We Believe...

STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

The Trinity

We believe in God who has always existed and always will exist in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God created all that exists by calling it into being. God came in human form in the Person of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son, who lived a sinless life, died on the cross to provide salvation for all who believe in Him, and rose again, and ascended to heaven. In the fullness of time, Christ will return in power and glory to judge the living and the dead and establish God’s kingdom without end. The Holy Spirit indwells the believer, convicts of sin, and guides our life in Christ until Jesus returns. (Genesis 1 and 2, Colossians 1:16; John 3:16-18; Mark 8:31, Luke 24:6-7; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Matthew 28:18-20 and 26:64 and 24:30, 2 Timothy 4:1, Acts 3: 19-21, Titus 2:11-14, Isaiah 9:7, John 16:13, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 2:9-13, Galatians 5:25)

 

The Bible

We believe in the divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness and authority of the Bible in faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

Humanity & Salvation

We believe that all people are loved by God and are created to have fellowship with God. We are all sinners in need of our Creator God to restore us to right relationship first with God and also with other people. This salvation is freely given by grace to all who believe in Christ Jesus through faith. (1 Timothy 2:3-4, Romans 3:22-26, John 6:40, Revelation 3:20, Ephesians 2:8-9)

 

The Church

We believe that the church is a gathering of people who are committed to following Christ together within the larger body of Christ, which consists of all believers around the world and throughout time. We come together to love God with all of our hearts, souls, minds and strengths and to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Matthew 22:36-40, Mark 12:28-31, Luke 10:25-28; Hebrews 10:23-25)

 

APPLICATIONS AND PRACTICES

 

Baptism & Communion

Baptism and communion are significant ways that we identify with Christ. We practice baptism by immersion as a symbol of new life for the believer. Through baptism we publicly acknowledge both our faith in Christ and our commitment to follow His teachings and example. As a church, we recognize previous baptism experiences. (Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22, John 1:29-34, Acts 2:37-38, Ephesians 4:4-6, Matthew 28:19-20) We regularly observe communion as a community of believers to remember what Christ did on the cross for the forgiveness of the sins of all people. (Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-24, Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

 

Biblical Sexuality

The Ascent Church affirms each person as an image of God and welcomes all people to worship and participate in the life of the church. The Ascent Church holds that intimate sexual expression is intended, by God, to be between one man and one woman in the life-long, monogamous, covenanted commitment traditionally called marriage. Intimate sexual expression outside of marriage goes against God’s will. (Genesis 2:24-25; Exodus ‪20:14-17, ‪22:19; Leviticus ‪18:22-23, ‪20:13-16; Matthew 19:4-6 & 9, Romans 1:18-31; I Corinthians 6:9-10 & 15-20; I Timothy 1:8-11; Jude 7) The Ascent Church holds that God created the human race male and female. Intentionally adopting a gender other than one’s birth-gender is outside of God’s will. (Genesis ‪1:27, Deuteronomy 22:5). Those who seek marriage through The Ascent Church, including the use of The Ascent Church buildings or resources, and/or officiating by The Ascent Church pastors, must seek to pursue behavior consistent with the above beliefs. 

 

Biblical Interpretation

As believers, the words of God in Scripture are our ultimate authority in faith and practice. We recognize that believers can, in good faith, have differences in biblical interpretation on matters that are not essential to salvation through Christ. The Holy Spirit is our guide as we study Scripture and pray about matters of biblical interpretation, and every believer is personally and ultimately accountable to God. For these and other practices of The Ascent Church, the Board of Elders holds final authority and interprets Scripture as they are led by the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:19-21, 1 Corinthians 2:9-13, 1 Thessalonians 2:13)