Statement Of Faith
PGF’s Statement of Faith
We believe in:
THE TRINITY…God eternally exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Within the Godhead, these three persons are co-equal and each is one with God. (Genesis 1:1-2, 26; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-4, 14; John 14:12-17; John 15:26; Romans 14:17-18; I Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; I Peter 1:2)
JESUS CHRIST… the second person of the trinity, the Son of God. Completely God and completely man. He was born a virgin birth, lived a sinless life, willingly died on a cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the world. He was buried, and then came back to life three days later just as He predicted He would. He is now with the Father interceding for all Christians. (Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1; 12:44-45; Romans 8:34; Romans 9:5; Ephesians 5:2; Hebrews 4:14-15)
ABUNDANT LIFE… We were never meant to live the life that only Christ can live through us! It’s not what we can do “For” Him, but how we live “From” Him. Jesus said, I have come that you might not only have life, but have it to the full (more abundantly). The bible also states, I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and HE gave himself for me. We are truly grateful for God’s continuing transformation of our lives In-Him, and how that overflows into the church as we pursue Abundant Living. (John 10:10; Gal. 2:20)
THE BIBLE… The Bible is the expressed Word of God. Meaning, in it’s entirety it originated with God. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. Meaning, in it’s entirety men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the words of Scripture. The Bible is the infallible Word of God. Meaning, in it’s entirety it is without error and is the supreme source of truth to live by. (II Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:89-91; II Peter 1:20-21)
THE PROBLEM OF SIN…Sin alienates us from God. In other words, it’s a broken relationship with God. Another way to say this, sin is the response (choice) to go against the will and direction of God. The Bible clearly states that man was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but became alienated from that relationship through sinful disobedience to God’s command. As a result, man was not only separated from God because of his broken relationship with Him, but also is totally incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by his own effort. (Isaiah 53:6; John 8:34; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12-21; Romans 6:12-23; Romans 7:14-25)
SALVATION… We believe that the story of the Bible is the story of a God who loves a rebellious and disobedient world. We need to be forgiven—and we need help that is stronger than human help. We need God. The crucifixion of Christ shows us how awful our wrongdoing is, and it assures us that the price for it has been paid. His crucifixion gives us evidence that we have been forgiven, and his resurrection gives us evidence that He is our salvation. God has come to us and saved us because we could not save ourselves! We need this kind of salvation, and the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that God has given us what we need. (John 3:16-17; 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-10; I Timothy 2:3-4; I John 2:1-2)
THE HOLY SPIRIT… The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity. He continually draws men and women closer to God. Being marked by the Holy Spirit as children of God, believers are encouraged through grace and mercy, transformed to be like Christ, empowered to live a new kind of life that is different from their former way of living, convicted of sin whenever they fail and mess up, and equipped to serve others. (John 14:16-17; 16:5-15; Romans 8:9-11; I Corinthians 12:1-31; Galatians 5:22-23)
That’s the good news! We can trust in the finished work of God, not in the inadequate goodness of human beings. What must I do to be saved? There is only one thing left for us to do:
Admit that I am a sinner and I need salvation.
Repent…I must express true sorrow for my sins and turn away from them. Repentance involves a change of heart and a change in the way I live.
Believe that Jesus’ death on the cross, and his resurrection from the grave three days later, is what saves me.
Confess with my mouth that Jesus is my Savior and Lord and that I am giving Him my entire life today!
NEW TESTAMENT ORDINANCES…
Communion (The Lord’s Supper): Communion causes us to remember the sacrifice of death made by Jesus Christ. In eating the bread and drinking the juice, we proclaim His death and our reliance on His sacrifice.
Place of Grace Fellowship practices open communion, which means that you do not need to be a member of PGF to take communion. Every believer is invited to partake of the bread and juice. (I Corinthians 11)
Baptism: Water baptism (immersion) is a symbolic act that represents the new life one has found in following Jesus. It symbolizes the washing away of an old way of life. It symbolizes new birth into a life with Christ. It represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new believer. Christian baptism is also an act of obedience… for Jesus stated, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved….” and again, “It is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness….” (Mark 16:16; Mathew 3:15)
Foot washing: Every Maundy Thursday (Thursday before Easter) we have a special service that includes scripture reading, prayer, communion, and foot washing. It’s a time of reflection concerning what Jesus did for us and what he asks us to do for others. (John 13)
SECOND COMING OF CHRIST… Jesus Christ will come again at an appointed time known only by the Father. At this time, the resurrection of the dead and judgment of all people will take place. Jesus will take the Church (all who have put their faith in Him and His work on the cross) to be with Him forever in heaven. Any person who did not place their faith in Jesus Christ while they were alive, will be eternally separated from God in hell. (Matthew 25:31-36; I Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:11-15)