DOCTRINE of

manor community CHURCH


  • THE SCRIPTURES, BOTH THE OLD AND NEW COVENANTS, ARE VERBALLY INSPIRED BY GOD, INERRANT IN THE ORIGINAL WRITINGS AND NECESSARY AND SUFFICIENT FOR THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND OF HIS WILL.  

  • THE OLD COVENANT IS THE STORY OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE IN ADAM AND A HISTORY OF THE INABILITY OF MAN TO OBEY GOD PERFECTLY.  THE OLD COVENANT TESTIFIES OF THE COMING MESSIAH WHOSE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ATONING DEATH WOULD SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS. 

  • THE NEW COVENANT WAS PROMISED IN THE OLD AND IS THE STORY OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE IN CHRIST.  CHRIST IS THE COVENANT FOR HIS PEOPLE AND THE BENEFITS OF HIS COVENANT WORK ARE AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM. THE NEW COVENANT SCRIPTURES TEACH THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST AND AMPLIFY THE BENEFITS CHRIST HAS PROCURED FOR HIS PEOPLE.

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  • THERE IS ONE GOD, ETERNALLY EXISTING IN THREE PERSONS: FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT.

     

  • THE FIRST MAN, ADAM, WAS CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. HE SINNED AND THEREBY INCURRED NOT ONLY PHYSICAL DEATH, BUT ALSO SPIRITUAL DEATH WHICH IS SEPARATION FROM GOD. ALL HIS DESCENDANTS ARE BORN WITH HIS SINFUL NATURE AND ARE CHARGED WITH HIS GUILT.  THEY TOO LIKE ADAM HAVE TRANSGRESSED GOD'S COVENANT DEMANDS.

     

  • JESUS, THE MESSIAH, WAS BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY. HIS HUMANITY WAS PRODUCED IN HER WOMB WITHOUT A HUMAN FATHER BY THE SUPERNATURAL ACTIVITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. JESUS IS ONE ETERNAL PERSON WITH TWO DISTINCT INSEPARABLE NATURES. HE IS THE ETERNAL SON OF GOD WITH ALL THE ATTRIBUTES OF ESSENTIAL DEITY. HE IS THE SON OF MAN WITH ALL THE ATTRIBUTES OF ESSENTIAL HUMANITY.

     

  • JESUS, THE MESSIAH, IS THE ONLY MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN. HE IS THE SECOND ADAM FROM HEAVEN WHO PERFECTLY OBEYED THE LAW OF GOD FOR US. HE SHED HIS BLOOD, DYING FOR OUR SINS ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES, AS A REPRESENTATIVE AND SUBSTITUTIONARY SACRIFICE. ALL WHO BELIEVE IN HIM ARE JUSTIFIED AND GIVEN ETERNAL LIFE.

 

  • JESUS, THE MESSIAH, ROSE BODILY FROM THE GRAVE AND ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN TO THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD THE FATHER, WHERE HE PRESENTLY REIGNS AS OUR PRIEST AND ADVOCATE.

     

  • GOD HAS APPOINTED A DAY, WHEREIN JESUS THE MESSIAH WILL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN TO COMPLETE GOD'S ETERNAL PLAN OF REDEMPTION. HE WILL JUDGE THE WORLD AND REIGN AS KING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS. BELIEVERS ARE PATIENTLY WAITING, WATCHING, AND LOOKING FOR HIS SOON RETURN.

     

  • THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON WHO CONVICTS THE WORLD OF SIN, OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND OF JUDGMENT. HE REGENERATES AND BAPTIZES ALL BELIEVERS INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST WHICH IS THE CHURCH. HE INDWELLS, EMPOWERS, ENLIGHTENS AND GUIDES THE INDIVIDUAL BELIEVER.

     

  • SALVATION IS BY GRACE ALONE, THROUGH FAITH ALONE, IN THE MERIT OF THE MESSIAH ALONE. MAN CANNOT BE SAVED BY HIS OWN WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, BUT GOD GRACIOUSLY ALLOWS THE PERFECT OBEDIENCE AND ATONING BLOOD OF THE MESSIAH TO COUNT FOR ANY AND ALL WHO WILL TRUST THE MESSIAH AS SAVIOR.

     

  • THOSE WHOM GOD HAS SET APART BY HIS SPIRIT WILL NEVER FALL AWAY FROM THE STATE OF GRACE, BUT SHALL PERSEVERE TO THE END, KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION.

     

  • ALL BELIEVERS ARE CALLED UNTO A LIFE OF SEPARATION FROM ALL WORLDLINESS AND DOCTRINAL IMPURITY UNTO JOYOUS SERVICE FOR OUR LORD. THIS SANCTIFICATION IS THROUGH THE SUPPLY OF DIVINE STRENGTH.

     

  • UPON DEATH THE BELIEVER IS ABSENT FROM HIS BODY AND PRESENT WITH THE LORD. AT THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH, BELIEVERS ALIVE ON THE EARTH WILL BE CAUGHT UP TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR, AND DEAD BELIEVERS WILL BE RESURRECTED BY THE LORD, IN ORDER TO BE JUDGED AND REWARDED FOR THEIR WORKS. AT DEATH, THE SPIRITS OF THE UNBELIEVERS WILL DESCEND INTO HELL TO AWAIT THEIR COMING JUDGMENT. AT THIS JUDGMENT, THEY WILL BE RESURRECTED BY THE LORD, JUDGED, AND CAST INTO THE LITERAL LAKE OF FIRE, A PLACE OF EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.

     

  • ALL BELIEVERS ARE OBLIGATED TO WITNESS BY WORD AND DEED TO THESE TRUTHS AND PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL TO THE ENTIRE WORLD.