At TBC, we are all about the essentials of the Christian faith, which we characterize as Love, Learn, Live.
We place a premium on personal discipleship, encouraging one another to focus daily on their own walk with God while ministering to others, as they are able, within their own sphere of influence.
So what do we believe, exactly? We’re sort of new at this, and we’re not theologians, and we have not yet composed a comprehensive Statement of Faith. Soon as we get it done, we’ll post it here. But for now, there are a few essentials we can offer you, while admitting this is far from a complete list. We will not compromise these core beliefs, but we’ll be polite when discussing them.
Jesus was a real live historical person who was the one and only, absolutely unique God-man. This is the meaning of the phrase, “The Son of God”. He was in fact born to a virgin girl named Mary, who was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. This remains a great mystery. Jesus conducted a ministry in Galilee and Judea and surrounding areas and taught that the only way that a person could have a true and meaningful relationship with God was by acknowledging that he – Jesus – alone could and would forgive sin; and that only Jesus’ own shed blood was the only sufficient payment for the penalty of that sin. His death paid the price for our sin (this also remains a great mystery), and his bodily resurrection proved that God accepted that sacrifice. We have only to accept this by faith and acknowledge Jesus as our Savior and Lord. An individual who makes such a decision is “a new creation” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) and has eternal life.
The Bible is the Word of God. It is not a book that merely contains the Word of God, meaning that one must sift through it to find what God really thinks and then discard the rest; rather, the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 of the New Testament are the complete and total revelation of God to us. It is complete, accurate, and without error or contradiction. It is not only reliable; it is also authoritative, serving as the only objective source for our decision making. It is inspired by God (literally, God-breathed, 2 Timothy 3:16) although written down by human authors in the language of their time, preserved through the ages, and now translated into about every tongue on earth. The study of this unique Book is worth a lifetime, as it opens the door to the very heart of an eternal God.
The New Testament teaches that while we are saved from sin by grace (thus we have been justified) we are expected to grow in our understanding of and obedience to God’s will for us (and thus engage in the process of being sanctified). This process of acting out our Christian faith should be observable in our love for other Christians, our sacrificial service to others (whether Christian or not), and our personal commitment to compassion and justice. More than human will is required here; Christians are empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit who guides, comforts, assures and gives confidence.
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