STATEMENT OF FAITH

ARTICLE X

 

SECTION 1

 

A. The Holy Scripture. 

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God.  The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and life.  The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning.

 

B. Dispensationalism.  

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life, which defines man’s responsiblilites in successive ages.  These dispensations are not ways of salvation but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to his purposes.  Three of these dispensations – the Age of Law, the Age of the Church, and the Age of the Kingdom—are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture.

 

C. The God Head. 

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, each co-eternal and being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.

 

D. 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 men.

 

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the Cross as a representative, vacarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.

 

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of repesentative, intercessor, and advocate.

 

E. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.  

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them into the Day of Redemption.

 

We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the Saved to be filled with the Spirit.

 

We believe that God is Sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer.  God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry.  

 

F. The Total Depravity of Man. 

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.

 

G. The Salvation of Man.  

Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind, (Psalm 103:3) being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  For by grace we are saved through faith.  “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart – that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10).

 

The Evidence of Salvation. 

The inward evidence, to the believer of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.  “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us” (1 John 3:23).

 

Faith and Works. 

Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 14:20-21; and 2 Corinthians 5:10).

 

H. The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers. 

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.

 

We believe that it is a privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.

 

I. Baptism in Water. 

The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have really repented and in their heart have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord.  In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4).

 

J. The Lord’s Supper. 

“And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said ‘This is my body which is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.’  In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’”   Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup (1 Corinthians 11:24, 25, 28).

 

K. The Promise of the Father.  

All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and Fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church.  With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31).  This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).

 

L. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. 

The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service (Acts 1:8; 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:2, 6).

 

M. Total Prosperity. 

(a) Spiritual: John 3:3, 11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10.  (b) Mental:  2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3.  (c) Physical:  Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24.  (d) Financial: 3 John 1:2; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14. (e) Social: Proverbs 3:4.

 

N. Separation.  

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God.

 

O. The Second Advent of Christ.  

We believe in that “Blessed Hope”, the personal, imminent return of Christ who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period.  At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return, with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom, which was promised to the Nation of Israel.

 

P. The Eternal State.  

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eteranl lie, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.

 

We believe that spirits of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, wherein conscious bliss they away await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.

 

We believe that the spirits of unbelievers remain after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when, with the body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment.

 

Q. The Personality of Satan.  

We believe that satan is a person, the author of sin, and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.

 

R. Creation. 

We believe that God created the universe.  We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin.

 

S. Civil Government.  

We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) The home; 2) the Church; 3) the state.  Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word.  God has given each institution specific Bibical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other.  The home, the Church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Bibically assigned spheres of responsibility under God.

 

T. Human Sexuality. 

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homesexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.

 

U. Abortion. 

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life.  Abortion is murder.  We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable.

 

V. Missions.  

We believe that God has given all believers a Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group,, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  As ambassadors of Christ, we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20).

 

W. Lawsuits between Believers.  

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the Chruch to resolve personal disputes.  We believe the Church possesses all the reources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members.  We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander.

 

 

SECTION 2 

 

Authority of Statement of Faith. 

The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith.  The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  We do believe, however, that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and, therefore, is binding upon all members.

 

SECTION 3

 

Covenant. 

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of our Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presece of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

 

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

 

We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred, acquaintances and all others; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from worldly amusements such as gambling, rock music, and dancing; to be free from all oath-bound secret societies and partnerships with unbelievers; to abstain from the sale or use of tobacco in any form, narcotic drugs, or intoxicating drink as a beverage; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.

 

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy of speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure reconciliation without delay.

 

ARTICLE XI

 

NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS

 

New Covenant Academy, Inc., admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school admininstered programs.