What are some foundational beliefs at Clifton Bible Chapel?
In the Bible as the divinely inspired inherent Word of God, the revelation of His mind and will to man, our infallible, all sufficient guide for salvation and for the Christian life (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21). There are no other divinely inspired revelations to humankind (Deut. 4:2, Rev. 22:19).
In one God, the Creator of all, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19, John 10:30, John 14:26, I Cor. 8:6, Eph. 4:4-6, Col. 2:9).
In the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is fully God and fully Man begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and that He is perfect and sinless. (John 1:1; Phil. 2:6; Mt. 1:23-25; 1 John 3:5).
That every human being inherits Adam's sinful nature through Adam's fall in the garden of Eden. All men are sinners by nature and by choice - the penalty for sin is death. The natural man without Christ is under God's wrath and salvation is found in Christ alone. (Genesis 3, Romans 5:12, John 3:36, John 14:6).
In the only true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ delivered once for all (Jude 4). That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by the disciples and over five hundred brethren at once after He rose from the dead (I Cor. 15:3-8). That anyone who comes with a new or different gospel than that which has been delivered once for all is accursed (Galatians 1:6-9).
In the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost (1 Thes. 4:17; Rev. 20:11-15).
In the finished work of Christ on the Cross of Calvary, through which sacrifice Christ has effected complete and eternal redemption. God set His seal of approval on the work of Christ by raising Him from among the dead, enthroning Him at His own right hand in Heaven. Christ is the Head of all the Church, the Lord of the individual, the High Priest over the House of God and Advocate in the family of God.
In the immediate and eternal salvation of every person who truly believes in Christ and by faith rests on His finished work as the only righteous ground by which a Holy God can forgive his sins.
That all who by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit, indwelt by the Holy Spirit and by the Holy Spirit baptized into the Body of Christ, the Church, of which He is the risen and ascended Head (1 Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 1:22, 23; Col. 1:18).
That the early Church met together and “…continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” and that this is the pattern for the Church today (Acts 2:42).
In the personal, imminent and pre-millennial coming of the Lord in the air to rapture (catch up) the Church to be with Himself (1 Thes. 4:13-17).
In the revelation of Christ in glory at His Second Advent to the earth to establish His Kingdom on earth and to reign in righteousness (2 Thes. 1:6-10; Phil. 2:9-11).