What we believe at Bartonville Christian Church about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church
God is one being in three persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is creator, sustainer and redeemer.
Jesus Christ. Jesus of Nazareth is the incarnation of God the Son. He is Word become flesh(John 1:14), and He now holds all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). He is savior and Lord. He made human salvation possible through His life, death on the cross, and resurrection. He ascended into heaven where He is now our high priest and advocate. He is head of the church. Someday he will personally come again as savior and judge of the world.
The Holy Spirit works actively in the world, seeking to glorify Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come. The Holy Spirit indwells believers individually and corporately in the Church. The Holy Spirit develops within Christians a pure heart which results in Christ-like character expressed in private and public conduct and action.
The Bible, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, is the uniquely-inspired Word of God. The Bible is the rule of faith and practice for Christians. We affirm that Scripture is the authoritative revelation from God by which we know God’s will and Christ’s authority. We seek to assert what the Scriptures clearly assert and allow freedom in other cases. We seek to understand divine intent, through authorial intent, and we seek to apply its teachings to the contemporary church and culture.
The Church is the body of Christ on earth, the community of believers throughout the world. Upon surrender to Christ, a person is added to the Church. In addition, the priesthood of all believers means each Christian is called to be a serving minister. The church mission is the Great Commission (Matthew 29:19-20).
Since Adam and Eve, human beings (except Jesus) are fallen and therefore sin. Thus all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Although we were created to walk in fellowship
with God, we fail and must rely on God’s grace and forgiveness. Every human from the moment of life is in the image of God (imago dei), a person to be nurtured, protected and developed. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead – believers to eternal life with God, unbelievers to eternal judgment.
Salvation is by God alone through Jesus Christ alone. God grants salvation by grace upon a person’s faith, repentance, and life-surrender in response to the gospel.
In New Testament baptism a believer is immersed, crucified and buried with Christ (Romans 6:3-4), receives forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), is clothed with Christ (Galatians 3:7), and becomes saved (I Peter 3:21) because of God’s free gift of grace received by faith.
The Lord’s Supper is the celebration of the New Covenant, in which the Christian Community remembers Christ and celebrates the covenantal relationship they have with Him and with each other. Congregations celebrate the Lord’s Supper at least weekly.
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