UNDERSTANDING PORT ROWAN MB CHURCH’S DOCTRINAL STANCE:
The doctrinal stance of PRMBC is laid out in the following statement: “Our doctrine is based solely on God’s Word.” Throughout the New Testament the importance of sound doctrine is stressed over and over again.
Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:15: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Paul also warns us in 2 Timothy 4:3-4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
At Port Rowan MB Church we are committed to “rightly dividing” God’s Word and preaching not simply what “itching ears” desire to hear. The following articles of faith summarize what we believe God’s Word says about the essential doctrines of our faith in Jesus Christ.
- The Scriptures:
We believe the Bible is inerrant. The Scripture as the Word of God, complete in and of itself, as found in the original manuscripts of both the Old and New Testaments. We also believe that God is the Author, writing through men. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:19-21, Revelation 22:18-19)
- The Trinity:
We believe that there is one, and only one living and true God; that the Scriptures reveal God as eternally existing and manifesting Himself in three (3) Persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We believe that all three (3) Persons of the Divine Trinity are equal in every aspect but carry out distinct functions. (Genesis 1:1-3, Exodus 20:2-3, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Matthew 3:16-17, Revelation 4:11, John 1:1-3, John 5-7, John 19:30, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
- Jesus Christ:
We believe Jesus Christ to be God the Son. He was 100% God, and 100% man. We believe that He was born of a virgin, that He lived His life without sin, that He died as the substitutionary payment for our sin, and that He restored us to fellowship with God. We believe that He was physically raised from the dead (1 Corinthians 15), and is now in the presence of God as our intercessor and High Priest. (John 1:1-14, Philippians 2:6-8, Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:35, Ephesians 2:8, Acts 15:11, Romans 3:24-25, John 3:16, Matthew 8:11, Hebrews 2:14, Isaiah 53:4-12, 1 John 4:10, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 10:18, Galatians. 1:4, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Peter 3:18, Hebrews 12:2;1 Corinthians 15:20, Hebrews 9:12-15, 7:25, 1 John 2:2, Matthew 28:6-7, Luke 24:39, 51, John 20:27, Acts 1:9-11, Mark 16:19, Revelation 3:21, Hebrews 8:6, 1 Timothy 2:5, 1 John 2:1,Hebrews 2:17)
- The Second Coming:
We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ who will return triumphantly at the end of this age to destroy all evil powers, condemn all who have rejected Christ to eternal punishment, and unite believers with Christ to reign forever with God in glory. (John 14:1-3, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50, Acts.1:11, James 5:8, Hebrews 9:28, Luke 1:32, Isaiah 9:6-7, Acts 2:39-30, 1 Corinthians 15:25, Isaiah 32:1, 11:4-5, Psalm 72:8, Revelation 20:1-4,6)
- The Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, not merely a force; equal with God the Father and God the Son and possesses the same nature. He is responsible primarily to empower followers of Jesus to live every day for God and to convict of sin. (John 14:16-17, Matthew 28:19, Hebrews 9:14, John 14:26, Luke 1:35, Genesis 1:1, 2 Thessalonians 2:7-13, John 16:8-11, Acts 5:30-32, John 3:5, 6, Ephesians 1: 13-14, Mark 1:8, John 1:33, Acts 11:16, Luke 14-49, John 16:13, 14:26, Romans 8: 14-16, 1 Peter 1:22, Romans 8:26-27, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12)
We believe in the reality of Satan (the Devil) and that he actively and aggressively works at destroying and hindering God’s work on earth. As a creation of God he must ultimately submit to God’s authority over him. His destiny is sure – eternity in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:13, 2 Corinthians 4:44, Ephesians 2:2, Revelation 20:10, Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28, Genesis 3, Job 1)
We believe God created the heavens and the earth, and they were good. Humans, God’s crowning act, were created in the image of God. Sin has alienated humanity from the Creator and creation, but God offers redemption and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. We believe in the Genesis account of creation (in six days) as literal, true, accurate and scientific; and we reject any other theories. (Genesis 1 & 2 ,Colossians 1:16-17, John 1:3, Genesis 1:27, 2:7)
- Fall of Man:
We believe that Adam was created sinless, but that he willfully chose to break God’s law, thereby bringing sin into the world. As a consequence, all mankind became law-breakers and stand guilty before God, deserving of punishment, and therefore have been sentenced to “death” (eternal separation from God). We believe sin is individual and corporate opposition to God’s good purposes and leads to physical and spiritual death. (Genesis 3:1-6, Romans 5:12, 19, 3:10-19; 1:18, 20, 32, Ephesians 2:1-3, Galatians 3:22)
- New Birth:
We believe God saves all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ. Through his obedient life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection, Christ delivers people from the tyranny of sin and death and redeems them for eternal life in the age to come. We believe that salvation (the only escape from our “death” sentence) is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and that it is available to all who believe in the substitutionary death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and who acknowledge Him alone as Lord and Saviour. (John 3:3-13, Galatians 3:26, Acts 16:31, 2 Corinthians 5:17-19, 1 John 5:1, 2 Peter 1:4, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:1, Colossians 2:13, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 5:9)
We believe God’s Word commands every believer, and only believers, to be baptized by the immersion of the believer in water. Baptism, while not necessary for salvation, is a beautiful outward symbol of our inward faith and public identification with the crucified Saviour who was buried and rose again. Baptism by water is a public sign that a person has repented of sin, received forgiveness, died with Christ, and been raised to new life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is also a public declaration of a believer’s incorporation into the body of Christ as expressed in the local church. (Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12, Acts 8:36-39, John 3:23, Matthew 3:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Matthew 28:18-20)
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the remembrance of His death until He comes, and that it should be observed by believers in recognition of His broken body and shed blood. We believe that in obedience to Christ, the church observes the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of his atoning death and resurrection.