OUR PURPOSE: Love like Jesus
OUR MISSION: Help people find and follow Jesus
OUR CORE BELIEFS
In doctrinal matters, Journey Community Church strives for three things: In essential matters, unity; in non-essential issues, liberty; in all things, charity (Augustine, circa 400AD). As such, Journey Community Church is a non-denominational Christian Church. Wherever you are in your faith walk, you are welcome to come experience who we are. We believe the best way to wrestle with questions of faith is to do so in authentic Christ-centered community.
To that end, the purpose of this statement of faith is to express clearly those doctrinal truths that the leadership of Journey Community Church believes to be essential to the Christian faith. From the time of the Apostles to today, Christians have laid out doctrine (beliefs) in brief, definitive statements. As those who know God, we believe it necessary to set forth in a concise fashion the cornerstone truths of our church as guided by Scripture.
WHAT WE BELIEVE:
THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible is uniquely the Word of God, verbally inspired of God and without error in the original manuscripts. It was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit as revelation of God to man and is the supreme authority for rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Joshua 1:8; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 1:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Psalm 119:105,160)
THE ONE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. These three are co-equal and are one God (three Who’s and one What). A God that is holy, righteous, just, merciful and loving. (Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ezekiel 18:4; Jeremiah 31:3; Psalm 136:1)
THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and as such is both fully God and fully human. We believe in His teachings, miracles and sinless life. We believe He died a substitutionary death on our behalf on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead, His exaltation to the right hand of Father God, His perpetual intercession for His people and His personal visible second coming. (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-3, 14; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-3, 2:14-15; Romans 3:24-26; Romans 1:4, 4:25; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; John 14:1-6; 1 John 2:2, 4:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Matthew 28:6; Revelation 19:11-21; John 14:19)
THE CONDITION OF MAN
We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although humans have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates man from God. (Romans 3:23; Isaiah 64:6)
THE SALVATION OF MAN
We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Salvation is not the result of human effort. Salvation from sin is the common need of all people and can only be found through Jesus Christ who came to give us grace and truth. (John 1:12, 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:17)
THE RESURRECTION AND CONSUMMATION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and, at that final judgment, the confirmation of the decision a person made about God during this life−either to exist eternally with God in heaven or, for those who reject God, to be separated from Him eternally in hell. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:8)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. As such, believers full of the Holy Spirit exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. (John 16:8,13; Titus 3:4-7; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-26; Zechariah 4:6; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Romans 8:11; Galatians 4:6; John 15:26; Romans 8:15; 1 Corinthians 14:12).
THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the Church. Therefore, each believer’s role as part of the Church is to:
- be an agent of God for sharing the gospel of salvation
- be connected to the corporate body in which the believer may worship God
- be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son
- be a people who demonstrate God’s love and compassion for all the world.
(1 Peter 3:15; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 1 Corinthians 14:12)
THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
BAPTISM IN WATER
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4)
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements (bread and the fruit of the vine), is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, a memorial of his suffering and death and a prophecy of His second coming. It is enjoined on all believers “until He comes.” (2 Peter 1:4; 1 Corinthians 11:26)