STATEMENT OF FAITH
Through careful and diligent studies mixed with life experience, Church Two42 created a Statement of Faith to which we will use as the foundation of our lifestyle and use as basis of how we teach. Along with the acceptance of the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed, we have composed ten areas in which our faith in God rises and falls. This is what we believe.
We believe that there is one true God who is the living Creator, author of life, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. He is eternally and existing in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and in glory. He is infallible in every way and governs all.
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ; He is Lord, God in flesh, the one true Messiah, and God’s only begotten Son. We believe: He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, released signs and wonders, and was a profound teacher. Through His humanity, He single handedly reconciled us to God through His substitutionary atoning death, and bodily resurrection. He ascended into heaven and sits at God’s right hand interceding on mankind’s behalf waiting for His return to the Earth
We believe that the Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He also came forth to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ and are baptized in the Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all the Biblical gifts of the Spirit.
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old Testament and the New Testament are the written word of God. The authors of the Scriptures were given divine inspiration, and the men that canonized the Scriptures were led by the Spirit to unify a doctrine that is without error in the original manuscripts. We also believe that the Scriptures are an infallible rule of faith and practice.
We believe that mankind was made in the spiritual image of God. This image is manifested in mankind's ability to create life, dream, imagine, build, inspire, help and protect others far beyond a primal animal instinct. Through acting upon our selfish ambitions, mankind sinned and rebelled against God, causing mankind to separate from their Creator. Mankind, being the crown of God’s creation, is incapable of returning into God’s fellowship on their own without the atonement of their sin by sacrifice.
We believe that ALL mankind has sinned and rebelled against God, thus has fallen short of His Glory and has come under condemnation. We believe that through God’s love and grace, He sent the Christ to be a blood sacrifice for ALL mankind. Through the revealing of the Holy Spirit, ALL mankind has the opportunity for salvation by: recognizing and turning away from their fallen/rebellious nature, and accepting Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ. Salvation is affirmed by allowing the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of you and guide you into God’s sovereignty daily.
Return of Christ
We believe God’s redemptive purpose will be accomplished by the returning of His Son, Jesus the Christ. We believe upon His return the wicked will be judged and separated from the righteous. The wicked shall be removed from God’s presence, leading to the second death. Jesus will establish the Kingdom of God, and the righteous will enter into eternal blessing with their Creator, their Lord and their Friend.
We believe the New Testament Church is NOT obligated to give a tithe from their possessions. With the destruction of the Temple in 70AD, and the disbandment of the ordained Levite priests, the original and proper function of tithing found in the Old Testament can no longer exist. The New Testament Church understood these principles and allowed Alms (money or food for the poor) to be given as well as any offerings. An offering has to do with each individual’s heart. It cannot be given out of compulsion and does not have a defined percentage attached to it (2 Corinthians 9:6-12). Taking an offering rather than a tithe allows the giver to be as generous as the Lord desires, and cheerful when giving because it is not out of obligation. For these reasons we believe a follower of Christ should give offerings to the Lord as the Lord directs. Offerings will be anonymous and not passed around during any church gatherings. Instead, a labeled container at the entrance and exit will be posted, and one can give as God has directed him/her to give.
Women in Leadership
We believe that women have a role in the New Testament Church. They have a heritage of leadership found in Genesis and through Christ; God re-established their identity that was forfeited at the fall. We clearly see women functioning within the early church. Women joined with men in the upper room praying at Pentecost (Acts 1:14). Women received the gifts of the Spirit (I Corinthians 12:7). They received Christ and were baptized (Acts 5:14 & 8:12). They were persecuted (Acts 9:2). They were prophetesses (Acts 21:9) and teachers (Acts 18:26). Women were called fellow workers (Philippians 4:3) and deacons (Romans 16:1). As an Acts 2 Church, we will recognize and utilize the gifts and talents found within God’s daughters.
We believe that the Church is NOT the Temple or a building, but rather a gathering of believers who willingly sacrifice: pride, money, possessions, food, energy, time and self for the wellbeing of those who God has called them to sacrifice for. We believe the Church is called to spread and be a training ground for the gifts and talents God has bestowed upon ALL His children, no matter their age. The Church is called to be a place of refuge from the “world” and a godless society, a place of safety and comfort where materialism and favoritism are out casted and God’s truth and righteousness reigns. It is a place where believers can learn to: become family as they worship in Spirit and in Truth, become inspired by God’s Word, partake in the sacraments, and be consistently challenged to obey God in order to become a righteous generation.