We believe the word of God (original autographs of Old and New Testaments) was written by Divinely inspired men, and its principles contain the authoritative standard by which all human translations, interpretations, and conduct shall be judged. To say the King James Version, or any other human translation, is the inspired Bible denies the UNIQUE meaning of inspiration of the original autographs (II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Pet. 1:21).
We believe there is one true and living God, a Spirit infinite and perfect. This one true God is represented in Scripture as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the unity of the Godhead. Each of these Persons possesses the whole Divine essence and executes a distinct but harmonious office in man's salvation (Eph. 1:3-14). Therefore, all that is Christian depends on the truth of the Biblical revelation that God is one, eternal, personal, and triune. The tripersonality of God is indispensable to the Christian's understanding of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the incarnation, salvation, and the Divine purpose in creation. We agree with the Athanasian Creed declaration: "We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in unity; neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance."
We believe that man was created in the image and after the likeness of the triune God. However, the first man, Adam, who God created upright, subsequently fell from his uprightness by voluntary disobedience. By their solidarity with Adam, the head of the old creation, all his descendants fell in him (Gen. 1:26, 27; 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3).
We believe man's depraved condition involves the whole man -- mind, soul, and body. Depravity means that man's corruption extends to every part of his nature; therefore, he is unable to understand or do anything of a spiritual nature. All the controversy over the nature, freedom, and power of man's will results from the denial of depravity (Rom. 1:21-28; Eph. 2:1; 4:18; 5:8; I Cor. 2:14; II Tim. 3:2-4).
We believe that none are born of God apart from the Father's election of some to be saved, the Son's redemptive work on behalf of the chosen, and the Spirit's regeneration of those the Father selected and the Son redeemed. Since the Persons in the Godhead are one in essence, one in purpose, and one in work, we are forced to conclude that election, redemption, and regeneration are of the same extent (Mark 10:45; John 3:8; Eph. 1:4).
We believe that justification (forensic term) (1) before God is on the basis of Christ's legal work at Calvary, (2) before the consciousness of the regenerated is by faith, and (3) before men is by works (Rom. 3:24-26; 5:1; James 2:14-26).
We believe the elect, having been declared righteous on the basis of Christ's sacrificial death, are positionally set apart in Christ; then they are progressively sanctified by means of the word (John 17:17; Rom. 6-8; I Cor. 1:2; Heb. 10:10-14).
We believe in the perseverance of all Christians because God preserves them (John 6:37; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:29, 39; Heb. 7:25; I Pet. 1:3-5; Jude 24, 25).
We believe the assembly that Christ "shall continue to build [progressive future tense of the Greek word oikodomeo]" (Matt. 16:18) is one, even as the Godhead is one. The foundation of the assembly is the principle of life within the assembly. God is one; the Mediator is one; and the Spirit who unites us to Christ is one. Thus, the assembly is the one body of which Jesus Christ is the Head, the one building of which Christ is the Cornerstone, and the one bride of which Christ is the Bridegroom. As the invisible life principle in the Christian will be manifested visibly in his life, the invisible principle of life in the assembly that Christ is continuing to build manifests itself in local assemblies throughout the world (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 2:18-22; 4:4; 5:25-32; I Tim. 2:5).
We believe the local assembly of baptized believers with their appointed officers and the assembly's ordinances and discipline constitute the assembly's earthly existence.
A. The assembly's officers are elders and deacons (I Thess. 5:12; I Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17-25).
B. The assembly's ordinances are the following:
1. Baptism of believers by immersion in water (Matt. 28:19,20; Acts 2:41; 8:36-39).
2. The Lord's Supper, a local assembly ordinance connected with discipline (I Cor. 5, 11).
C. The assembly's discipline is twofold:
1. Formative discipline for the progressive spiritual improvement of believers (Eph. 4:11-16; II Pet. 1:5-9; 3:18).
2. Corrective discipline for the rectification of imperfections in assembly members. As depravity makes discipline certain in society, the remains of depravity (the body of sin -- Rom. 6:6) in Christians renders it necessary in local assemblies. There are two classes of offenses:
a. Private (Matt. 5:23, 24; 18:15-17) -- may become public if the offense has to be brought to the assembly.
b. Public -- committed against an assembly in the assembly's collective capacity, and classified as:
i. A rejection of any fundamental teaching of Scripture (Rom. 16:17, 18; Gal. 1:5-6-9; I Tim. 1:4-7; Titus 1:9-11; 3:10; II John 10,11).
ii. Anything that disturbs the unity and peace of the assembly (Rom. 16:17; I Cor. 1:10; Phil. 1:27).
iii. Disorderly and immoral conduct in all its forms (I Cor. 5:1-13; I Cor. 6:1-10; II Thess. 3:1-15). Persons guilty of any of the following sins will be neither received into membership nor maintained as members of the assembly:
a. Fornication (I Cor. 5:1, 9).
b. Covetousness (Rom. 1:20; Eph. 4:19; 5:3).
c. Idolatry (I Cor. 5:10,11; Eph. 5:5; I John 5:21).
d. Reviling -- slandering (I Cor. 5:11; 6:10).
e. Extortion (I Cor. 5:10, 11: 6:10).
f. Homosexuality -- includes male and female (Lev. 18:22; Rom. 1:24-28; I Cor. 6:9).
g. Thievery (John 10:1; 12:6; I Cor. 6:10).
h. Adultery (I Cor. 6:9; Heb 13:4; James 4:4).
We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ; He will come for His saints and then come with His saints to establish His kingdom on the earth (I Thess. 4:13-18; II Thess. 2:1-11; Jude 14).
We believe in the resurrection and judgment of both the saved and the unsaved, but neither the resurrection of both nor the judgment of both will occur at the same time. The saved will appear before "the judgment seat of Christ" to determine the degree of their rewards (I Cor. 3:11-15; II Cor. 5:10). The unsaved will appear before "the great white throne" to determine the degree of punishment they will receive (Luke 12:47, 48; Rev. 20:11-15). The final abode of both saved and unsaved will be eternal.
Our Articles of Faith are submitted as a foundational framework of what we believe. They do not include all the doctrinal distinctives that we believe and practice.
Our Articles of Faith are presented as the testimony of Spring Assembly of Christ for the purpose of glorifying our Lord and to inform those who might inquire about our basic beliefs.