These are our core beliefs at the Resurrection:
We believe the Gospel.
There are three non-negotiable aspects of the gospel (good news). They are Jesus's authority, Jesus's finished work, and Jesus's love. As the Bible points out in many places (such as 2 Peter 1:11) Jesus the Christ is both our Lord (i.e. our authority) and our Savior (meaning that he finished the work which earned our salvation). Both Christ's Lordship and Saving Work can only be understood in light of his deep personal love for human beings (John 3:16, Romans 8:35a, 38-39). Jesus, available to humanity as the only perfectly loving, saving, authoritative leader, is the Good News.
Jesus's Authority - The Bible talks about Jesus' authority in lots of ways, calling him Lord, King, Messiah, Son of David, Son of Man, Lion of Judah, Christ, and God. Jesus alone is authority of the whole world and he is our perfectly capable and good ruler. He really loves us and cares for us! But his love takes the form of a loving authority. He is powerful and wonderful, and has come to lead us and help us even though we don't deserve him. All people are inclined to believe we should be in charge of ourselves. The truth is that Jesus is in charge of us, and has the right to command us regarding our thoughts and actions. Only Jesus knows what human life is supposed to be, and why he made us. The entire world is obligated to love and obey him every moment of our lives. Choosing to honor and trust Jesus' authority over us is called repentance. So his authority includes both the idea that he has both the right to lead us, and the ability to do it perfectly. That's why Jesus being in charge is such good news! However, because all people have already failed to honor Jesus as we should, we also need his finished work.
Jesus's Finished Work - The Bible talks about Jesus' Finished work in lots of ways too, calling him Savior, Suffering Servant, Lamb of God, Righteous One, and Son of God, and describing the work he accomplished as a finished sacrifice, a substitute punishment, a righteous life, and a victory. Jesus' love for us as our authority has taken the most astounding form: dying on our behalf! Through his sinless life, substitutionary death, and physical resurrection, Jesus did 100% of what it takes to save us sinful people. We can do nothing to save ourselves because we are not good. We are truly guilty for our wrongdoing. We all need Jesus (alone) to pay our punishment in our place so we can be free. Trusting in what Jesus has done for us, rather than our own goodness, is called faith. Jesus earning our forgiveness is very good news.
Jesus's Love - All human beings are made to have a personal relationship with God through the living Christ. A real relationship must take the form of knowing and experiencing Jesus as a living person who cares for us as individual people. We must believe not only that Jesus is a good leader, and not only that he can save us. We must believe he has saved us, because he loves us, personally. God does not love or accept us because we are good. He loves and accepts us because he is good, and because Jesus was good on our behalf. "Jesus loves you" is no trite slogan, but a vital truth capable of penetrating and transforming the human heart (1 John 4:7-21).
We all need this Loving Lord and Savior. The good news is that this is exactly who Jesus is for all who want him. This is the gospel. Our church seeks to make this gospel the center of all that we do as a congregation. Because Jesus has all authority in heaven and earth, we tell all the world what he has done and promises yet to do.
We believe every person must believe the gospel of Christ...
...to be saved from the consequences of sin (God's wrath), and to be able to have a relationship with God, which is the meaning and goal of human life. This relationship with God is called eternal life. Eternal life does not only refer to what happens after we die, but also refers to what begins in this life at the moment of faith in Jesus Christ: a right and satisfying relationship with God and his people. From the moment of faith, we have forgiveness for all our sins: past, present, and future. If people do not trust in Christ, but trust instead in their own goodness, then they do not have forgiveness for their sins. Those who do not have forgiveness at death owe God an eternal punishment called hell. Only those who believe the gospel can be saved. All who believe the gospel are saved. We thank God for this good news!
We believe the Gospel not only saves sinners, but also transforms this world.
We believe God will make the whole world right again, which is called redemption. Full redemption will not take place until Jesus returns, but God is calling the church to partner with him to transform lives, culture, and the world we live in through the Gospel here and now. (This is really important, and often overlooked.) The gospel, as it reaches into the world through God's church, is how God redeems the whole world until Jesus completes this great work at his Second Coming. People who do not believe the gospel are excluded from this great worldwide redemption. However, those of us who trust in him not only experience personal redemption (forgiveness and life-transformation), but we also begin to partner with God in his redemptive plans for others, both now and in the future. This is simply amazing! God's plans are incredible.
We believe the Church is God's plan to show off how great the Gospel is, and all the good it does.
The church is both a family and a team. God is creating a maturing family of gospel-believing people, so that we can work together to share God's redeeming work and plans with our lost world. As we share the gospel message, so too we live out the changed lives the gospel brings in a very public way, working hard to make our world work the way God designed. All this displays the goodness of our God and his plans, which is called glorifying God. This is the mission of God's church, and is therefore the mission of our church, the Resurrection. The local, gospel-believing church is God's Plan A for humanity, and there is no Plan B. Therefore we are committed to this local church, and desire to partner with other gospel-believing churches everywhere.
We believe the Bible, which is totally trustworthy and authoritative.
In stating our beliefs, we are only trying to summarize what we find in the Bible, which we believe entirely. The original text of the bible is the sole completely trustworthy source of knowledge about God and us. The bible clearly communicates the gospel, and along with it many other vital things we must know. The bible is authoritative over all people as God's trustworthy Word. Trusting the bible is no act of blind faith. It is a deep trust, firmly rooted in historical evidence, and centered on the historical reality of Christ's life, death, and physical resurrection. The bible (and the gospel it communicates) is authoritative because it is true: historically, spiritually, and experientially. Both the Old and New Testaments are equally trustworthy, good, and important in communicating the gospel of Christ. All Scripture is the very Word of God. God's Word is wonderful, and it drives all we believe and do as a congregation.
We believe many other things about God, ourselves, the world, the church, and the bible, too.
Other Christians have historically used labels to define themselves to other Christians. We are comfortable describing our congregation to others as 1) Christian, 2) Evangelical, 3) Discipleship-Focused, 4) Missional, 5) Reformed, 6) Charismatic, 7) Baptistic, & 8) Complementarian (in that basic order). The first four of these beliefs are required for membership. But labels are not as important as our belief in being a gospel-centered, gospel-believing, gospel-communicating, gospel-exemplifying church who truly love God and all the people he has made. Some of our members may still be learning to understand these beliefs. Further, some in our congregation might disagree with certain aspects of beliefs 5 through 8, above. Yet our congregation is united in that we agree about what the Gospel is, we understand what it means for us and the world, and we want to be a part of this wonderful work of redemption that God is doing. There are many other vital things we as a congregation do and must agree on, and the pastors of the Resurrection have the responsibility and freedom from God to lead our congregation into all biblical truth, as circumstance and wisdom call for.