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What We Believe

The following statements make up what we call our Congregational Affirmation of Faith. For more information regarding what we believe go to our resources page.  

 

The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are
equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the
work of creation, providence and redemption.
Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19,20; Ephesians 4:5,6

God the Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and
love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns
Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves
from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in
His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning
death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and
personal visible return to earth.
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of
sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in
Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an
abiding helper, teacher and guide.
John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26

Regeneration

We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred
physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all
human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under
condemnation. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior
are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and
receive eternal life.
Genesis. 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3,20; 20:10;14,15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1

The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all
regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of
believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship,
work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the
primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25

Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow
men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward
of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of
maturity in Christ.
I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Col. 1:9-10

The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism
and the Lord's Supper. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for
commemoration of His death. We believe that Christian baptism is intended for believers and is
practiced in the name of the triune God. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed
and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26

Religious Liberty

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone
in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any
ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as
having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
I Timothy 2:5; Romans 14:7-9,12

Church Cooperation

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with
one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or
district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference
is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. This church may likewise cooperate with
interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis.
Acts 15:36,41; 16:5; I Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4,10,11

The Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the
establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgement,
the eternal felicity of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.
Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15

Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct

This Affirmation of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself is the sole
and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of the faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and
discipline of Christ Redeemer Church, our council of elders is this church's final interpretive
authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; Hebrews 13:7,17; I Peter 5:2