Christ Redeemer Summary of “Major” Beliefs
We define our major beliefs as fundamental and defining in nature. If for one reason or another you find yourself unable to agree with these fundamental truths, it will be hard for our church to serve you as Christ intends.
We believe these truths to be at the heart of the gospel message and “common ground” for any Bible teaching church as well as any professing believer in Jesus Christ.
We use this list of “majors” in determining who we offer membership as well as who we form ministry partnerships within the community. This is not to say we would not serve and work alongside others who disagree with us, but it could be a factor as to why we would choose not to in certain instances.
WE BELIEVE IN GOD
There is only one living and true God; infinite in being and perfection and creator of all things. He exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
WE BELIEVE IN THE BIBLE
God has revealed himself to mankind, without error, through inspired Scripture, which is the Word of God and thus the rule of faith and life.
WE BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL
For no reason other than his own glory, God has elected some who, being fallen because of Adam, are redeemed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, are called to faith by the Holy Spirit, and are justified, adopted, and sanctified. This is salvation.
We Believe in the Fall of Man Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden and fell from their original righteousness and communion with God and became dead in sin – wholly defiled in soul and body.
We Believe in Original Sin The guilt of our first parent’s sin is imputed to us – thus we are born corrupt and opposed to God, deserving of his wrath.
We Believe in the Covenant of Grace God has always only ever had one plan to restore his communion with mankind – the Covenant of Grace. God offers life and salvation by Jesus Christ on condition of faith in Jesus Christ. In the days of the Old Testament this was administered differently (looking forward to the coming of Jesus Christ) than in the present days (Christ is with us) but it is one and the same covenant.
We Believe in Jesus Christ Our Savior Jesus was fully God and fully man – living a sinless life and yet being crucified unto death only to rise from the dead on the third day and ascend into Heaven where he now sits at the right hand of the Father. His sacrifice has fully satisfied the justice of the Father for the sins of those who believe, restoring to them communion with God.
We Believe in Perseverance Salvation comes not from our own works but from God’s eternal plan, his unchanging love, Jesus’ perfect righteousness, and the abiding of the Holy Spirit. All of these are certain and unchanging and so we are assured our salvation will persevere to the end. This means that a born again believer in Jesus may fall significantly, but never completely.
WE BELIEVE IN JUSTIFICATION & SANCTIFICATION
Justification, being made right with God, comes from Christ’s righteousness alone. Sanctification, the process of being made more like Jesus, is lifelong. The corrupted flesh remains, warring against the Spirit within. Over time, relying on the strength of Jesus, sin will be overcome but never perfectly until glory.
WE BELIEVE IN GOOD WORKS
While mankind’s efforts can never provide salvation, good works done in obedience to God’s commandments, empowered by his grace, and with right motives, are the evidence of true faith.
WE BELIEVE IN HEAVEN AND HELL
At the end of days, Jesus will return and all will be judged. Those in Christ will live forever with him in Heaven, (the world will be made perfect, and we will be given perfected bodies). Those not in Christ will be forever separated from God, cast into Hell.
WE BELIEVE IN THE SACRAMENTS
Baptism Baptism is ordained by Jesus Christ. While baptism is not required for salvation, we believe all believers should be baptized in obedience to scripture. (Matthew 3:16, Acts 2:38) Baptism should be performed by a minister of the gospel in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The element of baptism is water and the mode of administration is pouring, sprinkling, or immersion. Infants as well as adults who have been baptized in this way need not be baptized again.
The Lord’s Supper Jesus Christ instituted the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper as a bond and pledge of his communion with believers. The elements, bread and wine (or juice), are sometimes called by what they represent: the body and blood of Jesus Christ. However, they do not somehow mystically actually become his body and blood. We believe that Christ is present in the Lord’s supper spiritually.
We encourage every believer not living in open rebellion to God’s revealed will to join us in our celebration of the Lord’s Supper each time we offer it as a part of our worship on Sundays.
WE BELIEVE IN THE FINAL JUDGMENT
God has appointed a day wherein Jesus will return and judge the world in righteousness. The day and hour of this judgment is unknown to mankind.