BASIC BELIEFS OF CHRIST LIFE CHURCH
Christ Life Church is a Bible believing fellowship. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, giving a true record of the heavens and the earth, and of mankind, and containing a correct prophecy of the ages to come regarding the destiny of man.
Furthermore, we believe in three basic premises:
1. Nothing contrary to Scripture can be true.
2. Nothing in addition to Scripture can be eternally binding.
3. Nothing less than obedience to Scripture can be pleasing to God.
We pray that you will be enlightened as we share with you our basic beliefs from the Word of God.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
I Thessalonians 4:16-17
There is only one God: The Creator of the heavens and the earth and of all mankind. He is revealed to us in three manifestations or personalities namely, Father (Creator), Son (Savior), and Holy Spirit (indwelling Spirit) (Romans 8:11).
The Holy Spirit is the manifestation of the Spirit of God (the Creator) and of the resurrected Christ, coming to dwell in the hearts and lives of all men, who will be obedient to the gospel, as the Comforter, Sustainer, and Keeper (John 14:16-26, Romans 8:11).
The grace of God is God’s unmerited favor to man. Before man ever made or makes a step toward God for his salvation, God extended and extends His grace.
The process through which salvation comes to man is first by God’s grace. He has made mercy, forgiveness, cleansing, and love available to us through His sacrifice at Calvary. There is no way that we can merit or become deserving of His salvation. It is His free gift to man. (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Salvation consists of deliverance from all sin and unrighteousness through the blood of Christ. It is not a point of arrival, but a continual process in our Christian life. It involves obedience to God’s Word and the leading of His Spirit until we leave this world to be with Him.
It begins with our acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Savior and climaxes with our entrance into Heaven.
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Another beautiful part of our journey is the infilling or baptism of the Holy Spirit. You receive the Holy Spirit by faith based on the truth of Scripture and the desire of your heart to accept the promise of God for yourself. The acceptance of the promise of God’s power is by faith—the same faith used to receive Christ as Savior. To receive the Holy Spirit, you simply approach God in an attitude of faith, because according to Luke 11:13, it is His good pleasure to give His Spirit to those who ask.
As demonstrated in Scripture, when a person receives the Holy Spirit, there may be a manifestation associated with the encounter. Some become emotional or express a gift of the Holy Spirit such as tongues, while others notice a change in their insight on Scripture or boldness to witness. While manifestations are not required to receive the Holy Spirit, they are common.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit was prophesied by Joel (Joel 2:28-29) and Isaiah (Isaiah 28:11), foretold by John the Baptist (John 14:26; 15:26), and first poured out on the day of Pentecost upon the Jews (Acts 2:1-4), then upon the Samaritans (Acts 8:17), and upon the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-46). “The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:39).
God is a Spirit (John 4:24), the Eternal One, the Creator of all things, and, of course, of all men, thus making Him their Father (through creation).
He is the First and the Last and beside Him there is no God. (Isaiah 43:10)
Son Jesus is a manifestation of God, the Son of God according to the flesh and the very God Himself according to the Spirit. On His Heavenly Father’s side He was divine. On His mother’s side, He was human. We have called this a “dual-nature” begotten of the Father and begotten of a woman, having human nature and a divine nature. Jesus is the Christ (Matthew 16:16); the Creator of all things (Colossians 1:16-17); God with us (Matthew 1:23); God made flesh (John 1:1-14); God manifest in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16); He which was, which is, and which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8 and Isaiah 9:6).
To this, Jesus Himself testified when He said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father,” (John 14:7-11) and, “I and My Father are one,” (John 10:30).
Since it took shedding of blood for the remission of the sins of the world (Hebrews 9:22), God as the Father, being a Spirit had no blood to shed. He prepared a body of flesh and blood (Hebrews 10:5) that He might fulfill the Scripture, “Beside Me there is no Savior,” (Isaiah 43:11), and caused the angels to say, “For there is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord,” (Luke 2:11). Christ, the Son, died on the cross for our sins.
Water baptism is an essential part of our Christian experience. It is another step in our “journey” from a life in sin to our eternal life in heaven.
Water baptism in the New Testament is administered by immersion (Colossians 2:12, John 3:5, Romans 6:4, Mark 1:10, Acts 8:38-39).
Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection was a type of our salvation. “Repent (death to sin), and be baptized (burial) every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (resurrection)” (Acts 2:38).
Those who were baptized in the scriptures embraced the name Jesus as they were baptized. From the first day that the church of God was established on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:36-41), until the end of the early apostles’ ministry, they baptized all nations (Jews, Acts 19:5; Samaritans, Acts 8:16; Gentiles, Acts 19:5) embracing the name of Jesus.
Divine healing was purchased for us by the blood of Jesus Christ, being especially specified by His stripes (Isaiah 53:5, I Peter 2:24).
Jesus went everywhere healing all that were sick (Matthew 4:23-24). He commanded His disciples to do the same (Matthew 10:8). He said concerning those that believe the gospel, “They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:18). Mighty healings and miracles followed the disciples wherever the gospel was preached.
“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:14-16).
SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
The second coming of Christ is a personal, visible return of Christ to the earth for his people who have been born again “…born of water and of the spirit” (John 3:5) and who are faithful when He comes.
Sin is not only the transgression of the law or commandments of God (I John 3:4), but is also the breaking of that relationship with the Spirit. It was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah as “the rest and the refreshing” (Isaiah 28:11-12), foretold by Jesus as a sign that would follow believers of the gospel (Mark 16:16-17); and poured first upon the Jews on the day of Pentecost at Jerusalem (Acts 2:4), then the Gentiles at Caesarea, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Joel, that it should be poured out upon all flesh (Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:15-18).
A life of holiness is a life of continual separation from sin and consecration unto God. This process of separation involves our total being and our total Christian life. Holiness is not a point of arrival, but rather, a beautiful journey living the Christ life. We are the temple of God (II Corinthians 6:14-18) and should strive to be holy unto God in all areas of our life. (Hebrews 12:14; Isaiah 35:8-10; Romans 12:1)
“Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Since this is true, baptism is administered recognizing the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost as the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).
In order that man may receive this gift of God’s grace into his life, he must first respond with faith to God. Faith is a prerequisite to receiving anything from God. It is believing that God will do what He said He would do in His Word. It is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of the things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith for salvation is a passive acceptance of the salvation God has made available through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ at Calvary. It leads us to accept and obey further truths that are revealed to us on our salvation journey.
Repentance is a turning away from all sin and a turning to God. We must pray believing for forgiveness and cleansing from all sin. It is a vital part of our salvation process and a prerequisite to God’s further working in our lives to deliver us from sin and bring us to salvation.
Repentance should be viewed in the sense of going from remorse to joy. It is a joy to repent of sins that bind your life to gloom, despair, and judgment. It is a joy to turn from sin and receive God’s mercy and forgiveness. It is a joy to step into the light of God’s love as He leads you on to salvation.
It is a natural process in the life of the Christian to continue to experience the joy of repentance as he/she learns to walk in the will of God and in the realm of the Spirit (I John 1:7-9).
Communion, sometimes referred to as the Lord’s Supper, is the sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ on the night before He gave His life at Calvary. (I Corinthians 11:23-26)
The disciples ate bread, representing the body of Christ, and drank from the fruit of the vine (representing the blood of Christ). We do the same as an ongoing reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made for us in dying on the cross for our sins. (Luke 22:19-20, I Corinthians 10:16)
DEDICATION OF CHILDREN
We believe in having a special time in which we dedicate our children to the Lord. Jesus was brought to the temple by His parents to receive prayer for the blessings of God. (Luke 2:27-28) Jesus also said: “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there. (Matthew 19:14-15) During Jesus’ ministry children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and bless them. We feel from these examples that it is important to set aside time throughout the year when parents can bring their children to the House of the Lord to be prayed for and dedicated to the Lord.
We believe that God instituted marriage as an earthly picture of Christ’s relationship with the church (Ephesians 5:22–32). We also
believe that He created marriage to be the foundation of a strong church and stable society. It was His intent, as stated in the Bible,
that the marriage covenant should be between a man and a woman for a lifetime.
The fact that there will be a judgment is evidenced by the scriptures. “It is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27). This is the reason for the resurrection. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:32-34, 41, 46).
There will be a resurrection of all the dead, both just and unjust. “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2; I Corinthians 15:13-17; Revelation 20:12-13).