What We Believe
Arise Community Church is a Christian church and believes that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He came to save us from our sins, that He showed us how to live, that He died on the cross for our forgiveness, and that He rose from the dead to give us new and everlasting life. Below is a very brief and basic idea of what we believe. This is our general "theology", which means, "study of God".
What we believe about...
God: We believe that there is a Creator (Gen. 1:1), and we call Him God. He exists in three distinct persons in Scripture - The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. This is commonly referred to as "The Trinity." God makes Himself known to us in the Bible and all around creation, but much of what He does and who He is, is a mystery to us. We do not have all of the answers, but we know the One who does!
Jesus: In short, Christ is the Living King, the Messiah, and the person we know as the Son in the Holy Trinity. He was sent by the Father to die for the forgiveness of sins and the salvation of the world (John 3:16-17). He is the reason for the Christian church, and the fulcrum point of the Bible. He was known to have many roles here on earth, among these were prophet (Luke 9:18-19), priest (John 1:38), and King (John 19:19), but His true purpose for coming was to be the Messiah and the Savior (Luke 9:20), the Lamb that was to be slain in our place (Rev. 5:12). He is the Reason we exist and is the only Way to heaven (Acts 4:12)!
The Holy Spirit: In short, and in general terms, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God (Genesis 1:2), the One who was sent from God after Jesus (John 14:15-17), the Counselor who speaks on our behalf (John 14:26), and the presence of God who resides in the "temple" of our hearts (1 Corinthians 6:19). The Holy Spirit convicts and guides us in our everyday lives.
The Bible: The Bible is the written Word of God, otherwise known as Holy Scripture. It is alive in that God still speaks to us today through the reading and study of His Message. It is inerrant in that there is nothing in it that God did not want written. It is His message to His people. It was written by man through God’s inspiring and guiding Holy Spirit, and its account is written on behalf of His Words (see Exodus 20:1 for an example). Different books of the Bible will sound different in verbiage based on who wrote it and whom it was written to, but this does not take away from the fact that it is God’s Holy Word.
The explanation and purpose of the Bible is clearly stated in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, and it says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (NIV).
Man: Man is the creation of God that was made in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). Man was tempted by Satan (3:1-5), fell (3:6-13), and was condemned to death (3:16-24) - basically, we messed up! All sin leads to death (Romans 6:23), but man is saved through Christ’s work on the cross and His resurrection (John 3:16). By faith, man can receive salvation from God after repentance. God’s grace is extended to anybody who should call on the Name of the Lord (Romans 10:13). Man needs to confess with their lips and believe in their heart that Jesus Christ is Lord (Romans 10:8-10). The current state of mankind is “fallenness” without Christ. Sin in man’s life leaves mankind broken. Jesus is the only way to the Father and to forgiveness (John 14:6).
Salvation: Salvation is the church term for the action of an unbeliever being saved through the grace of Jesus Christ and the faith in His work on the cross (Romans 1:16). There are many parts of this process, but it is to be understood that it is Christ’s blood that purchased this salvation (1 Corinthians 7:23) and it is not earned, but received as a gift (Romans 6:23).
The Church: The church is the united believers around the world who, although different, are connected and unified as the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). Each person has been given different abilities and gifts to help grow the body of Christ, but the church of God is of the same body, worshiping the same Savior. The church is in place to preach the Gospel (which means, "Good News") to all the world with their words, their deeds, and their entire lives, living for His glory (Romans 12:1-2). It is all about Jesus!
The Church has made many creeds and personal confessions of faith. The basic testimony of the Church is seen in the Nicene Creed (and if you are into history, check the wiki link to read up on the creed).
The Nicene Creed:
We believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages;
Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father through Whom all things were made.
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became man.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;
And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
And He will come again with glory to judge the living and dead. And His kingdom shall have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
We confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the age to come.