Statement of Faith
I. Inerrancy of the Bible
The Bible is the infallible 'Word of God' and is the final court of arbitration; Sola Scriptura (2 Timothy 3:16 & 2 Peter 1:21).
II. The Virgin Birth
Jesus Christ is the 'Word that became flesh' as the only begotten son of the Father and who was born to a Jewish virgin girl named Mary, as foretold by the OT prophets (Isaiah 7:14,; Daniel 9; Zechariah 9:9; Gospels of Matthew & Luke chapters 1 and 2).
III. Deity of Christ
Jesus Christ is the 'Word that became flesh' who took upon himself the additional nature of humanity (John 1:1, 14). He is seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven (Colossians 3:1) and will return in glory one day (Revelation 19:11f).
IV. Salvation through the Perfect Atonement of Christ
Salvation is a free gift of God offered to every man, woman and child who every lived in this, the Creation, as an act of grace by placing one's trust and confidence, or faith, in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).
V. Guidance through the Application of 'The Word' & Prayer
God speaks to ordinary people through Scripture, His soft still voice, impressions of the heart called inspiration and the counsel of believers according to the submissive quiet spirit of the believer and His will (Matthew 6:10, 7:21; Colossians 1:9f; Romans 12:2).
VI. Return of Christ
Jesus told man of His return (Luke 21:25f) and the OT prophets foretold of the 2nd Advent (Revelation 19:11f; Isaiah 11:4, 63:3).
VII. Establishment of the Millennial Kingdom
Christ's victory over darkness was won at the cross (Colossians 2:14-15), which gives Him the authority to execute judgment and carry out sentencing of Satan and his minions (Revelation 20) and return to the perfection of 'the Garden' where all things become new again (Revelation 21).
VIII. The Trinity
One God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
(1 John 5:6; Deut. 6:4; Genesis 1:1; Matthew 6:9f, 28:9-18; John 1:6-18, 14:6; Acts 5:3-4, 16:6-7; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Note: Gifts of the Holy Spirit
There are two acceptable theological views in the pale of orthodoxy concerning the gifts of the spirit:
• The gifts of the Holy Spirit are extant today
• The Canon of Scripture is closed and there is no longer a need for the gifts to be in operation.
Charlton Chapel will not alienate brothers and/or sisters who stand on one side of the issue or the other through the practice of the gifts during Sunday Worship Services.
"In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity."