Doctrinal Statement

 
The following Doctrinal Statement states the biblical position of the members of Menorah Christian Fellowship.  No deviation from these doctrines will be allowed to be openly shared in the meetings.

 

1.        The Scriptures

We believe that ‘all scripture is given by inspiration of God’ as the authors ‘were moved by the Holy Spirit’.  We believe therefore that the Bible in its Original Manuscripts is without error and that it is therefore historically and scientifically true. 

As such it is the supreme authority for both life and conduct.

 

 2.        The Godhead

We believe in the unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead; that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections and worthy of the same worship and honour.

 

3.        Man

We believe that man was originally created in the image of God, but that through Adam’s sin he became spiritually dead in trespasses and sins and therefore subject to God’s wrath and condemnation. 

As a result we believe that all are born into the world suffering with a fallen sinful nature, spiritually dead and in separation from God.

 

 4.        The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe that, as provided and purposed by God and as pre-announced by the Old Testament prophets, the eternal Son of God came into this world that He might manifest God to Israel, fulfilling prophecy that He was Messiah of the Jews.  To this end He was born of a virgin, received a human body and a sinless human nature, and remained sinless throughout His life.  He retained His absolute deity being at the same time God and man.

 

 We believe that ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life’.

 

 Jesus voluntarily gave His life as a sacrifice for sin and took upon Himself the sin of the world, bearing the penalty which the righteousness of God demanded.  His death was therefore substitutionary – the just for the unjust – and by His death He became the Saviour of the lost.

 

 We believe that He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died, and that this Resurrection Body is the pattern of that body which will ultimately be given to every believer.

 

We believe that on departing from the earth He was accepted by His Father into the heavens where He was enthroned at the right hand of God, the Father.  Therefore ‘He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them’.  All authority has been given to Jesus by the Father and He is Head of the Church which is His body.

 

5.        Salvation only through Christ

We believe that because of the fallen sinful nature of man through Adam, no one can enter the Kingdom of God, and be free from the guilt, penalty and power of sin by his own life or works, but only through the substitutionary work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Only the shedding of His blood was sufficient to accomplish our redemption and His saving grace is received by faith in Christ alone.  This faith in Christ requires repentance from the previous life of sin and belief in Christ’s redeeming work on the Cross.  No good resolutions of any Church can either bring Salvation or add to it.  Nor are other acts such as confession, baptism, praying, giving or faithful service to be added to believing as a condition for salvation.  Upon salvation ‘the believers’ dead spirit becomes a living spirit through the power of the Holy Spirit and the person becomes ‘reborn’.  Once born again a believer is eternally secure and kept, not by his own works, but ‘by the power of God’.

 

6.        The Blessings of Salvation & the Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sins and that the Cross of Jesus effects our freedom from sinning.  The flesh is the vehicle through which the fallen nature operates.  Jesus crucified our flesh with His on the Cross of Calvary.  Our flesh is dead and cannot, therefore, be a slave to the sinful nature.  As we grasp this revelationary truth and ‘reckon’ our flesh dead we come into freedom from sinning and freedom from ‘the wiles of the devil’, including sickness.  As we always have free will we must choose to believe that our flesh is dead and choose to live and walk in these spiritual truths and keep on doing so every day of our lives.  Jesus rose from the dead after being in the tomb for 3 days and 3 nights.  This resurrection life He implants into every believer so that the life which each believer now lives is not his but Christ’s.  Our ‘members’ must be yielded ‘as instruments of righteousness unto God’ and thus become the fullness of the temple of the Holy Spirit.

 

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity, who dwells in every believer, who makes effective within the lives of all believers the finished work of Christ on the Cross.  He is the source of all power and all acceptable worship, teaching and service, never leaving the Church nor the weakest of believers but ever present to testify of Christ.

 

When Jesus was accepted by the Father into heaven, His work on earth, the purchase of our complete salvation, finished, the Father, as He had promised, poured out the Holy Spirit in Rivers of Living Water.  Just as the 120 on the Day of Pentecost stepped into these Rivers and were baptised in the Holy Spirit and released in tongues so each believer must step into the eternal flow of the Holy Spirit from the Throne of God to be baptised in the Holy Spirit and receive the gift of tongues.

 

The eternal truths of our death on the Cross with Jesus, our burial in the tomb with Jesus and His resurrection life implanted in us and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit as the empowering of our lives were given at Jesus’ baptism in Jordan and must be demonstrated afresh by each believer in Baptism in the Name of Jesus by full immersion.  These truths form the central theme of the Christian life.

 

As we ‘reckon’ our flesh dead and walk in the revelation that it is no longer we who live but Christ who lives in us, we step into the ‘Rivers of Living Water’ flowing from the Throne of God.  As we choose to walk in these spiritual truths and not according to our flesh, we ‘walk’ in the Spirit’.

 

 The Holy Spirit is at present restraining evil in the world, convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgement, regenerating all who believe in Christ, indwelling them, baptising them, anointing them and sealing them unto the day of redemption.

 

7.        The Gifts of the Spirit

We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit manifested today include the speaking of tongues, the interpretation of tongues, prophecy, healing, miracles and faith.

 

8.        Sanctification

We believe that sanctification which is being set apart for God is threefold:-

(a)      It is already complete for every saved person because of His Position in Christ.  Being one with Christ, the believer is set apart unto God in the same measure that Christ is, being justified from all things, accepted before the Father as Christ His Son is accepted, loved as Christ is loved and linked to him and one with Him forever.

(b)     That there is progressive sanctification which comes about in the daily life of the believer who walks in the revelation that it is no longer he who lives but Christ who lives in him and reckons himself ‘crucified with Christ’ and yields his ‘members as instruments of righteousness unto God’.

(c)      The eventual complete sanctification which will last for all eternity.

 

9.        The Church

When Jesus came as Messiah to the Jews, the nation did not receive Him.  God raised up another vehicle, the Church through which he would communicate to the world.  During the church era the Jews, as a nation, are out of God’s favour but the Father has covenanted Himself to them as their God and He will fulfil all His promises to them.  The church must recognise that the Jewish nation is the church’s ‘elder brother’, ‘the good olive tree’ and work towards ‘the receiving of them’ and pray for the fulfilment of all God’s promises towards them.

 

We believe that all who are united to the risen and ascended Son of God are members of the one, holy, universal church which is the body and bride of Christ.  We believe that by the same Spirit all believers are baptised into that one body that is Christ’s, whether Jews or Gentiles and being members one of another, are under solemn duty to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace rising above all sectarian differences, and loving one another with a pure heart fervently.

 

We believe in addition that “the body of Jesus’ also refers to local groups of believers.  Many of the functions of the body can only be fulfilled on a local, rather than universal basis.  As believers we form one body, each member needing and being needed by all other members.  We are told to ‘love one another’, ‘carry one another’s burdens’, ‘rejoice together’, exhorting one another’ etc.

 

The more often we meet together, the more the body functions as one, in one accord.

 

The basis of our church life is Acts 2: 42-46.  Those who repent and believe shall be baptised in the Name of Jesus.  Bible studies will be held to allow all to continue in the doctrines and to grow into mature and stable believers.  Intercessory prayer will seek the face of Jesus and listen to the voice of The Master for direction.  Prayer for Israel, for the peace of Jerusalem and for our nation as well as prayer for the concerns of the Fellowship will take place each week. Cheerful giving in response to Jesus will be encouraged and those in need will be helped.

 

10.     The Christian’s Service

We believe that divine, enabling gifts for service are bestowed by the Spirit upon all who are saved.  While there is a diversity of gifts, each believer is energised by the same Spirit and each is called to his own divinely appointed service as the Spirit wills.

 

We believe that it is the duty of every believer to bear witness to all and to act as Ambassadors of Christ to a lost world.

 

We believe that each person is given a special ministry.  Within the group there will be the main ministries of teacher, prophet, pastor and evangelist.  These will be used of God to help to raise each person’s ministry within the body.  We believe all must be free to minister whatever God may give them and have the opportunity to function as priests.

 

Every believer has been blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ but many of the blessings are conditional upon our remaining in fellowship with God.  Rewards are promised according to the faithfulness of each believer in his service for his Lord, and that these rewards will be bestowed at the judgement seat of Christ after He receives His own unto Himself.

 

11.     The Ordinances

We believe that water baptism in the Name of Jesus and the Communion of the Lord’s Supper are expressly commanded by the Lord Jesus for all believers.

 

12.     The Rapture

We believe that the removal of the Church from the earth and its translation into heaven will occur before a time of great tribulation called ‘Jacob’s Trouble’ begins.  This time of tribulation, greater than any that the world has ever known, will last for 7 years and is God’s judgement primarily against Israel but also against the whole world for the rejection of Jesus as Messiah and Saviour.  This is God’s final act of overwhelming grace and love towards Israel, in particular, to bring her unto Himself.  During this time God will prepare the three ancient kingdoms of Moab, Ammon and Edom as places of refuge for believers from Jerusalem and Judea.

 

13.     The Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ and that He will, at that time, remove all non-believers from the face of the earth.

 

14.     The Millennium

After the return of Christ to the earth, He will establish a physical Kingdom of perfect environment, which will last for 1000 years.

 

In this future Kingdom, God will complete His promises to Israel.  She will, for the first time ever, occupy all the land that God promised to Abraham and his seed.

 

15.     The Eternal State

We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes for His own. The soul, spirit and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory.  The souls of the unbelieving remain after death conscious of condemnation and in misery until the final judgement when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.

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