- God is bigger and better than we can imagine and yet He desires to have a personal relationship with us.
- The Bible is God’s perfect guidebook for us.
- Jesus is God revealing Himself to us.
- God lives in and through His followers today through the Holy Spirit.
- God’s grace and our faith is how we begin and develop a growing relationship with God.
- God works through all things, including difficulties in the lives of those who follow Him.
- Heaven and hell are real places.
- Death is a beginning, not the end.
- The church exists to increase the reputation of God and to serve people, just as Jesus served people.
- Jesus is coming again.
For a more complete statement of Connected Families’ core beliefs, including Bible verses, see below.
The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, verbally and fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts and that it has supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32)
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 3; John 4:24; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, who is infinite, just, personal, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people; He hears and answers prayer; and He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Luke 10:21-22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; John 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1-2; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6; Romans 3:26; Deuteronomy 32:4)
We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, victorious resurrection on the third day, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth. (John 3:16; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; John 20:28; Romans 9:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30-31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; Romans 6:9-10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; Philippians 2:6-9)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment. The Holy Spirit continually draws believers closer to God, transforms them into the image of Jesus Christ, empowers them for ministry, and distributes spiritual gifts to the church. (John 14:16-17, 26; John 15:26-27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26)
We believe that all people are created in the image of God; that humans sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent, receive and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are, in Christ, delivered or “saved” from condemnation and enjoy the free gift of eternal life. (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3; Genesis 5:2; John 1:12; John 3:14, 16; John 5:24, 30; John 8:12; John 10:26)
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all those that follow him as their Lord and Savior are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of followers of Jesus Christ who gather for worship, growth, service, and fellowship. We believe God ordained His church to bring hope to the world through the sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ as we seek to make disciples in His name. (Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25; Matthew 28:19)
We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct, by God’s grace, should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their time and possessions for God’s purposes; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. We believe we are called to live our lives consistent with the standards of biblical teaching, including fellowship with and encouragement of the body of Christ; corporate and individual prayer, service and giving; by living lives in word and deed that are an encouragement to others to know and be like Jesus Christ; and by reflecting in all our relationships the servant-love of our Lord. (1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15, 23-24; 1 John 2:3-6; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9-10)