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Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs

Discovery is non-denominational, Bible-believing, Christ-centered church. We have people from all different backgrounds, but the shared basis of our faith is an uncompromising commitment to Jesus as the Son of God and the authority of the Bible. While we believe there are some issues where we have the freedom to hold different opinions, we believe the Bible clearly teaches the following:

About the Bible
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, is without error, gives us direction for life and eternity, and is the final authority for all Christian faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105; Romans 15:4).

About God
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:2; Matthew 28:19).

About Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man. Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, physically arose from the grave and ascended to heaven where he is a representative to God on our behalf. One day Jesus will return to earth as the victorious Lord
(John 1:1; Colossians 1:16, 17; Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:12; Acts 1:9).

Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, who died for our sins and arose from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:1-8 & John 3:16)
The forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Christ as Savior and Lord. (John 3:16)
Those accepting Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith, and be baptized into Him. (Romans 10:9 & Acts 2:38)

About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict, challenge, reside in, guide, instruct and empower every Christ-follower for godly living and service
(John 16:7-11; John 3:3-5; Romans 8:9; John 14:26; Galatians 5:16-22).

About Us
We believe that people were created in the image of God but are separated from him by sin. Faith in Jesus, based on his death and resurrection, is the only way for us to be reconciled back to God.

Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. Those who have a relationship with Christ will inherit eternal life; those who do not will be eternally separated from God. (Romans 8:10-11, Daniel 12:2, John 6:47)
Man was created by God, willfully sinned, and as a result, is lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ. (Acts 4:12, Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:7)

About Baptism and Communion
We believe that baptism (by immersion) and communion (the Lord’s Supper) are symbols of faith in Jesus and that they are to be practiced by the church
(Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).

About the Church
We believe that a biblically based church is composed of different kinds of people who have entrusted themselves to God as Christ-followers. It is the “Body of Christ” and is defined by worship, instruction, training, outreach and service, in order to enlarge the Kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Acts 6:1-7; Acts 15:23). The Church is empowered by the Holy Spirit to be an authentic community of faith, hope, and love here on earth (Ephesians 4:1-16).

There are additional subjects debated among Christians that seem to have rather convincing arguments to biblically support either side of the issue. We do not desire to make matters not essential to salvation points of division within the Body of Christ, but rather we desire to point people to the Gospel, teach people to study and submit to the Scriptures, and live a life that most glorifies God. We always welcome humble and loving discussion about Christian beliefs and the Scriptures from which they come.

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