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The main points of our Statement of faith, the biblical references and the understanding of the Scriptures that form the bases of each of them are described in what follows.

  1. The only true living and almighty God eternally exists in three persons, co-equal in glory and power: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14). God is perfect in holiness (Is. 6:3), wisdom (Rom. 16:2), justice (Rev. 15:3-4) and love (1 John 4:8). He created and upholds all things (John 1:3; Heb. 1:3). Humankind was created to worship and serve Him. God alone is to be worshipped and exalted (Ex. 20:4-5; Acts 10:25-26).
  2. The eternal Son of God, in order to save the Church, became a perfect man, though perfect in deity, in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16). He was born from a virgin by the Work of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18,23), lived a perfect life, without sin, fulfilled the Law, was crucified for the sins of humankind, raised from the dead (1 Cor. 15:3-4) and ascended to heaven (Acts 1:9), where he intercedes continually for the Church before the Father (Heb. 7:25). Due to His perfect obedience (Phil. 2:8-11), the Lord Jesus received from the Father all authority under heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18) and became the Savior (Acts 4:12) of all those who trust in Him (Acts 16:31) and the only Mediator between God and men (1 Tim. 2:5). The believers have thus the priviledge to draw near and to pray to God, the Father (Matt. 6:9), with the assistance of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:26) and in the Name of Jesus Christ (John 14:13-14).
  3. The Bible, made up of the Old and the New Testament, is the revealed Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16,17). Its original manuscripts were fully inspired by the Holy Spirit. Therefore they contain no error (John 17:17). It is the only rule of faith and practice for the Church (2 Tim. 1:3). The Church preaches no other doctrines besides those clearly taught in the Holy Scriptures (1Tim. 6:3-5), as believed by the faithful Church along History. Those doctrines are to be believed, obeyed (1 Pet. 1:22) and lived by the Church (2 Tim. 3:15). The same Spirit who inspired the Bible provides illumination for the Church to understand the Scriptures (1 Cor. 2:10-12). The Holy Spirit quickens the Scriptures (John 6:63) and uses them to reveal Jesus Christ to men (John 15:2) and to glorify Him (John 16:14).
  4. All men are sinners and therefore subject to eternal condemnation (Rom. 3:23). They may be saved only by God’ s grace, through faith in Jesus (Eph. 2:8,9; John 6:47), as the Son of God and as the Christ (Matt. 16:16-17), the only and sufficient Savior. The death and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus – signified by His Blood (Eph. 1:7; 2:13) – for the salvation of all those who believe is the summary and essence of the Gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4) and the only source of all spiritual life (John 6:53-54; John 7:73-39). The believers are elected according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit (1 Thess. 2:13; Eph. 1:4), for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 1:2).
  5. The believers manifest their faith in Jesus and their love for Him by leading a life of obedience (John 14:21-23) and good works (John 15:8), which God prepared beforehand that they should walk in them (Eph. 2:10). The believers strive to live in communiion with Jesus (John 15:7) walk in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9-13; Gal. 5:16) and live by faither (Rom. 1:17). They are led by the Spirit of God (Rom 8:14) and bear the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:18, 22-25). As they keep hearing and following the Good Shepherd nobody shall snatch them out of God’s hand (John 10:27-28). The Holy Spirit enables the elect to persevere to the end in faith (Rev. 2:10,26), in sanctification (Heb. 12:14), in obedience (John 10:27; Rom. 6:17; Luke 8:15) and in serving the Church (Heb 6:9-12).
  6. The Lord baptizes into the Church all those who believe in Jesus (1 Cor. 12:13). The Church is God’s instrument to manifest to the world the manifold wisdom of God (Eph. 3:10) by performing today the ministry of Jesus (John 14:12). The Church is to perform God’s Work on earth, preach the Gospel (Matt. 28:19-20), support its members (Eph. 6:18; Gal. 6:2,10), worship God (Acts 2:46,47), baptize the believers in water (Matt. 28:19) and celebrate the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41-42). The Lord intends His Church to be One Body, all members united by (Eph 4:3), to hear from (Rev 3:22) and to be led by One Spirit (Gal 5:18, Rom 8:14), to have One Faith (1 Tim. 1:3) and to submit to One Lord, the Head of the Church (Eph. 1:22,23; 4:1-6).
  7. The Lord Jesus baptizes the believers with the Holy Spirit (John 1:33; John 14:16,17,23; Eph. 1:13; Acts 8:14;17) in order to edify the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:18, 24; 1 Cor. 14:4,5,12) leading the believers into all truth (John 16:13,14), through the operation of the fivefold Ministry of the Word and the nine gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:7-12; Eph. 4:11-16). Thus the Lord prepares the Church for His second coming, which is its great expectation (1 Cor. 1:7,8; Eph. 5:25-27; 2 Tim. 4:8).
  8. The Lord Jesus will return for His Church, which is made up of all believers along History who trusted only in the Blood of the Lord Jesus for their salvation (Rev 7:9,12,14), at an unexpected day and time (Matt 24:40,42). Those who died with Jesus will be raised from the dead and all the believers will receive glorified bodies (1 Thess. 4:15-17; 1 Cor. 15:51,52) . Thereafter the Church will live in communion with the Lord Jesus in eternity (Rev. 21). Those who rejected God’s grace offered in Jesus Christ will be judged and condemned to eternal separation from God (John 3:36; Rev 20:12-15).