The Life Foundations Nexus
Chicago Collegiate Church
STATEMENT OF FAITH
By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti
v The Old Testament and New Testament Scriptures were written by men divinely inspired and are the only sufficient and perfect rule of faith and practice.
v There is one God and only one, who is self-existent, eternal, and infinite in every excellence. He revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the same in essence, though distinct in personality.
v Man was created innocent. By disobedience to the command of God, he fell, thereby losing his innocence, and becoming subject to death and to the eternal displeasure of God.
v Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man, came into the world to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin, offering His blood as an atonement which is available to all who exercise faith in Him.
v The result of the heart acceptance of Jesus Christ is justification, whereby pardon is secured and one is brought into a state of peace and favor with God.
v The human means by which this result is secured is repentance and faith whereby one turns unto God in sincere contrition and accepts Jesus Christ as an all-sufficient Saviour.
v God has His purposes of grace in the salvation of man. These purposes are made effectual by the giving of His Son and in the constraining and regenerating influence of the Holy Spirit upon all who sincerely believe on Christ. But these purposes do not contravene the freedom of man's will nor render inoperative the proclamation of the gospel to all.
v Nothing can separate true believers from the love of God; but they are "kept by the power of God, through faith, unto salvation," the sure proof of this being their patient continuance and progress in righteousness and in true holiness.
v Symbolic ministries of local churches are Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." †Baptism symbolizes the fact of regeneration. †The Lord's Supper is a commemoration of His undying love. †It symbolizes the fact that the believer is continuously fed and nourished by Christ.
Note that the Bible teaches priorities.† This means that a given teaching of the Bible may, on one or more occasions, be overruled by another teaching of the Bible.† This applies to Baptism, the Lordís Supper, and the maintenance of corporal (physical) health in local churches.
The Bible teaches that we are to promote health ABOVE Baptism and the Lordís Supper.† Every act of Baptism and every act of the Lordís Supper can pose a health risk.† Therefore, Baptism and the Lordís Supper are only practiced symbolically unless sufficient attention can be given to the maintenance of corporal health.† In practical terms, no water is used in Baptism unless Baptism is performed in an individual, sterile, sealed environment and no physical elements are used in the Lordís Supper unless they are provided in individual, sterile, sealed containers.
v The Church Spiritual includes the whole company of believers regardless of name, age, or country, and is known only to the eye of God. The Church Formal is a company of believers baptized in the name of the Triune God and observing the ordinances and principles laid down in the New Testament.
v The first day of the week is observed as the Lord's Day.
v Civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society, and magistrates are to be prayed for conscientiously, honored, and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and is the Prince of the kings of the earth.
v We believe in the pre-millenial coming of Christ. Jesus Christ is to come again, judge the nations, and fill the earth with His glory and power.
v There will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust; the just for blessedness and reward, the unjust for unblessedness and judgment.