What We Believe

What We Believe

Essential truth. Our Statement of Faith. These things don’t change at Sebastian Christian Church. This is what we believe, and it’s who we are at the core as a church…

We believe…

    • We believe in one God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 5:16,45; 6:1,4,8,9; James 1:17/John 1:1; 14:9 / Genesis 1:2; John 4:24; 14:16-20; 2 Peter 1:21)
    • We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible (Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3)
    • We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, my one and only Savior (John 1:14; 1 John 4:9 / John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:18)
      • Who was born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary (Matthew 21:11; John 19:19 / John 1:14; Romans 5;15-17; Colossians 2:9; 1 John 1:1 / Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-38)
      • Who suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1-46)
      • Who died and was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Luke 23:44 – 24:8; John 20:24-29; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
      • Who ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father (Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1)
      • Who will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead (Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3, Acts 1:10-11; 10:39-42; 1 Peter 4:5)
    • We believe in the Holy Spirit
      • Who is an active and operative part of the triune God (John 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27)
      • Who indwells every Christian (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14)
    • We believe in the Bible—God’s Holy Word, Scripture. We believe God inspired the autographs (original writings) of the Scripture and those autographs were consequently without error (Mark 12:36; John 14:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
      • We accept the Bible as the final authority for all matters of faith and practice (Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12)  It is the foundation of our faith, doctrine, and practices.  The interpretive authority of the Holy Bible’s meaning and application is the sole responsibility of the Elders of Sebastian Christian Church.
    • We believe the Bible teaches that man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23)
    • We believe the Bible teaches that salvation—the forgiveness of sins—is only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ. 
      This free gift of salvation is offered to all who receive Christ as Lord and Savior, through faith. (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7,John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 6:3,4; A c ts 2:38; Colossians 2:6)
      • We believe those accepting Christ must repent of sin, confess their faith, and be baptized into Him. (Romans 5:1-2 / Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19; 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9 / Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9; Romans 10:9; A c ts 2:38; Mark 16:16; A c ts 8:36, 38; Galatians 3:26-27)
    • We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ, founded on the Day of Pentecost and consisting of all Christians everywhere (Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47)
    • We believe the Bible teaches that the Elders are to exercise authority over the local congregation (Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4)