What We Believe

Our statement of belief is not to be understood as a creed.  It is only an outline of what we believe the Bible teaches concerning God, Jesus Christ, His Son, the Holy Spirit, and mankind’s relationship to Them, so that others may know what we teach from God’s Word.

 

As to the Bible: The body of believers meeting at Jump River, as Christ’s Community Church, believes that all the Bible is inspired by God and is the only authority for faith and practice for Christians.  II Tim. 3:16, Rom. 15:14, II Pet. 1:19-20.

 As to God: We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God.  In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  I Cor. 8:6, Matt. 28:19, II Cor. 13:14.

As to the Lord Jesus Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary, and was true God and true man.  We believe that He died for our sins, according to the Scriptures; that He arose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, and will return in Glory to receive His own.  Gen. 3:15, Isa. 7:14, Matt. 1:18-25, Luke 1:35, John 1:14, Acts 3:19-20, I Thess. 4:13-18, Rev. 1:7, and Rev. 22:20.

As to the Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son; that He is our guide;  John 16:5-15.  He was promised by Jesus.  John 14:16-17.  He is alive in us.  I Cor. 6:19, John 14:17.  He is to glorify Christ.  We are to follow His leading.  Rom. 8:5-17.  He brings conviction concerning sin, righteousness and judgment.  John 16:8-11.  He is a Teacher and enables us to remember.  John 14:26.

As to Man:  We believe man was created innocent, but by free will fell from his sinless state.  Gen. 1:26-27, Gen. 3:1-7, 24, Rom. 3:10-19.  The only way back to God is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and obedience to His commands.  John 3:16, Acts 16:31-34, Eph. 2:8-10, Rom. 6:23, II Cor. 5:21, John 1:12-13, John 14:6.

 The Bible teaches that we are justified with God by grace through faith.  Eph. 2:8.  The Bible teaches that our faith must be demonstrated by obedience to the will of God.  Jam. 2:17-26.  Obedience is necessary to receive salvation through Christ.  Matt. 7:21-23.  We must believe that God is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  Heb. 11:6.  We must also believe God’s testimony concerning Christ.  I John 5:9-10.  Faith is necessary for right standing with God.  John 3:17-18.

 Christ taught in Matthew 10:32 that we are to confess Him before men that He might acknowledge us before His Father in Heaven.  He taught that all men are to repent or perish.  Luke 13:3-5.  The Apostle Peter, when answering people on the day of Pentecost, told them to repent and to be baptized in the name of Christ for the remission of sins.  Acts 2:38.  The Word of God teaches that baptism is a burial.  Rom. 6:4, Col. 2:12.  We are taught in the Bible that Christians are to walk in newness of life.  Rom. 6:4.  Christians are to perform good works.  Eph. 2:10, Phil. 4:4-9.

As to Satan, the devil:  We believe Satan is a spiritual being in rebellion against God.  He is the god of this world, and is destined to eternal judgment.  His purpose is to destroy Christians and their relationship to God.  II Cor. 4:4, Luke 22:3, Acts 5:3, I Cor. 7:5, I Tim. 5:15, I Pet. 5:8.

As to the Church:  We believe that the local church is a congregation of believers, worshipping and fellowshipping together for mutual strengthening and upbuilding of one another, and observing His ordinances and governed by His laws, and dedicated to evangelizing the world.  Acts 2:37-47, Acts 13:1-3, Acts 14:21-27, Acts 16:4-5, Acts 20:17-28.

As to Missions:  We believe that we are commissioned by Christ to preach the Gospel to the whole world.  Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Rom. 1:16.

As to the Future State of Man:  We believe in the resurrection of the just and the unjust: the just for blessedness and reward, and the unjust for judgment and eternal doom.  Dan. 12:1, John 5:28-29, John 14:1-7, Luke 20:35-38, Matt. 25:31, 46, I Cor. 15:22-24, 42-58, II Cor. 5:1-10, II Pet. 3:10-14, Rev. 20:1-15, Rev. 21:1-8.

As to the Ordinances of the church:

Baptism:  We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and our death to sin and resurrection to a new life.  Matt. 3:13-17, Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 8:35-39, Rom. 6:3-5, Col. 2:12.

The Lord’s Supper:  We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded by solemn self-examination.  Acts 2:41-42, Matt. 26:26-30, I Cor. 11:23-24.

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