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What We Believe - Discover Church

What we believe

Statement of Faith

The following statement sums up what we believe at Discover Church. If you have questions about any of this, please feel free to reach out to our pastoral staff.

About the Bible

The Bible is God’s word to all mankind. It was written by human authors who were inspired by God. It is the supreme source of all truth without any mixture of error and it is the only rule for establishing faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13)

About God

God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He is an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1; Genesis 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:6; 1 Peter 1:2)

About Jesus

Jesus Christ is the only born Son of God. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life, doing miracles and teaching His followers. He offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all humanity 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 visibly return again to earth to establish His kingdom and reign as King. (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 1:14; Hebrews 4:14-15)

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make us aware of our sin, the righteousness of Jesus, the coming judgment and our need for Jesus Christ. From the moment of salvation, He lives in every Christ-follower. He provides them with power for living and sharing their faith, helps them understand spiritual truth, guides them in doing God’s will and supernaturally gifts them for service. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25)

About Human Beings

Humanity is made in the image of God, to be like him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, we are born sinners separated from God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23)

About Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God offered to everyone. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works – only by repenting of our sins and trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior can we be saved from the penalty of our sin. Salvation begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith. We are then regenerated and made new by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)

About Eternity

Everyone will spend eternity in one of two places. The saved will spend eternity in heaven and the unsaved will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. (John 3:16; John 3:15; John 5:24; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46)

About The Church

The Church worldwide is the body and bride of Christ. It is a spiritual organism made up of all Christ-followers baptized on profession of faith. We believe the local church is the hope of the world. Its purpose is to glorify Christ by reaching all people and growing them to fulfill God’s plan for their life. (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 1 Timothy 3:15)

About the Christian Life

Christians should endeavor to live in a way that glorifies God and promotes the well-being of others; they should be faithful managers of their possessions; and endeavor to mature in their walk with Christ; becoming more and more like Him. (Matthew 5:43-48; Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:17-24; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 1:7)

The Ordinances

At Discover Church, we practice 2 church ordinances:

1. Baptism in Water

The ordinance of baptism by immersion in water should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed on Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been released to walk with Him in newness of life. We understand that this is a symbol of the faith we have already embraced in the heart, and therefore in extreme cases where immersion would be problematic due to physical limitations, other forms of water baptism may be employed. (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4).

2. The Lord’s Supper (Communion)

The Lord’s Supper, Biblically consisting of two elements, bread and wine (or juice), is the symbol expressing our unity as a body of believers through the shared memorial of His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming and is instructed for all believers to participate in “until He comes” (John 6:48,51,53-57; Luke 22:19,20; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 11:25)