Orchard View Church
What We Believe
We receive the Scriptures as the inspired Word of God and as the sole authority in matters of faith and practice. Its understanding of Christian truth as therein contained is expressed by the following declaration of faith.
1. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, that it was written by men divinely inspired, and that it is the supreme, infallible authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2. We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measure-less in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of man, that He hears and answers prayer, and the He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
3. We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, of virgin birth, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sins of the world by His death and shed blood on Calvary’s cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension, and visible return to the world according to His promise.
4. We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ.
5. We believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners, but that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice in God’s presence forever, and that those who refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God.
6. We believe in the Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head, and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, who have been immersed upon credible confession of faith, and who associate for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that to these local churches we are committed for perpetual observances, the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and that God has laid upon these churches the task of proclaiming to a lost world the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior, and the enthroning of Him as Lord and Master. We believe that human betterment and social improvement are the inevitable by-products of such a gospel.
7. We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and autonomous and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority.