The following points of doctrine are agreed upon and endorsed by The 5 and 2 Ministries Leadership. Any additional points of theological difference regarding or pertaining to various denominational interpretations belong to solely to that individual and do not inherently reflect the views of the remainder of Leadership.
The Triune God
There is one God, self-revealed as three persons “of one substance, power and eternity,” the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. For the sake of the Gospel we decline proposals to modify or marginalize these names and we affirm their rightful place in prayer, liturgy, and hymnody. For the Gospel invites us through the Holy Spirit to share eternally in the divine fellowship, as adopted children of God in whose family Jesus Christ is both our Saviour and our brother. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:4-6; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 1 Peter 1:2, Jude 20-21)
Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier
The Almighty triune God created a universe that was in every way good until creaturely rebellion disrupted it, sin having intruded, God in love purposed to restore cosmic order through the calling of the covenant people Israel, the coming of Jesus Christ to redeem, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to sanctify, the building up of the church to worship and witness, and the coming again of Christ in glory to make all things new. Works of miraculous power mark the unfolding of God’s plan throughout history. (Genesis 1-3; Isaiah 40:28; 65:17; Matthew 6:10; John 17:6; Acts 17:24-26, 28; 1 Corinthians 15:28; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Ephesians 1:11; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 21:5)
The Word Made Flesh
Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in life, raised bodily from the dead, and now reigning in glory though still present with his people through the Holy Spirit, is both the Jesus of history and the Christ of Scripture. He is God with us, the sole mediator between God and ourselves, the source of saving knowledge of the Godhead, and the giver of eternal life to the church catholic. (Matthew 1:24-25; Mark 15:20-37; Luke 1:35; John 1:14;17:20-21; Acts 1:9-11;4:12; Romans
5:17; Philippians 2:5-6; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 1:2; 9:15)
The Only Saviour
Human sin is prideful rebellion against God’s authority, expressing itself in our refusing to love both the Creator and his creation. Sin corrupts our nature, and it’s fruit is injustice, oppression, personal and social disintegration, alienation, and guilt before God; it destroys hope and leads to a future devoid of any enjoyment of either God or good. From the guilt, shame, power and path of sin, Jesus Christ is the only Saviour; penitent faith in him is the only way of salvation.
By his atoning sacrifice on the cross for our sins, Jesus overcame the powers of darkness and secured our redemption and justification. By his bodily rising he guaranteed the future resurrection and eternal inheritance of all believers. By his regenerating gift of the Spirit, he restores our fallen nature and renews us in his own image. Thus in every generation he is the way, the truth and the life for sinful individuals, and the architect of restored human community. (John 14:5; Acts 1:9-11; 2:32-33 4:12; Romans 3:22-25; 1 Corinthians 15:20-24; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Philippians 2:9-11; Colossians 2:13-15; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 John 4:14;5:11-12)
The Spirit of Life
The Holy Spirit, “the Lord, the Giver of Life” sent to the church at Pentecost by the Father and the Son, discloses the glory of Jesus Christ, convicts us of sin, renews the sinner’s inner being, induces faith, equips for righteousness, creates communion, and empowers for service. Life in the Spirit is a supernaturalizing of our natural existence and a true foretaste of heaven. The loving unity of Spirit-filled Christians and churches is a powerful sign of the truth of Christianity. (Genesis 1:2; Exodus 31:2-5; Psalm
51:11; John 3:5-6;14:26;15:26;16:7-11,13-15; 1 Corinthians 2:4,6:19,12:4-7; Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 1:13-14;5:18;1 Thessalonians 5:19; 2 Timothy 3:16)
The Authority of the Bible
The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are “God’s Word written,” inspired and authoritative, true and trustworthy, coherent, sufficient for salvation, living and powerful as God’s guidance for belief and behaviour.
The church may not judge Scriptures, selecting and discarding from among their teachings. But the Scripture under Christ judges the church for its faithfulness to his revealed truth. (Deuteronomy 29:29; Isaiah 40:8; 55:11; Matthew 5:17-18; John 10:35; 14:26; Romans 1:16; Ephesians 1:17-19; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
The Church of God
The supernatural society called the church is the family of God, the body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is the community of believers, justified through faith in Christ, incorporated into the risen life of Christ, and set under the authority of Scripture as the word of Christ. The church on earth is united through Christ to the church in heaven in the communion of the saints. Through the church’s ministry of the word and the sacraments of the Gospel, God ministers life in Christ to the faithful, thereby empowering them for worship, witness, and service.
In the life of the church only that which may be proved from Scripture should be held to be essential to the faith and that which is non-essential should not be required of anyone to be believed or be enforced as a matter of doctrine, discipline, or worship. (Ephesians 3:10-21; 5:23, 27; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 12:1-2; 2 Timothy 3; 14-17)
The New Life in Christ
God made human beings in the divine image so that they might glorify and enjoy their creator forever, but since the Fall, sin has alienated us all from God and disorders human motivation and action at every point. As atonement and justification restore us to fellowship with God by pardoning sin, so regeneration and sanctification renew us in the likeness of Christ by overcoming sin. The Holy Spirit, who helps us practice the disciplines of the Christian life, increasingly transforms us through them. Sinlessness, however, is not given in this world, and we who believe remain flawed “in thought, word
and deed” until we are perfected in heaven. (Genesis 1:26-28;3 John 3:5-6;16:13; Romans 3:23-24; 5:12; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Galatians 5:22-24; Ephesians 2:1-5; Philippians 2:13; 2 Peter 3:10-13)
The Church’s Ministry
The Holy Spirit bestows distinctive gifts upon all Christians for the purpose of glorifying God and building up his church in truth and love. All Christians are called to be ministers, regardless of gender, race, age or socio-economic status. All God’s people must seek to find and fulfill the particular form of service for which God has called and equipped them. (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:11; 12:4-7, 27; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 3:12-13; 5:17; Hebrews 2:11; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)
The Church’s Worship
The primary calling of the church, as of every Christian, is to offer worship, in the Spirit and according to truth, to the God of creation, providence and grace. The essential dimensions of worship are praise and thanksgiving for all good things, proclamation and celebration of the glory of God and of Jesus Christ, prayer for human needs and for the advancement of God’s kingdom, and self-offering for service. All liturgical forms - verbal, musical and ceremonial - stand under the authority of Scripture. No form of worship can truly exalt Christ or draw forth true devotion to him without the presence and
power of the Holy Spirit. Prayer, public and private, is central to the health and renewal of the church. Healing, spiritual and physical, is a welcome aspect of worship. (John 4:24;16:8-15; Acts 1:8;2:42-47; Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26;12:7; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Ephesians 5:18-20; Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5;5:19)
The Priority of Evangelism
Evangelism means proclaiming Jesus Christ as divine Saviour, Lord and Friend, in a way that invites people to come to God through him, to worship and serve him, and to seek the empowering of the Holy Spirit for their life of discipleship in the community of the church. All Christians are called to witness to Christ, as a sign of love both to him and to their neighbours. The task, which is thus a matter of priority, calls for personal training and a constant search for modes of persuasive outreach. We sow the seed,
and look to God for the fruit. (Matthew 5:13-16;28:19-20; John 3:16-18;20:21; Acts 2:37-39;5:31-32; 1 Corinthians 1:23;15:2-4; 2 Corinthians 4:5;5:20; 1 Peter 3:15)
The Challenge of Social Action
The gospel constrains the church to be “salt” and “light” in the world, working out the implications of biblical teaching for the right ordering of social, economic, and political life, and for humanity’s stewardship of creation. Christians must exert themselves in the cause of justice and in acts of compassion. While no social system can be identified with the coming Kingdom of God, social action is an integral part of our obedience to the Gospel. (Genesis 1:26-28; Isaiah 30:18; 58:6-10; Amos 5:24; Matthew 5:13-16; 22:37-40; 25:31-46; Luke 4:17-21; John 20:21; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; James 2:14-26; 1 John 4:16; Revelation 1:5-6; 5:9-10)