About Community of Faith Church: Beliefs
The core beliefs of Community of Faith Church are grounded in Biblical truth and summed up by the "Apostles' Creed".
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell, the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church***, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
***The holy Catholic Church is a traditional statement. This is not a reference to the Roman Catholic denomination. Rather, it refers to the Unified body of Christ as seen in scripture. The word "catholic" means united.
The Trinity/Triune God: God is THREE in ONE- Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
God as Father: God is Father Almighty, Creator of the Universe.
God as Son: Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus lived a sinless life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He died on the cross, the complete and final sacrifice for our sins according to the Word. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Father He is both our High Priest, Advocate and Judge.
God as Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living through the spiritual gifts, and the understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
Free Will: The gift offered by God’s Prevenient Grace that allows all humans to reject or accept His plan for our life.
Original Sin: Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through atonement and regeneration by the Holy Spirit can man be saved and receive the spiritual life God offers to all who call Him Lord & Savior.
The Atonement: Comes in Jesus Christ who became the final Passover Lamb offering Himself, a lamb without blemish, offering His blood and life as the only acceptable offering to God for the sin debt of humanity both original and actual.
The Resurrection: The triumph of Jesus over the Grave, which promises the believers triumph over the Grave.
Justification by Faith: 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 by faith are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God into eternal life. By our justification we join the Priesthood of all Believers (1 Peter 2:9, Revelations 1:6) and our commissioned to take the Good News to the World (Matthew 28:18-20).
The Word of God: The Bible, the Scriptures, both Old & New testament are the Written Word of God. 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 the truth without any mixture or error in its original writings. It is the complete revelation of God’s will for the Church. It is the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. Where it speaks God is calling us to listen and obey.
The Church: The Church is composed of all such persons (Biblically Functioning Faithful Followers) 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 Jesus is the head.
A complete listing of the Articles of Faith of Community of Faith Church:
ARTICLE IV from Constitution of Community of Faith
God, the Father: God, assisted by Jesus and the Holy Spirit, made the heavens and the earth. He is referred to by Jesus as Father and by Paul as Abba. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift. Genesis 1: 1; Psalms 68: 5; Isaiah 64:8; Matthew 6: 9 – 13; Matthew 26: 39; Romans 8: 15; James 1: 17
The Person and Work of Christ: The Lord Jesus, the Christ and the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. Our redemption and salvation are guaranteed to us by His physical resurrection from the dead. Luke 1: 38; John 1: 1, 14 and 18; Romans 3: 24 – 26; I Corinthians 15: 4; Colossians 1: 15 – 20; I John 2: 2
The Personality of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, regenerates believers in Christ, sets each member in the Body of Christ, the church; indwells them, seals them unto the day of redemption, teaches all truth and bestows spiritual gifts upon each saved believer. Jesus baptizes and fills with the Holy Spirit those yielded to Him. John 15: 26; 16: 7 – 15; I Corinthians 12: 4 – 13; Ephesians 4: 30; 5: 18; I John 2: 27
Holy Scriptures: The Holy Bible, as set out in the original manuscripts, is the verbally inspired Word of God; authoritative, inerrant and God-breathed. Matthew 5: 18 II Timothy 3: 16 and 17; II Peter 1: 20 and 21
Holiness: God has called Christians out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light – from sin to holiness. It is God’s will that we partake of His nature and escape the corruption that is in the world. Matthew 5: 48; John 8: 1 – 11; II Corinthians 7: 1; Ephesians 4:24; Hebrews 12:14; I Peter 1: 16; II Peter 1: 4
Salvation: Salvation is a gift of God through grace and is received by man through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins. John 1: 12; Romans 3: 25 and 26; II Corinthians 5: 21; Ephesians 1: 7; 2: 8 and 9; Titus 3:5
The New Creation: God’s masterful work of creating the universe by His Word is exceeded only by the greatest masterpiece of His workmanship, namely, a Christian. Becoming a new creation helps us to face life knowing that our identification with Christ enables us to hold fast to our confession, overcome in life and be more than conquerors in Christ. II Corinthians 5: 17; Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 2: 10; 4:24
The Total Depravity of Man: Man was created in the image and likeness of God, but through Adam’s sin, the human race fell. Man inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God. Man is totally unable to regain his former position by or through his own means. Genesis 1: 26; 3: 1 – 24; 6: 5; Psalms 53:3; Romans 3: 23; 5: 12; Ephesians 2: 12; I John 1: 8
The Church: The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is vested all the power for its government. According to His commandments, Christians are to associate themselves into particular communities of local churches. God admonishes His people to assemble regularly for worship. God still heals, delivers and works miracles through His church. Deuteronomy 12: 5 – 7;Isaiah 53: 5; John 14: 12 – 14; I Corinthians 12: 12 and 13; Ephesians 1: 22 and 23; 5: 25 – 27; Hebrews 10: 25; 13: 8; James 5: 14 and 15; I Peter 2: 24
The Head of the Church: The Head of the Church is Christ Himself. He is the final and ultimate authority in all matters of faith, doctrine and decision. All divinely approved church practices in the New Testament reflect the Church’s own acknowledgement of God’s hand directing the Church. Where the Church failed to submit itself to Christ, He spoke firmly and unequivocally in denunciation. He expresses His will today through the Holy Spirit and the written Word. Matthew 11: 27; 28: 18; John 5: 27; 14: 16 – 18 and 26; 16: 13 and 14; 17: 2; Acts 13: 2 – 4; 14: 26 and 27; Ephesians 1: 22 and 23; 5: 23; Colossians 1: 18; Revelation 2 and 3
Baptism: Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ; of remission of sins and of his giving himself up to God, and to live and walk in newness of life. It is not a prerequisite to salvation. Matthew 3: 6 – 8; Mark 1: 5, 9 and 15; Luke 3: 3 – 16; Acts 8: 38 – 39; Romans 6: 4 – 5; Colossians 2: 12
The Lord’s Day: The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance and should be employed in exercise of worship and spiritual devotion. Exodus 20: 8 – 11; Matthew 12: 1 – 12; Mark 2: 27 and 28; I Corinthians 16: 1 and 2; Colossians 2: 16; 3: 16; Revelation 1: 10
The Lord’s Supper: The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and juice of grapes; and to be observed by His Church until the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death and our communion with Him and with our church fellowship. It is open to all believers. Matthew 26: 26 – 28; I Corinthians 11: 23 – 26
Citizenship: Civil government is of divine appointment and established by God for the good order of human society. Government officials are to be prayed for and obeyed except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah 9: 6 and 7; Mark 12: 13 – 17; Romans 13: 1 – 7
Marriage: The first institution that God gave mankind was marriage. He joined a man and a woman in a special and sacred union. To this union He gave a special gift – sexuality. This gift expressed in any other form (example: fornication, adultery, homosexuality or bestiality) does not have God’s approval. Genesis 2: 18 – 25; 3: 16; 4: 1; Exodus 20: 14 and 17; Song of Solomon; Matthew 19: 1 – 6; Ephesians 5: 22 – 31; Revelation 19: 7 – 9
The Responsibility of Believers: All believers should seek to walk by the Spirit, not bringing reproach upon their Lord and Savior. It is the obligation of every believer to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scripture and seek to proclaim the Gospel to the entire world. Romans 12: 1 and 2; Galatians 5: 16 and 25; II Corinthians 6: 14; and 7: 1; Acts 1: 8; Matthew 28: 16 – 20
Sanctity of Life: All human life was created by God and should be valued. The valueless ending of human life is not approved by Him. Abortion and euthanasia are not acceptable means of dealing with life’s difficulties. Exodus 20: 13; II Peter 3: 19
Stewardship: God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual. All we have and are we owe to Him. We recognize the Lord as owner of all our possessions. Christians cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately and liberally should contribute their talents, abilities and possessions to advancing the Savior’s cause on earth. The purpose of the tithe is to enable us to discharge some of the tremendous sense of obligation and indebtedness we have toward God and to teach us to always put God first in our lives. Deuteronomy 14: 23; Leviticus 27: 30 – 32; Malachi 3: 8 – 12; Matthew 6: 1 – 4 and 19 – 21; Luke 12: 16 – 21; Acts 2: 44 – 47; Romans 6: 6 – 22; I Corinthians 4: 1 and 2; Philippians 4: 10 – 19; I Peter 1: 18 and 19
Last Things: At the end of the age, every person will be judged. The unrighteous will go to Hell, a place of everlasting punishment. The righteous, through Christ, will receive their reward and dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord. Matthew 25: 31 – 46; Luke 16: 19 – 31; John 14: 1 – 3; Revelation 19 – 22
The Second Coming of Christ: Jesus will return personally and visibly to the earth according to His promise. Believers are to live sensible, righteous and godly lives in the present age looking for His imminent return. Matthew 24: 27 – 44; Titus 2: 12 and 13