Our Beliefs

OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH

Our doctrines and beliefs

We believe doctrine is of great importance. St. Paul told Timothy to “watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Tim 4:16) However some doctrines are primary in importance while others are secondary. For example, we believe understanding proper doctrine regarding the events of Christ’s death and resurrection, salvation by grace through faith, followed by obedience to Jesus’ royal commands, and doing good works to prove one’s faith, are all essential to salvation. Meanwhile doctrines attempting to make sense of abstruse topics such as the complexity of God’s sovereignty, divine justice, predestination, election, free will, and eschatology are worthwhile and good to study but are not detrimental to one’s salvation.

Even St. Peter himself admitted to the difficulty of understanding many of St. Paul’s profound revelations (2 Peter 3:16), therefore to believe one has a total & infallible understanding on any topic is birthed from an unteachable prideful heart rather than a humble teachable one. This is why Paul taught that “…knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God.” (1 Cor 8:1-3)

In essence, what ultimately matters is not one’s extensive knowledge or their intellectual ascension to correct doctrine, for this has the tendency to puff up. What truly matters is one’s sincere love for God and neighbor (1 Cor 13:2, Matt 22:37-40, Matt 7:12)… this is where the Christian church can and ought to find unity (Phil 2:1-2). Therefore, in order to visit, attend, or become a member of The OC, you need not agree with all of our doctrines below. We simply desire to make our beliefs known while welcoming all people from all backgrounds to join us in doing good deeds for our neighbors and glorifying God in our city.

Ormond Church Doctrine

1. We believe in one God, existing eternally in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matt 28:19, 2 Cor 13:14, Mat 3:16-18, John 10:30, John 8:58, 1 John 5:7 KJV, Acts 5:3-4, Phil 2:5-7, John 1:18)

2. The Bible is the infallible Word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit. (2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21, 2 Sam 23:2)

3. God is love and loves every person in the entire world. (1 John 4:16, John 3:16, 1 John 4:9-10, Rom 5:8, Matt 5:43-45, Rom 11:32)

4. God is sovereign. He has control and power over all things. (Phil 3:21, 1 Chronicles 29:11-12, Psalm 115:3, Job 42:2, Psalm 103:19, Psalm 135:6, Isaiah 14:24)

5. God chooses to save all who He foreknows will believe and predestines their salvation before birth. (1 Peter 1:2, Rom 8:29-30, Eph 1:4-5, Eph 1:11, 2 Tim 1:9, 2 Thess 2:13, 1 John 4:19, John 6:44 & 64-65)

6. God bestows free will unto all mankind, giving us the choice to believe in and obey Him or reject Him. (Deut 30:19 & 11:26-28, Josh 24:15, John 7:17, James 4:4, Prov 8:10, Prov 1:28-33, Isaiah 7:15-16, Acts 7:51)

7. All mankind has chosen to sin and separated themselves from relationship with God. (Rom 3:23, Isaiah 59:2, Eccl 7:20, 1 Kings 8:46, Eph 4:18, Micah 3:4, 2 Thess 1:8-9)

8. Every person is responsible and will be judged by God for their choices and actions. (Heb 9:27, 2 Cor 5:10, Matt 25:31-46, 1 John 4:17, Heb 10:26-27, John 5:28-29)

9. God wants all mankind to be saved and know the truth, therefore God sent His Son to save the world. (1 Tim 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 John 2:2, 1 John 4:14, Titus 2:11, John 3:16-17, John 1:29, 1 Tim 4:10, Rom 11:32, Matt 23:37, 2 Sam 14:14)

10. Jesus Christ died on the cross for all sinners, taking upon himself the sins of the entire world. He then resurrected breaking the power of sin and death. (1 John 2:2, John 1:29, 1 John 4:14, 4:9-10, 1 Tim 4:10, Rom 5:8 & 5:6 & 8:32, John 3:16-18, Heb 2:9, John 4:42, Heb 10:10, Luke 24:1-53, Rom 6:9-10, 2 Tim 1:10, 1 Cor 6:14 & 15:14)

11. All who believe Jesus is Lord will be forgiven of their sins and saved by God’s grace. Belief in Jesus is the only way to enter Heaven. (John 14:6, Rom 10:9, Acts 2:21, John 3:36, Mark 1:15 Mark 16:16, John 11:25-26, Acts 16:31, Acts 10:34-36, 42-43, Isaiah 55:7)

12. God’s grace is an unmerited gift given through faith and cannot be earned through works.
(Eph 2:8-9, Titus 3:5, Gal 3:9-11, Gal 2:21, Rom 4:4-5, Rom 11:5-6, Rom 3:23-24, Rom 9:16, John 1:17, Gal 5:4)

13. After belief, obediently doing good works in love is the evidence (or proof or fruit) one truly believes Jesus is their Lord and has freely received God’s saving grace. (Heb 5:9, James 2:24, 1 John 2:3-6, Mat 7:21, Eph 2:10, James 2:14-26, 1 Cor 15:10, John 14:21, 1 John 3:16-17, 1 John 4:20, Titus 2:11-14, Acts 4:33-35, Acts 26:20, Mat 3:8, Rom 1:5, 2 Cor 9:13, John 13:34-35, Matt 25:31-46, James 1:27, Titus 1:16, 1 John 1:6, Jude 1:4, 2 Peter 3:17-18, 2 Peter 1:10)

Dr. Tim Keller offers an excellent discourse on this topic in his book “Generous Justice“, you may read a relevant quote from it here.

14a. We believe in holy communion; the bread representing Jesus’ body being broken as an offering for our sicknesses (Luke 22:19, Matt 8:17, Isa 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24) and the wine representing Jesus’ blood poured out as an offering for the remission of our sins (Luke 22:20, Matt 26:28, Heb 9:22).

14b. We believe in water baptism, representing our death to our old self and resurrection to new life. (Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:3-11, Col 2:12, 1 Peter 3:21, Matthew 3:13-17)

15. The Holy Spirit is a gift from God. He teaches and empowers the believer to live like Christ. (John 14:26, Acts 2:38, Luke 11:13, Eph 1:13-14, Acts 1:8, Rom 5:5, Rom 8:9-11, Eph 4:30, Mat 3:11)

16. God gives all believers spiritual gifts. These gifts demonstrate God’s existence and power to all. (1 Cor 12:11, 1 Cor 12:4-11, 1 Cor 12:27-28, 1 Peter 4:10, Rom 12:6-8, Eph 4:11-12 & 25, 1 Cor 14:1, Eph 4:11-13, 1 Cor 1:4-7)

17. Jesus bore our sicknesses on the cross & heals people by divine power today through prayer, according to one’s faith. (Mat 8:17, Mat 9:28-30, 1 Peter 2:24, James 5:14-16, Mark 11:22-25, Heb 13:8, Isaiah 53:4-5, Mat 9:22, John 14:12-14, Mat 17:20, Mark 16:17-18, Romans 8:10-11, Mat 9:35, Luke 9:1-2, Mat 8:1-3, 1 John 5:14-15, Mark 11:22-24, Mat 17:20, Mark 9:20-27)

18. Hell exists. Those who do not love God and do not want relationship with Him are given their desire, separated eternally from Him and His gifts. He takes no pleasure in this. (Mat 25:41-46, 2 Thess 1:8-10, Mat 3:10, Rev 20:15, Rom 1:24-26 & 28-32, Heb 12:16, Luke 12:5, 2 Peter 2:4-22, Gal 5:22-23, 2 Cor 1:3-5, Eze 18:32, Lam 3:33, 2 Peter 3:9).

19. Denominational associations exist only to create contentions and divide the Church. We are one unified “Body of Christ” with different parts and functions. (1 Cor 1:12-13, 1 Cor 3:3-9 & 11 & 16-17, Rom 15:5-7, John 17:21-23, 1 Cor 12:12-27, Phil 2:1-2, 1 Cor 4:6, Rom 12:4-5 & 16, Eph 4:1-6 & 11-13, 2 Cor 13:11)

20. Women are Biblically empowered by the Holy Spirit to preach & be in authority alongside men. If God empowered women by His Spirit and placed them in positions of authority in the OT era, how much more now that the Holy Spirit has been poured out on all believers in the NT era?

Examples OT: Miriam (Prophetess – Exod 15), Huldah (Prophetess – 2 Kings 22) and Deborah (Prophetess & Judge – Judges 4-5). Noteworthy Leaders: Esther (Esther), Ruth (Ruth), Naomi (Ruth).

Examples NT: Junia (Apostle – Rom 16:7), Priscilla (Teacher/Pastor – Acts 18:26, Rom 16:3-5, 1 Cor 16:19), Nympha (Pastor – Col 4:15), Phoebe (Deacon – Rom 16:1-2), Phillip’s Daughters (Prophetesses – Acts 21:8-9), Mary & Women (First Preachers of the Gospel & Resurrection to men – Luke 24:9-11, Matt 28:5-7, Mark 16) Samaritan Woman (Evangelist – John 4:39), Euodia & Syntyche (Ministers – Phil. 4:2-3).

Related Verses: (Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:17-18, Gal 3:28, Col 3:16, Matt 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, 1 Cor 12:7-11, Eph 4:11-12 & 25, 1 Cor 12:28, Rom 12:6-8, Romans 16:1-4 & 7, Acts 18:24-26, 1 Cor 11:5, 1 Cor 14:31, Luke 24:5-11, John 4:39, 2 Tim 2:24-25, Titus 2:3-5, Phil 4:2-3)

What about 1 Tim 2:11-12? Dr. N.T. Wright, the Bishop of Durham, has a comprehensive exposition on this subject here.

21. Marriage is an institution crafted and defined by God, not mankind. We believe marriage that is recognized by God our Father is between one man and one woman. (Gen 2:24, Matt 19:4-5, 1 Cor 7:2, Heb 13:4, Lev 18:22, Rom 1:26-27)

21a. Husbands & Wives are to submit to one another (Eph 5:21). This is demonstrated by wives willfully serving & respecting their Husbands (Eph 5:22-24, 33, Col 3:18, 1 Peter 3:1, Titus 2:4-5). Likewise as the head of the Wife (Eph 5:23, 1 Cor 11:3), Husbands are to love their wives deeply (Eph 5:25, 28), not insisting & demanding their own way (1 Cor 13:4-5 ESV, 1 Cor 13:5 NLT) but laying down their own life (Phil 2:3-4) and seeking God’s will with their wives together as one (Eph 5:31, Gal 3:28).

22. Jesus will return for all who believe at the end of the tribulation to give them eternal life and to make all things new. (Heb 9:28, Matt 24:3-31, Luke 21:5-28, John 14:1-3, Rev 1:7, Rev 20:4 & 6, Luke 17:20-33, 2 Peter 3:9-15, Rev 21:5, 1 Thes 4:13-18, 1 Cor 6:14, Rev 20:4-6, 1 Cor 15:21-53, Phil 3:20-21, Matt 22:30, Luke 20:35-36)

23. Nothing is Impossible for God and all things are possible to them that believe! (Jer 32:17 & 27, Matt 19:26, Luke 1:37, Gen 18:14, Job 42:2, Matt 17:20 & 21:21, Mark 9:23)