beliefs

ONE TRUE GOD

We believe there is only one God who is personal and transcendent, Creator and Lord of everything—infinitely perfect, all powerful, all knowing.

Deuteronomy 6:4

 

JESUS THE MESSIAH

We believe God exists and has revealed Himself to humanity as expressed in the Bible, with the ultimate manifestation being the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 1:1–3; John 1:14

 

THREE-IN-ONE

We believe God is eternally existent in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Co–eternal in being, co–equal in power and glory, each with the same attributes and perfections: the Trinity.

Isaiah 43:10–11; Matthew 3:16–17, 28:19; John 14:16–17, 16:23–27; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:4–6

 

GOD THE FATHER

We believe that God the Father is ruler and Creator of all. His character is one of compassion, love and justice toward all people. He is a God of promise and is faithful to keep those promises. God hears and answers prayer. He calls all people to believe in Him and saves from sin and eternal death each person who comes to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1; Matthew 7:7, 12:50; Ephesians 4:6; 2 Corinthians 6:18; 1 Timothy 2:4–5; Exodus 34:57; 1 Kings 8:20; 2 Peter 3:9

 

GOD THE SON

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He came to earth through a miraculous conception and virgin birth—fully God and fully man. He came to reveal God and redeem sinful humanity by living a sinless life and voluntarily dying on the cross in our place as full payment for the sins of all humanity.

He was physically raised from the dead on the third day to demonstrate His power over sin and death, and then ascended into heaven, where He is now exalted at the right hand of the Father. Forever our High Priest, He is the only One able to provide access and reconciliation between a perfect God and fallen humanity.

He will return personally and visibly to earth and those who have received His sacrifice will be united with God for eternity in heaven. Those who have not believed in Him will be separated from God for eternity in hell, because of sin.

Matthew 1:18–23; Luke 24:1–8; John 1:1–5, 1:14, 3:16, 3:18, 11:25, 14:6–7, 14:9–11, 14:16; Acts 1:9–11; Romans 1:3–4, 5:8–11, 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3–6; 2 Corinthians 5:17–21; Hebrews 4:14–16, 7:24–25; Titus 2:13–14; Revelation 19:20, 20:15

 

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit is our Comforter, Counselor, Helper and the agent of rebirth in a believer. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells believers to empower them for a godly life and seals them for the day of redemption.

The Holy Spirit is active in ministry today, convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and gifting believers for the building up and equipping of the church.

John 14:15–17, 14:25–26, 15:26, 16:5–15; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4–31

 

SCRIPTURE

We believe that the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament, is the inspired word of God and without error in its original writing. The Bible was given by God through chosen people and thus reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabulary of human writers.

The Bible is the full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice—no other writings exist that are similarly inspired by God. The Bible’s truth is timeless and speaks to our everyday lives.

Luke 21:33, 24:44; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19–21

 

SALVATION

We believe that all humanity, through our sinful “I’m-only-human” nature, is by default disobedient to God’s desires. Any disobedience to God, no matter how big or small, He considers “sin”. Sin separates each person from God, and the punishment for sin is death—a spiritual death.

Never His desire, God made a way for us to be reconciled: Salvation, redemption and forgiveness are freely available by the grace of God. Nothing we can earn, salvation is a free gift that is received by faith in the person and work of God the Son, Jesus Christ, who shed His own blood on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins.

Through personal faith in Jesus, God re–establishes a living and loving relationship with that individual, with the promise of eternal life.

Romans 3:23–24, 5:12, 5:16, 6:23; Psalms 51:4–5; John 3:16, 14:6; Acts 4:12, 10:43; Ephesians 2:8–10; Colossians 1:13–14; 1 John 5:11–13, John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19.

 

CHURCH

We believe the church is the body of Christ and His chosen bride, made up of individual believers indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  The church exists in this world but is separate from it, exhibiting godly character. The church gathers to worship God, to offer fellowship for individual believers, and to build up and encourage one another in the unity of faith, love and with a bond of peace.

The church develops the talents and gifts of individual believers for the edifying of the body, and for continuing the ministry of Jesus in taking His message of forgiveness to others far and near. We believe communion (the sharing of the sacraments) and a full-immersion baptism should be practiced as a scriptural means of testimony for believers but not regarded as the means of salvation.

Colossians 1:18, 3:12–17; Hebrews 10:24–25, 13:17; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26, 12:12–13, John 17:15–19 Matthew 28:18–20; Mark 16:15–16; Acts 2:38–41, 42–47, 38–41;

 

 FAITH & PRACTICE

Scripture is the final authority on all matters of faith and practice. Antioch recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in these areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible.

By adhering to God’s word and seeking Him, we can best observe His two greatest commandments, which are to love Him and others.

Romans 12:2, 14; 1 Corinthians 8 & 9, 10:23–11:1; Proverbs 3:5–6; Mark 12:29–31; Romans 12:2; Deuteronomy 6:5