Beliefs

What we believe at Open Door Church about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church

Our Beliefs

THE SCRIPTURE INSPIRED

The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 [KJV/NIV

1 Thessalonians 2:13 [KJV/NIV

2 Peter 1:21 [KJV/NIV]

THE ONE TRUE GOD

The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM," the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Deuteronomy 6:4 [KJV/NIV]

Isaiah 43:10,11 [KJV/NIV]

Matthew 28:19 [KJV/NIV]

Luke 3:22 [KJV/NIV]

THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:


His virgin birth,

Matthew 1:23 [KJV/NIV

Luke 1:31 [KJV/NIV

Luke 1:35 [KJV/NIV


His sinless life,

Hebrews 7:26 [KJV/NIV

1 Peter 2:22 [KJV/NIV


His miracles,

Acts 2:22 [KJV/NIV

Acts 10:38 [KJV/NIV


His substitutionary work on the cross,

1 Corinthians 15:3 [KJV/NIV

2 Corinthians 5:21 [KJV/NIV


His bodily resurrection from the dead,

Matthew 28:6 [KJV/NIV

Luke 24:39 [KJV/NIV

1 Corinthians 15:4 [KJV/NIV


His exaltation to the right hand of God.

Acts 1:9 [KJV/NIV

Acts 1:11 [KJV/NIV

Acts 2:33 [KJV/NIV

Philippians 2:9-11 [KJV/NIV

Hebrews 1:3 [KJV/NIV]

THE FALL OF MAN


Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness." However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.

Genesis 1:26,27 [KJV/NIV

Genesis 2:17 [KJV/NIV

Genesis 3:6 [KJV/NIV

Romans 5:12-19 [KJV/NIV]

THE Salvation of man

Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.


Conditions to Salvation

Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life.

Luke 24:47 [KJV/NIV

John 3:3 [KJV/NIV

Romans 10:13-15 [KJV/NIV

Ephesians 2:8 [KJV/NIV

Titus 2:11 [KJV/NIV

Titus 3:5-7 [KJV/NIV


The Evidence of Salvation

The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit.

Romans 8:16 [KJV/NIV


The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.

Ephesians 4:24 [KJV/NIV

Titus 2:12 [KJV/NIV]


THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH

BAPTISM

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.

Matthew 28:19 [KJV/NIV

Mark 16:16 [KJV/NIV

Acts 10:47,48 [KJV/NIV

Romans 6:4 [KJV/NIV]


HOLY COMMUNION

The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements --bread and the fruit of the vine-- is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4 [KJV/NIV]), a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26 [KJV/NIV]), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26 [KJV/NIV]), and is enjoined on all believers "till He come!"


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