BELIEFS

Holy Bible

We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible were verbally inspired by God and error-free in the original writings. Preserved for us, the Bible is a complete and infallible document, the final authority in all areas where it speaks. Its meaning is discerned as one diligently and prayerfully studies, with the goal of spiritual transformation. The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It is 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.

 

(Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalm 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; John 16:13-15; John 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16)

 

Trinity

We believe that there is only one God, who exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He created the universe out of nothing and, as sovereign, sustains it and rules over the affairs of humankind. God can be described truthfully, but never exhaustively, and He along ultimately satisfies. God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.

 

(Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; Letivicus 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; John 4:24; John 5:26; John 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; John 14:10; John 14:16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corithians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19).

 

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life. Jesus is truly God and truly man. He was virgin born and lived a sinless life, crucified as the only acceptable substitute for our sin.

 

(Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; Matthew 3:17; Matthew 8:29; Matthew 14:33; Matthew 16:16; Matthew 28:5-6; Luke 22:70; Luke 24:46-47; John 1:1, 14; John 10:30; John 11:25-28; John 17:1-5; Acts 1:9; Acts 2:22-24; Acts 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; Romans 3:23-26; Romans 8:1-3; Romans 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 3:16)

 

Holy Spirit

His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ. The Holy Spirit is a Person, not merely a force or influence. He restrains lawlessness and convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals the believer — all unconditional works which occur at the moment of salvation. He empowers believers to live holy lives and provides unique giftedness with which to serve the church. While we do not believe that the Scriptures definitively teach that certain gifts have ceased, they indicate that the use of gifts varies according to need. So -called sign gifts confirmed revelation and authenticated the Gospel during the formation of the church; this is not a current need to day. While we welcome all who know Jesus or are seeking Him, the expression of speaking in tongues or other sign gifts are not to be practiced at ministries under the authority of Genesis Church.

 

(Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11; Psalm 139:7; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35; Luke 4:1; Luke 11:13; Luke 12:12; John 15:26; John 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, Romans 14:16, Romans 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17).

 

Man

Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love. We believe that people have been created in God’s image to have fellowship with Him, but are alienated from that relationship by both sinful nature and sinful disobedience. Forgiveness and eternal life cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. They are found through faith in Christ alone, as repentant sinners place their trust in His perfect life, shed blood, substitutionary death, burial, and bodily resurrection as the only satisfactory payment for sin’s effects. Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be banished to hell and believers will be received into heaven. In light of eternity, it should be the goal of every professing Christ-Follower to grow in their love for God and others, to live a life of separation from sin, to follow biblical stewardship of resources and to be a credible witness to the lost. 

 

(Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:7; Genesis 2:18-22; Genesis 2:3; Psalm 8:3-6; Psalm 32:1-5; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; Romans 3:10-18; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:6; Romans 6:6; Romans 7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 1 Corinthians 15:19; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Ephesians 2; Colossians 1:21-22; Colossians 3:9-11)

 

Salvation

The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.

 

(Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 53:5-6; Isaiah 55:7; Matthew 1:21; Matthew 27:22-28; Luke 1:68-69; Luke 2:28-32; John 1:12; John 3:16; John 3:36; John 5:24; Acts 2:21; Acts 4:12; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; Romans 3:23-25; Romans 5:8-10; Ro6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galations 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20)

 

Eternity

Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.

 

(John 3:16; John 3:36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15)

 

The Church

The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. We believe that the church is an assembly of saved individuals, predicted by Christ and started at Pentecost. It has both universal and local expressions, both of which are under the authority of Jesus. The church should strive to peacefully coexist with the separate entity of human government, respecting everyone and advocating for those who have been exploited and unjustly treated, including those who suffer because of their faith in Jesus. Genesis Community Church is an autonomous congregation, identified with the evangelical Christian faith. It is our goal to align with the Great Commission and we gather regularly for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and fellowship.

 

(Matthew 16:18-19); 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-15; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)

 

Baptism & The Lord's Supper

We practice believers’ baptism, which symbolizes our death to sin and resurrection to new life. We eagerly desire the literal, bodily return of Jesus Christ, and regularly celebrate the Lord’s Supper as we wait.

 

(Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:1-10; Acts 2:38-41; 8:12; 9:18-19; 10:44-48; 16:14-15, 29-36; 18:8; 19:1-7; 22:16; Colossians 2:12, Galatians 3:27; 1 Corinthians 11:17-24)

 

VALUES

Safe yet Dangerous

We believe Christ-followers are Kingdom Changers.

 

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished, and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:13 

 

Broken yet Complete

We believe we are sinful people living in a broken world

complete in Christ and His Church.

 

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51:17

 

Confident yet Humble

We believe God is "I AM", and we are not.

 

God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you'."

Exodus 3:14

 

Expectant yet Surprised

We believe God's going big; we should pay attention.

 

Look at the nations and watch - and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.

Habakkuk 1:5

 

Jesus and Nothing Else

We believe all of life is all about Jesus.

 

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 gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

 

Fun yet Intentional

We believe playing it safe is risky.

 

Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.

Ecclesiastes 10:8