Our Principal Beliefs

The mission statement of Chapelhill Ministries, declares that we are committed to excellence in communicating Christian ideas and principles, the person of Jesus Christ and the truths of the Word of God. A ministry such as ours allows for freedom of interpretation and expression in many areas of the faith; however, we believe that the following principal beliefs are absolute, firm and non-negotiable.

God the Father

We believe God the Father as He has revealed Himself as the Creator, infinitely perfect, intimately familiar with us, and Redeemer of mankind.

The One True God, God the Father is the first person of the Trinity. In Him there are three divine persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which are equal in power, but have distinct roles.

The Father is the source and ruler of all things. The traits of His fatherly love are demonstrated in His relationship with creation overall and particularly with believers. The One True God is eternal, all powerful, all knowing, holy, just, loving, true, unchangeable, and united.

Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 43:11, Matthew 28:19, Psalm 103:19, 1 Peter: 1:2

The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe the Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of the Living God who shares in the deity of the Father, and claim Him as our Lord and Savior.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity. According to God’s plan, God became flesh and dwelt among us. The eternal Son humbled Himself and became truly man, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Inseparably joining undiminished deity with humanity, Jesus Christ was fully man and fully God who lived a sinless life, and died paying the price in full for the penalty of our sin, rose bodily and miraculously from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will come again in His glory. Jesus now and forever will be the object of our worship, the subject of our praise, and the source of our salvation.

John 1:1-3, Philippians 2:5-8, Hebrews 1:1-3, Matthew 1:23, 1 John 5:11-12

 The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Trinity, who is continually at work convicting, convincing, and comforting the lives of all believers.

As the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the personal agent of God the Father, and Christ the Son for revelation and regeneration. Though universally present and active in creation, the Holy Spirit particularly dwells among God’s people, and uniquely indwells individual believers by baptism in Him. Baptism in the Holy Spirit guides and empowers believers for new life and service to God.

John 14:26, Acts 1:5, Acts 2:1-4, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 1: 13-14

The Bible

We believe our great confidence in God’s inerrant Word. We cherish its truths, and respect its reproofs and corrections. We believe its final authority in all matters of doctrine and practice. The Holy Bible is without error.

The Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and written by chosen men of God. The Bible centers on the person and works of Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:15 -17, 2 Peter 1:20-21

Iniquity of Mankind

We believe the fall of humanity into sin by one man, Adam. This left mankind without hope apart from a new birth made possible by Christ’s sacrifice at the cross and miraculous resurrection.

Man was created in God’s image and enjoyed unmeasurable blessings, including having regular fellowship with Him; however, as a result of Adam’s rebellion, all people have fallen under the curse of death. Now unable and unwilling to please God, mankind is undeserving of His Blessings, blinded to His truth, and dead in their sins, spiritually and physically. This state of judgement before and just and holy God is a condition that permeates every facet of human life, and cannot change apart from the grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ.

Genesis 3, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10-18, Romans 3: 23-26,

Salvation

We believe and believe the offer of salvation is God’s free gift of love to all humanity. Those who accept this gift by faith, apart from individual efforts, become a new person in Christ Jesus the Saviour.

Due to the state of humanity, which is fallen, mankind is unable to save themselves; however, God according to His own sovereign mercy acts to save those who come to Him by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to pay the price of death in place of a condemned humanity. By simply believing the good news that Christ died for your sins and then rose from the dead, a person can be forgiven of all sin and be declared righteous by God and reborn into new life in Christ, as well as the guarantee of enteral life with Him. This is the finished redemptive work of the Lord.

John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:1-5, Ephesians 1:4-12, Ephesians 2:8-9,

Anew in Christ

We believe the redemptive life changing power of the resurrection to transform lives. Upon the confession of faith in Christ, and by His grace, transformation occurs from death to life, old to new, and thus, we become a creation. As believers, we are His workmanship created in Christ, and so, we are partakers of His divine nature.

2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:10, 2 Peter 1:4

The Body of Christ

We also believe the Lord is continuing to add to His family, the universal body of Christ, over which He is the Head.

The body of Christ is ever increasing universally, both in heaven and on earth, of whom Jesus Christ reigns as Lord.  The body of Christ consists of true believers; those that have been born again by faith in Christ’s redemptive act of love, and through this new birth, believers are spiritually baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body uniting them with Him and one another.

Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11-16, 1 Peter 2:9-10

The Family of God

We believe and are grateful that God has called us into His family, that He should call us His children; and the importance of fellowship with God and His family, united as one in all things.

We are also thankful for the local church, a place that proclaims God’s truths, provides direction, stimulates growth and maturity, and brings glory to God.

Believers are called to assemble themselves in faithful membership, for the purposes of mutual encouragement and spiritual growth. As the family of God, a healthy local church is evident by its God glorifying worship; scripture based teaching and preaching, intimate fellowship, and clear communication of the church’s faith, hope, and love, its evangelistic efforts, discipleship, and support and service.

John 1:12, Acts 2:41-47, Philippians 2:1-4, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 John 3:1-2

Marriage

We believe God’s divine purpose of marriage, as a matter of belief, doctrine, and religious practice for the joining of one man and one woman in holy matrimony to the exclusion of all others.

God places great importance on marriage which is evident throughout the bible; it is the sacred and lifelong union of a man and a woman giving themselves to each other in love and trust. It signifies the mystery of the union between Christ and His bride, the Church. This covenant relationship between a man and a woman is a gift from our heavenly Father to meet our need for companionship, to provide principles that guide and protect, to enrich and encourage, celebrating oneness, and strengthening the union of their lives while glorifying God as a living testimony.

Genesis 2:18-24, Matthew 19:5-6, Mark 10:8, Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:18-19,  Hebrews 13:4, 1 Peter 3:1-7,

Healing

We believe the redemptive work of Jesus Christ at the cross, which also included the submission of all sickness and disease placed under the everlasting power of His authority; and the same authority is given to all believers in His name.

As God has revealed Himself as healer, one of his divine attributes; He continues to demonstrate His willingness and ability to heal His people, and see them restored to the extent that He has given the same authority to believers by faith to see all manner of physical and emotional sickness overcome.

Matthew 8:16-17, 10:1, Matthew 28:18, Mark 13:34, Luke 9:1, Acts 3:6, James 5:14-15, 1 Peter 2:24,

Water Baptism

We believe in the ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the scriptures by all who have repented and believed in Jesus Christ as Savior and having  been born again in Him are commanded to be immersed in water as a declaration to the world that they have died with Christ and been raised with Him to walk in newness of life

Mark16:16; Matthew 28:19, Acts 10:47, Acts 48, Romans 6:4, Acts 20:21, Hebrews 10:22

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

We believe the ministry and baptism of the Holy Spirit are to glorify Jesus Christ and to indwell, guide, and empower believers for life and service. Believers should earnestly seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. The initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.  This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth.

Acts 2:1-4; 10:46; 19:6 46, Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46

Lord’s Supper

We believe  the symbolic expression of our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ  as well as a memorial of His suffering and death, a prophecy of His Second coming of this we partake.

2 Peter 1:4: 1 Corinthians 11:23-31

The Return of Christ

We believe and anticipate our Lord’s promised return.

According to God’s plan, Jesus Christ will return one day in power to bring about the completion of salvation and rewards to believers, and judgement and wrath to unbelievers. The Bibles teaches that the years leading up to the judgement will be noticeable by the increase of evil around the world, though the actual time of the end is unknown. It could happen at any moment. Details of Christ’s return are unclear, but the reality of His return is a certainty, and all believers are told to live holy lives in the anticipation of His return.

1Thessalonians 4:13, 5:10-11, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Hebrews 9:28, Revelation 19:11-16