of Life Christian Church Statement of Beliefs
The church has been made responsible by the Lord to retain
the standard of sound teaching and guard the integrity of
the truth like a treasure to which we have been entrusted.
(II Timothy 1:13-14)
This standard, which we must maintain, is first concerned
with the essential core beliefs of the Christian faith. These
are essential in the sense that these beliefs identify us
as a true church, and as true Christians. We maintain fellowship
with all churches and all Christians who hold to these beliefs
as the essentials of our common faith.
The Statement section of this document is a summary of these
essential core beliefs.
We cannot share spiritual fellowship with those who deny
any of these essential beliefs. Instead we are committed to
a communication with them aimed at gently but firmly “correcting
those who are in opposition” to the truth in the hope
that God will grant to them repentance to acknowledge the
truth. (II Timothy 2:25)
We acknowledge that there are many other important,
but not essential, doctrines (i.e., distinctives) over which churches
and Christians differ. We believe that Christians who differ on
these non-essential doctrinal distinctives are called by God to
coexist with each other in respect and peaceful disagreement. Some
of our own doctrinal distinctives are identified in the Tree of
Life Christian Church Statement of Distinctives.
The Triune God
There is one true God existent in unity as three persons of one
nature, substance, power, and eternity: God the Father, God the
Son, and the God the Holy Spirit.
God the Father is infinite, invisible, eternal, omnipotent, omniscient,
omnipresent, and unchangeable in His being. He is the creator of
the heavens and the earth; of all that is seen and unseen. Through
His Word and for His greater glory, He created the world and everything
in it. In unfathomable love and grace, He gave His only begotten
Son, Jesus Christ, for the redemption of man. He is faithful to
God the Son (Jesus Christ) is 100% God and at the same time 100%
human. He is the unique Son of God by nature, who was born of a
virgin, lived a sinless life, died to accomplish God’s plan
of salvation by His sacrificial, substitutionary death on the cross.
He rose physically from the dead, never to die again, and ascended
back into heaven. He will one day return to the earth in full power
and glory and will judge all people who have ever lived. After His
resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven and was seated at the right
hand of His Father. He has authority above all rule, authority,
power, dominion, and every name in heaven or on earth; in this age
and in the age to come. All things are subject to Christ and He
is head over all the church.
The Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit is at work in the world today to convict the
world of its sin, and powerfully draw to God all those He intends
to save. The Holy Spirit fills, indwells, and empowers all believers
to live in a way that is pleasing to God, and gives grace (i.e.,
gifts) to each one for a life of Godly service.
All people are sinners by nature and by choice; as a result they
are eternally separated from the Father and condemned. Only those
who trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and repent of their
sins, are forgiven and reconciled with the Father.
The Bible is the complete written Word of God. It was wholly inspired
by God and is the only perfect expression of truth in written form.
The original text is inerrant, infallible, and the final authority
on all issues it addresses; both in what we should believe and how
we should live.
Mankind is physical and spiritual, originally created by God in
His image, but has fallen from that original state into a condition
of sinfulness. The only hope of rescue from sin and its final consequences
on the Day of Judgment is the salvation God has provided through
His Son, Jesus Christ.
God the father has fixed a day in which He will judge the world
in righteousness through Jesus Christ and He has furnished proof
of this to all men by raising Him (Jesus) from the dead.