Confession of faith
Confession of faith and common commitment
In order to establish our local church upon biblical bases in a clear, correct and shared way we have listed the principles of our faith, which we are committed to live by in our everyday life:
1) We believe in one God (Deut. 6:4), one and triune, perfect in his unity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. We believe in his sovereignty in creation (Gen. 1:1-2), in revelation, in redemption, in providence and in judgement. We believe him to be sovereign over the whole world, over time and history (Psalm 115:3; 135:6). We believe in the revelation, which presents him as personal, holy, infinite, highest, eternal, transcendent, immutable, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, good and fair.
On the base of this confession we are committed to live honoring, praising and loving God, giving him the first place in our heart and serving him in every way we can (Deut. 6:5).
2) We believe in Jesus Christ, son of God, true God and true man, begotten by the Father and consubstantial with him (John. 1:1-2). We believe in his birth by the virgin Mary (Luke 1:30-35), his life on earth, his death and bodily resurrection and his ascent to heaven, where he is seated as the only mediator between God and men (1 Tim. 2:5) and whence we await him in glory (Acts 1:11).
It is our commitment to perpetuate his life, works and teaching (Luke 9:23-24), showing him, in this way, our gratitude and love.
3) We believe in the person of the Holy Ghost, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, convinces the world of sin (John 16:8-11), applies the truth of the Holy Scriptures to the heart of men and lives in the believer (1 Cor. 6:19) guiding him in the way of sanctification, testimony and service.
We are committed to obey him, not to grieve him, to show in our lives the fruit of his presence and action (Gal. 5:22) and to seek for his gifts (1 Cor. 14:1).
4) We believe that God revealed himself particularly through the Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:16-17). He made use of men inspired by him (2 Peter 11:21) to convey to us his word (1 Thess. 2:13), which we reckon infallible and fully reliable in its original writing out. It is for us the only, irreplaceable and supreme authority as regards faith and behaviour.
We are committed to submit to the Scriptures (1 Cor. 4:6) as regards the orthodoxy of believing and the orthopraxis of behaviour in every sphere of life (Isaiah 8:20; John. 17:17).
5) We believe man to be a creature of God (Gen. 2:7), originally destined by the Creator to bear his own image (Gen. 1:27) having being endowed of personality and freedom in his unity of body and soul. We believe in the voluntary and responsible rebellion of man to God, in his fall into sin which caused the breaking of this relationship with God, the corruption of his nature and his spiritual and physical death (Rom. 3:23; 6:23). We believe every man to be guilty before the Creator for his nature and actions, to be unable to redeem himself and to be subject to the fair condemnation of God (Ephes. 2:3).
We are committed to love our neighbour (Luke 10:27) and respect our brothers in Adam, by witnessing to them of the grace of God so that they may become brothers in Christ. Besides confessing our faith we are committed to living in peace with everybody (Rom. 12:18), leading pure, honest, exemplary lives (1 Thess. 5:22), consistent with the expression of our Christian faith (Matthew 5:16).
6) We believe that men’s salvation can be performed solely by God in Jesus Christ without the contribution of meritorious works, but only for grace through faith (Ephes. 2:8-9). We believe that the Holy Ghost is the one who leads men to repentance and regeneration for the remission of sins (John 3:5). Men can be redeemed from guilt and condemnation and set free from the slavery of sin when they are justified and sanctified by the expiatory and substitutive work of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:30).
We are committed to live in a way corresponding to the calling reserved to us (Ephes. 4:1-3), practising personal meditation of the Scriptures and prayer in order to nourish and deepen our spiritual life (Psalm 119:97-99).
7) We believe in a universal church, the bride and body of Christ (Rom. 12:5), temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16), family of God (Ephes. 2:19), which any person belongs to when redeemed by divine grace. Its local expression is the Community of believers of a certain place, who confess Christ as their lord and saviour. Purpose of the church is to glorify God through praise, testimony and service.
We believe that the Lord has left two regulations to the Church: baptism (Matthew 28:19) and holy supper (1 Cor. 11:23-26), visible signs of the grace bestowed by the Holy Spirit in the life of believers, which must be practised as acts of obedience, faith and testimony.
We believe that the Holy Spirit grants spiritual gifts to the members of each local Church for common utility (1 Cor. 12:7-11) and excites gifts for the service of the community (1 Tim. 3:1-13).
In the light of these beliefs we are committed to contribute to the good of the Church abandoning everything which doesn’t correspond to the scriptural teaching. We commit ourselves to cultivate brotherly fellowship in its various expressions and to recognize and promote the development and practice of the spiritual gifts bestowed by God.
According to the Scriptures each Assembly should recognize and elect elders and deacons (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5). Since no procedures have been indicated Churches may adopt different methods because what really matters is a spirit of submission to the Scripture’ authority. (1 Thess. 5:12-13; Heb. 13:17). Since God does not change his mind when giving his gifts and vocation (Rom. 11:29) we believe such recognition to be without expiry date, if there are no proven charges of doctrinal or moral failures (1 Tim. 5:19) or physical reasons preventing the permanent exercise of a gift.
We are committed to accept the Church’s discipline in the forms expressed by the word of God (Matthew 18:15-18) and to take part in its various meetings and activities (Hebrews 10:24-25) actively contributing to them as we feel directly responsible for the progress of the Church. We are also committed to contribute financially to the expenses and engagements of the Church according to the prosperity bestowed by the Lord (1 Cor. 16:2).
8) We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus (1 Thess. 4:16) and in the resurrection of the dead for the final judgement (Rev. 20:12-13). God will judge the world, Satan and the demons with justice by means of Jesus Christ. The believers shall have eternal life and the ungodly eternal punishments (Matthew 25:46).
We are committed to live awaiting the Lord Jesus, knowing that our citizenship is in Heaven (Philipp. 3:20).
On the base of this confession of faith and commitment, which involves all of us equally, we wish to live the church fellowship with love, peace and mutual respect, helping and encouraging one another, so that our life may be more and more full of spiritual values, known, lived and mutually communicated.