WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in one God who is infinite in wisdom, power, and love. We affirm our trust in God as our Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of the universe and humanity. We believe God has revealed God’s self through the three persons of the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; all of one substance, power and eternity. God is three in One!
We believe in Jesus Christ who is God in flesh and the promised savior of the world. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was truly human and truly divine. He was born of a virgin, lived, died and was raised from the dead on the third day for the salvation of humanity. He embodies God’s love for humanity and models for us the life we all are called to live. We affirm the faith of centuries of Christians that Jesus is Lord! It is through him and him alone that we experience salvation from sin, death and eternal destruction. It is our faith in Jesus Christ and the grace of God that puts us in a right relationship with God.
the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit as God being present with us to guide, comfort, empower, and strengthen us. We believe the Holy Spirit gifts us all to be in ministry and call us to proclaim the gospel of the Lord’s Kingdom for the salvation of the world. Through the Holy Spirit we have received power to be His witnesses!
We believe that the Word of God, as it is contained in the Old and New Testament Scriptures, is the inspired Word of God and is the sufficient rule both of faith and our practice. We believe the scriptures are to be interpreted in light of its original meaning, as well as in terms of its relevant meaning for us in this day and time.
We believe in the Church Universal, the fellowship of Christians throughout the world regardless of denominational affiliation. The local church is a community of faith, love and fellowship designed for worship, study, and service to all who are connected to the living Lord. The church is present when we come together as a gathered faith community, as well as when we express our faith in our witness and service in the world around us.
We believe in eternal life, the return of Christ and in his final triumph over evil, injustice, hatred and unrighteousness. We believe that one day the kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ. We believe that eternal life is not simply an extension of life beyond death, but also a quality of life in Christ to be lived here and now. To live in Christ is to die in Christ and nothing, not even death, can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
We believe in the human dignity of all persons. All persons are to be loved and treated as the child of God that we all are. We must love one another as Christ has loved us regardless of race, religion, class, culture, orientation, political affiliation or economics. All persons are created in the image of God and are to be respected as such. Inclusiveness of all persons is a major cornerstone of the ministry of Transforming Life Christian Fellowship.
We believe that there are two Sacraments that have been ordained by our Lord Jesus Christ to be celebrated, practiced and shared in the life of the church and Christians. Sacraments are a means of grace by which God works invisibly in us to strengthen us and confirm our faith in God. The two Sacraments are Holy Baptism and Holy Communion (The Lord’s Supper). The Sacraments will be celebrated regularly in Worship and are signs of an inward and spiritual grace of God’s love towards us.
We believe that the Sacrament of Holy Communion is to be practiced around an Open Table. We welcome all persons to the table of the Lord to celebrate and participate in the Sacrament, as all persons are candidates to experience God’s grace. Holy Communion is a representation of our redemption, a memorial and the reenacting of the sufferings and death of Christ, and a token of love and union, which Christians have with Christ and with one another. All who rightly, worthily and in faith eat the broken bread and drink the blessed cup partake of the body and blood of Christ in a spiritual manner until he comes again.
We believe that the Sacrament of Holy Baptism is a sign of God’s grace, something we cannot earn or achieve but is freely given us by God. It is our entrance into the Christian Faith. Therefore, we practice infant baptism as our expression and belief that all are eligible to receive the mark of the Covenant regardless of age. We also practice all three modes of baptism as has been practiced in the history of the Christian Church: sprinkling, pouring and immersion. We do not practice re-baptism but accept the baptism of any other Christian denomination, as God’s work of grace is complete even when we are unaware of it being worked out in our midst or in our lives.