Tumalo Community Church 

Statement Of Faith 

A.     The Holy Scriptures – We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the scriptures and that the Bible is the infallible and authoritative Word of God to man (II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21 and Psalms 19:7-11.)

 

B.     The Godhead – We believe in one true God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the three Persons being equal in power and majesty, yet executing distinct, but harmonious offices. (Psalms 90:2, Matthew 3:13-17, Genesis 1:26-27)

 

C.     The Person and Work of Christ – We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and that He is truly God and truly man; that He was born, lived, died, arose from the dead, and is interceding at God’s right hand, according to the Scriptures. (John 3:16; Luke 1:26-35; John 20:31; I Timothy 2:5).

 

D.     The Holy Spirit – We believe in the personality and power of the Holy Spirit; that He was sent into this world according to the promise of the Father and the Son, to reprove the world of sin, and admonish of righteousness and judgment to come; that He came to quicken, sanctify, and seal believers, and to guide us in all truth. (John 16:13-15; Genesis 1:2; Acts 2:16-18; John 14:16-18I Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 1:13-14.)

 

E.     The Church – We believe in one true Church – a living organism called in the Scriptures the Body and Bride of Christ, a mystery in ages past, but now made known in the New Testament, and that all who are born again by saving faith in Christ are members of that Church, of which Jesus Christ is the only foundation. We believe, moreover, that the great commission given to the disciples, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” is the great commission to the Church today, for those disciples, on the day of Pentecost, became members of the Church. (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-30; I Corinthians 3:11; Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19).

 

F.     Satan – We believe in the personality and diabolical cunning of Satan, who is also called the devil, and that he is the arch-enemy of God, and the deceiver of mankind. (Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; II Corinthians 4:3-4; 1 Peter 5:8).

 

G.    The State of Man – We believe in the total depravity of man, and that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and without Christ, are lost. (Romans 3:19-23; Isaiah 53:6).

 

H.    The Atonement – We believe that the one and only hope for lost mankind is in the blood atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ at Calvary, and that the life and death of Christ were not merely exemplary, but substitutionary. (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18.)

 

I.      Justification by Faith – We believe that men are justified and saved, not by meritorious works, but on the single ground of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work. (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:28, 5:1)

 

J.      Eternal Salvation – We believe that God has become the Author of Eternal Salvation to all who have been justified through faith in Christ, that they are saved forever, and that nothing can separate them from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. (Hebrews 5:9; Romans 8:38-39; John 10:27-30; Ecclesiastes 3:14).

 

K.    Church Ordinances – We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper to be observed by born-again believers. The Lord set the example of Baptism by immersion to be observed once, after conversion, as an outward sign or testimony of an inward work of grace. He ordained the Lord’s Supper to be observed continuously until He comes. (Acts 8:34-39; Romans 6:4: Ephesians 4:5; I Corinthians 11:23-29).

 

L.     Eternal State – We believe that the spirit departs to be with Christ there to abide with Him in conscious bliss and rejoicing forever, and that the spirit of every unbeliever is forever banished from the Lord, in a conscious condition of remorse and punishment. (II Corinthians 5: 8; Philippians 1:23; John 14:1-3; Psalms 9:17; Luke 16:19-26; Revelation 20:11-15)

 

M.    The Rapture of the Church – We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy is the personal, bodily return of the Lord to remove from the earth His waiting Church, and to reward them according to their works. (John 14:2-3; Romans 14:10-12; I Corinthians 3:11-15; 15:51-53; II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; 5: 9; Titus 2:11-13; Revelation 3:10; Acts 1:11)

 

N.     The Tribulation Period – We believe that after this removal from the Earth, the righteous judgments of God will be poured out upon the unbelieving world. These judgments will be climaxed by the return of Christ in glory to the Earth. (Daniel 2:1, 9-27; Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15-31, 25-46; II Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 6:1-19, 21:1-27).

 

O.    The Millennium - We believe that after this judgment, Christ will establish His Messianic Kingdom in which the resurrection saints will reign with Him over Israel and all the nations of the earth. (Deuteronomy 30:1-10; Isaiah 11:1-16, 65:17-25; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Revelation 14:1-20, 19:11, 20 :1-6; Zechariah 14:9; Luke 1:31-33; Daniel 2:44, 7:24-27

 

P.     A New Heaven and a New Earth – We believe that after the dissolution of the present heaven and earth at the end of the Millennium, God will inaugurate a New Heaven and a New Earth. (Isaiah 65:17, 66:22; II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1) As God created the present heavens and earth to be the scene of His theocratic display, so will God inaugurate the New Heavens and Earth to be the scene of the eternal theocratic Kingdom of God.

 

Q.    Christian Behavior – We believe in view of these things that each Christian should consider the following: “What manner of persons ought we to be in all holy conversation and godliness.” We believe, that as Christians, we should follow Christ, even as He commanded, and that as followers of Christ, we must abstain from all appearance of evil, ceasing to allow those things which cause our brothers to stumble, to be offended, or to be made weak, and at all times, seek “to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called.” (II Peter 3:11; Ephesians 4:1).

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