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Beliefs

What we believe at The Story Project about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church

The Highlights

  • The Bible is the word of God
  • There is one true and living God who exists eternally in 3 persons: God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit
  • God created all things for His glory
  • Men and women are created in the image of God
  • Salvation is a free gift of God, acquired by grace through faith in Jesus Christ
  • The Holy Spirit gives gifts to His children
  • The Church consists of all who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation
  • Heaven and Hell are real places
  • Jesus Christ will one day return to establish His Kingdom

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It is the inspired Word of God (2 Peter 1:21; Psalm 19:7-11), without error in the original manuscripts and is our guide for daily living (2 Timothy 3:16).  It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives. 

THE TRINITY

The one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6) exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:18-20). Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.

God the father

God is great: He is all-powerful, all-knowing (1 John 3:20), ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. God is good (Exodus 34:6). He is our Father (Psalm 103:13; 1 John 3:1). He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.

god the son, jesus christ

Jesus Christ is fully God (Hebrews 1:1-4; 1 John 5:20) and fully man (Matthew 1:20), and he died on the cross for our sins (John 1:29) and rose on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-5; John 1:1-3).

God the holy spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity (2 Corinthians 13:14) and empowers us for daily living (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13).   He assures us of our relationship with Christ.  He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ.  He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment.   He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.


Eternity & coming king

Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin in Hell or eternally in union with God through forgiveness and salvation in Heaven) .  


The second coming of Christ is imminent (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). The Lord Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return to the earth and establish His kingdom. All shall stand some day before the judgement seat of God, and there receive eternal life or death (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Heaven is the glorious eternal home of born-again believers (John 14:1-3; Revelation 7:15-17).  Hell is the place of eternal torment for all who reject Christ as the Savior (Revelation 20:10,15).


man

People are created by God in his image (Genesis 1:27) to have fellowship with God, but we have separated ourselves from God through sinful disobedience (Romans 3:23, 5:12, 6:23).   As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort.  We need his saving grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.


The bible

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

sin

Adam and Eve lived in joyful communion with God and had dominion over the earth and all living things.   They received a command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve (Genesis 2-3), being influenced and seduced by the subtlety and temptation of Satan, sinned in eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God.  For this reason, we believe all human beings are born with a sinful nature (I Corinthians 15:22, Ephesians 2:1-3, 1 John 1:8-10). 


The result was a broken relationship with God, ourselves, others, and this world.  God sent a Savior, his son, Jesus, who carried the sins of the entire world and died to restore our relationship with God.  We are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.  Although, through Christ, we are pardoned,  this disposition towards sin remains even in those who are saved.  It is never completely overcome until our glorification.

salvation

Salvation is a gift of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9), and we receive this gift of eternal life when we trust Jesus Christ (Romans 4:4-5; 5:1) as our Savior from sin (John 3:16; Acts 4:12).   The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts. While acknowledging our finite and incomplete understanding of God’s ways, in faith we believe that God is not willing that any should perish but desires that all mankind should repent of their sin (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4), be forgiven and experience salvation through faith in His Son.



THE CHURCH

The Church consists of all who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation and is the spiritual body of Christ. This includes all the redeemed of the ages, believers from among all peoples from every tribe, tongue, and nation. The Church is unified through faith in Christ and  works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose to glorify God.  The Church equips true worshippers who worship in Spirit and Truth (John 4) by building up believers, obeying all of His commands, and effectively reaching the world with the gospel of Christ (Matthew 9:35-38, 28:18-20, Luke 24:44-49, Acts 1:8). We believe that Christ is the King, the Head, the High Priest, and a Holy Prophet of the church (Ephesians 1:22-23, Acts 3:22-23; Hebrews 4:14; 8:1). 



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