Statement of Belief
Kingswinford Christian Fellowship – Statement of Belief - Confirmed January 2018
in the divine inspiration, infallibility in the original texts, and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures (excluding the Apocrypha), which are the written Word of God – the all sufficient rule for faith and conduct.
2 Timothy 3:15-16, 2 Peter 1:21
that there is One True Living, Eternal, Self-Existent, God revealed in three persons; The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit; co-eternal, co-existent and co-equal, the great “I AM”.
in the complete universal love, grace and sovereignty of God in revelation, and in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, Mark 12:29, 2 Corinthians 13:14
The LORD Jesus Christ:
in the Virgin Birth; that He is the Living Word, fully God and fully man, and that His humanity is real and sinless.
in His miraculous ministry, substitutionary ‘once-and-for-all-time’ atoning death (dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so redeeming and reconciling us with God.).
in His bodily resurrection (‘on the third day’), triumphant ascension and abiding intercession for all Believers.
that He is now ruling and reigning over Heaven and Earth, as the only Saviour of the World.
in His personal, visible, bodily return in power and glory as the Blessed Hope of all Believers.
Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 24:39, Acts 1:9, 2:22, 10:38, 1 Corinthians 15:4, 22-24, 51-57, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 4:8-10, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Hebrews 7:25-26, 9:12, 1 Peter 2:22, Revelation 20:1-6
in the dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image, to love, be holy and care for creation.
in the Fall (the corruption by sin) of mankind by voluntary transgression, which incurs divine wrath and judgment.
Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-21
that the justification of sinners is solely because of God’s unmerited gracious gift of salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ – and faith alone – and not by works.
that through His Blood we have Redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
that those who truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their LORD and Saviour, receive God’s ultimate pardon and forgiveness for all of their sins, past, present and future, and accepted in His sight as righteous only because of the righteousness of Christ credited to them.
that this salvation ‘experience’ is also known as the new birth, being ‘born again’, and is an instantaneous and complete operation of the Holy Spirit upon initial faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
John 3:5-6, James 1:18, 1 Peter 1:23, 1 John 5:1
The Holy Spirit:
the Holy Spirit alone makes the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, enabling them to turn to God from their sin and to trust in the LORD Jesus Christ.
that the Person of the Holy Spirit lives in and guides all those He has regenerated. He changes them to become increasingly Christ-like in character and behaviour (sanctification).
His ministry unites us with Christ, and we become co-partners with Him in the continuing mission of the Father; the reconciliation of all things back to Him.
in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as an enduement (the furnishing, dressing, clothing and supply) of the believer with power for mission and ministry; the biblical evidences of which are ‘seen and heard’; most commonly but not exclusively, speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, a spirit of prophecy and / or a spirit of praise.
in the present-day operation of all the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and that He alone determines, decides and gives to every Believer at least one Spiritual gift.
Acts 1:4-5, 8, 2:4, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 19:6, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28, Ephesians 4:7-16
The Church and Christian Life:
In the ordinances of ‘Believers Baptism’ and Communion (practices commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ that serve as a testimony of His work for us, and that require our own faith to be exercised).
That all who have truly repented and put their faith in Christ Jesus as their LORD, Saviour and Righteousness are commanded to be baptised (by immersion) in water, as an outward sign of their inner faith. Baptism is an expression of our identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Those who are baptised acknowledge their membership of His Body, the Church.
That all who have truly repented and believe in Christ as LORD, Saviour and Righteousness should regularly participate in Communion – also known as, ‘the Breaking of Bread’, and ‘The LORD’s Supper.
That the Church (local, world-wide and universal) alone is the Body and Bride of Christ.
The Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, along with the individual born-again Christian.
In the priesthood of all ‘born again’ Believers, made one and equal in Christ (who alone is the Head of the Body), but exercising differing roles, responsibilities and functions within the Church.
The plurality of servant leadership within the Church, exercised under the administration of the Holy Spirit, by appointed and anointed leaders (Elders), including as necessary a recognised ordained ‘Leader’ (e.g., a Minister, Pastor) – as the ‘first among equals’.
The holiness of life and conduct in obedience with the command of God.
That deliverance from sickness, by Divine healing, is provided for in the Atonement.
Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17, 28:19, Luke 22:14-20, Acts 2:38-39, 10:47-48, Romans 6:1-7, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19, 11:20-34, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Hebrews 12:14, James 5:13-16, 1 Peter 1:14-16,1 John 2:6
The Second Coming
in the bodily resurrection of all mankind, the everlasting conscious bliss in heaven for the Redeemed (those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of Life), and the everlasting conscious punishment, in hell along with Hades, death and Satan, for all (whose names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life) those who rejected the LORD Jesus Christ and His means and provision of salvation, justification, righteousness and forgiveness.
in the eventual creation and establishment of a New Heaven and a New Earth.
Daniel 12:2-3, Matthew 25:46, John 5:28-29, 1 Corinthians 15:22-24, 2 Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 20:10-15