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加略山華人基督教會信仰宣言

 
 

黃奇光牧師

 
     
 

重要性

 

加略山華人基督教會的牧師認為﹕為表明本教會保守的、基要的、福音派的觀點,我們有必要告白自己的信仰立場。這信仰立場是本教會講台信息、查經班、家庭團契、和主日學教育的指導。其目的是﹕維護本會純正神學的根基;使凡參與本教會服事的同工有一致的信仰。因此凡加入本教會的牧師、理事、和同工均必須同意,並簽署此信仰宣告。

 

教義立場

 

聖經

 

我們相信聖經是絕對無誤的,是最高的權威。

 

·         聖經的每一個字都是神的話語(包括舊約和新約,共六十六卷)

 

·         聖經是客觀及超自然的啟示,是神所默示的;它沒有任何錯誤或缺陷。

 

·         聖經是我們信仰及生活實踐唯一的標準。

 

 

我們相信只有一位真神。祂是自有、永活的神。祂的屬性(例如愛、聖潔、智慧等) 都是至善至美的。從亙古到永遠,祂以父、子、聖靈三位並存。這三位在本質上是一樣的。每一位都應該受同等的尊崇與敬拜。

 

聖父﹕是三位一體真神的第一位。祂是萬物的創造者。祂按自己的旨意托住、指引、並掌管萬物及萬事。祂施行眷顧和救贖。祂也為自己的榮耀命定一切。父是祂在三位一體堣怤ⅢP人類之間關係的稱呼。(註﹕身為創造者、祂是全人類的父;但祂僅是信徒屬靈的父。)

 

聖子﹕是三位一體真神的第二位。祂是耶穌基督;是我們的救主及主宰。祂是完全的神和完全的人(一體兩性)

 

·         在道成肉身之前祂是神、並與父神同在。在道成肉身時,祂接受了人主要的特性。自此祂永遠成為神-人。

 

·         耶穌基督成為人是一個神跡;是由聖靈感孕,童貞女瑪利亞所生的。耶穌道成肉身的目的為要啟示神,救贖人,建立神的國度。

 

·         耶穌基督藉著在十字架上為人類受苦、流血、替死、成就了救贖。

 

·         耶穌基督既藉著祂無罪的生命和在十字架上的替死,就為罪人作了完美的贖罪祭,平息了父神對罪人的憤怒,使父神的恩惠、憐憫臨及信靠祂的罪人。

 

·         藉著聖靈的能力,耶穌基督在肉身復活,保障了我們在神面前稱義的地位。祂坐在父神寶座的右邊作我們的中保,並為我們替求。

 

·         耶穌基督將親自再來。在一眨眼之間,把教會接到祂那堨h。在大災難之後,祂將與教會一同在榮耀中降臨,在地上建立彌賽亞的千禧年國度。在此期間,蒙救贖的信徒將與祂一同治理地上的萬國。

 

聖靈﹕是三位一體真神的第三位。祂具有完全的神性;與聖父、聖子同質同等;也在創造、道成肉身、文字啟示及救恩工作中隨意運作。

 

·         在救恩的工作上,聖靈使人重生,藉著浸禮使人歸入基督的身體,住在他們堶情A建立他們的信心,使他們有基督的形像,引導他們進入真理,給他們恩賜,使他們有能力服事,且保存他們直到得贖的日子。

 

·         聖靈也榮耀耶穌基督,為聖徒代禱,並使世人為罪、為義、為審判、自己知罪責備自己。

 

創造與墮落

 

我們相信:                                   

 

·         人類始祖亞當夏娃是照著神的形像及樣式被造的。

 

·         人類始祖被造時是無罪的;具有理性、智識、意志和選擇的能力;他們享有與神交通的權利;但必須向神設立的道德盡義務,以榮耀神為依歸。他們被造,為活在神的旨意中,成就神在地上為人類安排的計劃。

 

·         亞當夏娃因不順從神的旨意而失去純真,導致靈性及肉身的死亡,淪為罪人及墮落人類的始祖。在本性及行為上他們都敗壞了;他們與神的生命隔絕,在神的憤怒及審判之下,無法自救,急需救恩。

 

救恩

 

我們相信﹕救恩完全是出自神的恩典,由於於耶穌的救贖和祂所流的寶血;人得救決非靠行為。救恩是神給不配的罪人白白的禮物;藉個人憑信心,相信耶穌基督纔能得到。救恩包括一個人(靈、魂、體) 的得救,也包括重生、稱義、與成聖。所有蒙救贖的人一旦真正得救就不再被定罪。他們必被神的能力保守,在基督埵野羶椰w全的保障。

 

·         重生是神超自然的工作。重生就是重得神的性情和生命。重生發生在罪人悔改、憑信心回應神救恩的那一刻。人得以重生是靠聖靈的幫助、神的能力、 和神的話語。真正重生的生命表現在公義的生活、態度、和言論等果子上。

 

·         稱義是神的作為。稱義是神宣告那些相信祂、悔改罪行、承認耶穌基督為主宰和救主的人為無罪。這個宣告與人的功績完全無關,乃是將信徒的罪放在耶穌身上,也是將耶穌的義算為信徒的義。

 

·         成聖(從罪中分別出來,歸向神)由稱義開始、到得榮耀為止。成聖是神的工作。在成聖過程中,信徒因順從神的話和依靠聖靈的能力而能越來越與基督的樣式相似,且能過越來越聖潔、合乎神旨意的生活。

 

教會

 

我們相信:

 

·         教會(基督的身體)自五旬節開始形成,并將在基督回來和信徒被提時完成。

 

·         凡相信耶穌基督的人,聖靈立刻把他放入教會堙A這教會是基督的新婦。

 

·         基督是教會的頭,是教會唯一超然的權柄。

 

·         在基督之下帶領會眾事奉的教會職員是﹕長老(或牧師)及執事。

 

·         教會形成目的是﹕在信仰上建立自己,教導聖經、增進聖徒之間的交往、並遵守禮儀(浸禮與主餐),也要在全世界各地傳福音,榮耀神。

 

天使

 

我們相信:

 

·         聖天使是神造的,不當被敬拜。雖然他們的受造高過人類,但他們被造,為要事奉神,並敬拜祂。

 

·         撒但是被造的天使。他因背叛神成為罪惡的首領;他帶頜一群天使與他一同墮落;他又試探夏娃,將罪引進人類,招致神的審判。他是神和屬神之人的公開敵人。他是世界的王,但已經被主耶穌基督的死和復活擊敗了。他將永遠受火湖的懲罰。

 

來生、身體的復活,及永刑

 

我們相信﹕

 

·         得救之人的靈魂在死時立刻與基督同在,享受與祂完美相交的喜樂。在基督再來時,他們的身體將從墳墓奡_活,變成與主相似榮耀的身體。那時每一個信徒在世上的工作,將在基督審判台前被審核,並領受相稱的獎賞。

 

·         不信之人的靈魂在死時立刻下到陰間。他們將被關在地獄堙A直到千禧年國度結束之後。那時,他們的身體將從墳墓奡_活,按照在世的行為,在白色寶座前受審判。完了,他們將被扔在硫磺的火湖堥永遠的懲罰。

 

永恆

 

我們相信﹕在千禧年國度之後,也是在撒但被扔進火湖堙A及不信者被審判之後,信徒將與主一同進入永恆的榮耀堙C此後,地上和其中一切有形質的都要被熔化,現在的世界將被新天新地所取代。在新天新地堙A唯有義人居住在其內。

 

最後,聖城新耶路撒冷將從天上而降。它是聖徒的居所。在其中,聖徒將與神和其他聖徒永遠彼此相交同住。耶穌基督在實現祂救贖的全部使命之後,也將國度交與父神;使三位一體的真神在天上、地下、聖徒、和萬有中永遠掌權。

 

STATEMENT OF FAITH

OF CALVARY CHAPEL CHINESE FELLOWSHIP

 

IMPORTANCE

 

                The pastors, executive committee members, and co-workers at Calvary Chapel Chinese Fellowship believe that it is essential to have a statement of faith which sets forth the position of the church with regard to the major biblical doctrines as well as provides a framework for the Sunday pulpit ministry, Sunday school ministry, weekly Bible study ministry, and weekly family fellowship ministry at the church.  The statement of faith that follows also provides an anchor to protect the church against theological drift.  For this reason, the pastors, members of executive committee, and co-workers are required to sign a statement affirming agreement with this doctrinal position.

 

DOCTRINAL POSITION

 

The Scripture

 

            We believe in the absolute inerrancy and authority of Scripture,

 

·        that the Bible, Old and New Testaments, is the plenary Word of God,

 

·        that the Bible is an objective, propositional, supernaturally given revelation, verbally inspired in every word, and therefore without misstatement or defect of any kind, and

 

·        that the Bible is altogether sufficient in itself our only infallible rule of faith and practice.

 

The Godhead

 

            We believe that there is but one sovereign, living and true God, perfect in all His attributes (love, holiness, wisdom, etc.), infinite in His being, and eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all of whom are one in essence (or nature) and each of whom is to be honored and worshipped equally.

 

            God the Father, the first person of the Trinity, is the Creator of all things who upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events according to His own purpose, is sovereign in providence and redemption, and has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass.  His fatherhood involves His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with mankind.  (As Creator His is Father to all men, but spiritual Father only to believers.)

 

            God the Son, the second person of the Trinity, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, is fully God and fully man (one person with two natures).

 

·        Before the incarnation, He was God and was with God and who, in the incarnation, accepted all the essential characteristics of humanity and so became forever the God-man. 

 

·        God the Son became man by the miracle of Virgin Birth.  The purpose of His incarnation was to reveal God, redeem men, and rule over God’s kingdom. 

 

·        Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His precious blood as well as His sacrificial, voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, and propitiatory death on the cross.

 

·        By His sinless life and substitutional death on the cross, our Lord made a perfect atonement for sin, by which the wrath of God against sinful men is appeased and a ground furnished upon which God can deal in mercy with believing sinners.

 

·        Christ was bodily resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit to secure our justification and ascended into heaven, there to appear before the face of God as our Advocate and Intercessor.

 

·        Christ will return personally to receive the church unto Himself at the rapture and, returning with His church in glory after the tribulation period, will establish His messianic Kingdom on the earth for a thousand years.  During this time the redeemed will reign with Him over all the nations of the world.

 

God the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is possessed of all the divine attributes, is coequal and cosubstantial with the Father and the Son, and is the sovereign Agent in the creation, the incarnation, the written revelation, and the work of salvation.

 

·        In the work of salvation, His activity includes regenerating those who believe, baptizing them into the body of Christ, indwelling within them, building them up in the faith, transforming them into the image of Christ, guiding them into all truth, bestowing them His gifts, empowering them for service, and sealing them unto the day of redemption.

 

·        The Holy Spirit also glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, intercedes for the saints, and convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.

 

The Creation and Fall of Man

 

            We believe:

 

·        that man was directly created by God in His image and after His likeness,

 

·        that man was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self-determination, moral responsibility to God, and purpose to glorify God, enjoy God’s fellowship, live his life in God’s will, and accomplish God’s plan for mankind in the world, and

 

·        that by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God man lost his innocence, incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death, and became a sinful creature and the progenitor of a fallen race which is universally sinful in both nature and practice, is alienated from the life of God, is under the judgment and wrath of God, has within itself no possible means of recovery, and is in dire need of salvation.

 

Salvation

 

            We believe that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of Christ’s redemption, the merit of His shed blood, not on the basis of human merit, is a free gift received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, includes the whole man (spirit, soul, and body), and includes regeneration, justification, and sanctification.

 

·        Regeneration is a supernatural work of God by which the divine nature and eternal life are given.  It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God, when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation.  Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits as expressed in righteous living, attitudes, and conduct.

 

·        Justification is an act of God by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins and confess Him as Savior and Lord.  This righteousness is apart from any virtue of man and involves the placing of the believer’s sins on Christ and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to the believer.

 

·        Sanctification (separation from sin and being set apart unto God for service), commencing with justification and consummating with glorification, is the work of God by which the state of the believer is progressively brought closer to the likeness of Christ through obedience to the Word of God as well as the empowering of the Holy Spirit, and by which the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God.

 

·        All the redeemed once truly saved are delivered from all condemnation, are kept by God’s power, and are thus secure in Christ forever.

 

The Church

 

            We believe:

 

·        that the formation of the church, the body of Christ, began on the day of Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture,

 

·        that all who put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into the church, the bride of Christ, of which Christ is the head,

 

·        that the one supreme authority for the church is Christ,

 

·        that the biblically designated officers serving under Christ and over the assembly are elders (pastors) and deacons, and

 

·        that the purpose of the church is to glorify God by building itself up in the faith, by instruction of the Word, by fellowship, by keeping the ordinances (baptism and the Lord’s Supper), and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world.

 

Angels

 

·        We believe that holy angels are created beings and are therefore not to be worshipped.  Although they are a higher order of creation than man is, they are created to serve God and to worship Him.

 

·        We believe that Satan is a created angel and the author of sin.  He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his Creator, by taking numerous angels with him in his fall, and by introducing sin into the human race by his temptation of Eve.  He is the open and declared enemy of God and man, the prince of this world who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.

 

Future Life, Bodily Resurrection, and Eternal Judgment

 

            We believe:

 

·        that the spirits of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in heaven, where they abide in joyful fellowship with Him until His Second Coming, when their bodies shall be raised from the grave and changed into the likeness of His own glorious body, at which time their works shall be brought before the judgment seat of Christ for the determination of rewards, and

 

·        that the spirit of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, they shall be judged according to their works, and cast into hell, the Lake of Fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment.

 

Eternity

 

            We believe that after the closing of the millennium, the casting of Satan into the Lake of Fire, and the judgment of unbelievers, the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God, after which the elements of this earth will be dissolved and replaced with a new earth wherein only righteousness dwells.

 

            Following this, the heavenly city will come down out of heaven and will be the dwelling place of the saints, where they will enjoy forever fellowship with God and with one another.  Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver up the kingdom to God the Father that in all spheres the triune God may reign forever and ever.