visible congregation of born again people who are in one place, united by one faith through the Word of God and constant abiding in “apostolic doctrine, fraternal fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer” (Acts 2:42). ; Phil. 1: 1; Eph. 4: 4-6), and is an integral part of the Universal Church.
The local church is called to establish the Kingdom of Christ on earth through the preaching of the Gospel to the world (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15), through the common worship and glorification of the Lord (Ephesians 5: 18-20), through mutual love and unity of believers according to the High Priesthood. the prayers of Christ (John 17: 21-23).
In the local church, God ordains ministers and gives each member the necessary gifts to serve and build the Church of Christ (Eph. 4: 11-13).
Believers join the local church through baptism of faith (Acts 2:41).
 
HOME CHURCH
We believe that the house church is a visible gathering of reborn souls who live in one home, one family (1 Cor. 16:19; Rom. 16: 3-4; Col. 4:15) and belong to the local church.
For members of the home church, the Scriptures establish certain responsibilities and duties:
  • husbands and wives (Eph. 5: 22-33);
  • parents and children (Eph. 6: 1-4);
  • masters and servants (Eph. 6: 5-9);
  • seniors and juniors (Titus 2: 2-6).

NEW TESTAMENT RESOLUTIONS

BAPTISM BY FAITH
We believe that baptism is a commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ, established for those who have converted from their sins, believed in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, were born again, and are an act of their obedience to God and a testimony of their faith to others. (Matthew 28:19).
Baptism by faith is an outward sign that symbolizes the believer's death for sin and his resurrection with Christ to new life (Rom. 6: 3-11; Gal. 3:27).
Baptism by faith is performed by the ministers of the Church (presbyters) through the complete immersion of people who in adulthood consciously confess their faith in Jesus Christ as the personal Savior and God, have been taught in the Church the foundations of faith and keep the commandments of God's Word in practice ( Mark 16:16; Acts 2:41; 8: 36-38; 1 Pet. 3:21).
 
THE DINNER OF THE LORD
We believe that the Lord's Supper is a commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ, established to commemorate and announce the Lord's death until He comes (1 Cor. 11: 23-26; Luke 22: 17-20).
The Lord's Supper expresses the union of believers with Christ and with one another (1 Cor. 10: 16-17).
The bread and wine point to the BODY and BLOOD of Jesus Christ, and by accepting these signs, the believer has spiritual fellowship with Him (Matt. 26: 26-28).
 
VI. SPIRITUAL WORLD

ANGELS OF GOD

We believe that there are special spiritual beings — angels who are created by God (Ps. 33: 8; 90:11; 102:20; Matt. 1:20; 8:16; 12:45; Luke 7:21; 8). : 2; 11:26; Acts 1: 10-11; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:14; Rev. 16:14).
Angels prevail over men in power and knowledge (2 Sam. 19:35; Ps. 102:20; 2 Pet. 2:11; James 2:19; Rev. 12:12).
Angels do not marry (Matt. 22:30) and do not die (Luke 20:36).
The Lord made all angels holy (Gen. 1:31; Matt. 25:31; Mark 8:38; 2 Pet. 2: 4).
Angels are not equal to God, they are ministering spirits (Heb. 1: 4-7; Ps. 103: 4). She does not need to be worshiped or honored (1 Sam. 11: 4-8,33; 2 Sam. 1: 3; 1 Cor. 10:20).
Angels are hierarchically organized by God and perform various functions:
  • angels (Matt. 1:20);
  • archangels (Dan. 10: 13,21; 12: 1-2; Jude 9; 1 Thess. 4:16);
  • cherubim (Gen. 3:24; Ex. 26: 1; Ezek. 1: 4-5; 10: 15-20);
  • seraphim (Isa. 6: 2-6).
Most of the angels remained obedient to God and did His will (Matt. 25:31; 26:53; Luke 2: 9-14; Heb. 1:14). They glorify God (Ps. 146: 1-2; Isa. 6: 3), worship God (Heb. 1: 6; Rev. 5: 8-13), serve God (Ps. 102: 20; Rev. 22: 9; Matthew 1:20; Luke 1: 26-28; 2: 13-14). Angels also serve the Church and all who inherit salvation (Luke 16:22; Heb. 1:14; 1 Cor. 4: 9; 11:10; Eph. 3:10; 1 Pet. 1:12; Acts 12: 11; 27: 23-24). The future of God's angels is in glory (Matt. 25:31).

FALLING ANGELS

We acknowledge that the rest of the angels: the demons (Matt. 8: 28-31), the unclean spirits (Mark 1:23) did not retain their dignity (Jude 6), sinned (2 Pet. 2: 4). Some of them are imprisoned in the darkness of the abyss (2 Pet. 2: 4; Jude 6), and others operate in freedom (Luke 8: 30-31; Eph. 2: 2; Heb. 6:12). These angels oppose God's purpose (Dan. 10: 10-14; Rev. 16: 13-16) and spread falsehood (1 John 4: 1-4; 1 Tim. 4: 1), causing physical and mental suffering to people. (Matthew 9:33; 12:22; 17: 15-18; Mark 9:22; Luke 8: 27-29; 9: 37-42).
The angels who sinned are also organized, and their head is a former cherub (Ezek. 28: 14-15). He is called Satan (adversary - - Zech. 3: 1-2; Job. 1: 6; 2: 1; Mk. 4:10; Luke 22:31), devil (slanderer - Mk. 4: 1; 13: 39; John 13:20; Rev. 13: 9-10; 20: 2), the prince of this world (John 12:31).
Judgment is prepared for Satan and his angels (1 Cor. 6: 3; 2 Pet. 2: 4; Jude 6) and punishment in the lake of fire (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10).

VII. FUTURE EVENTS
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe that Christ will soon come to earth a second time in power and glory (Matt. 25:31; Acts 1:11). None of the people knows the day and hour of His coming (Matt. 24:31).
There are two phases of the second coming of Christ:
  • the coming (appearance) of His Church is invisible to the world, during which the Church will be picked up (1 Thess. 4: 16-17);
  • coming with His Church when every eye sees Him (Rev. 1: 7) for the millennial reign (06.19: 11-21).
We believe that great tribulation will come upon the earth (Matt. 24:21).
 
RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD
We believe in two resurrections of the future:
  • The first resurrection is the resurrection to life of those who have died in Christ and the conversion of the faithful who remain alive (1 Cor. 15: 51-53; 1 Thess. 4: 16-17; Phil. 3:21; Rev. 20: 6) and the resurrection of the martyrs of the times of "great tribulation" (Rev. 20: 4-6);
  • resurrection of sinners for condemnation (John 5: 28-29; 06.20: 12-13).
We believe that after the seizure, the Church will stand before the throne of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10) to receive praise (Matt. 25:21) and crowns "according to what he did while living in the flesh" (1 Thess. 2: 19; 1 Tim. 4: 8; 1 Pet. 5: 4; James 1:12; Rev. 2:10).
We believe in the millennial kingdom of Christ (Rev. 20: 2-4).
 
THE LAST COURT
We believe in the final judgment of the Great White Throne (Rev. 20: 11-13), which will begin after the last resurrection.
After judgment will come eternity, which for some will be infinite bliss with Christ, and for others eternal torment (Matt. 25:46; Acts 12: 2). And the Scriptures point to the impossibility of passing from one state to another in eternity (Luke 16: 24-26).

VIII. PRINCIPLES OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
We believe that marriage is established by God and is a union between a man and a woman (Gen. 2:18, 24) in order to:
  • mutual help and support (Gen. 2:18; Ecclesiastes 4: 9);
  • the continuation of the human race (Gen. 1:28);
We recognize that premarital sex is a sin and is condemned by the Word of God (Heb. 13: 4; 12:16;
1 Sol. 4: 3-5). According to God's instruction, revived believers marry only in the Lord (1 Cor. 7:39;
2 Cor. 6:14).
According to Scripture, a man can have one wife and a woman can have one husband (Matt. 19: 4-6; 1 Cor. 6:16; 7: 2). In the event of the death of a husband or wife, the Word of God does not forbid the remnant to marry (1 Cor. 7:39; Rom. 7: 2-3).

Marriage between persons of the same sex is a sin and is forbidden according to Scripture (Lev. 18:22; Rom. 1: 26-28; 1 Cor. 6: 9-10).
We believe that the Lord commands those who are married not to divorce (1 Cor. 7: 10-13; Matt. 19: 6; Mark 10: 11-12). The word of God allows divorce only through the fault of fornication (Matt. 5:32; 19: 9).
Marriage is a divine and public institution, so it must receive double confirmation. The first is obtained through the Word of God and prayer (Mark 10: 6-9; John 2: 1-2; Col. 3:17; 1 Tim. 4: 3-5), and the second is carried out according to state laws (1 Peter 2:13).

We recognize that children in the family are a precious gift of God (Ps. 126: 3-5).
Parents are responsible for the upbringing of their children before God and society (Matt. 18: 6; Eph. 6: 4; I Thess. 4: 10-12).
Artificial abortion (abortion) is seen as murder and is condemned as a willful sin (1 Cor. 5:11; Ps. 138: 13,16).
We recognize that a person who has converted to God must bring his or her marriage into line with God's Word, namely:
  • if at the time of repentance she was divorced, she must reconcile and, if possible, restore the family (Matt. 3: 8; Rom. 12:18);
  • if at the time of repentance she was remarried, she should not divorce (1 Cor. 7: 12-17; 7:24);
  • if a person was illegally married at the time of repentance, he or she must legalize it (1 Pet. 2:13).
 
CHRISTIAN FREEDOM AND FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE
We recognize that the freedom of the Christian is freedom from the bondage of sin and death (Rom. 6: 17-18, 22-23; Gal. 5: 1; John 5:24).
We believe that the freedom of the Christian is not a reason to please the flesh and cover up evil, nor to tempt the weak in faith (1 Pet. 2:16; Gal. 5:13; 1 Cor. 6:12; 8: 9; 10: 23- 24).
Therefore we:
  • abstain completely from alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and slander (1 Cor. 3: 16-17; 6:10; Gal. 5: 19-21; Col. 3: 8);
  • abstain from suffocation, blood, and idolatry (Acts 15:29). By idol sacrifices we mean everything that has been cast spells, whispers, any divination and divination;
  • in dress we adhere to the gospel principle: "as befits a saint," which conforms to the accepted standards and cultural norms of dress in the place where the Christian lives (1 Tim. 2: 9-10; Titus 2: 3).
By freedom of conscience we mean the freedom of the Christian to make choices ( Num. 24:15; Jn. 6:67).
We believe that no one has the right to force a person to believe or disbelieve in God, to do or not to do His will, to serve God or not to serve Him (Acts 4: 18-20; Phil. 3: 7; 1 Pet. 5: 1. -3; 2 Corinthians 9: 7), and on this basis we do not practice infant baptism.
 
ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE STATE  AND CIVIL RESPONSIBILITIES

We believe that "all authority is from God" to protect the good and punish the evil (Rom. 13: 1-2).
We believe that the Church of Christ is not of this world (John 18:36). The Church, recognizing Christ as its Head, cannot and should not, in essence, be under the guidance of secular authority; moreover, it cannot and should not have secular authority itself and cannot act in its spirit and by its methods (Matt. 20: 25-28; Luke 12: 13-14).
We acknowledge that the Lord commands us to pray for rulers so that there may be peace and justice on earth (Jer. 29: 7; 1 Tim. 2: 1-3; Luke 3: 12-14).
We recognize that a Christian should be an exemplary citizen of his country and submit to authority "not only for fear of punishment but also for conscience" (Rom. 13: 5-7; 1 Peter 2: 13-17). If the demands of authority restrict the freedom to obey God's commands, we reserve the right to do as the Word of God teaches us (Matt. 22:21; Acts 5:29).
We recognize that Christians, as citizens, can participate in government, elected bodies, and community organizations if their activities do not conflict with the principles of the gospel. This participation should not be on behalf of the church, it is the individual's own initiative (Rom. 16:23; Phil. 4:22).
 
CHRISTIAN AND GOOD DEEDS
We recognize that Christians have a duty through godly living and prayer to promote goodness, liberty, justice, and peace for all men (Rom. 12: 17-21; 14:19; 1 Cor. 7:21; Phil. 4: 8. Hebrews 12:14).
We believe that God created man for good deeds, which are:
  • expressing gratitude to God for the salvation accomplished and given (1 Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17);
  • a means of communicating God's love to men (Matt. 5:16);
  • a sign of living faith (James 2:17).
We recognize that the Christian must work to create what is good with his own hands (Eph. 4:28; 2 Thess. 3: 6-13). The Christian's field of activity is a matter of conscience, but it should not contain violence or deception (Luke 3: 12-14; Mic. 6: 8; Fig. 3: 5; James 5: 4).

IX. PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
We believe that Jesus Christ built His Church on our earth (Matt. 16:18). The church is:
  • THE HOUSE OF GOD (Heb. 3: 6) , THE TEMPLE (Eph. 2:21), THE DWELLING OF GOD ON EARTH (Eph. 2:22). Characteristic of the Church as a building is strength, purity, and order (1 Cor. 14: 33-40);
  • THE PEOPLE OF GOD (Ezek. 34:31; John 10:11; 1 Pet. 2: 9-10). Characteristic of the Church as a people is discipline (John 10: 5) and growth (John 17:20);
  • THE BODY OF CHRIST (1 Cor. 12: 12-31; Col. 2:19; Eph. 1: 21-22). Characteristic of the Church as a body is unity (John 17:21), health (Titus 1:13), and growth (Ephesians 4:13; Col. 2:19);
  • THE BRIDE OF CHRIST (2 Cor. 11: 2; Eph. 5:27). The Church, as a bride, is characterized by humility (Eph. 5:24), preparation (Rev. 19: 7), and expectation (Matt. 25: 6,13).
  • PILLAR AND FOUNDATION OF TRUTH (1 Tim. 3:15). Characteristic of the Church, as the pillar and foundation of truth, is the preservation, affirmation and proclamation of the Truth of God in the world.
In order to achieve these important goals, in order to carry out this multifaceted work in the Church, God has established in him His divine order and appoints His servants.
 
CHURCH SERVANTS
We acknowledge that the Lord appoints appropriate ministers to serve in the Church (Eph. 4: 11-12; 1 Cor. 12:28):

  • PASTORS (presbyters)
The Lord sends "a desire to serve" (1 Tim. 3: 1) and appropriate gifts (1 Tim. 3: 2-7). The Church, recognizing them, chooses to serve on the basis of the requirements of the Word of God. After a successful trial (1 Tim. 3:10), for a period of up to one year, they dedicate themselves to ministry through church prayer and the laying on of hands by senior ministers on the principle of "the greater blesses the lesser" (Heb. 7: 7).
His rights and responsibilities include:

  • perform sacraments (baptism, the Lord's Supper, marriages, prayer over children, prayer over the sick with anointing, funerals, ordination, consecration of houses of prayer, etc.);
  • to teach sound science (Titus 2: 1);
  • to discipline (2 Tim. 4: 2-4);
  • to watch and to feed (Acts 20:28);
  • to support the weak (Acts 20:35);
  • take care of everyone (1 Thess. 2: 7);
  • set an example for the church ( 1 Pet. 5: 2-3; 1 Tim. 4:12);
  • to preside over the membership meetings and to carry out their decisions (Acts 15: 7,13).
The model for every pastor in his ministry in the Church is Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd (John 10:11; 13: 15,17; Heb. 12: 2; 1 Pet. 5: 4).

  • DEACONS,
chosen by the Church from among the brethren (Acts 6: 3), whose personal qualities meet the requirements of Scripture (Acts 6: 3; 1 Tim. 3: 8-12). Upon successful completion of the trial (1 Tim. 3:10), a consecration prayer is performed in the Church with the laying on of hands by ministers (Acts 6: 6).
The ministry of a deacon (as defined by the apostles - Acts 6: 2) is a ministry "at the tables":
  • "Table of material needs" provides:
- collecting voluntary donations (1 Cor. 16: 1-4);
- distribution of daily needs (Acts 4:35);
- care for widows, orphans, the sick (Gal. 6:10).
  • "Table of the Lord's Supper"
- prepare bread and wine and set the table (Luke 22: 8-9);
- to assist the pastor in completing the Remembrance in the Church by delivering bread and a cup;
- to perform the Memorial at home;
- on behalf of the presbyter of the church to perform other spiritual needs.

  • TEACHERS (preachers)
Preachers and teachers are actually those who are called to preach and teach in worship (1 Tim. 4:13; 2 Tim. 4: 2). They must be familiar with the teachings of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:15) and adhere to sound doctrine themselves (1 Tim. 4:16).
As for the evangelical purity of their teachings, they are completely dependent on the fraternal council and the whole church (Matthew 7:15; Col. 2: 8; 1 John 4: 1; Rev. 2: 2).
If a preacher deviates from the gospel teaching, he must be removed from the ministry (Gal. 1: 8; Rom. 16: 17-18; 1 Tim. 6: 3-5).

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (missionaries)
To perform spiritual work in His Church, Christ appoints pastors, deacons, teachers (preachers). And to perform spiritual work outside the Church - to spread the Kingdom of God to the "edge of the earth", Christ sends His ambassadors - evangelists (missionaries) - John. 20:21.
True missionaries then and today:
  • The Lord calls through the Church, "Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." (Acts 13: 1-2);
  • sends the Church with fasting, prayer, and blessing (Acts 13: 3);
  • the Holy Spirit leads: " They, being sent by the Holy Spirit, came" (Acts 13: 4);
  • when they have finished their work, they return to the Church, "whence the graces of God were given to work" (Acts 14:26);
  • they report to the Church " how much the Lord has done with them and who has opened the door of faith to the Gentiles" (Acts 14:27);
Therefore,
true missionaries of Christ are always sent by the Church with fasting and prayer, working with the blessing of the church and for the church or for the opening of a new church.
RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS of Church members

RIGHTS:
We recognize that every member of the Church of Christ in particular has certain rights:
  • to take part in the Lord's Supper - "Do this in remembrance of Me" - Lk. 22: 19-20;
  • to love following the example of Jesus Christ - "I lay down my life… No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of Myself…" - Iv. 10: 17-18; 17:19;
  • to participate in membership meetings;
  • to be chosen for the ministry - "choose among yourselves" - Acts 6: 3;
  • to grow spiritually - "grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord" - 2 Pet. 3:18;
  • to be children of God - “the power is given to become children of God” - Iv. 1: 12-13; 1 Jn. 3: 1-2;
  • to believe and suffer - "for it is done unto you to believe not only in him, but also to suffer for him" Phil. 1:29.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
We recognize that each member of the Church has certain responsibilities in particular:
  • read the Word of God - "search the scriptures" - Iv. 5:39;
  • sincerely, unhypocritically love one another - "love one another…" - Iv. 13: 34-35; Iv. 4: 7; 1Fri. 1:22. This is love as a duty;
  • to pray - "ask and it will be given to you" - Lk. 11: 9; Mv. 18:19;
  • to live in the interests of the Church - "rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep!" Rome. 12:15;
  • to attend a meeting - "let us not forsake our meeting" - Heb. 10:25;
  • to take part in material service - - "take part in the needs of the saints" - Rome. 12:13;
  • to keep the commandments of the Lord - " Keep my commandments" - Jn. 14:15;
  • to serve one another - - “serve one another with the gift you have received” - 1 Pet. 4:10; Gal. 6: 2;
  • to live according to the Gospel of Christ - “Let your light shine before men… 'Mv. 5:16; Phil. 1:27; Eph. 5: 2.8; Qty. 4: 5; 1 Fri. 2:12;
  • respect the ministers - "… let them be endowed with double honor…" - Tim. 5:17;
  • to lead a personal life carefully - "behave as He behaved" - 1 Jn. 2: 6;
  • humbly accept rebukes, admonitions, punishments - “obey your mentors and obey them…” - Heb. 13:17; 1 Fri. 5: 5.

CHURCH DISCIPLINE

We recognize that church discipline is based on three foundations:

EDUCATION
"To know how to behave in the house of God" - 1 Tim. 3:15;
Achieved through:
  • sermons • “preach the Word” - 2 Tim. 4: 2; 2 Tim. 3: 16-17;
  • educational conversations - "remember in time-untimely" - 2 Tim. 4: 2;
  • training - "command this and teach!" 1Tim.4: 11-13.

ORDERING
“Ум rebuke the dishonest, comfort the cowardly, support the weak, endure all! ”- 1 Sol. 5:14. Achieved through:
  • rebuke - "rebuke" - 2 Tim. 4: 2;
  • carding - "card in front of everyone" - 1 Tim. 5:20;
  • prohibition - "forbid" - 2 Tim. 4: 2;
  • persuasion - "convince with patience and science" - 2 Tim. 4: 2.

DISCIPLINATION
"We are ready to punish all disobedience…" - 2 Cor. 10: 6. Carried out through:
  • note - "notice this" - 2 Sol. 3:15;
  • exception - “remove from among yourselves -” - 1 Cor. 5: 11-13.
NOTE in the Church is provided for those members who have committed specific sins and are not subject to measures of education and order. The term of the note can be several months, during which a person must realize his guilt, humble himself and repent. During her remarks, she is deprived of the right to participate in the Lord's Supper and membership meetings. The Word of God advises such a person “not to be considered an enemy, but to be warned like a brother” - 2 Thess. C: 15.
In the case of repentance, the note is removed, and in the case of disobedience, it is subject to exclusion (James 4: 6).
EXCLUSION from Church members applies to those members who have committed obvious sins:
  • apostates (1 Tim. 5: 8; 2 Cor. 6: 14-15);
  • committed the sin of fornication or adultery (Heb. 13: 4);
  • became interested in heretical sciences (Titus 3:10);
  • for separation (Rom. 16: 17-18);
  • stubbornness and disobedience at the time of the note (1 Cor. 5:13). An excluded person is deprived of all the rights of a member of the Church, as well as of public prayer in worship, except the prayer of repentance. Re-acceptance of the expelled into the Church is possible in the presence of repentance and confession of one's guilt before the Church (2 Cor. 2: 6,11), as well as the bringing of worthy fruits of repentance (Matt. 3: 8).
All this is done for the purpose of correction and with the concern for the salvation of his soul.

ATTITUDE TO BROTHERS 'SINS
We follow the Biblical order and sequence:
When you see your brother sinning not by sin… - Iv. 5:16
  • pray for him
when your brother sins against you… - Mv. 18: 15-17
  • show him alone if he doesn't listen -
  • tell the witnesses
if he doesn't listen -
  • tell the Church
if he doesn't listen, let it be as
  • pagans and customs officers,
with whom not to communicate and not to greet (2 John 1:10).
PRAYER
We recognize that PRAYER is a means of turning to God with all needs, thanks, and desires (1 Tim. 2: 1-2). PRAYER is a fragrance for God (Ex. 30: 34-38; Ps. 140: 2).
It must be completed:
  • in the name of Jesus Christ - Iv. 16: 23-24; 14: 13-14; Eph. 5:20;
  • with faith - Mr. 11:24; How. 1: 6-7;
  • in peace with all - Mv. 5: 23-25; Mr. 11: 25-26;
  • by the will of God - Luke. 22-42.
You can pray depending on the circumstances in any place and position:
  • on his knees - Luke. 22:41; Eph. 3:14;
  • standing - Iv. 11:41;
  • sitting - Acts 16: 24-25;
  • lying down - 2 Kings. 20: 2;
  • in a dead end - Ion. 2: 2; Luke 23: 33-34.
In worship, prayers are performed mainly on the knees (Acts 20:36) and standing.
You can pray
alone (Matthew 6: 6; Acts 10: 9)
and together (Acts 1:14; 4:24), by reason (1 Cor. 14:15; Luke 18:41)
and in spirit (Rom. 8:26; Luke 10:21).

Special prayers are performed by the priest when performing the following rituals:
  • Remembrance of the Lord's death (Matt. 26: 26-28);
  • prayer of blessing of children (Luke 2:28; Mark 10:16);
  • prayer over the sick (James 5: 14-16).
  • ordination (ministers, new members, young couple);
  • consecration of houses of prayer.
The Lord's Prayer "Our Father" is an example of the prayer that Jesus Christ left for His followers (Matthew 6: 9-13).
 
FAST
We recognize that Scripture is not a means of subduing God, but a manifestation of obedience to God (2 Chron. 7:14) and a means of personal purification.
True FAST is accompanied by:
  • proper preparation of Is. 58: 3-7;
  • reading the Word of God__ Jer. 36: 9-10;
  • prayer ______ Dan. 9: 3-8;
  • confession of sins by Nehemiah. 9: 1-2; Ion. 3: 8;
  • by the conversion of ______ Joel. 2: 12-13;
  • voluntary maintenance:
- from food _________________ Йон. 3: 7; Luke 4: 2;
- from sexual intercourse ___ 2 Cor. 7: 5
Fasting should be a specific GOAL Yohl. 2: 15-17; Mv. 17:21.
POSTING IS POSSIBLE:
individually ___ (Luke 2:37),
groups_ _ (Mark 2:18),
the church _________ (Acts 13: 1-2),
all the people _____ (Judges 20:26; Joel 1:14).
 
MATERIAL SERVICE
Material service is an important condition of a Christian's life, as well as his service to God, the Church, and people.
REASONS for material service:
  • example of Jesus Christ - Mr. 10:45;
The whole life of Jesus Christ was marked by giving. The Christian must imitate this;
  • love (1 Cor. 13: 3) and responsibility (Matt. 28: 19-20) are the main factors;
  • the desire to glorify God (Col. 3: 1 7) and to serve one's neighbor is the main motive;
  • gratitude to God - Mv. 5:45; How. 1:17.
METHODS of material service:
  • sacrifice yourself first - 2 Cor. 8: 5}
  • donate voluntarily and sincerely - 2 Cor. 8: 2; 9: 5, 11; Luke 21: 3-4;
  • donate proportionally and systematically - I Cor. 16: 2; 2 Cor. 8:12;
  • sacrifice casually and humbly - Mv. 6: 1-4; 25: 31-46.
SAMPLES OF MATERIAL SERVICE:
  • as an ACT of worship and service to God - Booth. 4: 4; Fri. Zak. 26: 1-11; Philip. 4: 11-18; Performed during worship on the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16: 2).
  • as EXPRESSED his own commitment to God - Booth. 4: 4; Court. 11: 30-31; 1 Sam. 1:11.
Such giving is spontaneous, purposeful and voluntary;
  • proportional giving:
- tithe - Booth. 14:20;
- widow mite - all you have Mr. 12: 42-44; according to material success - 1 Cor. 16: 2; 2 Cor. 8:12;
  • hospitality - Acts 2:46; 9:43; 10: 6; 16:34; 18: 2; 21: 8-16;
  • care - for the needy - Gal. 2:10; 6:10
- about one's own family - 1 Tim. 5: 8;
  • planned— I Cor. 16: 2 - - "On the first day of the week, let each of you save and keep as much as you can."
- regular - "the first day of the week";
- common - "each of you";
- prepared - "let him put aside and gather";
- in accordance with "how everyone behaves".

God

There is one eternally existing God who has three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise.  God is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom,  justice, and mercy. He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Revelation

God has revealed himself to us through his son, Jesus Christ, who is the visible image of the invisible God, the holy scriptures, and through all of creation itself.

Mankind

Humans, both male and female, were created in God's image for His glory. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and appointed as caretakers of the rest of God's creations.

The Fall

When Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God. This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God, and fractured all of creation ever since that time.

Salvation

Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead and now, by grace, offers as a free gift eternal life to all who follow Christ, by faith, as their Lord and Savior. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone.

The Church

The Church is meant to be the visible body of Christ, sent into the world to glorify God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ressurection

Jesus Christ is returning one day to judge both the living and the dead and to usher in the fullness of God's kingdom on earth. 

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