Jesus is the head of our church, and His Word is the standard for how we live — as individuals and as God’s family — for the glory of God. Below are brief statements for each of the essential Christian beliefs that we hold as a church and that are foundational to following Jesus in loving, faith-filled obedience.
God, Jesus, Holy Spirit
There is one living, sovereign God who created all things and eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Gen 1:1; Rev. 1:8; Is. 43:10-11; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19)
Jesus was sent by the Father to live on earth; he was fully God and fully human, yet had no sin. Jesus willingly laid down his life and after three days, rose from the grave. In doing this, Jesus fulfilled the payment for the world’s debt of sin and made it possible for us to have a restored relationship with God. (Luke 1:31, 35; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Matt. 27:50-51)
The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and Son to convict the world of sin and to empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. He lives in every born-again believer and is a constant helper, teacher and guide. (John 16:7-11; John 14:16-17)
God created people in his image and everyone matters to God. (Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 5:1-2)
All people are sinners and need God’s forgiveness. (Rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23)
Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are gifts of God brought to repentant people by grace and received through faith at baptism (immersion). (John 3:16-17; Ephesians 2:8-9; Rom. 6:3-4; Gal. 3:26-27)
All Christians are called to develop a deeper relationship with God, a more full understanding of his truths and will for our life, and to live a life full of His Spirit. (Heb. 5:11-6:3; John 15:1-8; Rom. 12:1-2; Gal. 5:19-26)
The Church, The Bible and Christ’s Return
Jesus Christ is the head of the church and all born-again believers are members. (Eph. 4:15-16; 1 Cor. 12:12-13)
The Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
Jesus Christ will return and bring a final judgment of all mankind. (Matt. 24:36; Heb. 9:27; Rev. 22:12)
The term “marriage” is sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single exclusive union, as delineated in scripture. (Genesis 2:22-24; Mark 10:6-9)
Any form of sexual immorality, including adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, and attempting to change one’s biological sex or otherwise acting upon any disagreement with one’s biological sex is sinful and offensive to God. (Leviticus 18:22; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Hebrews 13:4)
Our core beliefs represent what makes us Smithfield Christian Church. These biblical beliefs are meant to guide our church as we connect to Jesus and each other to advance the Gospel.
In all that we do, we want to honor God above all else by living out life and faith His way.
Seek Him through prayer: Through regular personal and corporate prayer, we want to seek God and His will for our individual lives and the direction for our church’s ministry.
Follow the leading of His Spirit: In every step that we take, we want to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and never run ahead of Him or in another direction.
Worship God genuinely: Our times of corporate worship are to be a chance for us to respond to the goodness of God and His great love for us. We are all worshippers for an audience of One: God.
Through intentional programs and events, we want to bring people to a growing and reproducing relationship with Jesus.
Connect people to Jesus: We want to clearly and lovingly present Jesus to people in such a way that they will come to know him personally and experience His saving grace.
Teach the Bible: Since the Bible is God’s word to mankind and our source for faith and how to live, we want to diligently study and teach it in a way that connects it to our lives.
Provide growth opportunities: No matter where each person is in their relationship with God, everyone can all take a step closer. We want to provide spiritual growth opportunities that help move people deeper in their faith and their relationship with the Lord.
The greatest commandments that God gave were to love Him and love others. We want to obediently love our church family, our community, and the world.
Promote Biblical Fellowship: Since we are the body of Christ, we want to provide opportunities for its members to grow in relationship with each other and ways to serve and meet each other’s needs.
Local Outreach: We want to love our local community by seeking to meet their spiritual and physical needs through outreach and service programs.
Global Outreach: The need for salvation and forgiveness is a world-wide need and we want to be a church that sends and supports those that God has called into global missions through prayer and financial support and short-term mission trips.
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