In essential beliefs – we have unity
“There is one body and one Spirit; there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God and Father of us all.” Ephesian 4:4-6
In non-essential beliefs – we have liberty
“Accept him whose faith is weak without passing judgment on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls so then each of us will give an account of himself to God, so whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
In all our beliefs – we show charity
“If I hold in my mind not only human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains- but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” I Corinthians 13:2 (PH)
Our Statement of Faith
The Bible: We believe that the Bible is the revelation of the Creator to His creation. In the Bible, God tells us who He is, who we are, what His plan is for His creation and how we are to relate to Him. The Bible is given by God, making it free from error and completely trustworthy to teach us the truth. It is the ultimate source of authority in the life of all believers.
God: God has always existed. He is our Creator and the maker of all things that exist. He exists as one God in Three persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is infinite, uncreated, all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, loving, just and holy.
Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He became human without ceasing to be God in order to come into His creation and save us from our sin, fulfilling all the prophecies made about Him in the Old Testament. After living a sinless life, He was crucified and died, paying the penalty for our sin. He was buried and three days later raised to life, proving that He is Lord, even over death.
Humanity: Humanity is created in the image of God, meaning all humans are worthy of dignity and respect. All human life is sacred, and we are called to protect and defend human life in all of its phases. Humanity is also fallen and corrupt. All humans are sinners by nature and by choice, separated from God, and unable to come to God by any work of our own.
Salvation: Since we are separated from God by our sin, a penalty must be paid. This penalty is eternal separation from God. The good news is that Jesus Christ came to earth, God becoming man, in order to pay the penalty for us. Because Christ is God, the price He paid was paid infinitely. Each person is saved as they place their faith in Jesus Christ as their only hope for salvation.
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is fully God and indwells believers at the moment they trust Christ as Savior and Lord. He convicts of sin, guides, equips, and encourages us in our Christian walk by giving spiritual gifts and producing spiritual fruit as we submit to Him.
The Christian Life: We exist to glorify God by living in obedience to biblical commands. We are called to continue growing in our faith so that we will look more and more like Jesus Christ in all our thoughts, words and actions.
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality: We believe God designed man and woman as biologically distinct genders for the glorious purpose of helping and serving one another. He designed marriage to be a covenant between one man and one woman, and He designed sexuality exclusively for the marriage covenant relationship. Any sexual activity outside of biblical marriage and any attempts to change one’s biological gender go against God’s grand design and are therefore sinful.
The Church: The Church is made up of every believer that has ever lived or now lives, regardless of ethnic identity or geographic location. The Journey Bible Fellowship is a local gathering of many members of this Church for the purpose of reaching those far from God, providing a safe place to discover faith, encouraging one another toward maturity, and unleashing compassion on our broken world. We celebrate together the ordinances of baptism and communion as powerful, tangible symbols of Christ’s saving work for us.
Eternity: We believe that one day in the future, Jesus Christ will return for His church. When He does, there will be a resurrection of the dead and a judgment of every person that has ever lived. Those that are not His will be sent into an eternal punishment apart from God. Those that belong to Jesus Christ will be taken into His presence for eternity, where we will forever accomplish our created purpose with perfect joy.
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all we believe. For purposes of The Journey Bible Fellowship’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Executive Board in cooperation with the Journey Pastoral staff is The Journey Bible Fellowship’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.