Brief Statement of Faith of Doug & Margaret Nichols
Among other equally Biblical truths, we believe in:
1. The Bible, the Word of God; in its divine verbal, plenary inspiration; and in its inerrancy and infallibility in the original languages; and in its supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
2. One God, eternally existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
3. The Lord Jesus Christ:
- His essential, absolute and eternal deity (Philippians 2:6; John 1:4, 14; Hebrews 1:8);
- His true and sinless humanity (I Peter 2:22; I John 3:5);
- His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20);
- His substitutionary, propitiatory death (Matthew 20:28; Mark 1:45; I Timothy 2:6);
- His bodily resurrection (John 20:19-20);
- His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51); and
- His personal, visible and bodily coming again with power and great glory(Titus 2:13; John 14:2-3; Revelation 19:11-16).
4. The Holy Spirit, who shows the redeeming purpose of God to the world by convincing the world of sin, of righteousness and judgment (John 16:7-11), and regenerating (Titus 3:5), uniting to Christ (I Corinthians 12:13), indwelling (Ephesians 1:13; 5:18), sanctifying (Galatians 5:16; I Corinthians 6:11), illuminating (John 16:13) and empowering for service (I Corinthians 12:4-11), all who place complete faith in the Lord Jesus Christ(Galatians 5:5).
5. The total depravity of man because of the fall (Genesis 3:10-24).
6. Salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ apart from works (Ephesians 2:8).
7. The everlasting bliss of the saved and the eternal suffering of the lost (Daniel 12:2; Luke 16:24-26; John 5:28; Revelation 20:14).
8. The real spiritual unity in Christ of all redeemed by His precious blood (I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:4-6; 4:11-15; 5:25-26) and
9. The necessity of maintaining, according to the Word of God, the purity of the church in doctrine and life ( I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Thessalonians 4:3).
We seek to present Jesus Christ our Lord to men, women and children through the gospel, discipleship, and compassionate care. In order to carry out this task, a firm foundation on which to stand is needed within the Body of Christ which are “core” or primary doctrines, such as listed above.
There are, however, other doctrines upon which there are variations or differing positions. In keeping with our interdenominational status, careful consideration is given to the maintenance and demonstration of the “unity of the Body of Christ” in our fellowship and in our various ministries. To accomplish this, secondary truths or denominational differences in doctrinal emphasis should not be stressed. These doctrinal differences have a tendency to cause division.
Such controversial subjects as extreme forms of Armenianism, Calvinism, dispensationalism, the Pentecostal or charismatic experience, signs and wonders, or exclusive use of a particular translation of Scripture, are examples of things that tend to divide rather than unite. It is important to be willing to subjugate any such views which might cause unnecessary controversy or division.
Our Statement of Faith gives the “core” or essential doctrines to which we hold.
In essentials – unity;
In nonessentials – graciousness;
In doubtful things – liberty;
In all things – LOVE.