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STATEMENT OF  FAITH

 

What We Believe:

  • The Bible is the infallible Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and contains everything we need and every answer to every problem. (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21)

  • There is one God, which is triune, existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (1 John 5:6,7)

 

  • Man is created in the image of God but is separated by sin. Because of sin God sent Jesus to reconcile us back to Him through salvation. (Genesis 1:26; 1 Timothy 2:5; John 3:16)

 

  • We can have a personal relationship with God through salvation, God's free gift to man. By admitting we have sinned and believing in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, and accepting Him as Lord, we can spend eternity with God. (Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 5:1)

 

  • We believe in water baptism, as a demonstration of worship to Jesus as He demonstrated in scripture. (Matthew 28:19)

 

  • We believe in Holy Communion as a memorial of the body of Jesus that was given, and the blood that was shed as His covenant, until the day He returns. (1 Cor. 11:23-26)

 

  • We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of tongues as a gift from God to lead and guide us. (Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:4; Acts 1:8)

 

  • We believe in the five-fold ministry leadership gifts. Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

  • 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. 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. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. 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 any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Greater Purpose International Community Church as the local body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to Greater Purpose International Community Church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Greater Purpose International Community Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender and Sexuality.

    • We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Greater Purpose International Community Church. Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:18-25; 1 Cor. 6:18, 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4; Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22; Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.

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