OCC has a series of Faith Statements that expand on the EFC statement of faith.
The following statements have been part of OCC since her beginning.
- There is one God, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Creator of all things, Ruler of the Universe, eternal, and infinitely perfect. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-3; 2 Corinthians 13:14; James 2:19; Revelation 1:4-6).
- God the Father, is self-existent, infinite, personal, unchangeable, and eternal in his being; perfect in holiness, love, justice, goodness, wisdom and truth; omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent; Creator and Sustainer of all things visible and invisible; both immanent and transcendent to creation; the Author of Salvation; in character, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin; yet not leaving the guilty unpunished. (John 4:24, I Corinthians 8:4-6, Genesis 1:1, Psalm 90:2, Ephesians 1:2-3, I Peter 1:2-4, Exodus 34:6-7)
- The Lord Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is equal with the Father, sinless and perfect. He died on the Cross as a sacrifice for our sins and by the shedding of His blood and subsequent bodily resurrection from the dead He provides the only means of satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who believe in His finished work at Calvary. Further, He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father and ministers as the believer’s High Priest and Advocate. He will return to earth personally, bodily, imminently, and gloriously, at a time known only to the Father. When He returns He will bring joy to His people, judgment and eternal punishment on unredeemed people, and an eternal state of blessing for every believer. (Matthew 1:20; 24;21; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:14,18; 14:1-6; Acts 1:11; Romans 3:23; 4:25; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:19; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5; Titus 2:13; 3:5; Hebrews 1:1-9; 4:14; 1 Peter 1:5,18-19; 1 John 5:20; Revelation 19:11-20:6).
- The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to glorify Jesus Christ, convict people of sin and draw them to the Saviour. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation, baptizes the believer into the body of Christ, regenerates the believing sinner, infuses with new life, comforts, guides and instructs, fills, empowers, equips, and directs believers in Christ-centered worship, witness and service. (Matthew 28:19; John 3:3-7; 14:16-18; 16:7-13; Acts 1;8; 2:1-4; 4;31; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 6:19; 12:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:22; 4:30; 5:18).
- The Bible, consisting of the sixty-six (66) books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original documents and the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 12:6; 19:7-11; 119:105,160; Matthew 5:17-19; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
- Humankind is made in the image and likeness of God, but in Adam, humans rebelled and were separated from God. This resulted in humankind having a sinful nature. And so, it is only through accepting and believing in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as the basis for our justification and salvation, that we can become children of God and live lives that are holy and pleasing to Him. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Acts 4:12; 16:31; Romans 3:23; 5:9, 12, 17-21; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 2:8-9).
- The Church is composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. The local church is a tangible expression of the Church, an organized body of believers in Christ who are joined together for worship and prayer, observing the ordinances, glorifying Christ through the proclamation of the gospel to all peoples nations; exercising spiritual gifts through by serving others in an attitude of love; and developing relationships as people are discipled in accordance with the Word of God. The purpose of the church is to worship God with praise, prayer and thanksgiving; (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8, 2:42, 20:7; 1 Corinthians 12:12-28, 16:1-2; Galatians 3:27-28; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:24-30; 1 John 3:21-24, 5:1-5).
[OCC is evangelical, evangelistic and trans-denominational. Her members fellowship fully and heartily with other evangelical believers of similar persuasion.]
Baptism and communion are two essential ordinances or practices for all believers. They are symbolic acts representing the believers love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Baptism signifies new life in Christ and devotion to Him as Saviour and Lord. It is an outward symbol of the inner commitment made to Christ. It symbolizes spiritual cleansing through divine forgiveness and newness of life in believers who have identified with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (cf. Romans 6:1-11). As such, it is an act of obedience to the command of Christ and a public declaration of a believer’s faith in Christ. Baptism at OCC is normally by immersion, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- Communion or the Table of the Lord, signifies the believer’s ongoing appreciation for Christ’s atoning death and resurrection life. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:12,36-38; 9:18; 10:47-48; Romans 6:1-7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Colossians 2:12). Communion is an observance in which followers of Jesus give thanks for Christ’s atoning sacrifice i.e. salvation that was accomplished through Christ’s death, resurrection and ongoing work of His Spirit until He returns.
OCC also subscribes to the EFC [Evangelical Fellowship of Canada] statement of Faith:
- The Holy Scriptures, as originally given by God, are divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy, and constitute the only supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
- There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Our Lord Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh; we affirm his virgin birth, sinless humanity, divine miracles, vicarious and atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension, ongoing mediatorial work, and personal return in power and glory.
- The salvation of lost and sinful humanity is possible only through the merits of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, received by faith apart from works, and is characterized by regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit enables believers to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The Church, the body of Christ, consists of all true believers.
- Ultimately God will judge the living and the dead, those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.