The Connection

a christian community

Statement of Beliefs

Bible

The Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the only source for our beliefs.  We believe that all Scripture comes from God and was delivered by the Holy Spirit to faithful men.  We believe the Bible is perfect and complete in the original manuscripts.  It is the final authority on all matter of faith and conduct.  There are no other writings similarly inspired by God.

God

We believe that there is one true and perfect God, eternally existing in three personhoods: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Each of these personhoods possess all of the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality.  In the beginning, God created the world and all the things within out of nothing, showing through it His power, wisdom, and goodness.  He continues to sustain all of His creation by His sovereign power.  Throughout history He has acted through His providence to fulfill His redemptive purposes.

Salvation

The main reason for God’s revelation through Scripture is to restore everybody to a perfect relationship with Him.  We were created to have fellowship with God.  Man defied God, choosing to go his own way, and thus alienated himself from God.  Because of sin present inside of all men, we are unable to please God and are in need of His saving grace.  Mankind’s salvation is wholly a work of God’s free grace and not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness, and must be personally accepted by repentance and faith.  The most visible act during the process is when one submits themselves to baptism.  Baptism identifies them with Jesus death, burial, and resurrection.  

Jesus

Jesus is the eternal second person of the Trinity who united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth.  He lived a perfect life and voluntarily died on the cross, atoning for the sins of all by satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.  On the third day after His death He resurrected and appeared to many witnesses.  He ascended into heaven, and now sits at the right hand of the Father, where He intercedes for His followers as the only mediator between God and Man.

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to be a helper to Christ followers.  He brings unbelievers to the point where they realize they need a Savior, and He regenerates them.  At the point of salvation He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength and wisdom.  The Holy Spirit gives each believer a gift to be used to build up the body believers.  The Holy Spirit helps believers understand and apply the Bible in their lives.  His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for believers to lead lives of Christlike character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.

Human Destiny

Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. God's judgment will reveal His justice in consigning them to perpetuate in eternal retribution their own rejection of God. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done In this life.

Church

All believers become members of Jesus’ body, the Church. There is one true Church, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus as Savior and Lord. The Scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, the teaching of the Word, the observance of Communion and Baptism as established by Jesus, fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world. Wherever God's people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church. Under the watch and care of pastors and other supportive leadership, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Jesus.

Faith and Practice

The Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led In those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible.