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One Church . . . Two Locations . . . SE Portland & Oregon City
What We Believe
In essential beliefs - we have unity.
“There is one Body and one Spirit... there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and
one God and Father of us all..." (Ephesians 4:4-6)
In non-essential beliefs - we have liberty.
"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable
matters . . . Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he
stands or falls . . . So then each of us will give an account of himself to God . . . So
whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God."
(Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22)
In all our beliefs - we show charity.
". . . If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of
God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to
nothing at all." (1 Corinthians 13:2)
The Essentials We Believe
About God - God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are
co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2
2. About Jesus Christ - Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the
Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect
sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead
after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to
Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15;
1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13.
3. About the Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of
God. He is pre- sent in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus
Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides
the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in
doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As
Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16;
Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18.
4. About the Bible - The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors,
under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth
for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without
any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160,12:6;
5. About Human Beings - People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like
Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although
every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude
of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates people from God
and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2.
6. About Salvation - Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can
never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in
Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty.
When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal
life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26;
7. About Eternal Security - Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ,
the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely
saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God,
not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that
gives us this security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10-14; 1 Peter 1:3-5, Romans 8:38-39
8. About Eternity - People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally
separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.
To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is
eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9