These basic doctrines within The Orchard Church Statement of Faith represent what we believe to be core elements of biblical teaching.
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority and fully sufficient for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13).
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being and nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14) and loving and glorifying one another.
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:28-30; John 1:12)
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 (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 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 as Representative, Intercessor, Mediator, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10;4 Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2). We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling, filling, guiding, empowering, and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18).
We believe that human beings were created – male and female – 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; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12). Because of the image of God and death of Jesus for man, every person has dignity, is worthy of respect, and deserves to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. The supreme need of every human being is to be reconciled to God.
We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe, language, people, and nation. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by repentance and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19). We believe that God, in grace, elects, justifies, regenerates, sanctifies, and will ultimately glorify every believer.
We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ – His life, death, and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-7). We believe the gospel is the power of God for salvation and results in a changed life and society (Rom 1:16-17). We believe it is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church to proclaim the gospel and make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18-20).