What we believe at Freedom about Jesus, the Bible, the Church & matters as defined by scripture.
We hold fast to the core doctrines of the historically orthodox faith. We can't know God exhaustively, but we can know Him accurately. We're unified in the big stuff, don't make the small stuff into big stuff, and make it a mission to clarify which is which through the holy scriptures.
We affirm that the Bible, containing both the Old & New Testaments, is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God, and that its authority is ultimate, final, & eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in anyway. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction & reproof. It has all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct. It alone is the final authority in determining doctrinal truths.
We believe that there is One true God, the eternally self-existing "I AM", who has revealed Himself to us in three Persons: Father, Son & Holy Spirit. We believe that the persons of the Trinity are co-eternal, co-equal and yet with unique function.
We believe in the Chalcedonian Christology of the Second Person of the Trinity. He is a distinct person from the Father & the Holy Spirit, yet of the same substance, two natures in One person (divine and human). We believe that Jesus Christ is God of God, the Son of God, who was incarnated as a human, was born of a virgin, was crucified, was buried, was resurrected, & is seated at the right hand of God on high.
We believe in an Nicene understanding of the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity. He is a distinct person from the Father and the Son, God of God, sent by the Father to equip the Body of Christ with grace for work. In every action, the Holy Spirit glorifies Christ. He convicts the world of sin, regenerates sinners, and in him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted into the family of God. The Holy Spirit is received at salvation, and assists us in our weaknesses by enabling us to live victorious, bold, Christ-like lives.
We believe that in order to receive forgiveness & a fresh start with God, we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, & commit to His will for our lives. This is called, salvation. It is an eternal, free gift of God, based on the benefits of the death of His Son, and it is by God's grace only & received through faith. This new life in Christ means we are adopted into the family of God & we become heirs with God's Son, Jesus. Salvation should produce an active lifestyle of loving others, being obedient to God's commands & serving only Jesus Christ.
The Christian life is one filled with trials, tests & spiritual warfare against our spiritual enemy, Satan. For those who abide in Christ until their death or His return, the promises of eternal blessing in the presence of God are assured. We must remain faithful through all circumstances of life, be dependent upon the Holy Spirit for guidance & willing to die to ourselves each & every day.
We believe in the continuation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit & that the charismata did not cease after the Apostolic age. The purpose of the gifts is to equip the Church to carry out its mission until Christ returns, as well as to be a foretaste of the life to come. Believers should seek God in prayer for the gifts of the Spirit to operate in their own lives and ministries & should not only agree to them theoretically but practice them outwardly as the Spirit leads.
We believe that humankind was created in the image of God but voluntarily sinned when tempted by Satan and fell short of God’s righteousness. Sin is willful transgression of the law of God and deserves death. At the fall, humankind incurred physical death and spiritual death, which is separation from God. All human beings are in union with Adam and are sinners by nature and by choice. Sin has alienated humankind from God and subjected it to his wrath
Baptism, is the outward sign of what God has already in a person's life and is a testimony to all that they now belong to Jesus. We believe in full water immersion just as Jesus exemplified. This outward expression is tethered to those who are professing believers.
We believe that the Church is the Body of Jesus Christ, who is its Head. The Church is comprised of all those who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. The Church is distinct in local churches, who’s membership/partnership should be only believers. The Church is being built up & made into the Bride of Christ, fully matured & presentable at Jesus’s Second Coming. We believe the Church is a pillar of truth to the world because of the abiding story and presence of Jesus as mediated by the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the personal, bodily, and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. At the moment of his coming, which time is unknown, we will be caught up in the air, transformed in glory, and brought back to the to the earth whereupon Christ will sit in judgment, separate the wheat from the chaff, renew the earth, and reign as King forever. We believe that God is creating a New Heavens and a New Earth where humans will dwell forever with God. The imminent coming of Christ should inspire godly living and commitment to the mission of the Gospel.
Communion is an observation we do in remembrance of the shed blood and broken body of our Lord, Jesus. It is a direct sign of our participation in what He did for us on the cross. This is done by professing believers and should only be done in a manner that reflects sincere faith and self-examination, as emphasized in 1 Corinthians 11:28-29.
We believe that those who reject God's offer of grace and forgiveness and are not found in the book of Life will be raided and judged in the resurrection of the wicked and given over to eternal conscious punishment (Hell) in the Lake of Fire along with the devil and his angels for all eternity.
We believe God has ordained marriage and defined it as a covenant relationship between one man, one woman, and Himself. Hence, we only recognize marriage between a biological man and a biological woman. As a result, the staff of Freedom Church will only participate in weddings and the celebrations of marriages between one man and one woman.
We believe that from the beginning God created two separate and distinct biological sexes: male and female. In addition, we believe that Scripture does not permit any difference between biological sex and gender identity or expression. Humankind has been created by God and any attempt to misinterpret the difference between male/female and/or biological sex/gender identity is an attempt to self-create and is a result of sin and the fall. We also acknowledge that there are rare instances where people are born with an indiscriminate biological sex. Yet, these cases do not involve an attempt to self-create nor deny the dignity of how they were born.
We believe that all human life is valuable & sacred, and that human life and full personhood begins at conception and continues until death. As stewards of life, we are endowed by God with the responsibility to protect the worth and dignity of human beings from the moment of conception until the moment of death. Therefore, we oppose taking innocent life in all forms, including abortion and euthanasia.
We advocate for unity on core beliefs and freedom on non-essential issues. We support ecumenical efforts, believing it is more constructive and in line with the teachings of Christ to find common ground on secondary theological topics (such as views on the end times, Calvinism/Arminianism, etc.) rather than creating divisions. As a result, our church community is made up of individuals from various theological traditions, and we encourage respectful and open dialogue among members to foster Christian unity and intellectual growth.
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