what we believe
Aw, yes, the important stuff. The essential tenet of our community is: Jesus Christ is Lord. We believe He is the center of our existence. There’s a whole lot of meaning wrapped up in that, but suffice it to say, we believe the following details about Jesus:
He is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead on the third day to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
See: Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
What if you aren’t sure about that? Don’t believe that yourself? You’re welcome to hang out with us and be part of our journey, but understand that the central theme that Jesus Christ is Lord will be a consistent thread we weave into all our experiences.
The Apostle Peter says it this way: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Our leadership believes other things about the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, and you can read those below. Keep this in mind though, to quote the folks over at The Slate Project, another community trying to be the Church in the 21st century:
“We care less about agreeing on doctrine and dogma, and more about helping each other follow Jesus in our everyday lives.”
- about GodHe is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
- about manHe is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates man from God. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1
- about eternityMan was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with God is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are literal places of existence. John 3:16; John 2:25; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15
- about Jesus ChristHe is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead on the third day to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
- about salvationIt is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 1:12; John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
- about graceBecause God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in his salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God that gives his security. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
- about the Holy SpiritHe is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily. 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16,17; John 16:7-13; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
- about the BibleIt is God’s word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 12:6; Psalm 119:105,160; Proverbs 30:5
- about satanHe is a real being commanding an army of demons. He wages war on all mankind. Satan’s ultimate defeat is the resurrection of Jesus. As followers of Jesus, we have authority over this enemy. Satan and his demons will spend eternity suffering in hell. Matthew 16:19; 2 Corinthians 2:11; Revelation 12:9; Revelation 20:10; 1 Peter 5:8,9; James 4:7; Matthew 10:8
- about spiritual giftsThe Holy Spirit manifests spiritual gifts with the lives and service of Christians. There are a variety of gifts mentioned in the New Testament, all of which are available today at the will of the Holy Spirit. We are encouraged to pursue spiritual gifts and the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives. 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; 1 Corinthians 14:1; Ephesians 5:18; Mark 1:8
- about baptismJesus himself commanded the practice of baptism. It is a symbolic celebration of an inward spiritual transformation of salvation. Baptism is a celebration for those that have deliberately trusted Christ. Click here to read more about Baptism. Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21; Matthew 28:19
- about communionThe worship practice of communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is a symbolic act of remembering the glorious and completed work of Christ. Even though we recognize the symbolic presence of the bread and cup we acknowledge that there is a divine mystery about this commanded act of worship. As such, we consecrate these symbols and treat them with a sacred respect. All who believe in the reality of Jesus are welcome to participate with us. Luke 22:14,19; 1 Corinthians 11:26
- about ministryAll Christians are commanded to be involved in expanding the Kingdom of God by demonstration and evangelism. Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8