Donaghey Congregational Church
We believe that there is but one true and living God, He is Almighty,
Sovereign, Eternal, Unchanging, Inexpressibly Holy, Gracious, Merciful, Infinite,
Perfect and Just. God is Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent and exists in
three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Being the Maker and Ruler of all
things He deserves all praise and glory forever
We believe that God's Greatness and Holiness are such that
without His aid man can neither understand God nor find the way to a right
relationship with Him. In His mercy, however, God has made Himself known. He
has done this partially through creation, but explicitly through the Old and New
Testaments of the Bible. We, therefore, accept all that was written in the Bible as
not merely containing, but being the inspired and infallible Word of God and the
final and sufficient authority in all matters of Christian faith, doctrine and conduct
and the true basis of Christian union.
We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three
persons, of one substance, power and eternity, God the Father, God the Son and
God the Holy Spirit. The Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding; the
Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Spirit eternally proceeding from
the Father and the Son. This doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our
communion with God and dependence upon Him.
MAN THE SINNER
We believe that God created man, perfect in His own image,
but being tempted by the Devil, man, by his own free choice, disobeyed God and
became a sinner, guilty, and totally depraved before God. Man's whole nature is
now perverted by sin and his fellowship with God is broken, thereby incurring
physical, spiritual and eternal death.
JESUS THE SAVIOUR
We believe God alone can deal with man's sin and bring
about a reconciliation to Himself. To achieve this God became man in Jesus Christ.
Jesus was eternally existent with the Father in his preincarnate Glory. He was
conceived of the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless, human life
and taught entirely without error. He suffered and died in the place of sinners,
bearing their sin, its guilt and punishment. By His death and the shedding of His
blood "He made one sacrifice for sin forever". Thus He sets all believers free from
the domination of the devil and corruption of their own sinful nature and removes
from them sin's lasting consequences.
We believe that Salvation is by the Grace of God. God, in His
Grace, forgives and reconciles to Himself all who turn to Him in true repentance
and who trust in Christ's atoning death. Salvation is by faith alone in the all-
sufficient sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. God imputes to all who believe the
righteousness of Christ Himself and adopts them as His own Children.
THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was
shown to be the Son of God by His miracles and by His bodily Resurrection from
the dead. He has ascended in power and glory to the presence of God, where He
now pleads on behalf of those who call upon Him in truth.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, must work in man
before he can enter into Salvation. He leads the sinner to an awareness of his
sinfulness and brings him to repentance and trust in Christ. He brings to birth in
him a new and eternal life. The Holy Spirit convicts and regenerates the sinner and
sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Christ. It is the work of
the Holy Spirit to develop in the believer's life the fruits of love and holiness.
THE SECOND COMING
We believe in the personal, imminent, bodily and
glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the resurrection of the just and unjust;
in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgement and conscious
eternal punishment of the wicked.
We believe that Satan exists as an evil person, that he is the originator of
sin, the arch-enemy of God and man, the deceiver and enslaver of mankind and is
set for the ultimate damnation of every person. We believe that Satan and his
angels will be committed to the eternal lake of fire.
THE LORD'S DAY
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day
and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day of worship and spiritual
exercise. It should not be desecrated but should be kept holy in accordance with the
Word of God.
THE ONE CHURCH
We believe that all who have been redeemed with the
precious blood of Christ and upon whom God has bestowed His righteousness as a
free gift, belong to Christ. They alone are rightly called Christians. They alone are
members of the one universal and eternal Church of Christ.
THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that each local Church is a fellowship of
believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily
associated for the ministry of God's Word, the mutual edification of its members,
the propagation of the Gospel and the administration of the ordinances. We believe
it is an independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and
principles under the Lordship of Christ, the great Head of the Church. The local
Church has no need of, nor should acknowledge, any other authority than His. We
believe in the entire separation of Church and State.
What We Believe