Reno Christian Fellowship Statement of Faith
We believe that there is one God (Deut. 6:4). We believe that He has revealed Himself not only as the Father of all creation, but He has also been revealed through His only begotten Son Jesus (Col. 1:15, John 1:1,14; Jude 25). And He continues to reveal Himself through His Holy Spirit (John 15:26; Acts 5:3-4).
We believe that these three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — make up what the Bible calls “The Godhead” (Col. 2:9) and we believe that the full comprehension of this wonderful union is a mystery (Mark 4:11; Rom. 16:25; Col. 1:26)
We believe that Jesus was both fully human, and fully God (Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 4:15). That He is the expressed “image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:5). That He is to be worshiped, praised and adored (along with the Father and the Holy Spirit) not only for what He has done, but for who He is – the Son of God and God the Son (Rev. 5:8-8)
We believe that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one in substance and purpose, but are different in position and authority (John 14:28, 16:7). We do not believe that the Father and the Son are the same person… or that the Holy Spirit is just the force of God – for we see that the Bible makes clear distinctions between each of them, and they are eternally three different wonderful revelations of the one true and living God. Therefore, we adhere with all our hearts to what Bible historians have called, “The Doctrine of the Trinity” (Matt. 28:19; Luke 3:22).
We believe that Jesus is the eternal God that took on the form of a man when He was born to a virgin. (John 1:14; Matt. 1:18, Isaiah 7:14).
We believe that He completely fulfilled all righteousness and the law, that He was sorely tempted, but never once yielded and never sinned (Matt. 3:15, 4:1, 5:17; Heb. 4:15).
We believe that men rejected Him and therefore rejected His Father (Luke 10:16), and the forgiveness His Father offered (John 3:18-19). We believe that He suffered a cruel and horrible death by crucifixion on a cross and that He became the great sacrifice of God “to take away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).
We believe that “He Himself bore in His body, our sins” (Isaiah 53:4-5) suffering the most horrible of all fates – separation from the Father (for a time) – and that He died to pay the penalty for our sins (Romans 6:23).
We believe that He rose from the tomb on the third day in triumph over Satan, Hell and death, winning the position and name above all others, so that no one can be saved by any other way, or by any other name other than Jesus’ (Phil. 2:9-11; Acts 4:12).
We believe that salvation is a free gift by God’s grace (but that this gift, although free, is not cheap – for it cost God the life of His own beloved Son) (John 3:16; Eph. 2:8; I John 1:9).
We believe that God does not want to send anyone to Hell, and takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but desires all to come to repentance (Eze. 18:23; II Peter 3:9).
We believe that one is saved only by faith in Jesus’ finished work on the cross, and that if this faith is real, it will produce repentance – which is a change of mind concerning sin and everything not pleasing to God – that results in a total of actions and deeds (Acts 2:37-38; Matt. 3:8; James 2:14,26). We believe that repentance is not optional, but necessary proof that one has true “faith that leads to eternal life” (Luke 13:1-5).
We believe that Jesus appeared to over 500 eyewitnesses at once, and then ascended to the right hand of God the Father to make constant intercession for His chosen ones (I Cor. 15:6; Mark 16:9; Heb. 7:25).
We believe that He promised and sent the Holy Spirit into the world, both to convict the world of sin, and to empower true believers to be good and faithful witnesses to His glory and purpose (John 16:8; Luke 24:49; Isaiah 43:10; Acts 1:8, 2:1-4).
We believe that water baptism is a visible demonstration of an inward commitment. This commitment is one of daily yielding ourselves to God’s will (Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12). It is not necessary for salvation, rather it follows the salvation commitment (Acts 8:37-38, 10:44-48; Eph. 2:8-9).
We believe that the Lord’s supper is a symbolic act of “… proclaiming the Lord’s death until He comes” (I Cor. 11:26). We participate in the Lord’s supper in remembrance of Christ and His work on the cross (I Cor. 11:25).
We believe authentic evidence of the “baptism of the Spirit” spoken of in Acts chapter two includes holiness and love. (Acts 15:8-9; I Cor. 13:1-3).
We believe that Jesus did not come primarily to save us from Hell, death, sickness, or unhappiness… but that He died to save us from our sins and the power of sin, which produces death, Hell and eternal unhappiness (Matt. 25:32).
We believe that Jesus Christ will physically again return to the earth, “Coming on the clouds with great power and glory along with multitudes of His saints” (Matt. 24:27,30; I Thess. 3:13). This time, though, He will not be coming to save the world to offer salvation, but He will be coming to judge the world and avenge the honor of His Father and the blood of all those “who died for the testimony of God” (Rev. 6:9-10, 19:11-16).
And that He will separate all ungodliness, hypocrisy, unholiness, and everything that is unlike Himself, and cast it into “the lake of fire,” and that everyone who has not been “called, chosen and faithful” will be “tormented day and night forever and ever… and they will have no rest” (Rev. 14:11, 17:14, 20:14-15, 21:8).
And that He will make a new heaven and earth and marry His holy, righteous, and true Bride – the Church (the remnant of believers who have “endured to the end – having no spot, nor wrinkle, nor any such thing”) and they will literally live happily ever after! (Matt. 10:22; Eph. 5:25-27; Rev. 21:1).
We believe that the 66 books of the Holy Bible are the inspired Word of God and are true, accurate, without error, reliable and “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (Psalm 119:11; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21).
We believe that all other so-called “points of doctrine” are peripheral to the issue of salvation, true faith and godliness, and that argument, dissension, or debate on them will only lead to “the ruin of hearers” (I Tim. 6:20-21; II Tim. 2:14; Titus 3:9) and at best will only be a waste of time by taking attention off the thing that matters most to God – preparing a pure and holy Bride for residence in heaven as His Son’s wife!