Creed

CONTENTS

1. The Holy Scripture
2. God

2.1. God the Father
2.2. God the Son
2.3. God the Holy Spirit

3. A Man
4. Salvation

4.1. Election
4.2. Birth from Above
4.3. Justification
4.4. Sanctification
4.5. Assurance of Salvation

5. The Church
6. Angels

6.1. Holy Angels
6.2. Fallen Angels

7. The Last Days

 

1. THE HOLY SCRIPTURE

We believe and teach that the Bible is the written God’s revelation to men. We believe, that 66 books of the Holy Scripture compose the Word of God, inspired in its every part (2Pt. 1:20-21; 1Cor. 2:7-14). It is infallible and impeccable as well as the only and sufficient norm for faith and practical life of saved people (Mt. 5:18; 2Pt. 1:20-21; Heb. 4:12).

2. GOD

We believe and teach that there is one, living and true God, infinite, omniscient, perfect in all His attributes, indivisible in His essence, eternally existent in three Persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Each Person worthy of worship and obedience (Deut. 6:4; Mt.28:19; Jn. 4:24).

2.1. God the Father

We believe and teach that God the Father is the first Person of the Holy Trinity, who acts in according with His will and purposes. He exerts His power over the creation and in redemption, as the Sole sovereign and almighty Ruler of the universe (Ps. 145:8-9; Gen. 1:1-31; Ps. 103:19; Rom. 11:36). He saves from the sin and adopts everybody, who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Jn. 1;12; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:5).

2.2. God the Son

We believe and teach that Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Holy Trinity, Who possesses all divine qualities. In this He is equal with the Father, having the same divine and eternal nature (Jn. 10:30; 14:9). At His incarnation, Christ accepted all qualities, which are inherent in humans, and became God-man (Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 2:9), becoming indivisible union of two natures (Jn. 10:30). Being born from Virgin Mary through the Immaculate Conception, Christ became incarnate with the purpose to show God to people, to accomplish redemption through pouring His holy Blood at the Calvary’s cross. His substitutive death was sacrificial, voluntary and sufficient for salvation (1Pt. 2:24; Rom. 3:24-25).

We believe and teach that after He was resurrected, Christ ascended to heaven and sited at the right hand of the Father. He became Intercessor and High priest of redeemed people before the Heavenly Father (Mt. 28:6); Act. 2:30-31; 1Jn. 2:1; Heb. 7:25). His physical resurrection guarantees a physical resurrection of believers and the future life of all saved (Jn. 5:26-29; Rom. 6:5-10; 1Cor. 15:20, 23).

We believe and teach, that at the end of times, the Church will be taken from the earth to heavens by Christ. After this He will come to the Earth for the second time in order to establish the Millennial Kingdom (Millenium) (Jn. 14:2-3; 1The. 4:13-18; 1Cor.15:51-52; Act. 1:9-11; Rev. 20).

2.3. God the Holy Spirit

We believe and teach that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Holy Trinity. He has all qualities of a person and of God. He is of equal essence with the Father and the Son, i.e. all the qualities of the Holy Spirit have the same nature, as those of the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son (Mt. 28:19; Act. 5:3-4; 28:25-26; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 13:13; Heb. 10:15-17).
We believe and teach that the Holy Sprit descended on the Apostles and disciples in the day of Pentecost, as it was promised by Christ (Jn. 14:16; 15:26; Act. 1:4-5; 2:1-4). The unique ministry of the Holy Spirit has begun from this event. His ministry is to build the Christ’s Church, to “convict the world of sin, and righteousness and judgement” (Jn. 16:8-11), to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 16:14), to renew and transform the believers into the image of Christ (Jn. 3:3-8; Rom. 8:29; 2Cor. 3:18; Tit. 3:5). The Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ (1Cor. 12:13), seals them in the day of atonement (Eph. 1:13), adopts (Rom. 8:14-17), dwells in them, instructs and sanctifies (1Jn. 2:20, 27; Rom. 8:9-11).

We believe and teach that the Holy Sprit gives the spiritual gifts to the Church. He divides them among believers according to His will with the purpose to build the Church and to sanctify the redeemed (Rom. 12:6-8; 1Cor. 12:4-11, 28-30). Speaking in foreign tongues as well as performing miracles and signs served for strengthening of the Apostles, as heralds of the Jesus’ teaching. They did not serve as a distinctive and indispensable sign of believers (1Cor. 12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:12; Heb. 2:1-4).

3. A MAN

We believe and teach that a man was created by God in His image and likeness sinless, endowed with reason, intellect, desires, free will and moral responsibility before God (Gen. 2:7, 15-25; Jak. 3:9). The man was created with the purpose of glorifying God, fellowship with Him, living in accord with the will of God and fulfilling God's purposes (Is. 43:7; Ps. 100:3; Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11).

We teach and believe, that a man lost his holiness and innocence as a result of the Fall of Adam and Eve as a consequence of disobedience to God's commandment (Gen. 2:16-17). Because of this, a man was punished by a physical and spiritual death (Rom. 3:23; 6:23). Moreover he became an object of God's wrath (Jn. 3:36). He became incapable to choose and fulfill God's will (Gen. 3:1-19; 1Jn. 1:8; 1Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1-3). Since all humanity descended from Adam, Adam's sinful nature is transmitted to all humanity, since all people descend from him. This is the reason why all people are sinful by their nature (Ps. 14:1-3; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-12).

4. SALVATION

We believe and teach that the salvation of humans is based totally on God's grace, redemptive Sacrifice of Jesus Christ and His shed Holy Blood on the Calvary's cross. The salvation is not a consequence of human deeds, merits or achievements (Jn. 1:12; 1Pt. 1:18-19; Eph. 1:4-7; 2:8-10). A person accepts salvation on the basis of his faith in the redemptive Sacrifice of Christ through repentance.

4.1. Election

Before creation of the universe, God has chosen those, whom He saves graciously (1Pt. 1:1-2; Rom. 8:28-30; Eph. 1:4-11; 2Thes. 2:13). God's election does not decline human responsibility of repentance and faith in Christ as Lord and Savior. God accepts all those, whom He called, who believe in Him and come to Him with faith (Mt. 11:28; Jn. 6:37-44; Act. 13:48; Jak. 4:8).

4.2. Birth from above

Believers are born above from God through the Holy Spirit. As a consequence, God gives him new nature and eternal life (Jn. 3:3-8; Tit. 3:5). The birth above occurs momentarily, as God's answer on the sinner's faith through sincere repentance in his unbelief and sinful way of life. In this moment the man receives God's salvation. The true birth above is proved by the fruits of repentance, which become apparent in a righteous way of life and his upright relations and behavior (1Pt. 1:4-11; 1Cor. 6:19-20; Eph. 5:17-21; Col. 3:12-17).

4.3. Justification

Justification is made only by God (Rom. 8:30-33). God imputes the righteousness of Jesus Christ to those, who believed, repented in his sins and confessed Jesus as his Lord and Savior (Act. 2:38; 3:19; Rom. 2:4; 3:26; 10:9-10; 1Cro. 1:2; 6:11; 2Cor. 5:21; 7:10).

4.4. Sanctification

Every believer is sanctified, i.e. separated by God through justification, and announced to be holy. Sanctification occurs momentarily and indicates a position of a believer before God and not his living or state (Act. 20:32; 1Pt. 1:2; 1Cor. 1:30; 6:11; 2Thes. 2:13; Heb. 2:11). Besides this one-moment event, there is also a continuing sanctification of a believer, which is the work of the Holy Spirit. It likens a believer to Jesus Christ through obedience to the Word of God, transforming his character and behavior (Jn. 17:17-19; Rom. 6:1-22; 2Cor. :18). Any claim about eradication of a sin from a human nature in the period of his earthly life contradict the Word of God. However a believer can become a winner over sin by the Holy Spirit (1Pt. 1:14-16; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9-10).

4.5. Assurance of salvation

All redeemed have a testimony of their salvation through the World of God, His promises and a testimony of the Holy Spirit. They are saved by the power of God, have assurance of salvation in God as well as protection in Christ (Jn. 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; 1Pt. 1:4-5; Jud. 24; Rom. 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39). This assurance gives joy to believers. The Word of God forbids to use Christian freedom for justification of sinful way of life and lusts (Rom. 6:15-22; 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13, 16-17; Tit. 2:11-14).

We believe and teach that believers should be separated for Lord Jesus Christ (2Thes. 1:11-12; Heb. 12:1-2). Christians should testify by their life, that Christian life is a life of obedience and righteousness, of constant growth in holiness (1Jn. 3:1-10; Rom. 12:1-2; 2Cor. 7:1; Tit. 2:11-14; Heb. 12:14).

5. THE CHURCH

We believe and teach that all believers are accepted by the Holy Spirit in one spiritual Body, which is the Church with Jesus Christ as its Head (1Cor. 12:12-13; Eph. 1:22; 4:15; Col. 1:18). The Church is a unique spiritual organism, which has its beginning in the Day of Pentecost (Act. 2:1-21, 38-47) and will have its end at the Second coming of Christ for His chosen ones (1Cor. 15:51-52; 1Thes. 4:13-18). The Church consists of all born again, beginning from the Day of Pentecost until the moment of its rapture.
We believe and teach that the Church differs from Israel (1Cor. 10:32). She is a mystery, concealed until this age (Eph. :1-6; 5:32). The main purpose of the Church is to glorify God (Eph. 3:21), to grow in faith (Eph. 4:13-16), to preach the Word of God (2Tim. 2:2, 15); 3:16-17), to have fellowship (Act. 2:47; 1Jn. 1:3), to serve sacraments (Act. 2:38-42), to proclaim and spread the Gospel over the whole world (Mt. 28:19; Act. 1:8).

We believe and teach, that God gave for the Church two commandments, which are to perform baptism by faith through by immersion (Mt. 28:19-20) and to serve Eucharist, which is a remembrance and proclamation of Christ's death (1Cor. 11:23-26). The bread and the wine in the Eucharist point symbolically to the Body and Blood of Lord Jesus Christ.

6. ANGELS

6.1. Holy Angels

We teach and believe that angels are created by God beings. This is the reason why they ought not to be worshiped. The angels are creatures of high level, which are made for service and worship God and for service the heirs of salvation (Lk. 2:9-14; Heb. 1:6-7, 14; 2:6-7; Rev. 19:10; 22:8; 5:11-14).

6.2. Fallen Angels

We teach and believe that the Satan is a created angel, who is initiator of sin. He rebelled against God (Is. 14:12-17; Jez. 28:11-19), became enemy to God and man (Is. 14:13-14; Mt. 4:1-11; Rev. 12:9-10). He enticed the great number of angels away (Mt. 25:41; Rev. 12:1-4), brought sin into the world, created by God, and dragged in it Adam and Eve and all humanity through them (Gen. 3:1-155). Satan suffered defeat through death and resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 16:20). He will be punished in the lake of fire in the future (Is. 14:12-17; Mt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10).

7. THE LAST DAYS

We believe and teach that there will be a bodily resurrection of all people. The saved ones will arise for eternal life with the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 6:39; Rom. 8:10-11, 19-23; 2Cor. 4:14). The unsaved ones will be arisen for the judgment and eternal punishment (Dan. 12:2; Jn. 5:29; Rev. 20:13-15).

We believe and teach that Lord Jesus Christ will come back for and take away His Church from the Earth before the Tribulation (Jn. 14:1-4; 1Cor. 15:51-53; 1Thes. 4:15-5:11). After this, the righteous judgment of God and His punishments will pour out on the unbelieving world (Dan. 9:27; 12:1; Mt. 24:27-31; 25:31-46; 2Thes. 2:12-17; Rev. 16). After seven years of Tribulation, Christ will win a victory of the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet. They will be chained and prisoned in abyss for one thousand years (Dan. 7:17-27; Rev. 20:1-6). In the course of one thousand years, Christ will establish His Messianic government in the David's throne on the Earth (Mt. 25:31; Lk. 1:32-33; Act. 1:10-11; Rev. 20:4-6). After Thousand-year Kingdom ends, the Satan, his angels and unsaved people will be punished eternally (2Thes. 1:9; Rev. 20:7-15). Then, the saved ones will enter God's eternal glory in the Heavenly city (Rev. 21:2) and will rejoice over eternal fellowship with God and each other (Jn. 17:3; Rev. 21-22).