Basic Beliefs

Basic Beliefs

Belief Structure

Use the following topics to find out in more detail what we believe and why.  You will find scripture references after each section which are linked to actual scripture content.

About The Bible - God Wrote a Book
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible were verbally inspired by God and error-free in the original writings. Preserved for us, the Bible is a complete and infallible document, the final authority in all areas where it speaks. Its meaning is discerned as one diligently and prayerfully studies, with the goal of spiritual transformation. The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It is 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. (Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalm 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 16:113-15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16)
About God-The Father – God: Three In One
We believe that there is only one God, who exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He created the universe out of nothing and, as sovereign, sustains it and rules over the affairs of humankind. God can be described truthfully, but never exhaustively, and He along ultimately satisfies. God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises. (Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19)
About Jesus-The Son – God Became Man
Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life. Jesus is truly God and truly man. He was virgin born and lived a sinless life, crucified as the only acceptable substitute for our sin. (Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6; Luke 22:70; 24:46-47; John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 11:25-28; 17:1-5; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16)
About The Holy Spirit- God Is Always Present
His presence 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. The Holy Spirit is a Person, not merely a force or influence. He restrains lawlessness and convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals the believer — all unconditional works which occur at the moment of salvation. He empowers believers to live holy lives and provides unique giftedness with which to serve the church. While we do not believe that the Scriptures definitively teach that certain gifts have ceased, they indicate that the use of gifts varies according to need. So -called sign gifts confirmed revelation and authenticated the Gospel during the formation of the church; this is not a current need to day. While we welcome all who know Jesus or are seeking Him, the expression of speaking in tongues or other sign gifts are not to be practiced at ministries under the authority of Genesis Community Church. (Genesis 1:2; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14:16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17)
About Man – God’s Image Bearers
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love. We believe that people have been created in God’s image to have fellowship with Him, but are alienated from that relationship by both sinful nature and sinful disobedience. Forgiveness and eternal life cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. They are found through faith in Christ alone, as repentant sinners place their trust in His perfect life, shed blood, substitutionary death, burial, and bodily resurrection as the only satisfactory payment for sin’s effects. Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be banished to hell and believers will be received into heaven. In light of eternity, it should be the goal of every professing Christ-Follower to grow in their love for God and others, to live a life of separation from sin, to follow biblical stewardship of resources and to be a credible witness to the lost. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; 18-22; 3; Psalm 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18; 23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19; 21-22; Ephesians 2; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11)
About Salvation – God’s Only Way
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 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. (Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-28; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16; 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galations 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20)
About Eternity – Somewhere Forever
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. (John 3:16; 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15)
About The Church – God’s Design For Community
The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. We believe that the church is an assembly of saved individuals, predicted by Christ and started at Pentecost. It has both universal and local expressions, both of which are under the authority of Jesus. The church should strive to peacefully coexist with the separate entity of human government, respecting everyone and advocating for those who have been exploited and unjustly treated, including those who suffer because of their faith in Jesus. Genesis Community Church is an autonomous congregation, identified with the evangelical Christian faith. It is our goal to align with the Great Commission and we gather regularly for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and fellowship. (Matthew 16:18-19); 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-15; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)
Baptism & The Lord Supper
We practice believers’ baptism, which symbolizes our death to sin and resurrection to new life. We eagerly desire the literal, bodily return of Jesus Christ, and regularly celebrate the Lord’s Supper as we wait. (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:1-10; Acts 2:38-41; 8:12; 9:18-19; 10:44-48; 16:14-15, 29-36; 18:8; 19:1-7; 22:16; Colossians 2:12, Galatians 3:27; 1 Corinthians 11:17-24)