What We Believe

Doctrinal Statement

The Declaration of Principles of the Attleboro Advent Christian Church:

1.) We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, His revelation given to man under Divine supervision and providence; that its historic statements are correct, and that it is the only Divine standard of faith and practice. (Romans 15:14; 2 Timothy 3:15-16; John 17:17)

2.) We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;

a.) that the Father is eternal and infinite in His wisdom, love, and power; the creator of all things, “for in him we live and move and have our being”

b.) and that Jesus Christ is our Lord, the only begotten Son of God; who died for our sins, who was raised from the dead for our justification; who ascended into heaven as our High Priest and Mediator, and who will come again in the end of this age, to judge living and the dead, and reign forever and ever; (I Timothy 3:16)

c.) and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, sent from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. Whereby we are sanctified and sealed unto the day of redemption. (John 14:16,26; 16:7-11 Ephesians 1:13)

3.) We believe that man was created for immortality, but that through sin he forfeited his Divine birthright; that because of sin, death entered into the world, and passed upon all men; and that only through faith in Jesus Christ the divinely ordained life-giver, we “may participate in the divine nature”, and live forevermore. (2 Timothy 1:10; Romans 2:7; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 51-54)

4.) We believe that death is a condition of unconsciousness to all persons, righteous and wicked; a condition which will remain unchanged until the resurrection at Christ’s second coming, at which time the righteous will receive everlasting life while the wicked will be “punished with everlasting destruction” suffering the complete extinction of being. (Ecclesiastes 9:5; Job 14:14; John 5:28; Matthew 10:28)

5.) We believe that salvation is free to all those who in this life, accept it on the conditions imposed, which conditions are simple and inflexible; namely turning from sin, repentance toward God, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and life consecrated to the service of God; thus excluding all hope of a future probation, or of universal salvation. (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Luke 13: 25-28)

6.) We believe that Jesus Christ, according to his promise, will come again to this earth, “in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” – personally, visibly and gloriously – to reign here forever; and that this coming is the hope of the church, inasmuch as upon that coming depend the resurrection and the reward of the righteous, the abolition of sin and its consequences, and the renewal of the earth – now marred by sin – to become the eternal home of the redeemed, after which event the earth will be forever free from sin and death. (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 22:12, 20)

7.) We believe the church is an institution of Divine origin, composed of persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together as the Body of Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the church; and that the local church has the responsibility under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs. (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:15, 16)

8.) We believe that the only ordinances of the church of Christ are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; 1immersion being the only true baptism. (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

9.) We believe that the first day of the week, as the day set aside by the early church in commemoration of Christ’s resurrection, should be observed as the Christian Sabbath, and used as a day of rest and religious worship. (Psalm 118:22-24; Luke 24:1-12; 1 Corinthians 16:2)

10.) We believe that Christians should practice Scriptural holiness as preparation for Christ’s coming and as witness to the world. (Romans 12:1, 2; Hebrews 12:14; 2 Peter 3:11, 12)

1Exceptions to this rule of baptism by immersion may be made by a decision of the Elders when unusual conditions prevail.