Sent Church holds essential doctrine in a closed fist. There are just certain doctrinal truths that are essential according to Biblically orthodox Christianity and we don't compromise these and consider them non-negotiable. Other teachings we hold in an open hand and are non-essential and secondary matters. The below are what we hold to in a closed first. [Click the + to expand for more content.]
What We Believe
The Word of God
The Bible is the inspired Word of God and without error. We hold to a high view of the Scriptures and they are the foundation that informs what we practice and how we live as a community.
God is the creator of the universe and eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is equal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus came in the flesh, lived a sinless life and offered himself over to death on a cross to redeem mankind and pay the penalty for our sin. He rose from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the Father, thus conquering sin, death and hell. Jesus will return to fully establish his Kingdom on earth.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He was sent to the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living godly, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual gifts to all believers and empowers them to testify of Jesus. We believe miracles, signs and wonders are possible through the enablement of the Spirit.
Man and woman were created in the image of God. We were created to enjoy fellowship with God and through our disobedience, sin entered the world and destroyed that communion. We are unable through our own efforts to restore that relationship and are in need of salvation.
Salvation can only be found in and through Jesus Christ. Forgiveness of sin can only be made possible through the blood of Jesus. We believe that because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in the salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. Both Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. Heaven is eternal life as promised for those who believe and follow Christ; Hell exists for those that have rejected Christ and are separated from God.
The church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to the lost world. The church is the primary agent connecting people to the life of the Kingdom of God. The Church is to partner with Jesus in His redemptive mission in the world.
Communion & Baptism
The Bible sets forth two ordinances or sacraments, the Lord’s Supper and water baptism. The Lord’s Supper is to be celebrated regularly in remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross, and in expectation of His return. Water baptism is an outward testimony of a person’s belief in Christ. We practice baptism by immersion as set forth in Scripture.
The Scriptures call believers to full time ministry and full engagement with Christ in His mission. This is called the priesthood of all believers. To empower believers, the Lord has given us the Holy Spirit who works within us to accomplish His work.
Concise History of Creeds & Confessions
Great series of posts from The Resurgence website outlining some of the most important creeds and confessions of the Church.
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