STATEMENT OF FAITH
At Christ's Church Funchal, our leadership humbly acknowledges that any doctrinal statement is a human endeavor to capture and organize the profound wisdom of an infallible divine revelation. Nevertheless, we firmly believe in the significance of such a statement.
These affirmations we adhere to serve as a thoughtful expression of our stance on key biblical doctrines.
They establish a foundation for our teachings our various ministries.
The unity of the Godhead and the divine co-equality of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; the sovereignty of God in creation, providence and redemption.
The divine inspiration of the whole Bible; its authority and sufficiency, as not only containing, but being in itself, the Word of God; the reliability of the New Testament in its testimony to the character and authorship of the Old Testament; and the need of the teaching of the Holy Spirit to a true and spiritual understanding of the whole.
The true and proper deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; his virgin birth; his real and perfect manhood; the authority of his teaching; and the infallibility of all his utterances: his work of atonement for sinners of mankind by his substitutionary sufferings and death; his bodily resurrection and his ascension into heaven; and his present priestly intercession for his people at the right hand of the Father; his personal return in glory.
The deity and personality of the Holy Spirit; and the necessity of his work in regeneration, conversion and sanctification; also in ministry and worship.
The total depravity of human nature in consequence of the Fall, and the necessity for regeneration.
The justification of the sinner, not on account of works but, solely by grace, through faith in the atoning merits of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The assurance of eternal salvation and the eternal security of all believers upon receiving Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
The universal church as the body of which Christ is the Head, embracing all the redeemed, a priesthood of all believers, called by God through the Gospel, born of the Spirit and justified by faith; the local church comprising such believers as the visible expression of the universal church; and the fellowship between such churches, manifesting the unity of the body of Christ.
The ordinances of baptism of believers by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as being instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, but not in baptism as conveying regenerating grace, nor in the Lord’s Supper as being a sacrifice for sin nor involving any change in the substance of bread and wine.
The resurrection of the body; the judgement of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, with the eternal blessedness of the righteous and the eternal punishment of the wicked.