Statement of Faith

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.

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Statement of Faith:

[toggle title=”Holy Bible”]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)[/toggle]

[toggle title=”God”]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)[/toggle]

[toggle title=”The Father”]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)[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Jesus Christ”]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)[/toggle]

[toggle title=”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)[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Man”]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)[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Salvation”]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)[/toggle]

[toggle title=”The Church”]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)[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Baptism”]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)[/toggle]

[toggle title=”Communion”]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)[/toggle]

We would also align ourselves with the Gospel Coalition’s confessional documents.