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Who We Are

STATEMENT OF FAITH

All people search for truth. Some look to philosophy, while others look to the stars. Some say there is no truth, while others say it's up to you to determine your own truth. In the end, it comes down to who has the most reliable source. We believe that Jesus and His word, The Bible, are the most reliable sources for Truth. Jesus predicted his own death, burial, and resurrection. He then did what He promised He would do.

No other philosopher, theologian, teacher, religious leader, or any other person in the history of the world has ever done that. In addition, the Bible is the most reliable document in all of antiquity and the best selling book in all history. To neglect what Jesus or the Bible says is to turn a blind eye to common sense. Below is a short summary of the core elements of Biblical doctrine embraced at Coram Deo.

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. (2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Matt 5:18, John 16:12-13)

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut 6:4, 2 Cor 13:14)

The person and work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. (John 1:1-2 & 14, Luke 1:35) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Rom 3:24, 1 Peter 2:24, Eph 1:7, 1 Peter 1:3-5) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10, Heb 7:25 & 9:24, Rom 8:34, 1 John 2:1-2)

The Person and work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11, 2 Cor 3:6, 1 Cor 12:12-14, Rom 8:9, Eph 5:18)

The total depravity of man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen 1:26-27, Rom 3:22-23 & 5:12, Eph 2:1-3 & 2:12)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Eph 2:8-10, John 1:12, Eph 1:7, 1 Peter 1:18-19)

Eternal security and assurance of believers

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40 & 10:27-30, Rom 8:1 & 8:38-39, 1 Cor 1:4-8, 1 Peter 1:5) We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom 13:13-14, Gal 5:13, Titus 2:11-15)

The ministry and spiritual gifts

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer's responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential (proving the presence of the Holy Spirit), nor an indication of deep spiritual experience. (1 Cor 12:7, 12:11 & 12:13, Eph 4:7-8) We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7, 1 John 5:14-15) We believe it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God given to him. (Rom 12:1-8, 1 Cor 13, 1 Peter 4:10-11)

The Church

We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons. (Eph 1:22-23 & 5:25-27, 1 Cor 12:12-14, 2 Cor 11:2) We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament scriptures. (Acts 14:27, 18:22 & 20:17, 1 Tim 3:1-3, Titus 1:5-11) We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control. (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31 & 20:28, Rom 16:1 & 16:4, 1 Cor 3:9, 3:16, 5:4-7 & 5:13, 1 Peter 5:1-4) We recognize believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church. (Matt 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-42 & 18:8, 1 Cor 11:23-26)

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