ODCC Articles Of Faith
THE CHURCH: Open Door Christian Center
To spread the gospel and to promote the brotherhood of man under God, the Father of all, this group of believers in Christ Jesus does hereby so organize itself. To the end that this body be governed in an orderly manner consistent with the principles of our faith and that the liberties inherent in each individual member of the church be preserved and the freedom of action of this body with respect to its relation to other churches of the same faith, we do declare and establish this constitution.
Article 1: Name
This organization shall be known as Open Door Christian Center.
Article 2: Articles of Faith
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience. This Confession of Faith shall serve as the Article of Faith for Open Door Christian Center.
There but one God, the Maker, preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of himself of perfection, and being infinite in them all; and to him all creatures owe the highest of love, reverence and obedience.
B. The Trinity
God is revealed to us as a Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
God from eternity decrees or permit all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, direct and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not an any wise to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
Election is God’s eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life- not because of foreseen merit in them, but of his mere mercy in Christ in consequence of which choice they are called, justified and glorified.
E. The Fall of Man
God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness;
F. The Mediator
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand he ever lived to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church and Sovereign of the Universe.
Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickened the dead in trespasses and sin, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone.
Repentance is an evangelist grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbleth himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-adherence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk with God so as to please Him in all things.
Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.
Justification is God’s gracious of all acquittal of sinner, who believe in Christ from all sin, though the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified, by God’s word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength which all saints seek to obtain pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ’s commands.
L. Perseverance of the Saints
Those whom God hath accepted in the beloved and sanctified by his spirit, will never totally or finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their grace and comforts, bring reproach on the church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and to be kept by the poor of God through faith unto salvation.
M. The Church
The Lord Jesus is the head of the church, which is composed of all his true disciples and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to his commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these churches He hath given needful authority for administering that other disciples and worshippers which He hath appointed. The regular officers of a church are Bishops or Elders (Pastors), and Deacons.
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus name, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church fellowship and to participation in the Lords Supper.
O. The Lords Supper
The Lords Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine, and to be observed by his Churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice but is designed to commemorate his death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship.
P. The Lords Day
The Lords Day is a Christian Institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employment and amusements. Work of necessity and mercy only accepted.
Q. Liberty of Conscience
God alone is Lord of the conscience; and he hath left it free from doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it.
R. The Resurrection
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits returned immediately to God the righteous to rest with; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both the just and unjust, will be raised.
S. The Judgment
God hath appointed a day, wherein he will judge the world Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.