Saturday, September 19, 2009

What We Believe

We are Evangelical Christian, born-again believers who hold to the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture, the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and salvation by grace through faith alone.

The Bible teaches that all it takes is one sin to separate us from God forever.  This is because God is holy and perfect and no evil can reside with Him. It is sin that separates humans from God.  The only way for man to reconcile sin was to pay for it in blood.  That is why God sent Jesus Christ to this earth -to reconcile the sins of all who would believe.  Jesus taught that only through Him can anyone have hope for Heaven.  He died and He rose again 3 days later, having paid the price of sin for all who would believe in  Him!  Jesus deserves nothing less than everything we have to give because He gave everything He had for us.

Statement of Faith:  We believe,

  1. The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.

  2. In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  3. That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.

  4. That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.

  5. That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

  6. That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and, thus become children of God.

  7. That water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation.

  8. That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head.

  9. That only those who are, thus, members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.

  10. That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.

  11. In the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this "Blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.

  12. In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.

Theology, etc:

Theology is the intellectual, relational and spiritual act of knowing God through the disciplined and communal practice of understanding and applying His word to all areas of life. – A. Orendorff

  • Reformed Theology – A belief system that seeks to teach same doctrine that the Jesus and the apostles taught. Reformed theology holds to the authority of Scripture, the sovereignty of God, salvation by grace through Christ, and the necessity of evangelism.

  • Calvinism – A major issue for Protestants is determining the degree to which Man contributes to his salvation. This is expressed usually in a Calvinistic or Armenian view, however sometimes the two views are combined. We definitely lean more towards the Calvinistic view than the Armenian view.  Both views can go too far and reach extremes that are both unbiblical.  I don't believe we are robots controlled by God and I don't believe we have full-control over our salvation.  I personally believe strongly in God’s sovereignty and believe it works together with "free-will".  Both truths are specifically addressed in the Bible, therefore I believe both are true.   Our finite minds will never fully grasp this.  This is a debate that will go on and on until people come to the conclusion that God is fully capable of allowing free will and his sovereignty to work together.

  • Evangelism –  Sharing the Gospel (good news) with others.  “…through the law comes to knowledge of sin.” - Romans 3:20.  If one does not understand their sin, they will never understand their need for a savior.   The Way of the Master uses the 10 Commandments (the mosaic law) to prove the existence of sin, which is an essential part of an accurate understanding of the Gospel.

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