STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. The Scriptures
We believe in the verbal inspiration, authority, infallibility, and inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures as set forth in the original writings of the Old and New Testaments.
2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21.
2. The Trinity
We believe that there is one God Who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things. We further believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God.
Matt. 28:19-20; 2 Cor. 13:14; Col. 1:12-17.
3. The Person of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal and pre-existent Son of God, that He took upon Himself our form, having been begotten of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary; that He perfectly obeyed the law, died on the cross for our offenses, and rose for our justification; ascended to the right hand of God, where He ever lives as our High Priest, to intercede for and save "all that come unto God by Him." We further believe that this present age will end with the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, first to receive His church unto Himself, and then to establish His throne upon the earth to reign in righteousness and peace for one thousand years.
John 1:1; Phil. 2:5-8; John 8:46; Rom. 4:25; Heb. 1:3; 1 John 2:1; John 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-21; 2 Thess. 1:7-9.
4. The Person of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature; that He was active in creation; that in relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent of the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
John 14:16-17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3; 2 Thess. 2:7; John 16:8-11; 15:26-27; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Eph. 1:13-14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:29; John 16:13; 14:26; Rom. 8:14,16; 2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:2; Rom. 8:26-27.
5. The New Birth
We believe that in order to be saved sinners "must be born again"; that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God; that the new birth is a new creation in Jesus Christ; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new birth is brought about in a manner above our comprehension not by culture, nor by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; Gal. 3:26; Acts 16:31; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; 2 Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; John 3:8; 1:12,13; Gal. 5:22; Eph. 5:9.
6. Depravity of Man
We believe in the total ruin and depravity of man by nature through the fall.
Gen. 6:5; Ps. 14:1-3; Rom. 5:12.
7. The Eternal Blessedness of the Saved and the Eternal Punishment of the Lost
We believe that the attitude either of reconciliation or enmity toward God is eternally fixed at death, and that the saints of all ages will be forever with the Lord, and that they will be joint-heirs with Him as their Redeemer in His inheritance. We further believe that there is an appointed day for the judgment of the wicked when they will be cast into the Lake of Fire, there to remain forever and ever, in varying degrees of torment according to their works.
Dan. 12:3; Rom. 8:17; 1 Thess. 4:17; 2 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 20:11-15; 21:8.
8. Person of Satan
We believe that Satan is a person, the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning and the great deceiver of all the nations, that he will be finally overcome by the Lord Jesus Christ as the seed of the woman and cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years and finally committed to the Lake of Fire with all his angels to be tormented forever and ever.
Job 1:6-12; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; John 8:44; Eph. 6:12-16; Rev. 20:1-3; 7-10.
Part Two: THE CHURCH
1. The Universal Church
The Universal Church consists of all those who have been born of the Spirit of God and have, by that same Spirit, been baptized into the Body of Christ.
1 Pet. 1:3; 22-25; 1 Cor. 12:13
2. The Local Church
We believe that a Christian church is a body of regenerated believers in Christ, established on the principles of the New Testament, and permanently associated for the purpose of mutual edification and the diffusion of the gospel, both at home and abroad.
1 Cor. 1:2; Acts 2:41,42, 47; Acts 1:8
3. Parkway Bible Church
(a) Name: This body, being a branch of Associated Gospel Churches of Canada, shall be known as Parkway Bible Church, of the City of Scarborough; which shall hereinafter be referred to as "this church".
(b) Church Government: We believe that it is the right of this church, as it is the right of every local church, to elect, and if necessary, to depose her officers; to receive in membership anyone fulfilling the requirements of these Articles of Faith; to exclude such members as walk disorderly; to manage independently her own affairs, subject only to the authority of Christ, her sole and supreme Lawgiver and Head.
Acts 6:1-8; 2 Thess. 3:6; Matt. 18:15-17; 1 Cor. 5:1-13.
Part Three: ORDINANCES AND PRACTICES
1. The Ordinances
We believe that the Ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper are to be duly observed by the church.
(a) Baptism: We believe God's Word commands every believer (and only believers) to be baptized; that Christian and Bible baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Baptism shall not be a prerequisite to church membership.
Rom. 6:3-5; Acts 8:36-39; John 3:23; Matt. 3:16; 1 Pet. 3:21.
(b) The Lord's Supper: We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and shall be regularly observed monthly, preferably on the second Lord's Day of each month and shall be administered by the Pastor, or, in his absence, by any person authorized by the Board of Elders.
Luke 22:19,20; 1 Cor. 11:23-28.
2. The Lord's Day
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day. It is a holy day to be set apart for the worship of God in the sanctuary and elsewhere, the cultivation of Christian fellowship, and the development of spiritual life.
Acts 20:7; Mark 2:27; John 20:19; 1 Cor. 16:2; Heb. 10:25.
The church believes that it is the duty and responsibility of Christian parents to dedicate their children to the Lord (1 Sam. 1:28) and also bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). In order that they may be made the subject of united and solemn prayer, the parents may present their children before the church body in a service of dedication.
Mk. 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-16.
All offerings shall be voluntary, and nothing of a secular character shall be allowed in any department for the purpose of raising money to carry on the work. In this connection the tithing system is recommended as a basis of proportionate giving on the part of each member of the congregation. Envelopes will be provided for those who wish to use them.
Matt. 10:8; 1 Cor. 16:2; Matt. 23:23.