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The Olive Branch Christian Fellowship
The Olive Branch Christian
Fellowship
Statement of Faith

  • We believe in one God, eternal, infinite, perfect, the
    creator of all things, and manifested in three persons
    as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (John 1:1-3; Isaiah
    44:6-8; Matt. 28:19; Mark 12:29; Duet. 6:4; Isaiah 43:10).

  • We believe the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of
    God, both the Old and New Testaments, are the
    inerrant and entire revelation of God's will for
    salvation, and the Divine and final authority for the
    Christian faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:15-17).

  • We believe Jesus Christ was God manifested in the
    flesh, truly God and truly man, conceived by the Holy
    Spirit and born to the virgin Mary. (Isaiah 7:14; Matt. 1:
    23; Isaiah 9:6).

  • We believe in His sinless life, His miraculous ministry,
    His substitutionary death on the cross as atonement
    for our sins, His bodily resurrection from the dead,
    and his ascension into heaven to serve as our
    intercessor before the Father (John 1:14; Hebrews 7:
    25,26).

  • We believe in salvation only through the shed blood
    of Jesus. Man was created good but by voluntary
    transgression fell, and his ONLY hope of redemption
    is in Jesus Christ and his work on the cross (Rom. 3:
    23; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 2:8; John 3:3-8; 1 John 1:7-9).
    This allows us to enter into the family of God by an
    experience called the "New Birth" or being “Born
    Again” as Jesus taught Nicodemus in John chapter 3.

  • We believe water baptism is by immersion, and
    should be observed by all who truly repent & believe
    on Christ as he commanded.  We do not believe that
    water baptism is necessary for salvation. We do not
    believe in infant baptism.  (Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47,48;
    Acts 2:38; 1 Pet. 3:21 Rom. 6:4,5) The following
    recommendation regarding the water baptismal
    formula is adopted; to wit: "On the confession of your
    faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by
    His authority, I baptize you in the Name of the Father,
    and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. In Jesus Name.
    Amen."

  • We believe in the commemoration of the Lord’s
    Supper by the symbolic use of the bread and the juice
    of the vine (1 Cor. 11; 24, 25).

  • We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The
    baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God, promised
    by Christ to all believers, distinct from, and
    subsequent to, the New Birth, (Acts 2:38,39; Acts 1:4-8;
    Acts 15:8,9) and that speaking with tongues is the
    initial physical evidence. (Acts 2:4; Acts10:44-46; Acts
    19:6)

  • SANCTIFICATION - The Bible teaches that without
    holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the
    Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet
    progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of
    regeneration and continuing until the consummation
    of salvation at Christ's return. (Heb. 12:14; 1 Thess. 5:
    23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14; 1 Cor. 1:30).

  • We believe in divine healing and prayer for the sick.
    Deliverance from sickness was provided in the
    atonement. Healing is for the physical ills of the
    human body and is wrought by the power of God
    through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of
    hands. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16,17; Mark 16:18; John 5:
    14; James 5:14,15)

  • We believe in THE RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND
    THE RETURN OF OUR LORD - The angels said to Jesus'
    disciples, "...this same Jesus, which is taken up from
    you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye
    have seen him go into Heaven." When He comes, "...
    the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are
    alive and remain shall be caught up together with
    them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air...". (Acts
    1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16,17).

  • Following the Tribulation, He shall return to earth as
    thousand years
  • . (Rev. 5:10; 20:6).

  • We believe in a literal hell and eternal retribution -
    The one who physically dies in his sins without
    accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the
    lake of fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity
    of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The lake of fire is
    literal. The terms "eternal" and "everlasting," used in
    describing the duration of the punishment of the
    damned in the lake of fire carry the same thought and
    meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the
    duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the Presence
    of God. (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19:20).

  • We believe that term “marriage” has only one
    meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God
    which joins one man and one woman in a single,
    exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We
    believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur
    between a man and a woman who are married to each
    other. We believe that God has commanded that no
    intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a
    marriage between a man and a woman.

    We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as
    adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual
    conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt
    to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s
    biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.