Efe 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—
Efe 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Efe 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
We believe . . .
In One God – God is over all and through all and in all (Ephesians 4: 6). God exists in three persons: the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 19). The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit work together to save mankind from sin and death in order that we may have an eternal relationship and peace with God (Romans 5:1 – 5).
In The Father – Almighty God, the ultimate authority; a perfect, righteous, good creator of everything in heaven and on earth.
In His Only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord – who was with God in the beginning, and he came to earth as a man, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived sinless on this earth, fully God and fully man, performing many signs and miracles. He was unjustly executed by crucifixion, died and was buried. He arose from the dead on the third day, to which many were witnesses. He ascended to heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father. He will return one day and, upon His return, will judge all people. Jesus is the body of truth that defines reality. He is the truth, the way, and the life (John 14: 6). He is the savior of the all people. He is able to save because he is God (1 John 5:20).
In The Holy Spirit – who comes to dwell within us through baptism when we confess Jesus as God’s Son and commit our lives to Him. The Spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance in heaven. He helps us to be transform into the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit is a person. He is part of the trinity. In Matthew 28:18, we learn that we are baptized into the possession of (name of) the Father, into the possession of (name of) the Son, and into the possession of (name of) the Holy Spirit. We become God’s possession at baptism. According to Ephesians 1:13–14, when we heard the word of truth and believed in Jesus, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee that we are the possession of Jesus Christ and he will come back for us. We have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which is different from the empowering of the Holy Spirit, which was given to the apostles and through their laying on of hands (Acts 8:14–18). The empowering of the Holy Spirit happened in the first century church through the laying on of the apostles’ hands. The dwelling of the Holy Spirit in the Christians is a gift of God, which guarantees our inheritance. In Romans 8:9, it says that anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. The Holy Spirit in us makes a distinction of where we are going to spend our eternity.
In the separation from God by sin – as every one of us has fallen short of God’s desires for us and are in need of the Father’s forgiveness offered to us through Christ. God planned our salvation before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1: 20). God sent Jesus to this world to save us from our sins by his death on the cross, his burial, and his resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3 – 4). There is no other way to receive forgiveness of sins in order to connect with God but through Jesus Christ.
In Eternal Life – that as Jesus rose from the dead, we too will be resurrected and will live forever with the Father because of His grace that we receive through our faith in Jesus Christ as our ultimate sacrifice to atone for our sins.
In the Church – The body of the saved. Jesus Christ established the one universal Church upon those who become his possession in baptism. The Church has the purpose to glorify God by being transform into his image and by reaching out to those separated from God and to mature those who have been reconciled to God through Christ. The church is the body of the saved. The members of the body of Christ are those who are in covenant relationship with Christ Jesus. The church worships the Father in Spirit and truth, John 4: 23. We know that the truth is God’s word. We are to worship according to what the word of God commands us to worship. Ephesians 5: 19, says that we are to worship God with our hearts. We use our hearts to worship God in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. We sing and make melody with our hearts. The heart is the instrument we use to sing to God. We do not use any other instrument. The church is the light of the world. The church are the ones who show understanding of God’s will and the one who teaches God’s commands.
In Weekly Open Communion – that we partake of the Lord’s Supper regularly, remembering the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ and proclaiming the Lord’s imminent return.
In the Bible – as the divine, inspired word of God and the ultimate authority in our understanding of God and His will for our life. The word of God contains absolute truth. The Bible is the inspired word of God. It is the full revelation of God’s will. The word of God is the source in our search for the center of God’s will. The word of God gives us clear definitions and purposes about God himself, his Spirit, his Son Jesus, and his Church.In the Worship of God – from thankful hearts as the fitting response to who He is and to all He has done to save and bless us.
In heaven and in hell. Heaven is the eternal place where we will meet with God for eternity, and hell is the eternal place where those that are not in Christ Jesus will suffer for eternity. In 2 Thessalonians 1:7–9, it says those who are of Christ Jesus will go to heaven and those who do not obey the gospel will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction. It is not our obedience what saves us, but God’s grace.
In the grace of God – his Son, Jesus Christ (John 1:16–17). It is through Jesus Christ that we obtained access to God’s salvation (Romans. 5:2). Salvation is a gift given by God to all people (1 Timothy 4:10). We can obtain salvation through faith, and we can lose the salvation through unbelief manifested in disobedience and unfaithfulness to God’s covenant; because, those who are in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:8). We need to remain in Jesus in order to remain in salvation and eternal life. A man and a woman in Christ show their faith through good works.
In good works – God created us in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians. 2:10). The purpose of the Christian is to become more like Christ Jesus (Romans 8:29), in order that God may be glorified through us. We were created for the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:6). Our aim as Christians is to glorify God in everything we do and say. We glorify God as we seek the lost and as we help others to mature in Christ. It is in the church where we grow and build each other up.
In one baptism – as our response to the calling of the gospel in repentance of our sins and faith in the atoning blood of Jesus that cleanses us by being immersed in the waters of baptism for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38). We obtain salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. It is through faith in Jesus that we obey his command to be baptized for the forgiveness of our sins (Mark 16:16). It is in baptism where we died to our old self and where we are resurrected in newness of life (Romans 6:1–4). In Acts 2:38–39 it says that when we repent from our sins and we are baptized we received the gift of the Holy Spirit promised to all who believed in Jesus.
In the Glory of God – that we are called to live our lives for His Glory.