Doctrinal Beliefs of Twin Oaks
At Twin Oaks, we encourage you to maintain a vibrant relationship with Jesus. This is done by taking the Bible seriously through the application of its teaching to our lives. It will lead to holy living, a clear conscience, and a clean life. We contend that Christianity is not just a dry list of do’s and don’ts. It is a relationship; a relationship with Jesus Christ!
Doctrine affects everyday life. Whether the belief is true or false, it will affect the way you live. For e example, if you feel that God is some kind of cosmic ogre who is out to get you, you’re not going to enjoy spending time in prayer, or the Bible, or worship. So you see, what you believe is important.
The following is a basic overview of core Biblical values. Each is Scripturally based and we urge further study in the understanding and practical application of these divine truths. We do admit that the following can be merely a lifeless list. While doctrine is important, it takes the reality of God’s presence to make all doctrine fresh and vibrant.
There is but one living and true God who reveals Himself in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the only-begotten and eternal Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, was crucified, died, and rose again. He alone is the Savior of the world.
The Holy Spirit a person, not merely an influence. He gives spiritual life to those who repent, sanctifies believers, and guides into all truth.
The Bible is God’s Book, perfectly inspired by Him. It is comprised of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. These Scriptures are the infallible Word of God, superior to all human authority, containing all things necessary to our salvation.
Jesus Christ made a full sacrifice (atonement) for all sin and this is the only ground of salvation, sufficient for every individual.
All have been granted the ability to choose between right and wrong and are morally responsible to God for their choice.
Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to God. It includes a sorrow for, confession of, and forsaking of sin. The repentant one is granted full pardon of all guilt, delivered from the power of sin, and adopted into the family of God.
Entire sanctification is a work of the Holy Spirit by which the child of God is cleansed from all inbred sin. It takes place after salvation, wrought in an instant by faith, and is confirmed by the witness of the Holy Spirit.
The witness of the Spirit is that inward impression wrought on the soul whereby the Spirit assures our spirit that the Bible conditions of salvation and entire sanctification have been met. This witness is not to be confused with the so-called “speaking in tongues,” which Biblically speaks of known languages being understood by those speaking and hearing that language.
Jesus Christ will come again in bodily form in fulfillment of the Scriptures. Thereafter will be a resurrection of the dead, both the just and unjust. God will judge all mankind with rewards and punishments being administered.
The two sacraments are ordained by Christ. Baptism is a sign of regeneration or new birth. It holds no saving virtue but rather symbolizes that work. The Lord’s Supper is a sign of love, gratitude, and memorial of the sufferings of the Savior.