In essential beliefs – we have unity
“There is one body and one Spirit; there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God and Father of us all.” Ephesian 4:4-6
In non-essential beliefs – we have liberty
“Accept him whose faith is weak without passing judgment on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls so then each of us will give an account of himself to God, so whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
In all our beliefs – we show charity
“If I hold in my mind not only human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains- but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” I Corinthians 13:2 (PH)
Our Statement of Faith
The Bible: We believe that the Bible is the revelation of the Creator to His creation. In the Bible, God tells us who He is, who we are, what His plan is for His creation and how we are to relate to Him. The Bible is given by God, making it free from error and completely trustworthy to teach us the truth. It is the ultimate source of authority in the life of all believers.
God: God has always existed. He is our Creator and the maker of all things that exist. He exists as one God in Three persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is infinite, uncreated, all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, loving, just and holy.
Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He became human without ceasing to be God in order to come into His creation and save us from our sin, fulfilling all the prophecies made about Him in the Old Testament. After living a sinless life, He was crucified and died, paying the penalty for our sin. He was buried and three days later raised to life, proving that He is Lord, even over death.
Humanity: Humanity is fallen, corrupt, and wicked. We believe in God by God’s grace through faith, are unable to come close to God through our own efforts, nor are we born again of our own will, nor can we understand the spiritual things of God on our own, nor can we earn salvation by our attempts at good works, nor, once saved, do we maintain our salvation by our works. The consequences of refusing to accept, by faith, Jesus’ offer of new birth are eternal punishment in hell and separation from the blessed presence of God.
Sanctity of Human Life: We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage and condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.
Salvation: Since we are separated from God by our sin, a penalty must be paid. This penalty is eternal separation from God. However, Jesus Christ came to earth, God becoming man, in order to pay the penalty for us. Because Christ is God, the price He paid was paid infinitely. Each person is saved as they place their faith in Jesus Christ as their only hope for salvation.
The Christian Life: We exist to glorify God by living in obedience to biblical commands. We are called to continue growing in our faith so that we will look more and more like Jesus Christ in all our thoughts, words and actions. Obedience does allow us to accomplish our created purpose of glorifying God.
Marriage: We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: a covenant between one man and one woman, in a single exclusive union, by which their status changes from two individuals to one flesh as God joins them together. This covenant creates a new family such that their lifelong primary human loyalty is now to one another before anyone else. It is an earthly covenant between one man and one woman that God created and sanctioned to image the unbreakable heavenly covenant between Christ and His Church, therefore intended not to be broken by anything but death. From Genesis to Revelation, the authority of Scripture witnesses to the nature of biblical marriage as uniquely bound to the complementarity of man and woman. The Lord Jesus Himself said that marriage was created by God from the beginning, so no human institution has the authority to redefine marriage any more than a human institution has the authority to redefine the gospel, which marriage mysteriously reflects.
Gender: We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological gender is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
Sexuality: We believe that God created sex as a gift to be enjoyed within the covenant of marriage. We believe that God intends sexual expression to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of this marriage covenant. We believe that the exercise of sexual expression outside the biblical definition of marriage in any manner, including but not limited to adultery, homosexuality, premarital sex, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography, is contradictory to God’s design for sexuality and marriage.
The Church: The church is made up of every believer that has ever lived or now lives, regardless of ethnic identity or geographic location. The Journey Bible Fellowship is a local gathering of many members of this church for the purpose of reaching those far from God, providing a safe place to discover faith, encouraging one another toward maturity and unleashing compassion on our broken world. We believe that by living this way, we become the image of God to the community around us.
Eternity: We believe that one day, still in the future, Jesus Christ will return for His church. When He does, there will be a resurrection of the dead. His church will be taken up from the Earth to meet Him in the air as He returns. There will be a judgment of every person that has ever lived. Those that belong to Jesus Christ will be taken into His presence for eternity, where we will forever accomplish our created purpose. Those that are not His will be sent into an eternal judgment apart from God. The Bible teaches that this will be a place of torment.
Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct: The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all we believe. For purposes of The Journey Bible Fellowship’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Executive Board is The Journey Bible Fellowship’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.