Our beliefs

Our beliefs define not only who we are, but how we live our lives to follow Christ.

Why this is important to us

For us, church isn't just a social engagement.  It's a community of people built around shared values and experiences.  A group of people who rely on one another to better follow after the teachings of Jesus.

Having a proper understanding of those teachings and the teachings of all Scripture allows us to properly edify one another and follow the path set before us.

While we embrace these beliefs, our community is much more than them. These are only the bones that provide the foundation for our community to grow on.

Our core beliefs

God

There is only one God, the Father. He is one person and is a literal (corporeal) being – almighty, eternal, immortal and the Creator of all things (Gen. 1:27; Deut. 6:4; I Cor. 8:6; I Tim. 1:17).

Jesus

Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, born of the virgin Mary. He did not exist prior to his birth and he was tempted in all points like as we are and yet without sin (Mat. 6:16; Luke 1:30-35; I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 4:15).

Holy spirit

The Holy Spirit is God’s divine power and influence manifested in God’s mighty works and in the lives of His people. The Holy Spirit is not a person (Acts 1:9; Eph. 4:30).

Man

Man was created a mortal being, subject to death and through disobedience fell under the condemnation which is death in which man’s life and consciousness cease and man returns to dust. The grave (Sheol, Hades, hell or pit) is the abiding place of the dead, both righteous and wicked until the resurrection (Gen. 2:7; Job 17:16; Psa. 146:3-4; Ecc. 9:5-10; Rom. 5:12; Rev. 20:13-14).

Jesus' death & resurrection

Jesus Christ died upon the cross for the sins of the world, was buried and arose from the grave immortal on the third day. Through the shedding of Christ’s precious blood, God’s plan of redemption was affected (I Cor. 15:3-4; Heb. 9:12; I Pet. 1:18-19).

Jesus' second coming

Jesus will return to the earth literally, visibly and personally to raise the dead in Christ and to change the living saints to immortality (Zech. 14:4; Matt. 24:30; Acts 1:10-11; I Cor. 15:51-54; I Thess. 4:13-18).

The kingdom of god

At Jesus’ second coming the Kingdom of God will be set up as a literal everlasting kingdom throughout the entire earth with Christ as king and his immortalized saints as co-rulers with him (Dan. 2:35-44; Dan. 7:27; Luke 1:32-33; Luke 19:11-15; Rom. 8:17; II Tim. 4:1; Rev. 11:15; Rev. 20:6).

Abrahamic covenant

The Abrahamic Covenant will be literally fulfilled in Christ, Abraham’s seed. The land promised to Abraham and his seed will be the eternal inheritance of the saints.

Conditions of salvation

The conditions and obedience of salvation are: hearing the gospel, belief, repentance, confession, baptism (immersion), living a holy life.

Eternal life

Eternal Life is: on earth will be the future reward of the Christian; the Bible teaches that the wicked will be literally destroyed in the lake of fire which is the second death.

nation of israel

The Bible teaches that the nation of Israel will be restored as the Kingdom of God and will be head of all nations. Christ himself will occupy the throne of his father David in Jerusalem.

Source of temptation

The source of temptation is from within man himself – his deceitful, wicked heart, his sinful flesh. The terms “devil”and “Satan” are not referring to a supernatural, personal being but are a personification of the adverse principle in the world.

church of god

The Church of God is the only scriptural name for that body of baptized believers who have been called out from among the nations through obedience to the gospel plan of salvation. Christ is the Head of the Church; and the nature, work and government of the church are set forth in the new Testament.

law of the land

We, owing allegiance to Christ, the earth’s rightful king, under the present government are but aliens, subject to the laws of the country and faithfully obeying these laws, refraining only from that which commands to take part in war, strife, of conflict leading to the taking of life which we hold to be against the law of God. But that we may live quiet and peaceable lives following out as far as possible to the command to “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men Rom. 12:17.”

Our statement of lifestyle

the bible is our only authority

Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is “What does the Bible say?” We encourage people to practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.

the local church is autonomous

Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, groups, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control.

Every believer has a ministry

The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to ‘full time’ Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.

Tithing

At Guthrie Grove we encourage tithing for the support of Christ’s Body (the church) as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving. The Bible teaches this is part of our worship (honoring God) and should be done with a cheerful heart. The attitude is more important than the amount.

Baptism by immersion

We practice baptism by immersion under water. It’s the way Jesus was baptized, it’s the way the Bible commands, and it best symbolized our burial with Christ & being raised to a new life as a Christian.

allowing the holy spirit to guide our decisions

We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power acting within us. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right.

Sharing our faith with others

It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News of the Kingdom and Jesus Christ with those whom God has brought us into contact. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.

Prayer

God desires to have a relationship with each one of us, and the only way relationships grow strong is through communication and time spent together. Prayer is how we talk with God and spend time with him – sharing our joys and concerns with Him and looking for His will for us.

unity

It is important for the church to be unified in spirit. Satan will do whatever he can to cause division and strife among God’s people, because then we lose our credibility (witness) in the world. Our love and unity shows the world we are Christians and that our faith is genuine.

worship

Worship means honoring God. We do this corporately every Sunday in our weekly worship service, but it’s more than just singing. Worship also means living a life that honors God, making decisions that honor Him, prioritizing our relationships, finances, & schedules in a way that makes Him our first priority.