Saint Louis Christian Fellowship
The Scriptures Inspired
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men, and the divine, and final authority for all Christian faith and life (2 Timothy 3:15, 17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
The One True God
The one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM”, the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10, 11; Matthew 28:19). The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, having by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Father, angels and principalities and powers have been made subject unto Him. And having been made both Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Ghost that we, in the name of Jesus, might bow our knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father until the end, when the Son shall become subject to the Father that God may be all in all (Hebrews 1:3; 1 Peter 3:22; Acts 2:32-36; Romans 14:11; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28).
The fall of Man
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26, 27; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
The Salvation of Man
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God (Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19). Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Jesus Christ. By the confession by mouth and believe in heart, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).
Baptism in water
The ordinance of baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized after they removed all their ornaments (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4).
The Holy Communion, consisting of the elements – bread and the fruit of the vine – is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ; a memorial of His suffering and death; and a prophecy of His second coming; and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!” (2 Peter 1:4, 1 Corinthians 11:26). The above elements never turned into the actual blood and body of Jesus Christ, but representing His body and blood. The subject of Lord’s Supper and feet washing are taught in the New Testament and be performed in at the same service or at different times at the option of the Pastor. The anointing of the sick with oil for healing and the consecration of children, although not ordinances, are practices that have scriptural sanction, and shall be observed at stated times and whenever requested. (James 5:14; Matthew 19:13-15).
The Baptism in the Holy Ghost
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, baptism in the Holy Ghost according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:79). With the baptism in the Holy Ghost come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28), and intensified consecration to God and dedication to His Work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Jesus Christ, for His Word, and for the lost (Mark 16:20). The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:4, 10, 28), but different in purpose and use.
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1-2; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). Scriptures teach a life of “Holiness without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Ghost (Romans 6:1-11, 13; 8:1-2, 13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Peter 1:5).
Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).
The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Titus 2:13).
The Millennial Reign of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27. 30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14, 20:1-6).
The Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).
The New Heavens and the New Earth
“We according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21, 22).