The Twelve Basic Understandings

  • God—I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 13:13.
  • Death and Eternity—I believe in sin and that it leads to death but that God offers me a place in eternity. I believe there is a heaven and a hell and that Jesus Christ is returning to judge the earth and to establish his eternal kingdom. Romans 6:23; John 14:1-4.
  • Salvation—Works vs. Grace—I believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9.
  • Prayer— I connect with God and seek God’s will for my life by talking with and listening to God daily. Individually and with others, I pray with words, silence, and actions. Psalm 66:16-20; Luke 22:41-42
  • Worship—Both together and individually, I praise God by remembering how God has rescued, redeemed, and restored me. I do this through singing, praying, giving, hearing God’s Word, and living out God’s call in my life. Romans 12:1-2; Psalm 95:1-7
  • Bible Study—I believe I am significant because of my position as a child of God. I read the Bible to know God, the truth, and to find direction for my daily life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12
  • Biblical Community—I celebrate my life in Christ by living in intentional community with other Christ followers and by inviting others to join us. Acts 2:44-47
  • Single-Mindedness/Sanctification—I focus on God and God’s priorities for my life. Matthew 6:33
  • Spiritual Gifts—I know and use my spiritual gifts to accomplish God’s purposes. Romans 12:4-5
  • Self-Sacrifice—Stewardship—I believe that everything I am or own belongs to God. I give away my life, my faith, my time, my talents, and my treasures to fulfill God’s purposes. 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Romans 12:1; Ephesians 6:19-20; Colossians 3:17; 2 Corinthians 8:7
  • Evangelism—I believe all people are loved by God and need Jesus Christ as their Savior. Jesus calls us to share that Good News with the world through my actions and my words. John 3:16; Acts 8:26-31
  • Missions—God has called me to share God’s love with the world by meeting people’s needs in my community and in the world. I seek to serve Jesus by sharing my resources and myself with God’s people around the globe. Matthew 28:18-20