THE INERRANCY OF THE BIBLE
The scriptures, which include the Old and New Testaments, are divinely inspired, and represent the infallible and authoritative word of God in all matters of faith and conduct. [2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21]
BELIEF IN THE ONE TRUE GOD
There is one eternal God, existent in three persons- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. [Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22]
JESUS CHRIST IS FULLY GOD AND FULLY MAN
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Born of a virgin. Lived a sinless life. Died on the cross to atone for our sins. Physically rose from the dead. Now sits at the right hand of His Father. He will return to earth in power and glory. [Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31-35] [1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21] [Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15] [Acts 1:9; Acts 2:32; Hebrews 1:3] [Acts 2:33; Hebrews 10:12] [Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27; Revelation 19:11-14]
Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We are saved by grace through faith when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and we are cleansed from sin through repentance and regeneration of the Holy Spirit. [John 3:3; Luke 24:46-47; Romans 10:13; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 3:5-7; John 6:63]
The Holy Spirit, our abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide, indwells and empowers every believer in Jesus Christ. [Romans 8:11; Romans 8:26-27; John 14:16-17; Isaiah 61; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:10]
We believe the church is the body of Christ, the fellowship of all believers. Christians have been called out from the world to obey the teachings of Christ and serve as His ambassadors and co-laborers. [Matthew 18:18-20; John 15:19-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 5:20]
While we recognize that the act of Baptism is observed in varying ways amongst different fellowships, it is our conviction and practice to baptize new believers by submersion. [Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47]
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience in which we partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine, remembering the death of Jesus and anticipating His second coming. [1 Corinthians 11:23-26]
There will be a final judgment and the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation. [Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20, Revelation 21:8]
Before you step foot into Connection Church, we want you to know that we really are all about Jesus. It’s not about Connection Church or about any one person other than Jesus. When we started Connection Church, we knew that if we kept God as the central focus of everything that we did, He would take care of the rest. Knowing who Jesus is is the first step in reorienting your life towards Him being the main focus. So here are three very important things we see in the Bible describing Jesus.
HE IS PERFECT
Jesus is perfect. Let’s be honest, there’s not a single one of us who could say we’re perfect and when we read that sentence, “Jesus is perfect.” most of us have no idea what that even means. Still, the reality remains that there isn’t anyone we could think of that was, is, or will be perfect. The perfection we’re talking about isn’t His appearance, but rather how He lead a sinless life. Whoa. Hang on. Timeout. You might be thinking, “What’s sin?” Sin is any act, thought, or motive contrary to God’s word, the Bible. That’s a hefty list of things, but Jesus walked the Earth without ever sinning! That means He walked among us as a man without ever doing something His Father, God, told him not to do. He never said anything His Father told Him not to say and He never had an impure thought. He was perfect in every way. Jesus was God in the form of a man3 who did something we couldn’t do: live a sinless life. That’s important because, in order to rescue us from our own sin, He had to live differently. And because He lived differently, so can we. Not only did He live differently, He died differently too.
HE IS COMPLETE
“It is finished.” That’s what Jesus said as He drew His last breath on the cross. What He meant was that His life, death, and eventual resurrection three days later, fully finished everything forever. You see, before Jesus, there was a lot of work that we would have had to do to make ourselves presentable to God. For every sin, there would have been a sacrifice and because we were born sinful, it was a process we would repeat over and over again for the rest of our lives. But because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, all of that striving and effort was now taken care of. All of the work we needed to do, Jesus did for us. That’s the good news! When Jesus died, He completed the work God had sent Him to do. Through Jesus, we have been made clean and for those who are in Christ, sin no longer has a hold on us, death no longer has its sting. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, fully finished forever what we could not do – pay the penalty of sin.
HE IS ALIVE
Jesus is alive! He died on the cross, but three days later He rose from the grave conquering death in the process. What does that mean? It means that you and I, upon confessing our sins, repenting of those sins, and believing in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection can have a relationship with God that lasts forever. This isn’t a layaway plan. It’s something for you now that lasts forever. The Bible says that we were dead in our sins, but through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have been made alive in Christ. That’s something to be excited about!