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Beliefs

What we believe at SCC about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church

Our Beliefs

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. We believe that Jesus is the only one who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to shatter the power of death and assure us of our own future resurrection. We believe that Jesus will return one day as He promised and that He will take His church to be with Him for eternity in heaven.

THE TRINITY

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.

The bible

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, and the only book inspired by God. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives.

THE SEPARATION

We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.

THE RECONCILIATION

We believe that we are forgiven of our sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit when we believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, repent of our sins, confess Jesus as Lord, and are immersed in Christian baptism (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 22:16). It is then that we become Christians and are added to the church of Jesus Christ.

THE CHURCH

We believe that the church is the body and that Jesus Christ is our head. We believe that assembling together as the church is a Biblical command (Heb 10:25). We meet together to encourage each other in the faith, to help each other, to pray for each other, and to be equipped for good works through the preaching of the Word.

What Does the Bible Say?

The objective truth of the Bible is self-evident. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible provides essential knowledge to understand how God, man, and creation exist and operate. The scriptures originate, not as merely man-made, but the very words of God (1 Thessalonians 2:13). Although God used men as His method, His words were never a matter of private interpretation but revealed knowledge to all people (1 Peter 1:19-21). These scriptures can equip anyone with the divine spiritual knowledge of God and can make one wise unto salvation (2 Timothy 3:14-20). The New Testament is the foundational word of God of which no man can lay again (Ephesians 2:20, 1 Corinthians 3:11, Galatians 1:6-9). 


It is clear that there is one true God. He is the one God and Father of all. There are no gods beside Him (Isaiah 44:6). He is the creator and redeemer of man (Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 43:1-13). All other gods are not real and living, but fallacious and man-made objects of religious worship. 


Jesus the Christ is the only Savior. He is the anointed Messiah-King, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16). Jesus exists in unity with the Father and the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 10:30), yet they are distinct in their relationship and function with creation (Luke 22:42, Hebrews 1:13). Jesus claimed exclusive rights to equality with the Father (Philippians 2:1-8, John 8:58-59, 10:31) while proclaiming to be the ONLY way to Him (John 14:6). He is our Lord (Acts 2:36) and Savior (1 John 4:14). 


The Holy Spirit functions as the seal of salvation in relationship to the Christian (Ephesians 1:13). He indwells the believer at the moment of covenant obedience (Acts 2:38). The Holy Spirit is a person with a self-identity (John 16:13, Acts 13:2). He enables the Christian to walk in holiness and bear evidence of His presence (Galatians 5:19-25), yet His fruit requires a willful choice on behalf of the person (Galatians 5:16). 


The congregation of Christ exists as an extension of Christ. It is His body (1 Corinthians 12). All members are equal servants (Ephesians 4:1-5), yet within the body, each part has its function (Romans 12:1; Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4). The Congregation is founded upon the “Rock,” which is the confession that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:18). It was founded on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38-46) and continues to exist today. It is not to have any hierarchy, ecclesiastical headquarters, or chief ruler. Only Christ is the head of the congregation (Colossians 2:10, 19; Ephesians 2:20; 1 Peter 5:4).


The Bible attributes salvation to Christ and Him alone. However, after Christ died and the Apostles executed the New Covenant (Hebrews 9:1-23), the requirements to accept continued salvation fell upon covenant obedience. After hearing the Gospel (Romans 10:17) and believing in Christ as the Messiah and Lord (Acts 2:36) a response is required. The response on the day of Pentecost is the same required response today, “Repent and be immersed” (Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16-20, Acts 8:16). We must confess our belief and allegiance to Christ (Romans 10:10; Matthew 10:32-33) and remain faithful unto death (Revelation 2:10, 1 Corinthians 4:2, Matthew 25:21). ​

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