Doctrinal Statement

The following is the doctrinal statement for Durihana.  This represents the core truths to  which we hold and teach.  We recognize that Christians can hold different views on non-essentials and can rigorously debate those views in a godly way, yet still be in fellowship with each other.  That is our aim regarding variances in minor points of doctrine.  We hold to Scripture Alone as God’s word and authority and believe that Salvation is by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in Christ Alone, thus proclaiming a gospel that gives glory to God Alone. 

  • We believe that there is one true and living God, perfect in all attributes, one in essence, yet eternally existing in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  Each is equally deserving of devotion and worship. (Deut. 6:4; Jn. 20:28; Acts 5:3-4; Rom. 11:36; Col. 2:9).

  • We believe that the Scriptures, comprised of 66 books, contain the only written revelation given by the Holy Spirit to human authors. The Word of God is free from errors in the original manuscripts and  constitutes the only infallible and sufficient rule for life and godliness. (Ps. 19:7-9; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21, 3:16).

  • We believe that man and woman were directly and immediately created by God in His image and likeness. Though originally free from sin, Adam and Eve fell and rebelled against God, which resulted in their death, both spiritual and physical, and that of all mankind. All the offspring of Adam and Eve are then born sinful and morally wicked in nature, actions, and will. Therefore, they are unable to wake themselves to spiritual life and to do good without God’s spiritual intervention. (Gen. 1:27, 2:7, 3:1-13; Eccl. 7:29; Rom. 3:11, 5:12-21, 8:7-8; Eph. 2:1-8).

  • We believe that the eternally existing Son of God came in time and space to take on flesh. Fully God and yet fully man, He was without sin. In perfect righteousness, He came to fulfill the offices of Prophet, Priest, and King. He was crucified, buried, and raised to life. He ascended to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Lk. 14:25-26, 22:69; Jn. 1:1-3, 1:14; Acts 3:20-23; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 2:6-8; Heb. 4:15, 5:5-6).

  • We believe that the cross of Christ is the only means by which we can be made right with God, whereby God provides substitutionary righteousness on the basis of Christ’s righteousness and atoning death. God’s righteousness is received by us through faith alone, in Christ alone, excluding any and all good works of our own. (1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21, 3:9; Rom. 5:6, 5:18-19; Gal. 2:21; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 8:31-34; Acts 11:18).

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers. He, likewise, convicts of sin, increases our desire for righteousness and obedience, leads in truth, brings assurance, gives and empowers spiritual gifts for the church. Therefore, true believers grow in grace and knowledge and are completely and eternally kept by the power of God. (Jn. 14:16-18, 16:4, 16:7-11, 16:14; Acts 1:8, 4:31, 16:14; Rom. 8:16; Phil. 1:6, 2:12-13; 1 Thess. 1:5; Jude 24-25).

  • We believe that Believers comprise the Church and are one Body, having Christ as their Lord, God’s glory as their aim, and the proclamation of His gracious forgiveness as their mission. This Body is manifested in local congregations that seek to represent His spiritual Body, the Universal Church, in obedience to His word. (Mt. 18:15-20, 28:19-20; Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 10:31, 11:23-26, 12:4-7; Gal. 6:1; Eph. 4:11-12; Col. 1:18; 2 Tim. 4:1-3).

  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust–of the just to everlasting life; of the unjust to everlasting condemnation. We believe that Christ will return in glory to gather His church to Himself. This is the blessed hope for the believer. (Mt. 24:31, 25:46; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; 2 Tim. 4:1; Jn. 5:28-29; 2 Thess. 1:7-10).

  • We believe in a literal heaven and hell and that all men will either spend eternity in God’s glorious presence or under His just and holy judgment. (Mk 9:43-48; 2 Thess. 1:9; Rev. 21).