Doctrine

The Bible

The Holy Scriptures are inspired by God, and they are useful and sufficient for living every area of our lives the way God mandates. We do need no other word since everything has been revealed in God’s word ( 2 Tim 3:15-17 , 2 Pet 1:3-4 ; 20-21 ; Matt 5:18 ).

God

There is only one God who exists eternally in three different persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being and nature ( Deut 6:4 ; 2 Co. 13:14 ; Isa. 40:28 ; Acts 1:8-12 , 9:14 ; Jer. 23:23-24 ; Matt. 28:20 ; Ps. 139:7-10 ).

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is God, being the unique mediator between God and us. There is no other name or being by which one can be saved ( Rom 9:5 ; 1 Tim 2:5 ; Eph. 1:7 ; Rom 4:25 ; Acts 16:31 ).

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God, a personal being who possesses all the distinctive attributes of deity. He regenerates the fallen and then guides everyone to the truth, while teaching and reminding them what has been revealed through the Scriptures ( Acts 5:3-4 ; Tit 3:5b ; Eph 1:13 ; 1 Co 6:19 ; Ts. 2:13).

Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God given to man by grace, (undeserved favor), through faith in Jesus Christ alone and not by our own merits ( Eph 2:8-9 , 2 Tim 1:9 ; Isa 64:6 ; Ro. 8: 33-39 ).

Man

Man was created in the image and likeness of God; man sinned and was
separated from God’s glory, spiritually dead without a relationship, in enmity and without peace with His Creator ( Gen 1:26-27 ; Rom 3:23 , Acts 9:27 , Re. 20:14-15 , 2 Thes 1:9 ; Rom 5:12 ).

The Church

The Church is the body of Christ. The congregation of the faithful who were born again, only by believing in Christ’s sacrifice ( Eph 1:22-23 , 5:25-27 ; 1 Cor 12:12-14 ; Acts 2:41 ).

The Ordinances of the Church Baptism

We believe baptism by water is an ordinance of God to the church and is completed by immersion in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He who has recognized his sin, repented from it, and become a new creature by believing on Christ, is to be baptized ( Matt 28:19 ; Acts 8: 26-39 ).

The Lord’s Supper

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper that the church practices in obedience to God, remembering the death and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ for our sins and showing our gratefulness to God for the death of His Son ( 1 Cor 11:23-26 ).

Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God is sovereign in the provision of the spiritual gifts and that it is a privilege and responsibility of every believer before God to use them for serving others and for edifying the church ( 1 Cor 12:4-7 , 11 , 13 ; Eph 4:7-8 ; Rom 12:6-8 ; 1 Pet 4:10-11 ).

Final Resurrection

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, in the perpetual well-being of the saved and the eternal punishment of the lost ( Acts 24:15 , 1 Thes 4:16-17 ; 2 Thes 1:7-9 ; Matt 25:46 ).

Satan and his demons

Satan and his demons are real beings that rebelled against God and His work. They were defeated by Jesus Christ through the cross of Calvary, and they have an eternal future in the lake of fire ( Is. 14:12-14 , 1 Co. 6:19 , Col. 2:15 , Mt. 25:41 , Rev. 12:10 ).

THE FOUR PILLARS OF PETRA

We believe these come from the Lord and are consistent with Biblical truth.

The Word

Proclaiming the authority of God’s Word without apology.
“Preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” 2 Timothy 4:2.

Prayer

Firmly believing in the power of prayer.
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” Ephesians 6:18 .

Worship

Lifting up the name of Jesus Christ in worship.
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth ” John 4:24 .

Proclaiming

Sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness.
“And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should” Ephesians 6:19-20 .

PETRA VALUES

Each value will help you understand what we believe doctrinally and also to clarify our Biblical practice.

To Glorify God

We were created and regenerated to glorify God with all our heart, soul, strength, mind at all times, in all places, and in every circumstance, since God’s Glory is preeminent above all creation ( Psalms 86: 11-12 , 1 Tim 1:17 , Rom 16: 27 ).

To Obey God

Love God by obeying His Word. Obedience is the result of faith and trust we have in God; we trust His plans are good and perfect for us. God blesses those who obey Him with a sincere and humble heart before Him ( Psalms 119: 97-99 , John 14:15 , James 1: 22-25 ; 1 John 2: 3-6 ).

To Serve Christ

We are called to serve for the edification of Christ’s body. Therefore, it is a privilege and a responsibility, before God and the Church, to diligently carry out the job God has entrusted us ( Mark 10: 45 ; 1 Peter 4:10 ; Philippians 2:6-11 ).

To Rejoice in Christ

The source of joy in our hearts is Christ, who redeemed us and wrote our names in the book of life, and His eternal promises fill us with joy and hope ( 1 Peter 1:8 ; Philippians 4:4-5 ).

The Supremacy of Christ

Nothing in this life has meaning or purpose away from Christ, not even food, drinking, or work is enjoyable away from God–satisfaction, rest, and peace in life are found in Christ alone ( John 1:1-3 ; Fi 2: 5-11; He 1:3-6 ).


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