Below is our statement of faith. But before we get into it......
It's important to note that simply "knowing" truth and doctrine is not what changes our heart or lifestyle. Jesus criticized the religious leaders of His day for being hypocrites and legalists. They were well-versed with even the minutiae of the Old Testament writings, but they didn’t let that knowledge seep into their hearts and impact their lives. What matters most is whether the doctrine we profess to believe increases our love for God and our love for people. (Matthew 22:36-40)
But on the flip side, we cannot love people or God correctly if we do not have a proper understanding of biblical doctrine. We need to believe rightly in order to love effectively.
True Life holds to essential orthodox biblical Christian beliefs, as expressed in the historic creeds of our faith (The Nicene Creed).
About the Bible
The Bible is God's Word to all mankind. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives. It is totally sufficient and must not be added to, superseded or changed by later tradition, extra-biblical revelation or worldly wisdom. Every doctrinal formulation, whether of creed, confession or theology, must be put to the test of the full counsel of God in Holy Scripture. [2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; Psalm 119:105, 160]
There is one true God who is the loving Creator, Sustainer and Ruler of all that exists, both seen and unseen. He has eternally existed in three forms: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal and are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are therefore worthy of the same worship and obedience. [Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:15-17; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; Hebrews 1:8, 2 Corinthians 13:14]
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and equal with the Father. He is the perfect expression of God’s heart, character, beauty and love for all people. Jesus became a man, being born of a virgin named Mary. He lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the innocent and perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He is the only Savior for the sins of the world, having shed His blood and died a vicarious death on Calvary’s cross. By His death in our place, He revealed the divine love and upheld divine justice, removing our guilt and reconciling us to God. Having redeemed us from sin, on the third day, He rose bodily from the grave, victorious over death and the powers of darkness and, for a period of 40 days, appeared to over 500 witnesses, performing many convincing proofs of His resurrection. He ascended into heaven where, at God’s right hand, He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord over all, awaiting His return. He is the Head of the Church and should be adored, loved, served and obeyed by all. [Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14; John 14:6-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Romans 1:3-4; Hebrews 1:1-3; Hebrews 4:14-15; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Colossians 1:15-20; Philippians 2:5-11]
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for a Savior, to demonstrate the supremacy of Jesus Christ, and to confirm the proclaimed truth of God's Word through supernatural signs and wonders. He lives inside all who put their faith in Jesus Christ. He teaches, comforts, guides, convicts and empowers us, giving each follower of Christ diverse gifts for serving the church and the world in a way that far surpasses their own natural abilities and limitations. All the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the first century are available today and are to be earnestly desired and practiced in an orderly manner. The gifts are essential to the mission of the Church in the world today. Through the regular influence of the Holy Spirit we have the power to change, develop Christ-like character, and live in a way that honors God. [Genesis 1:2; John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:7-15; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 24:49; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22-25; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4; Acts 4:30-31; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 28; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Romans 8:26-30; Romans 12:6-10]
About the Hopelessness of Man
God made man – male and female – in His own image, as the crown of creation so that man might glorify Him through enjoying fellowship with Him. Tempted by Satan, man rebelled against God and fell into sin and the worship of created things over and above the Creator. Our acts of disobedience are simply a symptom of our fallen, sinful hearts, which are under the control of Satan, who is at enmity with God in this world. Regardless of our achievements or character or religious activity, we are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ alone. [Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:1-12; Isaiah 59:1-2; John 1:12-13; John 14:6; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 3:9-12, 21-28; Romans 5:6-11; Ephesians 1:4-7; Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:3-7]
About Man's Salvation
Men are saved through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel, His resurrection is the power of the gospel and His ascension is the glory of the gospel. Faith in His sacrifice and shed blood removes sin's penalty and restores our relationship with God. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men can be saved. Because people are unable to save themselves from their sinful condition, salvation is altogether the work of God. Neither good works nor self-improvement nor church activity can make up for our sin. Salvation is the free gift of God secured forever in Christ alone. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, churches and ministries to proceed from the gospel of Jesus Christ. [John 1:12-13; John 14:6; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 3:9-12, 21-28; Romans 5:6-11; Ephesians 1:4-7; Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:3-7]
About Man's Freedom Through the Gospel
Salvation, the free gift of God, is provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Anyone clinging to Jesus for this salvation receives freedom because the righteousness of Christ is imputed to him and he is liberated from the law of sin and death into the freedom of God's spirit. This means he is free from the agony of worrying about doing enough good deeds in order to get to heaven. This means he is free to worship God above all things because the Holy Spirit lives inside him, empowering him to do so. He is free to know God in a deeper way every day, because the barrier between him and God has been removed. He is free to spend all of eternity with God because he is now declared a child of God forever. He is free to endure the trials and problems of this world because his hope is in a world yet to come. His is free to love others in a profound way because he has been shown an even greater love. And he is free to celebrate the eternal security of his salvation even when he stumbles and falls.
About Our Spiritual Growth (Sanctification)
The Holy Spirit is the active agent in our sanctification, and seeks to produce His fruit in us as our minds are renewed and we are conformed to the image of Christ. Though indwelling sin remains a reality as we are led by the Spirit, we grow in the knowledge of the Lord, freely keeping His commands and joyfully living for Him so that the world may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. All believers are exhorted to persevere in the faith, knowing that it is the grace of God through the Holy Spirit which produces results. The spiritual disciplines, especially Bible study, prayer, corporate worship and confession, are not obligations that we must do, but are rather activities that we get to do, and are a vital means by which the Spirit works in our lives.
About the Church
The church is created by God and is comprised of any person, anywhere in the world who puts their faith in Jesus Christ and decides to serve and follow Him. The church itself is not a building or meeting place, but people who are radically committed to Christ, one another, and Christ's mission on planet earth. The church is one global community, but has many smaller, local expressions, such as our True Life community. Each local church has a distinct personality and is a unique expression of God in the community. We see beauty in that diversity. We believe God calls churches and denominations to cooperate with one another and work together to care for and train His followers, fill culture with His fragrance, and extend His kingdom through evangelism and social justice. [Matthew 16:15-19; Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 12:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Ephesians 1:22-23, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:4-6, 11-13; Hebrews 10:24-25]
About the Consummation Of All Things
The consummation of all things includes the future, physical, visible, personal and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead, and the judgement of all people. In the final judgement, Satan and his hosts and all those outside Christ are finally separated from the presence of the God whom they rebelled against, enduring eternal punishment. But those delcard righteous because of their faith in Christ will, in glorious bodies, live and reign with Him forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise in glorious new bodies under the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. [Daniel 12:2-3; Matthew 25:31-46; John 3:16-21; Acts 24:15-16; Romans 2:1-11; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:11-12; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 15:42-49; Revelation 20:11-15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18]