What We Believe

/What We Believe
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Vision:

Our Church exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ by spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things

 

Statement of Faith:

The ultimate authority in all matters of faith and practice is the Bible alone, whose truth is clearly set forth in Section One of this Article. The sections below, adopted by the Converge MidAmerica in 1951, are an excellent summary of “the things most surely believed among us”. The unity which derives from these strongly held beliefs translates into how we must order and conduct our lives.

 

We believe the Bible is the word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
II Timothy 3:15-17II Peter 1:16-21Romans 15:4Colossians 3:16
We believe that there is one living and true God; eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
John 1:1-185:19-2414:1116:7-15Matthew 28:16-20.
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that he saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 46:8-1157:14-21Matthew 5:486:28-34I John 5:14
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
Isaiah 9:1-7Luke 1:26-382:1-20John 10:22-38Romans 8:34I Corinthians 15:3-4
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.
John 14:15-2616:1-14Romans 8:1-27
We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
Romans 3:23-245:6-21I Peter 1:18-19; John 3:1-21Titus 3:1-11II Corinthians 5:14-216:1
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
1 Scriptural references have been added to the BGC statement
Ephesians 4:1-5:7Acts 2:46-48Romans 12:5Matthew 16:13-1918:15-2028:19-20
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; and that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions, and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
Matthew 5:3-12Colossians 3:1-17I Corinthians 4:23
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 26:26-2928:16-20Acts 2:38; I Corinthians 11:23-26
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
Colossians 2:6-23I Corinthians 10:23-24Matthew 22:15-22Romans 13:1-14
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether it is the Conference or a district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis.
Acts 15:36,41; 16:5; I Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:1-3; Revelations 1:4,10,11
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked
Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15.

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