WHAT WE BELIEVE
See how we view God, Jesus, the Bible and many significant aspect of our faith. Firmly rooted in Scripture, the beliefs of Kingsway Church guide our decisions as a church.
We believe the Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1; 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe the God of the Bible is the One and Only true God. He made the world and everything it it. He made man in His image and to have fellowship with Him. He depends on no other being for His existence. He exists eternally as one God in three persons – Father, Son & Holy Spirit; a mystery beyond our understanding. He is perfectly good and acts according to His own good pleasure, including the plan of salvation which is offered because of His great mercy toward us. (Genesis 1:1, 27, 31; Matthew 3:16-17; Ephesians 1:11; 1 Peter 1:3).
We believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God and the Savior of mankind. He is fully God, having existed eternally with the Father and the Holy Spirit – possessing all the attributes of God. He is fully man – born of a virgin and having lived a perfect life without sin. By His death on the cross, Jesus atoned for the sin of mankind, once and for all. His life was a ransom for us, to set us free from sin. On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead, demonstrating God’s acceptance of His sacrifice for all those who would repent and believe. He ascended to heaven and will one day return. (Mark 2:5, 6:3, 10:45; Luke 2:4, 22:42; John 3:16-18, 5:19, 10:30, 12:50, 20:28; Romans 1:4, 3:25-26, 4:25, 8:21; 1 Timothy 2:6; Hebrews 4:14-16; 2 Peter 3:7-13; Revelation 21:1-22:6).
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Trinity. We believe God is at work, in our world currently, through His Holy Spirit – convicting the world of sin, transforming the heart of each Christ follower, empowering for witness those who believe, and through the gifts of the Spirit given to the Church to make a difference in the world. (Ezekiel 36:25-27; John 3:5-8, 16:8; 1 Corinthians 6:11, 8:4-25, 10:44-46, 12-14; Titus 3:4-7).
We believe man was created good (in the image of God) but voluntarily rebelled against God and stands in need of salvation. The Gospel is the “good news” that God has provided salvation for all who place faith in Jesus Christ. Our response is to turn to God, repent and orient our lives toward God, turn away from sin, believe and trust in God’s promises in Christ and commit ourselves to Him as His disciples. (Mark 1:15; Acts 11:18, 20:21, 26:20; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Galatians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1-10; Philippians 3:9).
We believe that observing communion is a regular practice of the Church and one we participate in with an attitude of humility and gratefulness. Communion was instituted by Christ Himself and Christians are encouraged to participate in communion as a remembrance of Christ’s work on the cross. (Luke 22:14-22; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe in baptism in water by immersion for every believer. Water baptism represents: an outward testimony of what has happened inwardly with the experience of salvation, our dying to our old way of life and commitment to live in the resurrection power of Christ, a public confession of Jesus’ Lordship in our lives, and an obedient response to Christ’s command. We believe every born again Christian should be baptized. (Matthew 3:13-16, 28:19; Acts 2:38, 8:36-38; Romans 6:1-4; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 4:21-24)
We believe that just as Jesus healed people while on earth, God heals people today. We believe that when when we pray, God hears us and has the ability to answer our prayers. When we have a need, we pray for each other, knowing that He is sovereign to act in ways that align with His purpose for each of us. (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17, Mark 16:18, James 5:13-16, 1 John 5:15).
We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ and Jesus Himself is the Head. The point of our individual lives is to point to Him – to bring Him glory. The point of our existence as a corporate entity is also to point to Him – to proclaim to the world, through our love of God and each other, that God is real, His Word is true and His love is life-changing. (1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18).