Sojourn Academy

Reason for name change formerly Oak Ridge Christian Academy

Statement of Faith

Sojourn Church holds the following beliefs to be essential to the Christian faith. There are a great many matters in which genuine Christians disagree, but the ones contained herein are non-negotiable, being the “faith once for all passed down to all the saints.” These statements merely restate orthodox Christianity, the clear teaching of God’s Word. Therefore, all of Sojourn Church’s ministries, staff, and members agree with the following:
 
1.  We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction1; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end2, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter3; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us4; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union5, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried6.
 
2.  We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth7; inexpressibly glorious in holiness8, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love9; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit10.  The Son being very and eternal God, of one substance and equal with the Father, who did, when the fullness of time was come, take upon him man's nature11, yet without sin12 being conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, so that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures were inseparably joined together in one person, which person is very God and very man, yet one Christ, the only mediator between God and man.  The Holy Spirit possesses all the attributes of personality and deity13 and is in all the divine attributes coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son14.  We recognize His sovereign activity in the creation15, the incarnation16, the written revelation17, and the work of salvation18.  His activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment19, glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ, and transforming believers into the image of Christ20.
 
3.  We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker21; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state22; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners23, not by constraint, but choice24; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin25, without defense or excuse26.
 
4.  We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace27, through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God28; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin29; honored the divine law by his personal obedience30, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins31; that having risen from the death, he is now enthroned in heaven32; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all- sufficient Savior33.
 
5.  We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ34 secures to such as believe in him is Justification35; that Justification includes the pardon of sin36, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness37; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood38; by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God39; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity40.

 

6.  We believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners41; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end42; that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable43; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy44; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree45; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel46; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance47; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence48.  We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again49; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind50; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth51, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel52; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life53. We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God54; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ55, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy56; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior57.
 
7. We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness58; that it is a progressive work59; that it is begun in regeneration60; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means--especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer61.
 
8.  We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end62; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors63; that a special Providence watches over their welfare64; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation65.
 
9.  We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of individuals associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel66; observing the ordinances of Christ67; governed by his laws68, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his Word69. We believe that Christian Baptism is an act of obedience wherein one is baptized into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost70; to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life71.  The Lord's Supper72 is a corporate commemoration of the dying love of Christ by the sacred use of bread and fruit of the vine73; preceded always by solemn self-examination74.
 
10.  We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked75; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem76; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse77; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death78. We believe that the end of the world is approaching79; that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven80, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution81; that a solemn separation will then take place82; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy83; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness84.
 
Footnotes:
1. 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:21; 1 Sam. 23:2; Acts 1:16; 3:21; John 10:35; Luke 16:29-31; Psa. 119:11; Rom. 3:1-2
2. 2 Tim. 3:15; 1 Pet. 1:10-12; Acts 11:14; Rom. 1:16; Mark 16:16; John 5:38-39
3. Prov. 30:5-6; John 17:17; Rev. 22:18-19; Rom. 3:4
4. Rom. 2:12; John 12:47-48; 1 Cor. 4:3-4; Luke 10:10-16; 12:47-48
5. Phil. 3:16; Eph. 4:3-6; Phil. 2:1-2; 1 Cor. 1:10; 1 Pet. 4:11
6. 1 John 4:1; Isa. 8:20; 1 Thess. 5:21; 2 Cor. 8:5; Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:6; Jude 3:5; Eph. 6:17; Psa. 119:59-60; Phil. 1:9-11
7. John 4:24; Psa. 147:5; 83:18; Heb. 3:4; Rom. 1:20; Jer. 10:10
8. Exod. 15:11; Isa. 6:3; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; Rev. 4:6-8
9. Mark 12:30; Rev. 4:11; Matt. 10:37; Jer. 2:12-13
10. Matt. 28:19; John 15:26; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 1 John 5:7
11. John 1:14; Gal 4;4
12. Rom 8:3; Heb 2:14-17, Heb 4:15
13. Is 40:13-14, John 16:13, 1 Cor 2:10-13,22; Rom 15:13; Eph. 4:30, Heb 9:14.
14. Matt 28:19, Heb 10:15-17
15. Gen 1:2
16. Matt 1:18
17. 2 Pet 1:20-21
18. John 3:5-7
19. John 16:7-9
20. Rom 8:29, 2 Cor 3:18
21. Gen 1:27, 31; Eccl. 7:29; Acts 16:26; Gen. 2:16
22. Gen 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12
23. Rom 5:19; John 3:6; Psa. 51:5; Rom. 5:15-19; 8:7
24. Is 53:6; Gen. 6:12; Rom. 3:9-18
25. Eph 2:1-3; Rom. 1:18, 32; 2:1-16; Gal. 3:10; Matt. 20:15
26. Ezek 18:19-20; Rom. 1:20; 3:19; Gal. 3:22
27. Eph. 2:5; Matt. 18:11; 1 John 4:10; 1 Cor. 3:5-7; Acts 15:11
28. John 3:16; 1:1-14; Heb. 4:14; 12:24
29. Phil 2:6-7; Heb. 2:9, 14; 2 Cor. 5:21
30. Is 42:21; Phil. 2:8; Gal. 4:4-5; Rom. 3:21
31. Is 53:4-5; Matt. 20:28; Rom. 4:25; 3:21-26; 1 John 4:10; 2:2; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Heb. 9:13-15
32. Heb 1:8, 3; 8:1; Col. 3:1-4
33. Heb. 7:25; Col. 2:9; Heb. 2:18; 7:26; Psa. 89:19; Psa. 14
34. John 1:16; Eph. 3:8
35. Acts 13:39; Isa. 3:11-12; Rom. 8:1
36. Rom 5:9; Zech. 13:1; Matt. 9:6; Acts 10:43
37. Rom 5:17; Titus 3:5-6; 1 Pet. 3:7; 1 John 2:25; Rom. 5:21
38. Rom 4:4-5; 5:21; 6:28; Phil. 3:7-9
39. Rom 5:19; 3:24-26; 4:23-25; 1 John 2:12
40. Rom 5:1-3, 11; 1 Cor. 1:30-31; Matt. 6:33; 1 Tim. 4:8
41. 2 Tim. 1:8-9; Eph. 1:3-14; 1 Pet. 1:1-2; Rom. 11:5-6; John 15:15; 1 John 4:19; Hos. 12:9
42. 2 Thess. 2:13-14; Acts 13:48; John 10:16; Matt. 20:16; Acts 15:14
43. Exod. 33:18-19; Matt. 20:15; Eph. 1:11; Rom. 9:23-24: Jer. 31:3; Rom. 11:28-29; James 1:17-18; 2 Tim. 1:9; Rom. 11:32-36
44. 1 Cor. 4:7; 1:26-31; Rom. 3:27; 4:16; Col. 3:12; 1 Cor. 3:5-7; 15:10; 1 Pet. 5:10; Acts 1:24; 1 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 2:9; Luke 18:7; John 15:16; Eph. 1:16; 1 Thess. 2:12
45. 2 Tim. 2:10; 1 Cor. 9:22; Rom. 8:28-30; John 6:37-40; 2 Pet. 1:10
46. 1 Thess. 1:4-10
47. Rom. 8:28-30; Isa. 42:16; Rom. 11:29
48. 2 Pet. 1:10-11; Phil. 3:12; Heb. 6:11
49. John 3:3, 6-7; 1 Cor. 1:14; Rev. 8:7-9; 21:27
50. 2 Cor. 5:17; Ezek. 36:26; Deut. 30:6; Rom. 2:28-29; 5:5; 1 John 4:7
51. John 3:8; 1:13; James 1:16-18; 1 Cor. 1:30; Phil. 2:13
52. 1 Pet. 1:22-25; 1 John 5:1; Eph. 4:20-24; Col. 3:9-11
53. Eph 5:9; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 3:14-21; Matt. 3:8-10; 7:20; 1 John 5:4, 18
54. Mark 1:15; Acts 11:18; Eph. 2:8; 1 John 5:1
55. John 16:8; Acts 2:37-38; 16:30-31
56. Luke 18:13; 15:18-21; James 4:7-10; 2 Cor. 7:11; Rom. 10:12-13; Psa. 51
57. Rom 10:9-11; Acts 3:22-23: Heb. 4:14; Psa. 2:6; Heb. 1:8; 8:25; 2 Tim. 1:12
58. 1 Thess. 4:3; 5:23; 2 Cor. 7:1; 13:9; Eph. 1:4
59. Prov 4:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Heb. 6:1; 2 Pet. 1:5-8; Phil. 3:12-16
60. John 2:29; Rom. 8:5; John 3:6; Phil. 1:9-11; Eph. 1:13-14
61. Phil. 2:12-13; Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:18; 2 Cor. 13:5; Luke 11:35; 9:23; Matt. 26:41; Eph. 6:18; 4:30
62. John 8:31; 1 John 2:27-28; 3:9; 5:18
63. 1 John 2:19; John 13:18; Matt. 13:20-21; John 6:66-69; Job 17:9
64. Rom 8:28; Matt. 6:30-33; Jer. 32:40; Psa. 121:3; 91:11-12
65. Phil 1:6; 2:12-13; Jude 24-25; Heb. 1:14; 2 Kings 6:16; Heb. 13:5; 1 John 4:4
66. Acts 2:41-42; 2 Cor. 8:5; Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 5:12-13
67. 1 Cor. 11:2; 2 Thess. 3:6; Rom. 16:17-20; 1 Cor. 11:23; Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor 5:6; 2 Cor. 2:7; 1 Cor. 4:17
68. Matt 28:20; John 14:15; 15:12; 1 John 4:21; John 14:21; 1 Thess. 4.2; 2 John 6; Gal. 6:2; all the Epistles
69. Eph 4:7; 1 Cor. 14:12; Phil. 1:27; 1 Cor. 12:14
70. Matt 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Gal. 3:27-28
71. Rom 6:4; Col. 2:12; 1 Pet. 3:20-21; Acts 22:16
72. Acts 2:41-42; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts and Epistles
73. 1 Cor. 11:26; Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20
74. 1 Cor. 11:28; 5:1, 8; 10:3-32; 11:17-32; John 6:26-71
75. Mal. 3:18; Prov. 12:26; Isa. 5:20; Gen. 18:23; Jer. 15:19; Acts 10:34- 35; Rom. 6:16
76. Rom 1:17; 7:6; 1 John 2:29; 3:7; Rom. 6:18, 22; 1 Cor. 11:32; Prov. 11:31; 1 Pet. 4:17-18
77. 1 John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; John 3:36; Isa. 57:21; Psa. 10:4; Isa 55:6-7
78. Prov 14:32; Luke 16:25; John 8:21-24; Prov. 10:24; Luke 12:4-5; 9:23- 26; John 12:25-26; Eccl. 3:17; Matt. 7:13-14
79. 1 Pet. 4:7; 1 Cor. 7:29-31; Heb. 1:10-12; Matt. 24:35; 1 John 2:17; Matt. 28:20; 13:39-40; 2 Pet. 3:3-13
80. Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7; Heb. 9:28; Acts 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 5:1-11
81. Acts 24:15; 1 Cor. 15:12-59; Luke 14:14; Dan. 12:2; John 5:28-29; 6:40; 11:25-26; 2 Tim. 1:10; Acts 10:42
82. Matt 13:49, 37-43; 24:30-31; 25:31-33
83. Matt 25:35-41; Rev. 22:11; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Mark 9:43-48; 2 Pet. 2:9; Jude 7; Phil. 3:19; Rom. 6:32; 2 Cor. 5:10-11; John 4:36; 2 Cor. 4:18
84. Rom 3:5-6; 2 Thess. 1:6-12; Heb. 6:1-2; 1 Cor. 4:5; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:2-16; Rev. 20:11-12; 1 John 2:28; 4:17