Statement of Faith
Since the time of the Apostles, Christian churches have laid out their core doctrinal beliefs in brief, definitive statements. As those who know God, we believe it necessary to set forth in a concise fashion the cornerstone truths of our church as guided by Scripture. This statement of faith, adopted by the elders of oneTreasure Church, summarizes essential Christian beliefs, shows unity in Christ, and serves to guard the church from error.
All who join oneTreasure as members are required to affirm this statement of faith. Affirmation of this statement implies a responsibility for every member to not only believe it, but to live in accordance with it.
I. The Word of God – the Bible
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts. The 66 books of the Bible are God’s completed revelation. They were written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and have supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32
II. The Trinity
We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is equal in every divine quality and works in perfect unity with other members of the Trinity to bring about the sovereign purposes of God.
Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19,20; 2 Cor. 13:14, Ephesians 4:5,6
III. God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. In His very essence1, God is self-existent, eternal and unchanging2. God is all-powerful and all-knowing and His perfect knowledge extends to all things past, present and future3 . Although God detests evil, He is longsuffering and compassionate toward sinful people4, He involves Himself intimately in the affairs of humans, He hears and answers prayer, and He saves from the eternal consequences of sin and death, all who come to Him through Jesus Christ5.
1 Genesis 1:1; John 4:24; 1 Chron. 29:10-13 2 Jeremiah 23:24; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 119:137 3 Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 46:9,10; Heb. 4:13 4 Psalm 116:5; Eph. 2:4-7 5 Rom. 5:8-11; John 3:16; 1 Thess. 1:10
IV. Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit with two inseparable natures, one human and one divine.1 We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings.2 We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, His bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession before the Father for His people, and personal visible return to Earth.3
1 Matt. 1:18-25; John 1:1, John 3:16; John 10:30; 1 John 5:20 2 Luke 1:31, 35 3 Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:37-39;
V. The Holy Spirit
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. His ministry glorifies Jesus Christ and implements Christ’s work of salvation.1 We believe the Holy Spirit regenerates, baptizes, seals, fills and indwells all believers, securing them in Christ forever. 2
1 Acts 5:3,4; John 14:16,17; John 16: 8-10 2Titus 3:5; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph.1:13; Eph. 5:18; 1 Cor. 6:19
VI. State of Mankind
We believe God directly created the first man and first woman, Adam and Eve, in His own image and free from sin. God created human beings as immortal, rational, and morally responsible. The primary purpose of man is to glorify God, enjoy His fellowship and accomplish His will on earth.1 We believe Adam sinned, and as a result, all people are sinners by nature and choice, and are spiritually dead in their relationship to God. Because sin is rooted in the core of their being, they are totally incapable of being reconciled to God based upon their own merits. As sinners they stand in need of God’s mercy and grace in order to be reconciled to Him.2
1Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7; Matthew 19:4 2Genesis 3; Rom. 5:12-21; 3:21-26; Eph. 2:1-10.
VII. Reconciliation with God
We believe all people stand in need of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who alone can address their spiritually dead condition. We believe that those who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, repent of their sin, and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are reconciled to God.1 We believe that God the Father demonstrated His love, grace and mercy to us by giving His Son as the sinless, substitutionary sacrifice for sinful humanity. In the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, full payment was made for the sins of the world and God’s perfect justice was satisfied.2
We believe salvation is provided wholly by an act of God’s grace and is received through faith in the person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ alone, apart from any human merit, deed, or ritual. God regenerates, justifies, redeems, and guarantees the eternal security of all true believers.3
1John 14:1-6; Romans 1:16-17; Titus 3:3-7; 2 Cor. 5:17-21 2 John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9; Col. 1:19-20; Heb. 10:12; 1 John 2:1-2; Titus 3:5 3Romans 8:1; 1; John 5:13; John 6:47; John 10:27-30.
Also: Genesis. 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3,20; 20:10;14,15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:9; John 1:13;
VIII. The Church
We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ, a living, spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons.1 We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ who have made a sincere, credible confession of faith and have associated for worship, instruction, accountability, evangelism and service.2 We believe that God has given the local church the primary responsibility to proclaim the gospel to a lost world.
1Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:22, 23; Ephesians 2:19-22; 5:25–27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2 2Acts 2:42; 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11; Hebrews 10:23-25 3 Matthew 28: 18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
IX. Ordinances – Baptism and Lord’s Supper
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 the believer in water into 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 28:18-20; Acts 2: 41,42; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26
X. Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth. His return will announce the physical establishment of His kingdom on earth and final judgment of all mankind. We believe a person’s eternal destiny is forever sealed by his or her acceptance or rejection, in this lifetime, of Christ and His work on the cross. Believers will experience eternal joy in the presence of God; while unbelievers will experience eternal suffering separated from the presence of God
Luke 16:19-31; John 3:16; John 14:1-3; Matt.10:28; 1 Thess.4:13-18; Rev. 20:1-2; Rev.21:1-4.
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