What we believe at Freedom Church about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church
We believe it is the testimony of both the Old and New Testaments and of the Christian Church that God is both One and Triune. The biblical revelation tells us that there is only one God and that He will forever exist in 3 persons --> Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
GOD THE FATHER
God the Father is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and He created the universe by speaking it into existence. He created man and woman in His own image for fellowship and calls us back to Himself through Jesus Christ after the rebellion and fall of man.
GOD THE SON
Jesus Christ is at the center of everything. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning. We believe that Jesus is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life. We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and was given to the Church, in full, at the Day of Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man of the old nature and He conforms us into the image of Jesus Christ. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We affirm that the Bible, containing both the Old and New Testaments, is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God, and that its authority is ultimate, final, and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in anyway. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction and reproof. It has all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct.
We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives. Through Jesus' death on the cross He paid the penalty for all the sins of the whole world. However, the benefits of the cross are only available to those who receive Jesus as their personal Savior. Healing-body, soul, and spirit-and all of God's provisions for His saints, are provided for in the atonement, but these must be appropriated.
We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and a fresh start with God, we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and commit to His will for our lives. This is called, salvation. It is a free gift of God, based on the benefits of the death of His Son, and it is by God's grace only and received through faith. This new life in Christ means we are adopted into the family of God and we become heirs with God's Son, Jesus. Salvation is an act of free will in response to the love God has for mankind in sending His only Son to die for us. It is secure in the eternal. Salvation should produce an active lifestyle of loving others, being obedient to God's commands and serving only Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible portrays the life of a saint in this world to be one of balance between, what is ascribed to us as believers, and what is imparted to us according to our level of faith and maturity. So, this means, God's provision for His children is total and His promises are final and forever. The shortcomings of each and every one of us, and those of the church, are because we are still in the process of being sanctified. The Christian life is one filled with trials, tests and spiritual warfare against our spiritual enemy, Satan. For those who abide in Christ until their death or His return, the promises of eternal blessing in the presence of God are assured. We must remain faithful through all circumstances of life, be dependent upon the Holy Spirit for guidance and willing to die to ourselves each and every day.
We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together. The goal of the church is to make disciples of all nations and to present the saints complete in Christ Jesus. The five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4 governs the Church, the offices of Elder, as well as other offices mentioned in scripture. Church policy is a balance between congregation and eldership authority, emphasizing the final authority of the Church leadership.
The Word of God instructs the Church on two continual ordinances of our Lord Jesus.
The first, baptism, is the outward sign of what God has already in a person's life and is a testimony to all that they now belong to Jesus. We believe in full water immersion just as Jesus exemplified.
THE LORD'S SUPPER
The Lord's Supper is an observation we do in remembrance of the shed blood and broken body of our Lord, Jesus. It is a direct sign in our participation of what He did for us on the cross.
Both of these institutions are tethered to those who are professing believers.
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