What We Believe

Below is our doctrinal beliefs. You will find it quite standard for Christian churches.

Orland Park churches

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

We believe in God- a real being with certain characteristics that are defined in the Bible and evident in the world around us. We do not believe that He is a blank canvas on which anyone draw Him the way they want and have Him appear that way in the next life. God is an infinite, personal spirit. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, and that He hears and answers prayer.

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to remind us of God’s standards and let our consciences know when we are out of God’s will. It is the power of God’s Spirit that changes us for the better when we have faith in God.

We believe that mankind was created all-good in the image of God. God allowed and allows mankind to have free choice. mankind chose to disobey God and has fallen short of God’s standards. This “falling short” has resulted in alienation from God, both personally and globally. The result is that our world and lives are distanced from God’s intent, will, and protection- bad things now happen to good people and we now have a sinful nature existing along with God’s goodness. God still allows mankind free choice, even if that means allowing people to do evil.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, teachings, crucifixion, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, and personal visible return to earth in the future. We believe that Jesus Christ died for our falling short of God’s standards in our place, and that forgiveness is now available from God through faith in Jesus Christ.

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work and community. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of reaching the world with the love of God.

We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary basis.

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment.