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Beliefs

The Godspeed Statement of Beliefs

We affirm our belief in:

The authority, inerrancy and truthfulness of the Bible. The Scriptures as originally given by God are divinely inspired, without error, entirely trustworthy and our full authority for truth and life. The source of the Bible is God Himself and so it is eternally and absolutely true. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21.

The Trinity. God is One God, existing forever in the past and future as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the creator and absolute authority over the universe. God is personal, infinite and unchangeable. His holy perfection and His personal love motivate His work of saving people throughout all history. This is a fundamental theme of the Bible. Revelation 1:8; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Luke 3:21-22; Genesis 1:1; Psalm 115:3; Genesis 3:15; Genesis 12:3; Isaiah 53:1-12; John 1:29; Revelation 5:9.

Jesus Christ. He is God in the flesh, virgin born and sinless. His perfect life, His death and His resurrection are a substitute and covering for our sin. He ascended to heaven, represents us alone to God the Father and will return personally to the earth as the ruling king. John 10:30-31; Matthew 1:18-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28.

Salvation by grace through faith alone. All people are created by God in His image, and are inherently equal, inherently sinful and separated from God by sin. Apart from belief and personal trust in Jesus and repentance of sin, a person cannot have eternal life. But salvation comes richly and permanently from a loving God to all who believe in Jesus by faith. It can’t be earned and it can’t be lost. Salvation inevitably leads to a life of faithfulness to God and transformation toward godliness. Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 5:12; Romans 3:9-23; Romans 10:14-15; John 14:6; John 3:16; Acts 20:21; Ephesians 2:1-9; Titus 3:5; James 2:14-26; 1 John 3:1-12 Romans 12:1-2.

The Holy Spirit. He fills our inner lives when we are saved, He empowers us to live for God and He unites us with fellow Christians. He also convicts us of our sin, comforts us, brings ongoing renewal to our lives and gives us gifts to use for serving Christ and the church. Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:5-17; Ephesians 4:1-6; John 14:16; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11.

The unity of Christians in the church. Salvation brings us into relationship with one another as Christians. When we gather, we celebrate the new birth of Christians in baptism and remember the death of Christ in communion. Both are commands of Jesus for us to obey. The church is to be led by male elders who are qualified by biblical principles, and who have the responsibility to exercise loving discipline according to the teaching of the Bible in Matthew 18:15-22, I Corinthians 5:9-13 and 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15, in the spirit of Hebrews 12:5-13. Ephesians 2:11-22; Acts 2:41; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:25; Matthew 28:19; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9.

The Resurrection and judgment of both the saved and the unsaved. Those who are saved will live forever with God. Those that are unsaved will live apart from God in eternal, conscious pain. John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43; Revelation 21:1-22:21.

God’s authority in ethical matters. We believe that ethics are an extension of God’s character and revelation in the Bible. We believe, as a matter of belief and practice, that “marriage” is a word reserved for the covenant relationship between a man and woman alone. We believe that all people are created in God’s image are equal and should be treated with dignity. John 14:21; Psalm 119:1-8; Genesis 2:21-25; 1 Corinthians 7:2-4; Ephesians 5:22-33.