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 It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in anyway.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. It alone is the final authority in determining doctrinal truths. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26)
THE TRIUNE GOD
We believe that there is One true God, the eternally self-existing "I AM", who has revealed Himself to us in three Persons: Father, Son & Holy Spirit. We believe that the persons of the Trinity are co-eternal, co-equal and yet with unique function. (Ex. 3:14; Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10, 11; Matt. 28; Jn. 8:28; 2 Cor. 13:13)
We believe in the Chalcedonian Christology of the Second Person of the Trinity. He is a distinct person from the Father and the Holy Spirit, yet of the same substance, two natures in One person (divine and human). We believe that Jesus Christ is God of God, the Son of God, who was incarnated as a human, was born of a virgin, was crucified, was buried, was resurrected, and is seated at the right hand of God on high. (Mt. 1:20; Mk. 16:19; Jn. 1:1, 14; 3:16; 20:1-12; 1 Cor. 15:3-5; Heb. 2:17; Gal. 4:4; Phil. 2:8; 1 Pet. 3:22)
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the continuation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and that the charismata did not cease after the Apostolic age. The purpose of the gifts is to equip the Church to carry out its mission until Christ returns, as well as to be a foretaste of the life to come. Believers should seek God in prayer for the gifts of the Spirit to operate in their own lives and ministries and should not only agree to them theoretically but practice them outwardly as the Spirit leads. (Rom. 1:11; 1 Cor. 1:5, 7; 12:1, 31; 1 Cor. 14:12; 2 Tim. 1:6-7; Heb. 6:5)
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.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
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 that the Church is the Body of Jesus Christ, who is its Head. The Church is comprised of all those who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. The Church is distinct in local churches, who’s membership/partnership should be only believers. The Church is being built up and made into the Bride of Christ, fully matured and presentable at Jesus’s Second Coming. We believe the Church is a pillar of truth to the world because of the abiding story and presence of Jesus as mediated by the Holy Spirit. (Mt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 12:13; Rom. 5:1, 5; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:11-17; 5:27; Rev. 2-3)
BAPTISM & LORD'S SUPPER
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.
ETERNAL CONSCIOUS PUNISHMENT (HELL)
We believe that those who reject God's offer of grace and forgiveness and are not found in the book of Life will be raided and judged in the resurrection of the wicked and given over to eternal conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire along with the devil and his angels for all eternity. (Mt. 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8)
We believe God has ordained marriage and defined it as a covenant relationship between one man, one woman, and Himself. Hence, we only recognize marriage between a biological man and a biological woman. As a result, the staff of Freedom Church will only participate in weddings and the celebrations of marriages between one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4; Eph. 5:25; 1 Pet. 3:7)
We believe that from the beginning God created two separate and distinct biological sexes: male and female. In addition, we believe that Scripture does not permit any difference between biological sex and gender identity or expression. Humankind has been created by God and any attempt to misinterpret the difference between male/female and/or biological sex/gender identity is an attempt to self-create and is a result of sin and the fall. We also acknowledge that there are rare instances where people are born with an indiscriminate biological sex. Yet, these cases do not involve an attempt to self-create nor deny the dignity of how they were born. (Gen. 1:26-27; Matt. 19:4; Mark 10:6-7; Psalm 139:14)
RIGHT TO LIFE
We believe that all human life is valuable & sacred, and that human life and full personhood begins at conception and continues until death. As stewards of life, we are endowed by God with the responsibility to protect the worth and dignity of human beings from the moment of conception until the moment of death. Therefore, we oppose taking innocent life in all forms, including abortion and euthanasia. (Gen. 1:26-27; Job 31:15; Ps. 22:10; Ps. 127:3-5; Ps. 139:13-16; Jer. 1:5; Acts 17:25)
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