R-BELIEFS

RC_Restoration Beliefs

Our basic beliefs represent the need of restoration for all mankind. Restoration involves bringing someone or something back to a former condition or position by improving on the present reality. In this sense we are referring to humanity. Restoration through Jesus Christ becomes necessary because of our sin, or rebellion against God. We are born into a state of total depravity. We are nothing without God’s transforming power in our lives. Therefore, restoration speaks to the gospel, to our church, and to our city. It includes defining who is God and what is the church.

Genesis 2-3; Romans 14:23; John 3:16; Colossians 2:20; Luke 18:14; Ephesians 2:1-10

GOD THE FATHER

We believe in the Triune God.  God the Father reigns by His Word.  He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise.  He is Creator of heaven and earth ruling over all by sovereign care over His creation according to the purposes of His glory and grace.  God is a personal Father working all things together for the good of those who love Him and express faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, whom He gave to us for the restoration of mankind.  He cannot be stopped.  We are commanded to fear God.

Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1-3; Psalm 62:11; 111:10; Job 21:22; 1 John 4:8; Isaiah 40:28; 46:10; Acts 17:27; Romans 8:28-30; Acts 4:38-39

GOD THE SON

We believe in the Triune God.  God the Son is Jesus Christ, the only begotten, the eternal Word made flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary.   He is fully God and fully man taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities identifying Him completely with mankind yet without sin.  By His obedience to the Father and through His substitutionary death on the cross, He absorbed the wrath of God upholding divine justice, removing our guilt, and bringing redemption between God and us.  Having redeemed us from sin, Jesus Christ was raised with a glorified body defeating death, darkness, and the enemy, Satan.  He then appeared to many witnesses over 40 days before ascending into heaven where, at the right hand of the Father, He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord over all.  He will soon return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His restoration work.  We are commanded to follow Jesus.

Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1-14; Luke 1:35; 9:23; 24:1-53; Hebrews 2:5-18; 7:25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:6-11; Revelation 12:11; 22:20; Romans 14:8-9; Matthew 25:31-46

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Triune God.  God the Holy Spirit is fully divine as Lord and Giver of life.  Through the proclamation of the gospel, He enables us to understand truth, repent of sin, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  The Holy Spirit baptizes every believer cultivating our pursuit of holiness, comforting us by His love, and giving us spiritual gifts for the church.  He seals and preserves believers until final restoration occurs upon the return and reign of Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit has come to bring glory to Jesus Christ, who in turn came to bring glory to the Father.  We are commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1:1-2; Matthew 3:11, 16; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Ezekiel 37:14; Romans 1:4-6; 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 12:7-10, 13, 28; Acts 9:31; 13:52; Ephesians 1:11-14; 4:11; John 16:13-15

FELLOWSHIP

We devote ourselves as the church to fellowship.  Fellowship is not just a program of the church, but it is what occurs when the church gathers together for worship through the giving of our time, talent, and treasure back to the Lord.  We believe He individually gifts us for the cooperative advancement of the Gospel.  We are an elder-led, deacon-served, and member-responding, autonomous fellowship of born-again and baptized believers that make up the church through a covenant of faith in God and to one another. Our fellowship should express itself through the church being of one heart and soul bringing restoration to the people.

Acts 2:42; 4:31-33; 6:3-6; 14:23; 20:28-30; Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 10:24-25; 13:17-18; 1 Corinthians 5:1-12; 12:29-31; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 4:14; 5:3-16; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5; Romans 12:1-21; 16:1-16; Matthew 18:15-20; 28:18-20

TEACHING

We devote ourselves as the church to teaching.  The Bible is God’s Word written by men who were divinely inspired and serves as God’s revelation of Himself to mankind.  It is completely true and trustworthy, inerrant and infallible, consisting of the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament.  We are given responsibility to learn from it, teach it, follow it, and model it.  Repentance and water baptism are the physical signs of our acceptance of God’s Word. A continued sanctification process should follow where we grow continually into the image and likeness of God.  It is our duty to boldly proclaim the gospel, making disciples, and bringing restoration to all nations.

Acts 2:38-39, 42; 8:35-39; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 6:3-5; 15:4; Matthew 3:13-17; 5:17-18; Psalm 119:9-11, 105; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 2:2-3; Deuteronomy 11:18; 1 Timothy 6:11-12; Colossians 2:12; 3:16; Acts 1:8

PRAYER

We devote ourselves as the church to prayer.  Prayer is communication with our Creator.  Prayer should be persistent and is expected of the church.  It shapes us as we tune into the heart of God, who both notices the cry of His people and answers according to His divine providence and will.  Prayer does not change God; it changes us.  Our reward is restoration and relationship with Him.  We believe in both private and corporate prayer as the church.

Acts 1:14; 2:42; Psalm 40:1; 42:1; 66:19; 1 Chronicles 16:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Isaiah 64:8; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 6:5-6; 21:22; John 14:13-14; Romans 10:13; Joel 1:14; 2 Chronicles 7:14

COMMUNION

We devote ourselves as the church to communion.  We believe restoration is evident when our communion includes the elements of gospel, community, and mission.  The gospel element of communion is evident in the bread and the wine representing the body and blood of Jesus Christ.  When we partake in communion we boldly proclaim the truth of Jesus Christ.  The community element of communion is evident when we eat and drink together as one body called the church.  As the church we serve one another sacrificially by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The mission element of communion is evident in us knowing we will not again have this meal physically in the presence of God until we do so with Him in the consummation of His kingdom.  Jesus will return according to His promise to judge both the living and the dead. The righteous persons who have followed Him will dwell forever with Him in heaven and on earth and the unrighteous persons who refused to follow Him will spend eternity apart from Him in hell. Communion leads us to humble submission to God and His church.

Acts 2:42; 20:7; Matthew 16:27; 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:27-29; 15:24-28, 35-58; Galatians 5:13; Revelation 1:18; 19:6-9; 20-22; Hebrews 13:14-16; John 14:1-3; 2 Peter 3:7-18