Christ Fellowship Christian Church

Click here to edit subtitle

Pastor Ronald W. Gayle Sr.

What We Believe:

 

 

We believe the whole Bible is the inspired word of Almighty God, without error.

We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

                                        Romans 8:11, 14-17, 26-27  

 

We believe water baptism is an outward show of an inward change. It show a testimony of our faith. We believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose on the third day and is coming back.                             Matthew 28:19

 

 

We believe in taking Communion as an act of remembering Jesus.                                     1 Corinthians 12:25-26

 

 

 

 

The Vision

 

 

To get the Word of God out to the community, that God is still alive. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10

 

To gather an army who have been changed through hearing and getting the faith in Jesus Christ, and live the Word in our everyday lives. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

 

 

 

Christ Fellowship Christian Church, Articles of Faith

 

Article One

 

The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by divine inspiration to men as directed by God to do so. The Holy Scripture is the only infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.

Under the title of Holy Scripture (or the written Word of God) all the books are given by inspiration of God.

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT


 

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

 

THE NEW TESTAMENT


 

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans. 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, l & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude, Revelation.

The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, depends not on the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God its Author.

Our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth of Scripture and its divine authority, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.

We acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word.

The infallible rule for the interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself. Whenever there is a question about the true and full sense of any scripture, it must be searched by other passages which speak more clearly.

 

Article Two

 

The Lord our God is the one and only living and true God;

- Who is infinite in being and perfection; Whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but Himself;

- Who dwells in the light which no man can approach, Who is eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, in every way infinite, most holy, most wise, most free, most absolute;

- Who works all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will, for His own glory;

- Who is most loving, gracious, merciful, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth;

- Who forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin;

- Who is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him;

- He has completely sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do through them, for them, or to them whatever He pleases.

- He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands.

- The Son is eternally begotten of the Father.

- The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.

- All three are infinite, without beginning, and are therefore only one God. - This doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of our entire communion with God, and our comfortable dependence on Him.

 

Article Three

 

- God is neither the author of sin nor does He have fellowship with any in the committing of sins.

As God has appointed the elect unto glory, so, by the eternal and completely free intention of His will, He has foreordained all the means. Accordingly, those who are elected, being fallen in Adam:

- are redeemed by Christ,

- are effectually called to faith in Christ by His Spirit working in due season,

- are justified, adopted, sanctified,

- and are kept by His power through faith unto salvation;

So shall this article provide cause for praise, reverence, admiration of God, and also provide cause for humility, diligence, and abundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the Gospel.

 

Article Four

 

In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, to create or make the world and all things in it both visible and invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good.

After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female, with reasoning and immortal souls, rendering them fit to live that life for Him for which they were created;

- being made in the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness; having the law of God written in their hearts, and having the power to fulfil it;

Besides the law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. While they kept this command they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over all other creatures.

Our first parents, by this sin, fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and we in them. For from this, death came upon all: all becoming dead in sin and wholly defiled in all the faculties and parts of soul and body.

 

Article Five

 

Moreover, as man had brought himself under the curse of the law by his fall, it pleased the Lord to make a covenant of grace. In this covenant He freely offers to sinners life and salvation by Jesus Christ, requiring from them faith in Him that they may be saved, and promising to give to all who are appointed to eternal life His Holy Spirit to make them willing and able to believe.

This covenant is revealed through the Gospel; first of all to Adam in the promise of salvation by the seed of the woman, and afterwards by further steps until the full revelation of it became complete in the New Testament. The covenant of salvation rests upon an eternal covenant transaction between the Father and the Son about the redemption of the elect. It is solely by the grace of this covenant that all the descendants of fallen Adam who have ever been saved have obtained life and blessed immortality, because man is now utterly incapable of gaining acceptance with God on the terms by which Adam stood in his state of innocence.

 

Article Six

 

It pleased God, in His eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, His only begotten Son, in accordance with the covenant made between them both, to be the Mediator between God and man; to be Prophet, Priest, and King, the Head and Saviour of His Church, the Heir of all things, and the Judge of all the world. To the Lord Jesus He gave, from all eternity, a people to be His seed. These, in time, would be redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified by the Lord Jesus.

The Son of God, the second person in the Holy Trinity, being true and eternal God, the brightness of the Father's glory, of the same substance and equal with Him;

- Who made the world, and Who upholds and governs all things which He has made,

- did, when the fullness of time had come, take upon Himself man's nature, with all its essential properties and common infirmities, with the exception of sin.

- He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Spirit coming down upon her and the power of the Most High overshadowing her, so that He was born to a woman from the tribe of Judah, a descendant of Abraham and David, in accordance with the Scriptures.

- Thus two whole, perfect and distinct natures were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion;

- So that the Lord Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man, yet He is one Christ, the only Mediator between God and man.

This office and duty of Mediator the Lord Jesus undertook most willingly. To discharge it, He was made under the law, and perfectly fulfilled it, and He underwent the punishment due to us, which we should have borne and suffered. He was made sin and was made a curse for us; enduring the most grievous sorrows in His Soul with the most painful sufferings in His duty. He was crucified, and died, and remained in the state of the dead, but His body did not undergo any decomposition. On the third day He rose from the dead with the same body in which He had suffered, with which He also ascended into Heaven, and there sits at the right hand of His Father making intercession, and shall return to judge men and angels at the end of the world.

The Lord Jesus, by His perfect obedience and sacrifice of Himself which He, through the eternal Spirit, once offered up to God, has fully satisfied the justice of God, has procured reconciliation, and has purchased an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of Heaven for all those whom the Father has given to Him.

To all those for whom Christ has obtained eternal redemption, He certainly and effectual applies and communicates this redemption, making intercession for them, uniting them to Himself by His Spirit, revealing to them in the Word and by the Word the mystery of salvation. He persuades them to believe and obey, governing their hearts by His Word and Spirit, and overcome all their enemies by His almighty power and wisdom. This is achieved in such a manner and by such ways as are most consonant to His wonderful and un-searchable dispensation and it is all by free and absolute grace, without any condition foreseen in them to procure it.

 

Article Seven

 

God has given the free will of man, by nature, with liberty and the power to choose and to act upon his choice. This free will is neither forced, nor destined by any necessity of nature to do good or evil.

Man, in his state of innocence, had freedom and power to will and to do that which was good and well-pleasing to God, but he was unstable, so that he might fall from this condition.

Man, by his fall into a state of sin, has completely lost all ability of will to perform any of the spiritual good, which accompanies salvation. As a natural man, he is altogether averse to spiritual good, and dead in sin. He is not able by his own strength to convert himself, or to prepare himself for conversion.

When God converts a sinner, and translates him into a state of grace, He frees him from his natural bondage to sin, and by grace alone He enables him freely to will and to do that which is spiritually good. The will of man will only be made perfectly and immutably free to will good alone in the state of glory.

 

Summary:

 

    • We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers. We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer.

    • We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be born again;

    • We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties

    • We believe in Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.