Tenets of Faith & Doctrine

Tenets of Faith & Doctrine

Restoration Christian Church of Virginia accepts the Scriptures as the revealed Will of God, the all-sufficient principle and standard of faith and practice, and for the purpose of proliferation of the gospel, adopts the following statement of fundamental Truths and Doctrine:

Section 1: The Inspired Scriptures – The Holy Bible

We believe the Scripture, all 66 books of the combined Old and New Testaments, is verbally inspired by God. We believe that the Bible is inerrant in the original writings and it is the Christian’s final authority in faith and conduct. (2 Timothy  3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

Section 2: The One True Godhead

We believe that there is only one true, living sovereign, holy, and eternally existent God. God is infinitely perfect and He exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The triune God is the creator and sustainer of all things, the source of all truth and is worthy of worship, confidence and obedience.  (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Genesis 1:31)

Section 3: Man, His Fall and Redemption

We believe that mankind is the crown of God’s creative activity and the most significant of His creative power. God created man in His image and breathe life into him. But man sinned, incurring not only physical death, but also spiritual death (separation from God, which all people inherit from Adam). We believe that man is subject to Satan’s power and that man, within himself, has no means of recovery or salvation. God’s redemptive power for mankind is available only through His gift of love in sending His Son as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Mankind’s reception of God’s gift is through the accepting and faith of the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:1-31)

Section 4: The Salvation of Man

We believe that salvation is God’s free gift to mankind. Salvation is neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any human virtue, work, ceremony, or effort. We receive God’s gift only through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ, all true believers have–as a present possession-eternal life, perfect righteousness, and sonship in God’s family. Christians also enjoy every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness and have the divine guarantee that they shall never perish. God has delivered Christians from all condemnation and we have eternal security in Christ.  (Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

Section 5: Salvation through Jesus Christ

We believe, by the miracle of the virgin birth, that the Lord Jesus is the eternal Son of God. We believe that He became man without ceasing to be God, to reveal God and to redeem mankind from sin. We believe that Christ died for the sins of all people as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that He arose bodily from the dead for our justification. Finally, we believe that He is now exalted at the right hand of God as Head of the Church. Christ is Lord of the individual believer, fulfilling His ministry as our Great High Priest and Advocate. (John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:11)

Section 6: The Evidence of Salvation

The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit. The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.” (Romans 8:16, 1 John 3:23)

Section 7: The Christian’s Walk

We believe that God calls us, with a holy calling, to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. God wants us to live in the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit, so we will not fulfill the lusts of our physical bodies. We believe that the fallen, Adamic nature of the flesh cannot be eradicated in this life. Therefore, keeping ourselves constantly in subjection to Christ, we must allow God’s Holy Spirit to live through us in a daily “walk” of faith. Otherwise, the flesh will certainly demonstrate its presence in our lives, to the Lord’s dishonor. It is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to seek and to make growing disciples. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)

Section 8: The Ordinances – Water Baptism and Lord’s Supper

Jesus instructed His followers to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the Church two visible symbols (called “ordinances”) as reminders. These two ordinances are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Each person must decide whether to be baptized or to participate in the Lord’s Supper. Regardless, we do not regard anyone’s participation in these practices as a means of salvation. (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 26: 26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)

Water Baptism by immersion is a one-time act of obedience and identification with Jesus as Lord. It serves as an outward sign of conscious confession of repentance and faith.

The Lord’s Supper is an ongoing symbolic ritual to give reference and to remember our Lord’s death, burial, resurrection and promised return.

Section 9: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as “the Spirit gives utterance,” and by the subsequent manifestation of Spiritual power in public testimony and service. This is in comparison to the infilling or the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in believers as it was with John the Baptist. (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:2-6; 1:8)

We believe that He convicts the world of sin and regenerates the believing sinner, baptizing him into the Church (which is the Body of Christ). We believe that He indwells guides, instructs and empowers believers for godly living and service. We believe that God gives all believers at least one spiritual gift so we can use this gift for the strength and outreach of the Church. (John 14:16-19; 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9, 11; Titus 3:5)

Section 10: Apostolic Ministry

We believe that the doctrines of the original apostles were established by God in His Son, the Apostle and High Priest, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 3:1). The apostolic tenets of this church are one of equipping and sending God’s people to do the work of kingdom ministry.

We further believe that this apostolic mandate of “being sent” is theocratic under God’s authority. Just as Jesus was sent by God, He also sends His disciples. (John 20:21)

Section 11: The Five-Fold Ministry

We believe the ministry offices according to Ephesians 4:11 are gifts that Christ gave for the equipping of the saints, work of ministry and for the edification of the body of Christ. The purpose is to “bring the body into the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:8-13)

Section 12: The Church

We believe that the true Church is composed of all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, through saving faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe that those who are thus members of the true Church are eligible for membership in the local Church. (Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25)

Section 13:  Marriage & Sexuality

We believe that God has established marriage as a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one man and one woman and that all intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether heterosexual, homosexual, including but not limited to fornication, adultery, incest, pedophilia, polyamory, bestiality, lewd conduct, transgender behavior, or otherwise, is immoral, inconsistent with the teaching of the Bible and the Church, and is therefore sin. We believe that the Church is called to teach and practice these teachings and is not at liberty to depart from them for a different authority if the Church is to authentically bear the name “Christian.” As a result, in order to maintain our consistent Christian witness, we cannot sanction, approve, affirm or promote, in any way, any of the aforementioned lifestyles or behaviors. We cannot and will not sanction or officiate any marriage that is not heterosexual (between a man and woman) in this church. (Gen. 2:24-25; Ex. 20:14, 17, 22:19; Lev. 18:22-23, 20:13, 15-16; Matt. 19:4-6, 9; Rom. 1:18-31; I Cor. 6:9-10, 15-20; I Tim. 1:8-11; Jude 7)

Section 14:  The Blessed Hope

We believe in the personal, imminent and premillennial coming of our Lord. First, He will come to receive His own to Himself. Later, He will set up His earthly kingdom and reign over redeemed Israel. At that time, Christ will also reign over all nations, bringing peace and blessing to the world. We believe that this blessed hope has a vital bearing on our personal lives and service. (Titus 2:13)

Section 15: The Eternal State

We believe that the souls of those who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation immediately pass into His presence at death. There they remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of our bodies at Christ’s coming for His Church. Then, with our souls reunited with our glorified bodies, we will live with Him forever in glory. We believe that God will punish unbelievers with everlasting separation from His presence, His glory and His power. (John 3:16; 2:25; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)

Section 16: Satan

We believe that Satan is a spirit, a fallen angel, the author of the fall of man and the god of this age. However, we also believe that he is the Christian’s defeated enemy. His destiny is eternal punishment. (Job 1:6-12; Mark 8:32)

Section 17: Sin

We believe that Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of all mankind. Therefore, all people have sinned and lost their ability to live for the glory of God. Mankind’s fall has incurred both physical and spiritual death on all until there is forgiveness and salvation by the grace of God. (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12-21; 6:23)