We have prepared a series of documents to help communicate what we believe. These documents certainly aren't perfect, but hopefully a helpful tool to learn what we mean when we say "The Completed Work of Jesus!"
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What is the Gospel?
Jesus Christ: The Mediator of a New Covenant
Jesus Christ: The Lamb of God
Jesus Christ: Our Death in Him
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Verbal Inspiration of the Bible
The Holy Spirit inspired human authors to write the books of the Bible. God Himself chose every word of Scripture. The Bible is God’s love letter to all of humanity and is the final authority in every issue it communicates. It ultimately acts as a giant arrow pointing to the person and finished work of Jesus Christ.
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Scripture teaches that God created everything we can see (and even everything we can’t see) out of nothing. Although it might be difficult for the human mind to comprehend, the Bible teaches that He is one, yet has existed forever as three distinct and equal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
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The Father, in perfect love, sent Jesus Christ to be the instrument of mankind’s restoration to Him. He loves the entire world (John 3:16) and wants all people to experience the full intimacy of this love as His beloved Children (1 John 3:1, Romans 5:5). The Children of God can refer to Him as Abba (Daddy) and enjoy full and uninterrupted fellowship with Him (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6) because of what Jesus has done.
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Jesus Christ, the Son, is fully God and fully man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross, rose from the grave on the third day, and ascended into heaven where he sits at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate. All who trust in His finished work on their behalf receive total forgiveness for all sin, a new heart, and adoption into God’s family as completely free gifts (John 1:12, John 3:16, Hebrews 8:10-12).
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The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit lives inside of all God’s children and is the instrument for new life within the believer (Titus 3:5). The Holy Spirit exists to glorify Christ and does so by constantly reminding believers of the finished work of Christ and their identity because of this work (Hebrews 10:15-18, John 14:26, John 16: 14). He also acts to convict unbelievers of their sin and their need for a Savior (John 16: 8-11). He is the great comforter and helper to all who listen to Him (John 14:26).
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We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but because of Adam's sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. Apart from faith in Jesus Christ, each person remains in Adam.
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We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace (apart from any works) and received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins. Upon receiving salvation, the person receives eternal life and becomes a partaker of Christ's life. At the moment of faith, Christ joins Himself to that person, and that person begins to be in Christ. He becomes a new creation and obtains a new identity as a child of God.
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The New Covenant
The New Covenant began at Christ’s death (Luke 22:20, Hebrews 9:16) and promises total forgiveness, newness, and adoption to all who believe in Christ (Hebrews 8:8-12). The church, consisting of all believers worldwide, has been entrusted with this message. We are to be ministers of this New Covenant of life, not the Old Covenant of death known as the Law (2 Corinthians 3:6-7). As ministers of the New Covenant, we are free from the Law to serve in the power of Christ’s Spirit and grace (Romans 7:6, Titus 2:12).
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Freedom from the Law
In bringing the Old Covenant to an end and beginning the New Covenant, Christ has set His children free from the Law to live in the new way of the Spirit (Galatians 5:1, 5:25, Romans 8:2). The Old Covenant Law which included the Ten Commandments, ultimately acted as a tool to show the world its total and utter failure to meet God’s standards (Romans 3:19-20, Galatians 3:19-20). Jesus, in His earthly ministry, demonstrated the perfect standards of the Law in His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, 6, and 7. Christ’s goal, and the purpose of the Law in general, was to show people the depth of their sinfulness so that they would see the need for a Savior (Galatians 3:19-24).
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The Christian Life
The Christian life is a journey of growing in our understanding of the love of God and the finished work of Christ (Ephesians 3:17-19). It is the process of renewing our minds (Romans 12:1-2), which is setting our minds on the heavenly things (i.e. His love for us), which in turn causes us to have godly thoughts resulting in godly behaviors. As we exchange lies for truth, we deepen in our understanding of God and His salvation and experience the abundant life that is ours in Christ (John 10:10). Behavior change is never to maintain or earn closeness to God. Christ’s blood has already brought believers into a fully intimate relationship with Him. We simply must grow in our application and understanding of what Christ has done.
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We believe that all who have come to reliance upon the work of Christ for their salvation will never lose the very gift of Jesus Himself that was freely given. If nothing we could do could secure our union with Jesus, then nothing we could ever do could jeopardize our union with Jesus. It is all grace, from start to finish.
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While Life Journey Church is not a part of a denomination, we do value networking with a variety of organizations that proclaim the finished work of Jesus such as Network220.