OUR BELIEFS

We believe the Bible is the best and only adequate guide for living a Christian life. We hope the following statement of beliefs will help you become better acquainted with what you’re likely to hear in the preaching and teaching at Connection.

  • GOD THE FATHER

    We believe in One God, the Creator of the Universe and the Giver of Life. God is an all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present spiritual being. He is truthful, faithful, loving, good, patient, just, merciful, holy, and righteous. As Ruler of the Universe, God reigns supreme over nature, history, and human life. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Hebrews 11: 3; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Acts 17:24-28)

  • JESUS THE SON

    We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and co-equal with the Father. Though Jesus lived a sinless human life on earth, His own people murdered Him on a cross. After three days, Jesus came back to life, demonstrating His power over sin and death. He later returned to heaven with the Father, and now reigns in heaven, interceding for us until He comes again. He is the only way to the Father. (John 1:1-3; 14, 18, Acts 2:23-24, 36; 1 Timothy 2:5; John 14:6)

  • THE HOLY SPIRIT

    We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Trinity and the presence of God in the lives of believers. God has given us the Holy Spirit as a comforter, guide, teacher, and guarantee of our eternal hope. The Holy Spirit recreates men and women, empowering us to live the new life to which we have been called. His work in us produces lives characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Through His Spirit, God grants gifts and abilities to believers for the strengthening and building of the church. (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:9-14; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:11-13) 

  • THE BIBLE

    The Bible is the inspired Word of God, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, and is entirely true. Scripture is useful for teaching, preaching, and training in faith. God's Word is the norm and standard for all subsequent Christian teaching. We believe that God does also communicate through the Holy Spirit, the Church, prayer, and circumstances, but these will never conflict with or supersede what is already given to us in the Bible. (2 Peter 1:20-21; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Jude 3) 

  • HUMANITY

    We believe men and women are created in the image of God and are completely dependent upon Him. The primary purpose of humanity is to glorify God and to enjoy a relationship with Him. Unfortunately, all men and women rebel against God's standards and deserve the separation from Him that sin brings. Reconciliation with God is only available through Jesus Christ by His grace for salvation and new life. (Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 23; Mark 12:29-30; Romans 3:23-24)

  • SIN & SALVATION

    We believe that all people are created in the image of God and have tremendous potential for good, but we are all marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. As a result of our sin, we have a shattered and broken relationship with God that can only be made whole through Jesus Christ. Salvation is God's free gift (grace) to us but we must accept it by acknowledging Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (confession); turning from our sinful life-style (repentance); trusting and obeying Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins through our baptism into Christ. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. (Romans 5:1; 3:23; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 14:6; Titus 3:5; Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:26)

  • THE CHURCH

    We believe the Christian church is a community of God's people founded on the confession of Christ. Jesus is the head of the body, the universal church, which is united by its common faith in Him. The church participates in worshiping God, the discipling and training believers, and sharing God's love in the world. The ministry of Jesus continues in the church as people love and help those separated from God and others. (Matthew 16:16-18; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-20; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Acts 2:42-47)

  • BAPTISM

    When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our life, we are commanded in the Bible to be baptized by immersion in order to receive forgiveness of our sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:37-39). Baptism is done out of obedience to Jesus Christ and is a part of our salvation process. Baptism also illustrates how God cleanses us of our sins as well as how He raises us to new life in Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; Galatians 3:26-27; Acts 8:26-40; 9:17-19; 10:47-48; 16:15; 16:29-33; Romans 6:1-7)

  • COMMUNION

    We believe in the declaration of forgiveness established by Jesus and illustrated through communion. Communion is recognized in the church as a reminder of His death for us. Each participant may know of the forgiveness offered to him or her through the body and blood of Christ. We celebrate communion every time we gather, as the early church did. (Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:42-47, 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)

  • SPIRITUAL GIFTS

    Every disciple of Jesus Christ has been given specific gifts and talents by the Holy Spirit to advance the kingdom of God. These gifts and talents are to be diligently developed and used at home, church, and in society. (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Ephesians 4:11-13)

  • EQUALITY

    Jesus Christ came to restore not only our relationship with God, but also to bring unity and dignity to men and women of all races, ages, and classes. All persons are made in the image of God, and every disciple of Jesus Christ is to reflect that image in the home and in society. (Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 2:11-22; John 17:20-26; Acts 10:9-23; Colossians 3:11-14)

  • ETERNITY

    We are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through the forgiveness and salvation of Jesus Christ. To be eternally separated from God is called hell. To be eternally in union with God is called heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our life. (John 3:16; 14:17; Romans 6:23; 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 21:27; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Matthew 25:41).