The following is a section from The Journey Church Constitution and By-Laws:
The Apostles Creed is a declaration that has historically defined keycomponents of the Christian faith throughout the centuries, giving people aconstant, Biblically-accurate doctrinal statement.
I believe in God, the Father
Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
We at The Journey adopt this creed as an anchor of our faith in the inspiration of Scripture.
Based upon that, we believe in the historic Christian faith asreflected in these statements:
- About God. God is the loving Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternal and completely good, knowing all things, having all power and majesty. God exists as the Trinity, in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God passionately desires relationship with us and toward this end continually invites us into a relationship of faith, friendship, learning, and service. Gen. 1:1; Matt. 28:19; John 14:6-9, 15-17 and John 16:7-15; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 John 4:9-10
- About Jesus Christ. God expressed himself in human form through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified for the sins of us all. He was buried, rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven, and has promised to return again as King of kings and Lord of lords. Matt. 22:36-40; John 14:1-3; Acts 10:42-43; 1 Cor. 15:3-8; Col. 1:13-23; 2:8-14; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Heb. 1:1-3;
- About the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He is sent from God to live inside all who believe in Jesus Christ, teaches, comforts, and empowers us, giving each follower diverse gifts, fostering unity, inter-dependence, productivity, Christ-like character, and love among Christians. John 14:26; 16:7-14; Rom. 5:5 and Rom. 8; 1 Cor. 12-14; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 3:16; 4:3-4; 5:18.
- About the Bible.
- We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God. The Scriptures as originally given by the Holy Spirit are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning.
- We believe that God speaks to us in the Bible, and that it is our privilege to seek to understand God’s message and apply it responsibly to our lives. The Bible is our standard in all we say and do. We believe that God’s unchangeable Biblical message ought to be presented in relevant and contemporary ways, free of religious jargon and understandable to the people of our community. Josh. 1:7-8; Psalm 19:7-11; 119:9-16; Matt. 5:17-19; Acts 17:11; 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:14-17; Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet. 1:16-21; 3:14-18
- About Salvation.
- All people are created with dignity and value in the image of God, to live in a vital relationship with God. However, through our sin (failing to live by God’s moral standards), we break our intended relationship with God and we experience the destructive consequences of that broken relationship, spiritually and socially, in this life and beyond. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue us from those consequences and to restore our broken relationships with God and others, through Christ’s death on the cross, a perfect act of redemption for each of us.
- Salvation comes to people on the basis of God’s grace through their faith alone in Jesus alone. They receive the free gift of forgiveness and are spiritually reborn through repenting of their sin and believing in Jesus Christ. Good works and a holy life, although totally unable to save anyone, are the natural product of repentant, believing people. John 3:16; 5:24; Rom. 3:9-28; 6:23; 10:9-10; Eph. 2:1-10; Titus 3:3-8; James 2:14-26; I Pet. 2:24; 3:18
- Once a person has received forgiveness and is spiritually reborn, that person is kept by God’s power and is thus secure in Christ forever. John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; I Cor. 1:4-8; I Pet. 1:4-5
- About the Church.
- We believe that the church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is made up of Christians and acts as the body of Christ here on earth. The church is responsible for spreading the gospel and acting in mercy, justice, faith, love, and forgiveness. Matt. 23:23-24; I Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27
- While the church will always strive to operate in cooperation with the government, we believe in the self-government of the local church that is free of any external authority or control. Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; I Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4
- We believe in two Biblical ordinances for the Church: water baptism by immersion signifying a believer’s new lifein Christ; and the Lord’s Supper whereby the church remembers the death of Christ and the imminence of His return. Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; I Cor. 11:23-26
- The Person of Satan.
- We believe that Satan is a real and personal being. As Lucifer, he existed as the highest rank of all angelic creatures. He became the author of sin and the cause of the fall of men because of his sin and pride. Gen. 3:1-19; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:11; John 8:44
- We believe Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man. He has blinded the eyes of unbelievers and is in continual warfare with believers. Hell and the Lake of Fire were created for his punishment. He shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. Matt. 25:41; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 6:11-12; Rev. 20:10
- The Eternal State: Heaven and Hell.
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of all mankind. Those who have received the forgiveness of Jesus Christ through His work on the cross enter into God’s presence forever, while those who do not are eternally separated from God. Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13
- We believe that the souls of those who have received the forgiveness of Jesus Christ are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord in Heaven, where they live in conscious bliss while they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to forever be in the presence of the Lord in complete joy. Psalm 16:11; Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thes. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6
- We believe that the souls of those who have not invited the forgiveness of Jesus Christ to wash away their sin remain in Hell after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire. Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; II Thes. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15
- Creation. We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and in the intelligent design of the universe and all things in it, including man. God is the Intelligent Designer, expressing Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the act of creation, making mankind in His image as laid out in Genesis 1 and 2. Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11; John 1:3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 11:3