CPSOT | Beliefs

Foundational Beliefs

This We Believe

1. The divine inspiration and infallibility of the Bible, as originally given.

2. The Triune Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

3. The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; His virgin birth, His sinless life, His atoning death, His physical resurrection. His personal return.

4. Man is lost in sin, but salvation has been made possible by the free grace of God and is appropriated by faith in Jesus Christ.

5. All the Doctrines of Grace.

6. The Church as the body of Christ composed of all believers who have been joined to Him through saving faith.

7. Soul-winning evangelism and missionary enterprise.

8. A regenerate church membership.

9. The separation of church and state.
 (MT 22:21)

Rupertus Meldenius

Statement of Faith

The Scriptures

We believe that "all scripture is given by inspiration of God", by which we understand that the books which form the canon of the Old and New Testaments as originally given are plenarily inspired and free from all error in the whole and in the part. These books constitute the written Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

The Godhead

We believe there is one living and true God, infinite in glory, wisdom, holiness, justice, power, and love, one in His essence, but eternally subsistent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Creation of the World

We believe God sovereignly created the world out of nothing, so that His creation, while wholly dependent upon Him, neither comprises part of God, nor conditions His essential perfection.

Angels, Fallen, and Unfallen

We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless, spiritual beings, known as angels; that one sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan; that a great company of the angels followed him in his rebellion against God, some of whom became demons and are active as his agents in the prosecution of his unholy purposes. We believe that Satan is the originator of sin, and that, under the permission of God, he, through subtlety, led our first parents into transgression, thereby accomplishing their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to his own power. We believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God, from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.

Man Created and Fallen

We believe that man was created in the image and after the likeness of God; that he fell by a voluntary revolt, and as a consequence lost his spiritual life and became subject to the power of Satan. We also believe that this condition of spiritual death, or universal depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race, the Man Christ Jesus alone being excepted; and hence that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature that is inherently corrupt, and which cannot be spiritually changed by mere reformation apart from divine grace.

God the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, possesses all the divine excellencies being consubstantial and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In His incarnation He united to His divine nature a true human nature, and so continues to be both God and man, in two distinct natures and one person, forever. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, exhibited His deity by the manifold miracles, fulfilled the requirements of the law by His sinless life, suffered under Pontius Pilate, poured out His blood as a vicarious and propitiatory atonement for sin in satisfaction of divine justice, and on the third day was raised from the dead in the same body; now glorified. He ascended into heaven and now, seated at the right hand of God the Father intercedes in glory for His redeemed. Jesus will return bodily to earth at His second coming and bring into fullness the kingdom of God on earth.

Salvation only through Christ

We believe that, owing to universal spiritual death through sin, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless born again. We also believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who died as our substitute; and that the new birth comes only through faith in Christ, and that repentance is a vital part of believing.

The Church

We believe that all who are united by the new birth to the risen and ascended Son of God are members of the family of God. Its members are constituted as such regardless of membership or non-membership in the organized churches of earth. We believe the local congregation is the "ecclesia", “the called out,” “called-together" body of believers; the only divine institution on earth, and the chosen instrument of God for the furtherance and survival of the Christian faith. CPSOT is devoted to the welfare and prosperity of the local church or assembly.

The Eternal State

We believe that at death the souls of the redeemed are made perfect in holiness and immediately enter into the presence of Christ, enjoying conscious fellowship with Him, there to await the resurrection of the body.

The Second Coming

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily, visibly, and personally to conform believers to His own image and to establish His millennial Kingdom. He will judge the living and the dead, and will effect a final separation of the redeemed and the lost, assigning unbelievers to eternal punishment and believers to eternal glory.

"The glory of God being our chief object
we aim at it by seeking the edification of saints and the salvation of sinners"

--Charles Spurgeon​