At Christian Life Church, we believe the Bible is the only adequate guide for living the Christian life. We hope the following Statement of Belief will help you become better acquainted with the preaching and teaching emphasis you are likely to encounter at Christian Life.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal and are one God. The term “God” is often theologically expressed as the “God-head: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”.
God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things. God is great: He is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He is equal with the Father. Born of a virgin, Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again to reign forevermore.
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
God created us to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
The Bible teaches we are saved by grace through faith. Our practice is baptism by immersion, which best represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and symbolizes the burial of the old self and the emerging of a “new creation” in our own lives as we seek to walk and grow with Christ. Salvation is a gift that is given freely by God through the complete and atoning sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. According to the New Testament, baptism is the first visible expression of our faith. We are compelled to be baptized because Jesus both commanded it and modeled it. Baptism is an outward expression of the inward work that has taken place in our heart through faith in Jesus Christ.
Communion, or The Lord’s Supper, is practiced monthly, according to the example of the New Testament church. Communion consists of bread and grape juice as a symbol of Christ’s body and blood and is open to all believers. The purpose of The Lord’s Supper is three-fold: to remind the church of the New Covenant with God, to acknowledge Christ’s death until He returns, and to promote a time of self-examination.
According to the command of Jesus, all believers are entitled to the promise of the Father which is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of Salvation, the New Birth.
If you have any questions about what we believe, we encourage you to contact the church office
at (217) 892-8620.