We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself
and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged.
Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches,
obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
THE HUMAN CONDITION
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned
when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners
by nature and by choice, alienated from God and under His wrath.
Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man,
one Person in two natures. Jesus, Israel’s promised Messiah,was
conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father
as our High Priest and Advocate.
THE WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute,
shed His blood on the cross
as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins.
His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute
the only ground for salvation.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does,
glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt.
He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union
with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God.
He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers
believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified
by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united
by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head.
The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership
should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly
and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the
means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith,
these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely
and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed.
With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name,
we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to
Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people,
always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and pre-millennial return of our
Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ,
at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and,
as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living,
sacrificial service and energetic mission.
RESPONSE AND ETERNAL DESTINY
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the
gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world,
assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious
punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the
Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.
THE ETERNAL SECURITY/ASSURANCE OF THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST
We believe that all the saved – those in whom God has accomplished
His transforming work of Grace – are kept by His power and are, thus,
secure in Christ forever. It is their privilege to rejoice in the assurance
of their salvation. However, this assurance is not the occasion for sin,
for God in His holiness cannot tolerate
persistent sin in His children, and in His infinite love He corrects them.
True faith in Christ is expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life.
(Romans 5:24 and John 10:28-29)
THE PERSON OF SATAN
We believe that the spiritual forces of evil are led by Satan, who in
pride rebelled against God, was cast down from his place in heaven,
was judged at the cross, will ultimately be cast into the Lake of Fire,
and remain there eternally. At present, he seeks to kill, steal,
and destroy all that belongs to God.
(Luke 10:18; John 12:31; Romans 16:20 and Revelation 12:7-9; 20:1-10)
THE BOND OF MARRIAGE
We believe that God has ordained marriage and defined it
as the covenant relationship between a man and a woman.
TWIN OAKS CHURCH will only perform and recognize marriages
between one biological man and one biological woman.
(Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6)