Community Life Church
Saturday, May 18, 2013
What We Believe
In all essential beliefs – we have unity.
"There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God and Father of us all..." Ephesians 4:4-6
In all non-essential beliefs – we have liberty.“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters…Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his master he stands or falls…So then each of us will give an account of himself to God…So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1,4,12,22
In all our beliefs – we show love.
“…If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the Faith that can move mountains – but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Corinthians 13:2(PH)
The essentials we believe:
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture thus at one and the same time speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith, belief and manner of living, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
II Timothy 3:15-17
I Thessalonians 2:13
II Peter 1:20-21
Psalms 119:105, 106, 112:6
We believe that there is one true God. He has revealed Himself as having always existed without any outside cause or agent bringing Him into being. In the beginning God created everything out of nothing.
The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. Originally created to have fellowship with God, man defied God, choosing to go his independent way, and was thus alienated from and suffered the corruption of his nature, rendering him unable to please God. The fall took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are thus in need of the saving grace of God. God provides salvation for all who believe and accept His free offer of forgiveness. Mankind’s only hope of redemption from the fallen sinful state is through the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son-blood that was shed as Jesus died on the cross. [The account of the crucifixion of Jesus is recounted by four of His contemporaries: Matthew (chapter27), Mark (chapter 15), Luke (chapter 23), and John (chapter 19).] Salvation is received as a person repents before God for his sins and sinful nature and Believes or has faith in the fact that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ removes and brings forgiveness for his sin. In response to placing faith in God’s love and freely given salvation one experiences a spiritual rebirth and is declared right with God. At the moment of salvation, a person becomes heir to God’s promised hope of eternal or everlasting life.
Titus 2:11, 3:5-7
The Holy Spirit»
The essential accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life of holiness and obedience, attained by believers as they submit to the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. He was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Christ. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them a recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them. At the point of salvation He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts.
I Corinthians 2:11
Acts 10:19, 13:2, 16:6, 13:4
The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has always existed. He too is without beginning or end. In order to complete His earthly sacrificial mission, He became human by being born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He the only Mediator between God and man Continually makes intercession for His own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visible, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
I Peter 2:22
I Corinthians 15:3
II Corinthians 5:21
I Corinthians 15:4
Acts 1:9,11, 2:23
Acts 4:12, 16:31
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world, and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. God’s judgment will reveal His justice in consigning them to perpetuate in eternal retribution their own rejection of God. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in their life.
The corollary of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of His body, the church. There is one true church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savoir and Lord. The scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word.
I Corinthians 12
Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, 4:3-6
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, 2:25, 5:11-13
Matthew 1:8, 2:44-46