Our Statement of Faith

 

The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Grace Connection at Pasadena’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Elder Board is Grace Connection at Pasadena’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.

 

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. We believe that God is a trinity. He eternally exists in three persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal and yet one God. Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Matthew 28:19; II Cor. 13:14

 

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST: Jesus Christ is the Son of God and co-equal with the Father and Holy Spirit. He was born of a virgin to reveal God to man and as a man lived a sinless life. Jesus offered Himself a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all humanity by dying and spilling His blood on the Cross. He rose bodily after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death and then ascended to heaven to sit down at the throne of majesty and glory. He will return one day to the earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. John 1:1-5, 14; Matthew 1:23; Acts 1:9-11; I Cor. 15:3, 4; Heb 4:14, 15; Hebrews 1:2, 3; I Tim. 6:14, 15.

 

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT: the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Son. He is present in the world to bring awareness to mankind of their need for Christ. At the moment an individual believes in Jesus as Savior, the Holy Spirit brings about a new birth. He gives gifts and abilities to believers in Christ for service. He provides everything we need for spiritual living and gives power over sin. He guides a person in the truth that Jesus taught in His Word because He is the author of the Word of God. Acts 5:3, 4; Titus 3:5, I Cor. 12

 

ABOUT THE BIBLE: It is God’s Word to man. It was written by human authors under supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It contained no mistakes and was free from error in the original autographs. It is the supreme source of truth and the final authority for Christian beliefs and living. II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 119:105; Prov. 30:5

 

ABOUT MANKIND: People are the crown jewel of God’s creation; we are all made in the image of God. Man was created to have intimate relation with God but because of disobedience that relationship was severed. Sin has separated man from God and man is in need of salvation. Gen. 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Romans 3:23

 

ABOUT SALVATION: Salvation, {restoration to relationship with God and life forever}, is a free gift of God’s unconditional love called grace. This gift is given to the person who freely and willingly accepts the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Man can never be good enough to make up for sin or work hard enough to deserve forgiveness. Trusting in the person and Work of Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. Eternal Life begins the moment we believe in Christ. Our salvation is secure because it is a gift not a reward. It cannot be lost, forfeited or returned for any and all reasons. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6; John 1:12

 

ABOUT THE CHURCH and CHRISTIAN LIFE: We believe the Church is the Body of Christ and that Jesus is the head of the Body (church). The members are those who have trusted by faith in the completed work of Christ on the Cross. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and making Him known to a lost world. We believe that every Christian should live for Christ and not himself. By obedience to God’s Word, daily yielding to the Holy Spirit and fellowship with other believers, every Christian should mature and be conformed to the image of Christ. Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:20-22; I Cor. 12; Acts 1:8; II Peter 1:4; Romans 8:29

 

ABOUT ETERNITY: We were all created to live forever. Man will either exist eternally with God or separated from Him. Heaven is the place where the believer in Christ will spend eternity, and Hell is the place where the unbeliever will spend eternal separation. John 3:16; Rev. 20:15; Romans 6:23b (Heaven); Matt. 25:41; Romans 6:23a (Hell)

 

BIBLICAL AUTHORITY: We believe God has spoken to us through His written Word. Therefore, the Bible is our ultimate and final authority.

 

INTIMACY WITH GOD: We believe God desires an intimate relationship with every believer. Through prayer, meditation, worship, and Bible study, we can pursue and achieve intimacy with the Father.

 

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

 

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen 2:18-25; Mark 10:6). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (I Cor 7:2-5, Heb 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.  We believe that weddings are worship services, and must be presided over by one of Grace Connection at Pasadena’s ordained pastors.

 

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Psalm 139).

 

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt 15:18-20, I Cor 6:9-10).

 

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity (Mark 12:28-31, Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accordance with Scripture nor the doctrines of Grace Connection at Pasadena.

 

We believe that Baptism by immersion symbolizes our union with Christ and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.