AMEBI’s doctrinal statement

What we believe
Sunday 21 May 2006
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The doctrinal statement of an Evangelical Christian Church or association is a text that sums up what its members believe.

AMEBI’s doctrinal statement is based only upon the Bible.

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We believe…

  1. that the original texts of all Holy Scripture are divinely, verbally and completely inspired. We believe in the infallibility and complete authority of the Bible for every Christian and local Church. It contains no error in the original texts and it reveals all that Christians need to know in the spiritual domain. No other revelation can complete or modify the Holy Scriptures, which contain the 39 canonical books of the Old Testament and the 27 canonical books of the New Testament. (Matthew 5 5/17-18; 2 Timothy 3/16; 2 Peter 1/19-21, 3/15-16; Revelation 22/18-19)
  2. in the divinity of each of the persons of the Trinity. There is one God, presented in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We recognize the equality in essence as well as the personality of each, in perfect unity. God is the creator and sovereign of all things, eternal, infinite, unchangeable, all-powerful, omniscient, perfect in wisdom, holiness, justice and kindness. To Him are due obedience, confidence, thanksgiving, love, praise and adoration. God directs all events in order to fulfill His eternal plan. (John 1/1-14 2 Corinthians 13/13; Ephesians 4/4-8; Colossians 1/16-20, 2/9)
  3. in the miraculous birth, through the Holy Spirit, of our Lord Jesus Christ. Being born of the virgin Mary, He became the Word made flesh, the only Mediator between God and man. He is really man and really God. He was tempted as we are in all things, yet remained perfectly holy. He is able also to help us in our weakness. (Luke 1/35-38; Philippians 2/5-11; Hebrews 4/15-16)

    We believe in His atoning death on the cross for all men, in His bodily resurrection the third day after his crucifixion, in His ascension and in His presence today at the right hand of God the Father where He intercedes for us. We believe in His glorious return to judge the living and the dead. (Isaiah 53/3-5; John 19/30; Revelation 19/11 - 20/15)

  4. in the work of the Holy Spirit. He convicts of sin, reveals Christ, regenerates, baptizes (at the new birth), adds believers to the body of Christ, seals, inhabits and fills the Christian. He works in the Christian in order to produce fruit and to manifest spiritual gifts. One can lose the fullness of the Holy Spirit but not salvation. (John 14/16-17; Romans 5/5; 1 Corinthians 12/11; Galatians 5/22, 4/6; Ephesians 1/13; 1 John 1/20)
  5. in the existence and personality of Satan, the prince of this world. Created perfect and holy, by his rebellion he became the great adversary of God and man. He was defeated definitively at the cross by the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in his judgment and final condemnation by God. (Colossians 2/15; 1 Peter 5/8-9; Revelation 20/10)
  6. that the first man (Adam) was created in the image of God, innocent and perfect. We reject the evolutionary hypothesis. By a voluntary act of disobedience to the commandment of God, man lost the state of innocence. Thus all human beings are born sinners. Nevertheless each one is responsible before God for his own sins and is therefore separated from God. (Genesis 1+2; Romans 3/23, 5/12)
  7. in the complete and eternal salvation given freely by the grace of God alone, without the works of the law and by the effective work of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is given to all who repent of their sins and place their confidence in Jesus Christ, their only Savior and Lord. It is the gift of God that we accept by means of faith. (John 3/16; Acts 3/19; Ephesians 2/8-10; 1 John 5/11-12)
  8. that believers and unbelievers will rise from the dead bodily: the former unto eternal life, the others unto eternal punishment. The dead who have rejected Jesus Christ by their doctrine or by their works will consciously and eternally endure their punishment. (John 3/36; Revelation 20/16)
  9. in the responsibility of the believer to serve God. Every child of God should separate himself from the world. [1] The child of God is a witness in the midst of an unbelieving generation. He must give the example of a holy, active life and show forth the divine love that has been poured out in his heart. (John 17/26; Romans 12/1-2; 1 Corinthians 13; 2 Corinthians 5/17-20; 1 John 2/15)
  10. in the universal Church which is the body of Christ and His Spouse. The Church is composed of all believers in every place, regenerated and baptized in the Holy Spirit since Pentecost, until the rapture. (Matthew 16/18; 1 Corinthians 12/28; Ephesians 5/23)
  11. in the importance of the local Church composed of all those who have received salvation by grace and who have showed their obedience through baptism. The Supreme Head of the Church is Jesus Christ, her Shepherd. In order that the autonomous local Church might govern herself, Jesus gave her two essential ministries: that of elder (or pastor) and that of deacon. The Church must exert discipline in order to maintain order and the moral and doctrinal purity of the assembly. The Church is the “pillar and ground of the truth.” Her task is to lead men to the knowledge of God and to guide believers toward holiness. (Matthew 18/15-20; Acts 2/41; Ephesians 4/11-12; 1 Timothy 3/1-15)
  12. in the missionary calling of the Church. She is responsible to obey the Master’s command:

    “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…”

    The Church is responsible to raise up, coordinate and encourage the efforts of believers in order to produce the greatest effectiveness in evangelizing the lost. (Matthew 28/19-20; Acts 13/1-4; 2 Corinthians 5/14-15)

  13. in two ordinances:
    a. baptism (immersion), which is an act of obedience and the response of a good conscience toward God. By baptism the child of God testifies through a symbolic act of his identification with Jesus in His death, His burial and His resurrection.
    b. the Lord’s supper, which is the memorial remembrance and symbol for the children of God that Jesus has given his life for them. (Matthew 28/19; Luke 22/19-20; Acts 2/41; Romans 6/3; 1 Corinthians 11/17-34)
  14. in the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ. He will come in the clouds to rapture His Church. Then He will return bodily and visibly to the earth to establish the kingdom of the millennium. We believe in the resurrection of all the dead, the just and the unjust; the former unto life eternal, the others unto judgment and eternal condemnation. (Daniel 7/13-14; Matthew 13/49; Mark 8/38; Acts 1/11, 24/15; Romans 2/5; 1 Corinthians 15/12-20; 1 Thessalonians 4/14-17; Revelation 22/10-16)
  15. that civil government has been commanded by God for the interests and good ordering of society and that we must pray for judges and constituted authorities, honoring them and obeying them in everything which is not contrary to Holy Scripture. (Daniel 3/15-18; Acts 4/19; Romans 13/1-7; 1 Timothy 2/1-2)

[1] This means that we must live according to the Word of God, laying aside the practices of the world, which are in opposition. This does not mean that he does not participate in society but rather that he separates himself from it by keeping his autonomy and submitting himself to the lordship of Jesus Christ.


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