Doctrinal Statement

The Articles of Faith for this Church:  Cross and Crown Doctrinal Statement

Section 1. We believe in the Holy Scriptures, accepting fully the writings of the Old and New Testaments as the very Word of God, verbally inspired in all parts, the only infallible, inerrant and authoritative rule of faith and practice.

Section 2. We believe there is one God eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Section 3. We believe in the Deity of Christ; His virgin birth; His blood shed for our atonement; His physical, bodily resurrection; His physical, bodily ascension into Heaven there to be our Intercessor.

Section 4. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, makes believers children of God through the new birth, assures them of Heaven and, by His indwelling presence, enables Christians to live a godly life.

Section 5. We believe that all men are by nature and by choice sinful and lost and have within themselves no possible means of salvation.

Section 6. We believe in salvation by grace through faith; that salvation is the free gift of God and is received, not by any virtue or works of men, but only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that all true believers possess the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish.

Section 7. We believe in the existence of Satan, the deceiver and prince of this present world; that he was defeated and judged at the Cross, and therefore his final doom is certain.

Section 8. We believe in the Second Coming of Christ; that His return from Heaven will be personal, visible and glorious, the time being unrevealed but always imminent; that when He comes He will first, by resurrection of the righteous dead and the translation of the righteous living, remove from the earth His waiting Church, then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world, and afterwards descend with His Church and establish His glorious and literal Kingdom on Earth over all the nations for a thousand years.

Section 9. We believe that the spirits of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven; that at His Second Coming their works will be judged and rewards determined; that the spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hell until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, judged, and cast into the Lake of Fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment.

Section 10. We believe in the priesthood of all believers, that Christ is our Great High Priest and through Him every born-again person has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest, and that the believer has the right and responsibility to study and interpret the Scriptures for himself, guided by the Holy Spirit.

Section 11. We believe that the New Testament Church is an organized body of born-again, baptized believers practicing scriptural ordinances and actively engaged in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Section 12. We believe the two scriptural ordinances given to the local church are baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.

Section 13. We believe in the everlasting, conscious punishment of the wicked in Hell and the everlasting, conscious blessedness of the saints in Heaven.