We believe that the Bible, the books of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments canonical, is the Word of God, written according to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and consists of 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament. Jn. 17:17; Rom. 3:22.
The Bible - the perfect revelation of God to the human race - is the true source of God-knowledge. It opens the will of God, contains the commandments of God, laws and prophecies and points the way to salvation. 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21; Jer. 1:9; 27:18; 36:1-4; 2 Pet. 1:15-20; Eph. 3:3; 1 Thess. 2:13; 1 Cor. 2:13; Jn. 20:31; Rev. 22:18-19.
The Bible reveals the truth, announces God's love and eternal life in Christ Jesus. Jn. 14,6; 1 Jn. 4:10; 1 Jn. 5:11; Jn. 20:31. Scripture is the source of Christian faith and spiritual guidance for believers. Rom. 10:17; 2 Pet. 1:19; Josh. 1: 7-8; Mt. 22:29; Rom. 15: 4; 2 Tim. 3: 14-16; Heb. 4:12.
We believe in a single, living, true God. Deut. 4:35; Is. 44:6, 45:5-6; Ps. 89: 3; Jer. 10:10; Dan. 6:26; Mark 12:29-32; John 17:3.
We believe in the Primordial, Wise, Omnipresent, Omniscient and Almighty God. Ps. 146: 5; Ps. 138: 2; Acts 15:18; Prov. 5:21, 15:3; Ps. 101:28; 138:7-10; Jer. 23:23-24; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 4:13; Gen. 17:1
We believe in God the Creator, who created heaven and earth and everything that fills them. Is.45:12; Ps. 23:1; Gen. 1:1-3; Ps. 106:25-29; Nah. 1:5; Is. 40:26-29; Acts. 17:24-28.
We believe that God is Spirit, and as the Spirit He is invisible to people. John. 4:24; Ex. 33:20; Jn 1:18; Jn. 4:12; 1 Tim. 6:16. However, "His invisible, His eternal power and Godhead, from the creation of the world through the viewing of creatures are visible" Rom. 1:20.
We believe that God is perfect, righteous and holy. Mt. 5:48; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; Deut. 32:4; Is. 57:15.
God is merciful, just and compassionate. Lk. 6:36; Ps. 118:37; Ps. 98:9; Jas. 5:11; Ps. 85:5,114: 5; Lk. 10:30-37; Mt. 9:36; 14:14; Lk. 7:13; Heb. 4:15.
We believe that "God is love," and this love is revealed to humanity in Jesus Christ. 1 John. 4:9-16; Jn. 13:15; 14:21; 16:27; 17:23; 1 Jn. 4:9-10; Rom. 5:8; Eph. 2:4-5; 1 Tim. 2:4.
On the Trinity of God
We believe in the triune, consubstantial God of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 1 Jn. 5:7; Gen. 1:16, 3:22, 11:7; Is. 6:8; 48:16; Mt. 3:16-17. God the Father 1 Pet. 1:12; 1 Cor. 8:6.
God the Son is Jesus Christ. Jn. 6:27; Rom. 9:5; 1 Tim. 3:16; Jn. 1:1; Jn. 10:30; Phil. 2:6; Mt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:13. God the Holy Spirit. 5: 3-4; 1 Cor. 3:16.
We believe that every man born again has the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in himself. 2 Jn. 9; 1 Jn. 2:23; 1 Cor. 3:16; Rom. 8:9.
About Jesus Christ - the Son of God
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, from everlasting He is God. 1 Jn. 5:20; Rom. 9: 5; Jn. 1: 3; Rev. 1:8; Jn. 8:25; Col. 1:15-17; John. 3:13, 6:62, 17:15-24, 1 Cor.15:47.
Christ is omniscient, omnipresent, holy, unaffected by evil. Jn. 2:24-25; Heb. 4:13; Mt. 9:3-4; Jn. 1:48-49, 4:29; Col. 2:3; Mt. 18:20; Mt. 28:20; Heb. 7:26.
We believe that from eternity, God ordained His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as the sacrifice of propitiation for the atonement and salvation of the human race. Rom. 8.3; 1 Pet. 1:18.20; Is. 53:5; 1 Pet. 2:24, 3:18.
Jesus Christ was conceived from the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, combining in himself the divine nature with the human. Is. 7:14; Mt. 1:20; Lk. 1:35; 1 Tim. 3:16; Rom. 1:3-4.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man.1 Tim. 2: 5; Col. 1:20. We believe that "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." 1 Cor. 15:3-4.
Christ "was delivered for our sins and rose again for our justification" Rom. 4:25; Acts 13:39; Rom. 5:18; Heb. 9:11-26. He is the Victor of the devil, hell and death. 1 Cor. 15:55.
He, by His death, deprived "the power of death, that is, the devil" Heb. 2:14-15; 1 Jn. 3:8; Lk. 4:33-36, 41; 2 Tim. 1:10; Rev. 20:2-3,14.
We believe that Christ is the promised One, God's Anointed - the Messiah, and the only Savior of the world. Acts 2:26, Lk. 4:18-19, Acts 4:12. "The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" - Mt. 9:6; Jn. 4:42; 10:28; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; Gal. 1: 4, 2:20; Eph. 5:2; 1 Tim. 2:6; Titus. 2:14; Heb. 9:12.
We believe that the resurrected Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, sat on the right hand of God, and became the Advocate for us before the Heavenly Father and High Priest of the future blessings. Mk. 16:19; Heb. 9:24. 1 John. 2:1; Heb. 7:24-25; 1 Tim. 2: 5-6, 3:16. Heb. 9:11-12; 7:21-28; 8:1-6.
We believe that the risen, ascended and glorified Jesus Christ is the Founder and Head of the Church. Matt. 16:18; Col. 1:18; Eph. 1: 22-23, 5:23.
We believe that Jesus Christ will again come in power and glory to judge the living and the dead Jn. 5:22; Acts 17:31, 1:11; Rev. 19:11-16. Mt. 24:30; Mk. 14:62; Lk. 21:27; Acts 1:11.
About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit has all the divine properties of Acts. 5: 3-4, namely:
1. Omnipotence Rom. 15:19;
2. Omniscience 1 Corinthians 2:10;
3. Omnipresence Ps. 138: 7;
4. Holiness Eph. 4:30.
The Holy Spirit from eternity performs the deeds of God. Job. 33:4; Ps. 103:30.
The Holy Spirit inspired prophets and apostles. 2 Pet. 1:21.
We believe that the Holy Spirit was sent down on the day of Pentecost for the testimony of Christ, for glorifying Him and for building the Church. Acts 1:8; Jn. 15:26; Jn. 16:7,14; 1 Cor. 12:13.
The Holy Spirit denounces the world of sin: about righteousness and judgment. Jn. 16:8, revives the believing person. Jn. 3:3-5; Tit. 3:5, Lives in him. 1 Cor. 3:16; Rom. 8:9 and promotes his spiritual growth.
We believe that the Holy Spirit teaches, guides, guides, rebukes, encourages and comforts believers. Jn. 14:26; 1 Cor. 2:12-13; Jn. 16:13; Acts 8:29, 13:2, 16:6-7; Jn. 2: 20, 27; Eph. 3:16,18-19; 1 Cor. 6:11; Rom. 8:13-14; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; 2 Tim. 1:7; Eph. 1:13, 4:30; 1 Cor. 3.16, 6:19.
We believe that the Holy Spirit continually fills a regenerated person and gives him power for a holy life and for a testimony of Jesus Christ. Acts 4:31; Eph. 5:18; Acts 1:8, 2:4, 5:3, 9:17, 13:9; 1 Cor. 2:4.
The Holy Spirit gives the children of God the ability to bear spiritual fruit. Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 5:9.
The Holy Spirit strengthens us in our infirmities and speaks/intercedes on our behalf. Rom. 8:26.
We believe that the Holy Spirit endows believers with bountiful gifts for ministry in the Church: the gift of preaching the gospel, spiritual education, help, discernment, unity in Christ and others. 1 Cor. 12: 7-11: 28.
The Creation of Man. We believe that man was created by a sinless God in the image and likeness of Him. Gen.1:26-27, 2:7, 5:1; Eccl. 7:29; Is. 45:12. Man is created by the triune. He has the spirit, soul and body of Gen. 2:7; 1 Thess. 5:23.
God gave man wisdom and power to possess the world around him. Gen. 1:28, 2:15; Ps.8:7. God created man, in that he himself can make choices between good and evil. Gen. 2:16-17; Josh. 24:15; Jer. 21:8; Deut. 30:19.
The Fall of Man. Man broke God's commandments and fell into sin. Through the fall of Adam, all mankind inherited sin and death. Rom. 5:12; Is. 59:2.
The Atonement of Man. We believe that our redemption is accomplished on the cross of Calvary through the voluntary sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins. Jn. 1:29; Mt. 20:28; Is. 53:4-7; Acts. 4:10-12; 1 Pet. 1:18-19, 2:24; Heb. 9:11-15.
In Christ, God offers man salvation without cost. Rom. 3:23-24, 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9, Tit. 2:11; Mt. 11:28-30; 18:11. Man is accountable and responsible to receive the offered salvation and eternal life by faith, or to reject it. Mk. 16:16. Jn. 12:46-48; Jn. 3:18, 5:39-40; Heb. 10:38; Acts 10:43.
We believe that the conversion of a sinner to God requires faith that is given to man through the work of the Holy Spirit and hearing the Word of God. Jn. 16:8-9; Rom. 10:17; Heb. 11:6; Acts 4:4.
The gift of faith from God, leads a person to repentance, conversion from dead works and salvation in Christ Jesus. Acts 26:18; Acts 11:21; Eph. 2:8.
Faith encourages a person to trust in the Lord and obey Him. 2 Tim. 1:12; Rom. 4:18-21; Heb. 11: 8. The confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is a confirmation of true faith. 2 Cor. 4:13; Jn. 20:28; Rom. 10:9-10; Mt. 10:32-33; Lk. 12:8-9; Acts. 8:37; Jas. 2:17; Gal. 5:6.
Repentance, conversion, revival and justification
We believe that repentance is given by God to people by grace. Mk. 1:15; Acts 11:18; Rom. 2:4; Acts 2:37-38. Repentance treatment includes contrition for sin, confession before the Lord and forsaking sin, acceptance of Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. 2 Cor. 7:10; Pr. 28:13; Ps. 37:19; Acts 26:20.
We believe that the result of the conversion and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior is the birth from above of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God as a necessary condition for adoption and entry into the Kingdom of God. Jn. 1:12-13; Jn. 3:5. Jas. 1:18; 1 Cor. 4:15; Gal. 3:26.Through the birth from above, man becomes a child of God, a participant in the Divine nature and the temple of the Holy Spirit. 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:17; 1 Pet. 2:9. 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 6:19.
The true signs of rebirth are a complete change of life, hatred of sin, love for the Lord and the Church, and the thirst for fellowship with Him, the desire to assimilate Christ and fulfill the will of God. Eph. 2:5; Ps. 96: 10; Gal. 4:19. 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Jn. 3:14, 5:1; Gal. 5:13.
Those born again have in themselves a witness from the Holy Spirit, that they are children of God and heirs of eternal life. 1 Jn. 5:10-11. Rom. 8:16-17; Gal. 4:7; Eph. 2:19.
We believe that justification changes the position of a believing person before God, frees him from the consciousness of guilt and fear of condemnation for sin, because Christ assumed all our guilt and punishment for sin. Rom. 5:9, 3:24-25, 4:25, 3:28; Gal. 2:16; 2 Cor. 5:21. The consequence of justification is deliverance from eternal condemnation and wrath of God, clothed in the righteousness of Christ, obtaining peace with God, possession of a glorious heritage with Christ. Rom. 5:9; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 4:5; Rom. 5:1; Rom. 8:30.
We believe that without holiness no one can see the Lord. Heb. 12:14; 1 Thess. 4:3-7.
Sanctification is the result of the justification of sinners through Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 1:30; Heb.10:10-14; 1 Cor. 1:2; 1 Cor. 6:11; Rom. 1:7. A Christian needs constant sanctification throughout his life. Rev. 22:11; Eph. 5:27; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 3:19.
Sanctification is separation from sin, consecration to God and transformation into the image of Jesus Christ. Tit. 2:14; 2 Pet. 3:14; Rom. 6:2.6; Phil. 2:15; 2 Cor. 6:17-18; Col. 3: 5-8; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 2: 5; 1 Jn. 2: 6; Rom. 8:29; Eph. 4:13; Col. 3:10-11; Gal. 4:19. 2 Cor. 5:15; Rom.6:19; 8: 12-13. 1 Thess. 3:13. 1 Jn. 3:2; 1 Cor. 15:49; Rev. 19:7-8.
Sanctification is performed by God with the participation of a believer. The Divine aspect is the action of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, His Word and the Holy Spirit. 1 Thess. 5:23; Jn. 17:17; Eph. 5:25-26. 1 Pet. 1:2; Heb. 10:10; 2 Thess. 2:13. The participation of a person is:
1. faith in Jesus Christ as Savior 1 Cor. 1:30
2. the study of the Holy Scriptures Eph. 5:26. 1 Tim. 4:16; Jn. 5:39; 15:3; Jas. 1:21-22; 2 Tim. 3:15-16
3. trust in the Lord in all circumstances of life 2 Tim. 1:12.
4. holy walking before God. Rev. 22:11.
Prayer is a means of communication between man and God. Jn. 16:23; Phil. 4:6; Jer. 33:3; Lk. 18:1; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6; Mt. 26:41.
In prayer, we open our desires to God, who is able to fulfill our petitions, for He promised to answer the prayers of those who cry to Him. Ps. 49:15; Zech. 13:9; Mt. 26:4; Phil. 4:6.
We should pray not only for ourselves, but for all people: about the church, about the ministers, about the success of spreading the gospel, about all the saints, about the relatives, about the suffering, the sick, about our friends and foes. 1 Tim. 2:1-2; Gen. 18:23-32; Ex. 32:11-14, 30-32; 34:8-10; Mt. 5:44; Lk. 22:32; 23:34; 1 Jn. 5:16; Jas. 5:14; 2 Thess. 1:11; 3:1.
The children of God should always pray and to thank the Lord because all His intentions are for the benefit of the believer Jer. 29:11; Rom. 8:28; 1 Thess. 5:17-18; Eph. 5:20.
We believe that God hears the prayers offered by His will, and fulfills them. 1 Jn. 5:14. Jn.16:23; Mk. 11: 24-25; Jn. 14: 13-14; 15.7; Mt. 21:22; 2 Cor. 12:8-9.
Prayers can be accompanied by fasting. Mk. 2:2; Mt. 17:21. In the Old Testament, fasts were committed in the public disasters and the courts of God's Ez. 8: 21-23; Joel 1:14; 2:12-15. Prayer with fasting is also performed with emotions and sorrows. Judg. 20:26; 2 Ki. 1:12; Eph. 4:3; Dan. 10:2-3; Ps. 34:13; 68:11; when electing the ministers of the church in Acts 13: 2-3; 14:23 and other circumstances Mk. 9:29; 2 Cor. 6: 4-5. Jesus Christ taught that all the time of fasting people should not be dull as hypocrites Mt. 6:16-18. Fasting consists not only in abstaining from eating and staying in prayer, but also in bringing their relationship with people into the proper state of Is. 58:3-12; Zech. 7:3-10; Mt. 5:23-24.
Church of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ created the Church. Mt. 16:18. Col. 1:26-27; Eph. 3:9-10; Rom. 14:24-26. Since the day of Pentecost, there is an Ecumenical (invisible), a local and a home church.
The Universal Church of Christ consists of people redeemed by the Blood of Christ from every tribe, language, people and tongue in the heavens and on earth. Heb. 12:22-23; Rev. 5:9-10; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; Col. 1:12-22. The Universal Church is called:
1. The Body of Christ Col.1:17-18; 1 Cor. 12:20-27; Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18-27.
2. The Bride of Christ 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:27; Rev. 19:7-9; 21:9-10.
3. The spiritual House, or the temple of God Eph. 2:19-21; 1 Pet. 2:4-6; Heb. 3:6.
4. The Flock of Christ Jn. 10:16; Jn. 21:15-17; 1 Pet. 5:2; Heb. 13:20.
We believe that all who believe in Christ and are born again are baptized (immersed) by the Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ and are members of the Church of Christ. Jn. 3:5; Eph. 1:13; Rom. 8:9.14; Tit. 3:5-7. 1 Cor. 12:13; Acts 2:47; Eph. 4:5; Gal. 3:27; Col. 2:12.
We believe that at the end of the grace period, the Church of Christ will be admired from the earth to meet the Lord in the air, to share with him eternal glory. Jn. 17:24; Jn. 14:13; 1 Thess. 4: 13-17; 1 Cor. 15:51-57; Phil. 3:20-21.
Belonging to the Universal Church does not exempt from the need to join the local church of Acts 2:41.
The local church is a collection of regenerated souls, united by one faith (one confession), one love and hope, willingly united to serve the Lord together and meet their spiritual needs. Acts 2:42; Mt. 18:17; Acts 14:23; 1 Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:9-14.
The tasks of the local church are:
1. preaching the gospel of Mt. 28:19; Mk. 16:15, 20; Acts 20:24;
2. the education of believers to achieve holiness, Christian piety and the observance of Christ's commandments in life. 28:20; Eph. 3:18-19;
3. the multiplication of Christian love and the strengthening of the unity of believers, according to the high priestly prayer of the Lord. Jn. 17:21-23.
About membership in the local church
The prerequisite for joining the local church is faith, repentance and rebirth. This is the testimony of man before God and the church through oral confession, personal life and water baptism. Rom. 10:9-10. 1 Tim. 6:12; Acts 19:2-5.
A believing person becomes a member of a local church after receiving baptism by faith. Acts 2:4
To preserve the church purity there are measures of oversight:
1. admonition, exhort, rebuke Titus. 2:15; 1 Tim. 1:5
2. disregard those who don’t obey the scriptures 2 Thess. 3:14
3. and purging the evil person out of the assembly 1 Cor. 5:12-13
Excommunication from the local church can be in the case of:
1. Having no love for God Heb. 10:38; 1 Cor. 16:22;
2. Stirring up division Titus. 3:10;
3. Unrepentant sin of Matt. 18:15-18; 1 Cor. 5:11-13; 2 Thess. 3:6.
Organization of a local church
Each local church belongs to God 1 Cor. 1:2; Acts 20:28. By the will of God, the church has a device and a certain order. 1 Cor. 14:33, 40. The Lord delivers ministers through calling and election by the church. The right to elect belongs to the church. Eph. 4:11-12; Acts 6:2-7; 13:1-3; 15:22; 1 Cor. 12:28-29; Tit. 1:5. Presbyters are obliged to herald the church of Lord. Acts 20:28. Introducing church members in sound doctrine 2 Tim. 2:15 to support the weak Acts 20:35 to convict the opposing Tit. 1:9. Deacons are called to help the elders in their ministry. Acts 6:1-4. There may be deaconesses and other elected ministers in the churches 1 Cor. 12:28; Rom. 16:1; 12:7-8. Presbyters, deacons and other elected ministers participate in the discussion and resolution of spiritual matters. Acts 15:6; Acts 15:22; Phil. 1:1. Servants of the church can receive content from it. 1 Cor. 9:14; Mt. 10:10; Gal. 6:6; 1 Tim. 5:17-18.
On the ordination of the servants of the church
Presbyters, deacons and other ministers elected by the church must comply with the requirements of the Holy Scriptures. Acts 6:3; 1 Tim. 3:1-12; Tit. 1:6-9 and dedicate themselves to the ministry by placing the hands of the higher-ranking servants of Acts 6:1-6; 13: 3; 14:23; 1 Tim. 4:14; 5:22; Heb. 7:7. Ordination is lost when minister has sinned, entailing excommunication from the church. Heb. 12:15-17; Ezek. 44:10-13; Mal. 2:7-9.
Ministers are on an equal basis with other members of the church. As such are subject to ecclesiastical discipline, however, with the participation of higher officials, 1 Tim. 5:19.
Duties of Church Members
Church members must maintain obedience and faithfulness to the Lord. 1 Sam. 15:22-23; Rev. 2:10, to live among themselves in peace and in mutual love 2 Thess. 1:3; Jn. 13:34-35; 1 Jn. 3:11; 1 Pet. 1:22; Jn. 15: 12, 17.
Each member of the church must obey the Elders 1 Pet. 5:5; Heb. 13:17, to honor them 1 Tim. 5:17, pray for them - Col. 4:3, and maintain the unity of the church. Phil. 1:27; 2:2; Rom. 15:5-6. Members of the church should take zealous participation in the life of the church and in service ministry. 1 Cor. 12:25-26; Rom. 12:13; 2 Cor. 9:7-8; Heb. 13:16.
Each member of the church is called to attend worship services and to participate in a worthy manner when it comes to the Lord’s Supper Heb. 10:25; Ps. 15:3, 26:4, 121:1; 1 Cor. 11:26-28; Acts. 2:42.
About water baptism
We believe that water baptism by faith is the fulfillment of the commandment of Jesus Christ about the Church, a testament of faith and obedience to the Lord; it is a solemn promise to God of the good conscience of Mk. 16:15-16; Acts 2:38, 41, 22:16. 1 Pet. 3:21.
Water baptism according to the Word of God is performed on those who believe in Jesus as their personal Savior and experienced the birth from above. Acts 8:36-38, 2:41, 8:12, 10:47, 18:8, 19:5.
Baptism is performed by ministers through a single immersion in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Mt. 28:19.
The baptism of the believer symbolizes his death, burial and resurrection with Christ. Rom. 6:3-5; Gal. 3:26-27; Col. 2:11-12.
When the baptism is performed, the minister asks questions to the baptized: "Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Do you promise to serve God in a good conscience? "Acts 8:37; 1 Pet. 3:21. After the affirmative answer of the person being baptized, he says: "According to your faith, I baptize you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." The word "Amen" is baptized with the attendant. After the baptism, the ministers make a prayer over the baptized and the baptism.
About the Lord's Supper
We believe that the Lord's Supper (breaking of the bread) is commanded by Jesus Christ for the remembrance and proclamation of His sufferings and death on the cross. 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Mt. 26:26-28; Lk. 22:17-20.
The Lord's Supper expresses our union with Christ and with each other. 1 Cor. 10:16-17. Bread and wine represent the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Mt. 26:26-28.
The Lord's Supper will be performed in the Church "until He comes" 1 Cor. 11:26. Members of the church who are in peace with the Lord and the church participate in the refreshment. 1 Cor.11:27-29; Mt. 5:23-24.
We believe that the first day of the week was the day in which Jesus Christ was raised for our salvation. Mt. 28:14; Mk. 16:9; Rom. 4:25.
This day, being the day of Christ's resurrection from the dead, announces the glorious triumph of our Redeemer and is a great celebration for Christians 1 Cor. 5:7-8.
The first and second communion of the risen Christ with the disciples occurred on the first day of the week John. 20:19-26.
The descent of the Holy Spirit also happened on the first day of the week. Acts. 2:1.
Sunday should be set apart unto the Lord, a day of holy labor for the Lord, a day dedicated to studying the Word of God, staying in prayer, participating in divine services and manifesting Christian love in the affairs of charity, and a day of rest. Acts 2:42; 1 Cor.16: 1-2; Jas. 1:26; 2 Pet. 1:5-9.
About marriage and family
We believe that marriage is established by God - Gen. 2:18, 24.
Marriage is an alliance between a man and a woman for mutual help and support, for the continuation of the human race and for the joint passage of the life path in love and harmony, until death partakes of their Gen. 2:18; 1 Cor.7:38; 1 Pet. 3:1-7; Eph. 5:22-33.
On the basis of the Holy Scripture, a man can have only one wife, and a woman can have only one husband, Mt. 19:4-6; 1 Cor. 6:16; 7:2.
In the event of the death of one of the spouses, the Word of God does not forbid the survivor to marry, but only in the Lord 1 Cor. 7:39.
We recognize that divorce is not permissible. Mt. 19:6-9. However, in the case of adultery or the malicious abandonment of a family by one of the spouses, divorce and the marriage of an innocent party may be allowed according to the Word of God. 1 Cor. 7:15. Marriage, being God's institution and civil act, is formalized according to the laws of the country, and in the church receives blessing through instruction in the Word of God and prayer. Col. 3:17; 1 Pet. 2:13.
We believe that children in the family are the precious gift of God - Ps. 126: 3. Parents are responsible for the spiritual education of their children. 3:21; Eph. 6:4; Mt. 18:6-7; Deut. 6:5-9.
On the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and on the Judgment
We believe in the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory. Acts. 1:1; Mt. 25:31; 26:64; 1 Thess. 1:10; 2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 1:7.
The second coming of Jesus Christ must be preceded by the resurrection of the dead in Christ and the change of the faithful, and their meeting with Christ in the clouds. 1 Thess. 4:16-17; 1 Cor. 15:51-67; Phil. 3:21; 1 Jn. 3:2.
We believe in the judgment seat of Christ for the saved. 2 Cor. 3:14; 1 Pet. 5:4; 1 Cor. 9:24-25; 2 Tim. 4:7-8. We also believe in the resurrection of all the dead and in the righteous judgment of God before the Great White Throne. Rev. 20:11-12.
After the judgment of the Great White Throne, eternity will come; for some, they will be blessed with Christ, for others by eternal torment. Jn. 5:29; Dan. 12:2; Rev. 22:20.
Attitude to the state
We believe that the authorities are established by God. Rom. 13:1-2. A Christian should be an exemplary citizen of his fatherland, so he is called upon to obey the authorities "not only for fear of punishment, but also for conscience" Rom. 13:5-7; Mk. 12:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-17.
As citizens of their country, Christians are called upon to "give all due", that is, to fulfill the laws of the state Lk. 3:14; Acts. 23:12-23; 1 Pet. 2:13-14; Rom. 13:1-7.
Christians are obliged by means of a pious life and prayer to fight with all evil in the life of society, promoting the triumph of good. Rom. 12:17, freedom 1 Cor. 7:21, justice Phil. 4:8,
We are called to pray for the government so that the use of the authority entrusted to it will preserve the peace and justice of Jer. 29:7; 1 Tim. 2:1-2.
We believe that the Church of Christ is not of this world. Jn. 18:36. The Church, recognizing as its Head of Christ, can not by its very nature be under the domination of secular authority; the more she can not have secular power herself and can not act in her spirit and her methods of Mt. 20:25-28; Lk. 12:13-14.
The separation of church and state corresponds to the principles of the gospel. We consider it impermissible for any human intervention in the canonical fulfillment of the duties of our Christian faith, in our attitude towards God. The Church in its canonical activity in relation to the state is guided by the words of Christ: Mt. 22:21.
The dogma was adopted at the 43rd Congress of the BBC in 1985
as an auxiliary material for the spiritual education of believers.
Published in the journal "Bratsk Vestnik" N2, 1992.