WHAT WE BELIEVE

THE BIBLE

We Believe the Bible is the authoritative, inerrant Word of God. It is applicable in our everyday lives containing the principles, standards, and values by which we govern our lives

 

GOD

We Believe in the Triune God who is the one eternal and true living God Jehovah, who has revealed Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Spirit).  He is one be yet exists in three persons without division of nature, essence, or being.

 

JESUS

We Believe Jesus (Yeshua) is the Christ, the eternal Son of the Living God.  In His incarnation He was conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of a virgin.  He lived a sinless life in the form of a man.  He willingly gave that life as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.  He was buried and rose again from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We Believe the Holy Spirit of God convicts the world of sin and at the moment of salvation He indwells the believer, baptizes the believer into the body of Christ, and seals the believer unto the day of redemption.

 

Furthermore, We Believe in the post salvific work of the Holy Spirit in filling the believer empowering the believer for holy living and equipping the believer with gifts to include the ability to pray in an unknown tongue. 

 

MAN

We Believe man was created in the image and likeness of God, but sin has separated each of us from God and His purposes for our lives.  Because of this we are all in need of Salvation.

 

SALVATION

We Believe Salvation is a result of God's grace and His Love; our faith in, plus our confession of, and our submission to, the Lordship of Jesus Christ

 

BAPTISM

We Believe it is the command of the Lord Jesus Christ that believers be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  By definition and biblical example, the mode of baptism is to be completely submerged in water as it is the truest picture of our Lord's death, burial, and resurrection

END TIMES

We Believe in the physical, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ. When He comes believers will be caught up to meet Him in the air, the dead immediately preceding the living, to stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ; After this rapture event there will be seven years of tribulation on the Earth.  Following the Tribulation, Jesus shall return to the Earth as King of kings, we believers will return with Him as kings and priests, and we will reign with Him forever.  Those who rejected Christ will be condemned at the Great White Throne of Judgment and casted into the lake of fire with Satan and his angels for all eternity.

CURRENT SOCIAL ISSUES

 

(LESBIAN, GAY, BI-SEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER ISSUES)

 

    United Christian Center affirms the intrinsic and inherent worth of all people!  Because God is the creator of all people, all people have innate worth.  This includes those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual or Transgender (LGBT).

 

    We are opposed to all forms of hatred and violence against Lesbians, Gays, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender individuals.

 

     However, the Bible teaches that same-sex intercourse is sin (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  We understand that to disagree in any way with the prevailing culture norm and opinion that same-sex intercourse is natural and normal is to be considered antiquated and bigoted. However, we must lovingly stand where God stands on the matter and affirm what the bible teaches.

 

     The Bible seems relatively disinterested in sexual orientation.  It is not what a person feels, but what that person does with those feelings that is the Bible’s concern.

 

      Therefore, we do not believe that one’s sexual orientation is sinful, whether that orientation is due to genetic causation or the complex interplay of genetics, intra-uterine and post-uterine biological development, environment, and choice.

 

      We believe the grace of God is sufficient to overcome the practice of same-sex intercourse.

 

      We teach clear biblical standards for sexual morality, in general and we hold that any sex outside of biblical marriage which is godly union of one man and one woman is sinful and is inconsistent with biblical morality

 

     Although often coupled together we believe that transgenderism is a separate and distinct issue.  Transgender persons have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their biological sex.  This causes them as great deal of self-conflict and inner turmoil.

 

    We disagree with the current social trend to affirm people in the gender of their choice. The concept of choosing one’s sex or gender is inconsistent with biblical teaching and science.  It is neither loving or helpful to affirm people in a gender opposite of their biological sex and in fact is harmful for the individual and society as whole.

 

    Therefore we are committed to lovingly minister to transgender individuals by helping them to embrace their bodily sexual reality.