Statement of Faith
Our Core Beliefs
Sound Doctrine: Orchard is a Bible-believing church. We believe God has revealed Himself through the Scriptures, and the Scriptures are to be taught using sound orthodox doctrine. The following is a reflection of that commitment.
Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Orchard Community Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Elder Board is Orchard Community Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
The Holy Bible, comprised of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths. In it’s original writing, the Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant. It is accurate in all matters to which it speaks: historical, scientific, and spiritual. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21)
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. The three are co-equal, co-eternal and co-essential (of the same essence). All are perfect in divine attributes such as: all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, holy, just, loving, sovereign, immutable, good, etc. (Gen. 1:1; John 10:30; John 4:24; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14)
The Father is the first person of the Trinity. His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with mankind. He is the Creator of all things. As the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption. As Creator He is Father to all men, but He is spiritual Father only to believers. (Gen. 1:1-31, Ps. 103:19, Rom. 8:14,11:36; 2 Cor. 6:18; Eph. 3:9, 4:6)
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. When Jesus on Earth during His incarnation, He was fully God and fully man, only setting aside divine rights not divine attributes. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died a substitutionary death on the cross. On the third day, according to the Scriptures, He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. Jesus is currently seated at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf and one day will return with great power and glory. (John 1:1,14,18; 5:18; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 3:1; Heb. 1:1-9; 5:8; I John 5:20; I Tim. 2:5; I Cor. 15:1-5; Acts 1:11; 2 Thess. 1:5-10)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, guides, and seals all believers in Christ and empowers those yielded to God to obedience. He also empowers all believers with “spiritual gifts” that build up and unify the church. (Matt. 28:19; John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5; I Cor. 6:19; Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 2:12; 12:1-13; Eph. 4:30; Col. 3:14)
Man, Sanctity of Life & Marriage
We believe that man was created in God’s image. We teach that God’s intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify God, enjoy God’s fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by this accomplish God’s purpose for man in the world. Because of the sin of the original man, Adam, all mankind has been separated from God, are sinners by nature and choice and must therefore face God’s wrath. Thus, man is incapable of saving himself and is thereby wholly reliant upon God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Gen.2:7, 15-25; Isaiah 43:7; John 3:36; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; Col. 1:16; 1 Timothy 2:13-14; James 3:9; 1 John 1:8; Revelation 4:11)
The Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Psalm 139)
We believe that Marriage was ordained by God at creation, to be between one biological man and one biological woman, until they are parted by death (Gen. 1:26-28; 2: 18-25; Matt. 19: 4-6). Further, because marriage provides a picture of Christ’s relationship with His church (Eph. 5:31-32), we believe that it is contrary to God’s will and Word for a man to have more than one wife or a woman to have more than one husband at the same time, or for a person to wed someone of the same sex.
Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, Orchard Community Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Further, the pastors and staff of Orchard Community Church shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. Finally the facilities and property of Orchard Community Church shall only host weddings between one man and one woman. (see also Dt. 17:17; Mal. 2:15; Eph. 5:22-33; Heb. 13:4)
We believe salvation from sin, death and judgment is a free gift from God, through the Gospel of Christ, and is received by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ’s substitutionary death and resurrection, apart from works. This salvation restores fellowship with God. Further, all who have been born again by God’s Spirit, with the result that they have trusted Christ for salvation, will persevere in faith in Christ until they die or Jesus returns, whichever comes first. (John 3:16-17, 14:6; Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 10:9-10; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:8-10; Col. 1:21-23; I Jn. 5:11-12)
We teach that all who put their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church, the bride of Christ, of which Christ is the Head. We believe that God has called a plurality of qualified elders to lead the church. Christ has given the church two ordinances to follow: baptism and communion. We teach that the church is to Glorify God and to cooperate with God in His mission by making disciples throughout the world. (Matth. 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32, 12:12-13, 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22, 5:23-32; 4:15; Colossians 1:18, I Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; Revelation 19:7-8)
Christian baptism by immersion is the public testimony of a believer showing forth his personal faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and his union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is also a sign of fellowship and identification with the visible Body of Christ. (Acts 2:41-42, 8:36-39; Romans 6:1-11)
We teach that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of His death until He comes, and should be always preceded by solemn self-examination. We also teach that, whereas the elements of Communion are only representative of the flesh and blood of Christ, participation in the Lord’s Supper is nevertheless an actual communion with the risen Christ, who indwells every believer, and so is present, fellowshipping with His people. (1 Corinthians 10:16,11:28-32)
We would also align ourselves with the Gospel Coalition’s confessional documents.