What we believe
The Croydon Church General statement of belief:
- That Jesus Christ is the son of the living God, and the only saviour from sin.
- That Jesus Christ is the great physician and the healer of the body through the atonement.
- That Jesus Christ is the baptiser with the Holy Spirit, today just as he was on the day of Pentecost.
- That Jesus Christ is the soon coming king, coming to earth again as the only hope for a dying world.
- That Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday and today and forever.
In the verbal inspiration of the original scriptures
In the absolute trinity of the eternal God-head
In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ
In the personality and the deity of the Holy Spirit
In the reality and the personality of the Devil
In the natural depravity of the human race
In the substitutionary atonement
In the propitiation for sin only by the blood of Christ.
In the full salvation by grace through faith and not of works
In the divine healing through the atonement and prayer for the sick
In the personal baptism of the Holy Spirit
In the necessity of the new birth
In water baptism by immersion at an age of accountability
In the true church composed of all blood washed believers
In the evangelism of the heathen and the nations of the world
In obedience to civil government
In divorce only on New Testament scriptural grounds
In church government, loyalty and obedience to those in authority over us in the Lord
In tithing as God’s financial plan
in the restitution for past wrongs whenever possible
In the open table at the Lord’s supper
In the maintenance of good works and holy living
In the victorious life over sin, self and bad habits by Bible study and a prayer life.
In Christian perfection and holiness, through absolute surrender and consecration.
In Christian modesty in matters of dress and wearing apparel
In the keeping of the Lord’s day as a matter of privilege rather than law.
As regards recreation – liberty of conscience and a Godly example to the world.
In the immortality and conscious existence of the soul
In the resurrection of our literal bodies, the just and the unjust.
In a literal heaven and life everlasting for all true believers
In a final day of judgement for the incorrigible wicked
In the everlasting punishment of the impenitent
In the personal, literal, bodily pre-millennial coming of Jesus Christ.
In a future, literal, bodily pre-millennial coming of Jesus Christ.
In a future, literal 1000 year reign of Christ on earth with His Saints
In the judgement seat of Christ where the saints will be finally rewarded for their deeds of commission and omission
In Christian tolerance to all the denominations of Christian faith “In essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; in all things charity.
The Scripture Inspired
The Bible is the inspired Word of God to men; the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason. but not contrary to reason (II Timothy 3: 15,16; I Corinthians 2: 13; I Peter 2:2).
The One True God
The One true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM”; and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association. ie. as Father, Son and Holy Ghost. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Galatians 3:20).
Man, His Fall And Redemption
The creation, test and fall of man, as recorded in Genesis; his total depravity and inability to attain to Divine righteousness. Man’s only hope is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
Jesus Christ, The Only Saviour Of Man
The Saviour of men, the Lord Jesus Christ, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, very God and very man. (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:18; Isaiah 9:6).
The Salvation Of Man
The grace of God, which brings salvation, hath appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, and, being justified by grace through faith he becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 2:11; Romans 10:8-10,13-15; Luke 24:47; Titus 3:5-7).
The salvation of sinners by grace alone, through faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the Cross of Calvary, by which we secure remission of sins and eternal life. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:12,22; Romans 5:1). The Gospel of the grace of God, how that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day for our justification. (I Corinthians 15: 1-4; Romans 4:25).
Baptism In Water
The water baptism of believers by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost according to Scripture. (Matthew 28: 19; Acts 8:37-38; 10:47-48; 19:5; Romans 6:4).
Baptism Of The Holy Spirit
The baptism of the Holy Spirit as an experience subsequent to salvation, with the scriptural evidence, namely, speaking “with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 38-39; 8:13-17; 10:44-47; 11:15-17; 19:1-7).
The Gifts Of The Spirit
The gifts of the Spirit as enumerated and practised as manifest in the early church. (I Corinthians Chapters 12-14; Acts 5:12-16).
Living The Christian Life
The Spirit-filled life, a life of separation from the world, and the perfecting of holiness in the fear of God as an expression of Christian faith. (Ephesians 5: 18 ; II Corinthians 6:147:1).
Christ is building His Church, the called out ones that gather in His name and a spiritual work takes place. The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfilment of her great commission to go into all the world and make disciples of every nation. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and the Church of the first born, which are written in heaven. (Matthew 16:18; 28:19; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
The Ministry Of The Church
A divinely-called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose:
(1) The evangelisation of the world, and
(2) The direction for the edifying of the Body of Christ.
(Matthew 29:19; Mark 16: 15-20; Matthew 24: 14; Ephesians 4: 11-16).
The healing of the body by divine power, or divine healing in its many aspects as practised by the early church. This was provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of all believers. (Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Acts 3:1-22; 4:30; James 5:14-15).
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s memorial, commonly called Communion, for believers. (1 Corinthians 11 :23-32).
The Second Coming Or Blessed Hope
The bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, His enthronement, His personal coming for His church (those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord which is the blessed hope of the church), then there will be the general resurrection and the final judgment. (Luke 24:15; Ephesians 1:20; Acts 7:54-58; Hebrews 1:3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 15:51-58; Revelation 11:15).
The Millennial Reign Of Jesus
The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, the salvation of national Israel, and the millennial reign of Christ on the earth is the scriptural promise and the world’s hope. (II Thessalonians 1:7; Revelation 19:11-14; 20:1-7; Romans 11:26-27).
The Reality And Personality Of Satan
Satan has many names in Scripture and is real with a personality. (Job 1:6 – 3:1; II Corinthians 11: 14).
Destiny Of Every Person
The eternal life of the believer (John 5:42; 10:28), and the eternal punishment of the unbeliever. (Mark 9:43,48; II Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 20: 10-15).
The New Heavens And The New Earth
We, “according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness”. (11 Peter 3: 13).
The Soveriegn Autonomous Government Of The Local Church
We believe in the indigenous church, which has within itself all it needs to fulfil the commission of the Church. That is the raising up, ordaining, and releasing of workers for the harvest field, and the taking care of any problems arising within the Body. (Matthew 18:17; Acts 6:1-8; 15:22; I Corinthians 16:12).