toledo church of god

What We Believe

TENENTS OF FAITH




The Toledo Church of God (Seventh Day) embraces the following statements concerning the truth. The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice.  This Statement of Fundamental Truths is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e., that we all speak the same thing; I Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42).  No claim is made that it contains all biblical truth, only that it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines.  We do not presume to say the phraseology employed in this Statement of Fundamental Truths is inspired or that it is the final work on Bible truth.  However, we are persuaded it is proper and consistent with the Holy Scriptures to “set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us”.  (Luke 1:1)
 
The One True God
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM,” and has further revealed Himself as personally embodying “Triune” principles of a complex and mysterious being within relationship and association, by simultaneously existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10, 11; Matt. 28:19)
 

The Scriptures Inspired
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to men, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason.  (2 Tim. 3:15-17;
1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12)

 
Man’s Fall and Redemption
Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” Man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  (Gen. 1:26-31; Gen. 3:17; Rom. 5:12-21)

 
The Salvation of Man
The Grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by grace, becomes heir of God according to the hope of eternal life.  (Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Rom.10:13-15; Luke 24:47)


Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence to the believer of his/her salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit
(Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of holiness.  (1 Thess. 4:7, 2; Tim.1:9)
 

Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed on Christ as their Savior and Lord. As such, the method of Baptism is but the outward sign of an inward reality as evidenced from the the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians; “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea”.  (1 Corinthians 10:1,2)  In doing so, the baptized declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been released from death to walk with Him in newness of life. (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4)


The Church 
We believe that all who are united by the new birth to Jesus Christ are covenant partners of the Universal Church, the Body of Christ.  We also believe that the local congregation of Christian believers is divinely instituted and is the chosen instrument of God for the furtherance of God’s work here on Earth.  While appreciating the work of para church groups, we believe that the local church is God’s chosen vehicle for world evangelization and the nurture of Christians.  We further believe in the spiritual unity of all believers and in working together with others who believe in salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ for the causes of evangelism, missions, and benevolence. (Matthew 16:16-18; John 17:21; Ephesians 1:20-23; 4:3-10; Colossians 3:14-15) The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission and purpose.  Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the Church of the Firstborn, whose name is written in heaven in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  As such, the Bible reveals that we are covenant partners one of another and the basis of our fellowship is in Christ in the power of the Spirit. (Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23)  A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the three-fold purpose of leading the church in: (1) Evangelization of the world, (2) Worship of God, and (3) Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.
(I Chronicles 16:29; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 14:23; John 4:23-24; Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 1:28)


The Sabbath
The seventh, of the seven days of creation week, set apart as holy.  (Gen. 2:2-3)  The Israelites in the desert were reminded to understand and appreciate their freedom, from the slavery of Egypt.  (Ex. 16:4-5, 23-30)  Number four of the ten commands written by the finger of God and delivered to Israel by Moses.  (Ex. 20:8-11)  Israel reminded, by Isaiah, of the benefits and blessings of Sabbath observance. (Isaiah 58:13-14)  Jesus explained who it was made for.  (Mark 2:27-28)  Activities that can included during Sabbath hours demonstrated by the example of Jesus.  (John 7:22-23)  Practiced and used by the early church for times of fellowship and worship.  (Acts 13:42, 44, 16:13)  The Sabbath, an integral part of creation week, was used by God to stop his work and rest.  We being made in his image can likewise stop the activities that keep us busy, the other six, and use the day for worship, fellowship and enjoy the peace and serenity that is available in this gift.


The Lord’s Supper (Communion)
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol
expressing our sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death as our Passover, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined to all believers “until He comes”. It should be observed at least once annually on the evening before Passover but may be observed additionally for those who were unable to attend at that time or by those that find personal or corporate need to invoke such a serious emblem of our faith in Christ to increase their faith and remember our SOLE basis of salvation in Him. It must never be casually observed in a common manner at the risk of God’s judgment.  (John 6:48, 51, 53-57; Luke 22:19, 20; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 11:23-32)


Sanctification
By the power of the Holy Spirit we strive to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” The historical teaching of the church of God, that is the Body of Christ in this world, has NOT changed since the coming of our Lord. According to the Revelation of Jesus Christ to the Apostle John the basic teachings are “the commandments of God” and the “testimony” and “faith” of Jesus found in the early church in Revelation 12:17 as well as in the church at the time of the mark of the beast close to His return, Revelation 14:12. Sanctification including every word that proceeds from the mouth of God that is empowered by His Holy Spirit, is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word as our Savior walked.  (Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:15, 16; 1 Thess. 5:23, 24; 1 John 2:6)


Marriage
God created marriage.  (Gen. 2:22)  It is a covenant made between a man and a woman that makes them one.  (Gen 2:24)   The marriage covenant requires the married parties to be faithful, loving, and helpful to each other as long as they both shall live (Mark 10:3-10). Christians are not to marry unbelievers (2 Cor. 6:14-18).  Those whom God has directed to be joined together shall, after counseling with the pastor concerning what God requires of them, be joined in Christian marriage (Malachi 2:13-16; Matthew 5:32; 19:5-6,9; Romans 7:2-3; I Corinthians 7:10-11, 15; II Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:22-23). 


The Blessed Hope 
The return of Christ and the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the Lord, is imminent and is the blessed hope of eternal rest for the church.  (1 Thess. 4:16; Rom. 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51, 52)