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Telugu Church - Statement of Faith
1. About the Bible:
We believe the Bible, a closed canon of 66 books, to be the only inspired written revelation of God. Men "were carried along by the Holy Spirit" to write the words of Scripture. The Bible is God's infallible (true/reliant), without error and authoritative standard for Christian faith, thought and practice. We are mindful of the responsibility and honor that is ours to "correctly handle the word of truth" (Psalm 119:105, II Timothy 2:15, II Timothy 3:14-17, II Peter 1:19-21).
2. About God:
We believe in the one, true and living God, the Creator, Ruler and Sustainer of the universe (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, John 1:3. Colossians 1:16),who has eternally existed in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit ( Mathew 3:16-17, Matthew 28:18-19, Galatians 4:4-6, John 1:1, Hebrews (9:14).
3. About the Lord Jesus Christ:
We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God (John1:1), who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, took on human nature yet was without sin (Matthew 1:18-2, John 1:1-3, Hebrews 4:15). Jesus is fully God and fully man. (John 10:30, 38, Hebrews 1:3).
4. About the Holy Spirit:
We believe in the deity and person of the Holy Spirit, who indwells every true believer and fills each one as he/she surrenders to his will (John 7z;38-39, I Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians1:13-14, 5:8). He bestows spiritual gifts to serve God through his Church ( I Corinthians 12) and provides guidance, power and understanding of spiritual matters ( John 16:13-15, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:1-16, Galatians 5:16-25).
5. About Man:
We believe that man was created in the image of God as male and female (Gen.1:27). Man sinned (Romans 5:12, 18) and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death (separation from God); everyone is born with a sinful nature (Genesis 2:17, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:10-23, Ephesians 2:1-3).
6. About Atonement / Justification:
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified under Pontius Pilate and died for sinners (Isaiah 53, Romans 5:6-8, I Corinthians 15:3, I John 2:2) as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice ( II Corinthians 5:21, I Peter 2:24, I John 4:10), and that all who place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are justified (declared righteous) by grace alone on the basis of his shed blood (Acts 13:39, Romans 3:24, 4:24, 5:1,9, Ephesians 2:8-9).
7. About the Resurrection and Ascension:
We believe in the bodily resurrection (John 20:11-29, Acts 1:3, 3:15, I Corinthians 15:3-8) and visible ascension of Jesus Christ to the right hand of the Father in heaven (Luke 24:51, Acts 1:9-11, Ephesians 1:20-22) where he rules his kingdom ( I Corinthians 15:24-28, Philippians 2: 9-11), Intercedes as High Priest for his people and prepares a place for each of them ( Romans 8:34, Hebrews 4:14-16, John 14:1-4).
8. About the Church:
We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22 -23, Colossians 1:18), described as the "body of Christ" (I Corinthians 12:12-27), and is composed of all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior (John 1:12, 3:16-18, Romans 1:9-10). The purpose of the Church is to worship God and bringing the gospel to all people (Matthews 28:18-20, Revelation 7:9).
9. About Ordinances:
We believe in the holy ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. These two ordinances are direct command from Jesus to believers (Matthew 28:19, Acts 8:34-39).
10. About Future Events:
We believe in visible return of Jesus Christ to Earth (Matthew 24:27, I Thessalonians 4:16-17). Believers will enjoy everlasting life in the presence of their Lord and will be rewarded for works done in this life (I Corinthians 3:8, Ephesians 6:8). Unbelievers of Jesus Christ will be condemned to everlasting, conscious punishment, forever separated form him (Matthew 25:46, Revelation 20:15).