Discovery is a non-denominational church with roots in the Restoration Movement. We are a diverse community that focuses on our mission, while creating space for questions, doubts, and conversation. However, we agree whole-heartedly on the centrality of Jesus, the authority of Scripture, and the practices of Communion and Baptism.
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).
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).
We believe that Jesus 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. Jesus 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 Jesus as Savior and King. (John 3:16) Those accepting Jesus as King should repent of sin, confess their faith, and be baptized. (Romans 10:9 & Acts 2:38) One day Jesus will return to earth as our victorious King (John 1:1; Colossians 1:16, 17; Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:12; Acts 1:9)
About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict, challenge, reside in, guide, instruct and empower every Jesus-follower for godly living and service
(John 16:7-11; John 3:3-5; Romans 8:9; John 14:26; Galatians 5:16-22).
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 the church is composed of different kinds of people who have entrusted themselves to God as Jesus-followers. It is the mission of the church to help build the Kingdom of God by sharing the good news of Jesus with everyone. (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 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 Jesus, teach people to study and submit to the Scriptures, and live a life that glorifies God. We always welcome humble and loving discussions and questions about Christian beliefs and the Scriptures from which they come.
Questions? Email ELDERS@discoverydavis.org