WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?
ABOUT THE BIBLE
We believe the Bible is the story of Jesus. The Bible points us to Jesus, who reveals the Father. We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, written by the hands of men, by the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit. We accept it as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.
(2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 5:18, John 16:12, 13)
We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists eternally as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The manifestation in history of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit reveals who God has always been. God is one, God is holy and God is love.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1, 14; John 15:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that Jesus reveals the Father. We learn who God is and what he is like through Jesus. We believe that the only way to God is through Jesus, since he alone fully and truly reveals God. Jesus, as both God and man, lived, served, died, rose again, ascended and poured out the Holy Spirit in order to reconcile us to God, to reveal who he is and to indwell us with his Spirit. Jesus now rules from heaven over all the nations of the earth, and he will come again to rule with his people on the earth. The kingdom of Jesus is growing in every nation under heaven as the gospel is preached and the nations are healed, and Jesus will make all things new in the resurrection.
(John 1:1,2, Luke 1:35, Matthew 1:18, Matthew 25:31, John 19 & 20, Acts 1:9-11, Romans 3:24, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Peter 4:5, Hebrews 7:25, 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17, 1 Timothy 4:1)
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and Christ who comes to dwell within believers to bring regeneration, sanctification and empowerment. Believers are baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. Believers receive the indwelling Holy Spirit when they hear the gospel and believe, and they are then commanded to be “filled with the Spirit,” which is a subsequent and ongoing experience that begins with being “baptized” in the power of the Holy Spirit.
As Jesus said, “You will receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you,” which is the evidence of being baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes upon us with the empowerment for witness. This empowerment includes all the gifts of the Spirit listed in the New Testament, which are available to all believers and essential to the mission of the church until the church is made perfect at the Second Coming of Jesus.
(Acts 1:4-5, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:1-6, Matthew 3:11, John 14:16,17, John 16:8-11, 2 Corinthians 3:6, Romans 8:9, Ephesians 5:18)
We believe man is a created being, made in the likeness of God. We believe that through Adam's transgression, sin entered the world and separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives. Apart from Jesus, man is spiritually dead and powerless to save himself. Salvation only comes through Jesus becoming a man and dying as our substitute that we can be made alive in all our fullness and union with God.
(Romans 5:12, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:22,23, Romans 5:12, Ephesians 2:8, 1 John 3:8)
We believe God does not desire for any to perish, but that all would be saved, and that our eternal destination is determined by our grace-powered response to the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the “new birth” we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives. It is by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ that we are saved.
(1 John 5:11-12, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 7:10, Ephesians 2:8-10, Ephesians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:18-19)
ABOUT WATER BAPTISM
We believe that baptism is the official, covenant initiation of believers into the church, the body of Christ. Baptism is our investiture ceremony as kings and priests with Christ. Baptism is a public confession that Jesus is Lord. Baptism “binds on earth what has been bound in heaven.” Through baptism, we identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
(Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12)
We believe God wants to heal and transform us so we can live healthy and prosperous lives in order to help others more effectively. Physical healing was provided for in the atonement of Christ, and it is to be received through faith, by the laying on of hands, by the anointing with oil, and by the prayer of faith. We also believe that inner healing—the healing of our mind, will and emotions—was purchased by Christ at the Cross and is available to all Christians through the power of the Holy Spirit. Healing flows out of believers into the world for the healing of the nations.
(Isaiah 53:5, Deuteronomy 7:15, 1 Peter 2:24, James 5:14,15, Mark 16:18, Matthew 8:17)
ABOUT THE CHURCH
We believe the Church is the Body of Christ made up of all born-again persons. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in New Testament scripture. We believe the Church is God's plan and vessel through which he works His divine will on earth. We believe Christians are to be part of a local church, and the Church is called to minister to the individual, the community, and the world.
(Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 1:22,23, Ephesians 5:25-27, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 2 Corinthians 11:2, Acts 13:1-4; 14:27; 15:19-31; 18:22; 20:17; 20:28, 1 Timothy 3:1-3, Titus 1:5-11, Romans 16:1-4, 1 Corinthians 3:9, 1 Corinthians 5:4-7, 1 Peter 5:1-4)
We believe that God created humans as male and female to reveal his own image and glory. We affirm that God forms each individual in their mother’s womb according to their divine destiny. Every human is created to reveal the glory of God. Marriage was created as a lifelong covenant union between one man and one woman to reveal the nature of God; to reveal the love that Christ has for the church; and to preserve a godly seed for the generational growth of the blessing of Abraham in the earth.
(Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 139:13-18; Malachi 2:15; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:32)
WHAT KIND OF CHURCH ARE WE?
1. We are a Bible-believing church.
The Bible is our rule of faith and life. We work to conform everything we say and do to a Christ-centered and Spirit-led interpretation of scripture.
2. We are an non-denominational church.
Our church is an independent congregation. Though we are not affiliated with any traditional Christian denomination, we belong to the “Association of Related Churches” (arcchurches.com) and “Churches In Covenant” (churchesincovenant.org), two church networks offering spiritual oversight and accountability. And while we are non-denominational, we are not non-doctrinal. We have a strong Statement of Faith based on the Bible.
3. We are a Spirit-filled church.
We believe in the person and power of the Holy Spirit at work in the church. We fully embrace all the gifts of the Spirit given by Jesus to equip his church to fulfill his mission in the earth. Our Sunday services are carefully structured to introduce people to Jesus and to the power of the Holy Spirit in a simple, understable way, as taught by Scripture. As Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 14, our public worship must:
Edify (grow) the church
Make sense to outsiders
Bring people to faith in Christ
4. We are a family church.
Our vision is to minister effectively to children, youth, singles and married couples. We believe that the church is a congregation of households. We must take church home!
5. We are a generational church.
At Freedom Life, we value people of all ages serving in Christ’s kingdom. We honor the old and empower the young. Every generation must have as its primary goal the transfer of the gospel to the next generation. While we always work to keep ministry edgy and progressive, we also treasure the wisdom and experience of those who’ve blazed the trail before us.
6. We are a kingdom church.
We believe that the kingdom of God is the rule of King Jesus as Lord over every realm of life. Thus, we work to align every part of our lives—from family, to school, to work—with the rule of Jesus. We believe that we are salt and light called to advance the kingdom of God in every nation, in every realm of human society and over all the powers of darkness. We believe that the kingdom of God is seeing and will continue to see profound victory in every nation and in every realm of society until Jesus returns.
7. We are a missions church.
Freedom Life Church supports local, national and global missions. Ten-percent (at least) of our annual budget is dedicated to supporting missions.
8. We are a reconciliation church.
We are a Reconciliation Congregation: we believe that we are called to model and mediate reconciliation to the world, especially racial reconciliation.
Reconciling our community
9. We are a freedom church.
Our motto is “helping people find their way into freedom for all of life.” We believe that we are called to preach freedom for the captives and the breaking down of spiritual strongholds.
10. We are a servant church.
We believe that we lead by serving. We serve: