Here is an overview of the beliefs held, taught, and practiced at Knowing God Church.
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This section represents the core beliefs held by all members of Knowing God Church.
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments alone are the Word of God, being fully written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and therefore are without error in the original manuscripts and have supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (Psalm 19:7; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32).
God is a Trinity. There is only one God. This one God eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. The Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit. The Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son (Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Isaiah 46:9-10; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:17-20; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, 12:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5).
Mankind was created by God in his own image and free from sin. He sinned against God and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death, which is separation from God. As a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature opposed to God and His law, are sinners by choice, and are under condemnation. There is nothing we can do on our own to save ourselves from the penalty of our sin (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:1-7, 3:19, 6:5, 6:12, 8:21; Jeremiah 17:9; John 5:24; Romans 3:9-20, 5:12-19, 6:21-23, 7:13, 8:6-7, 9:22; Ephesians 2:1-3, 2:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; James 1:14-15; 1 John 3:14; Revelation 21:8).
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human. He died as my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin. He physically rose from the dead. He physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (Matthew 1:10, 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 2:52, 24:1-53; John 1:1-4, 1:29, 10:1-18, 14:3; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 12-34; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; Colossians 1:15-20, 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 1:1-3, 9:28; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7).
Those that wish to be saved from their sins and reconciled to God must repent and believe the Gospel. Salvation is only by grace through faith, and not through any of our own works (John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 2:37-38, 4:12, 11:18, 13:38-39, 17:30, 20:21; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).
The Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Christian baptism occurs in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as a sign of a believer’s fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ and of remission of sins. Only believers should be baptized. The Lord's Supper is in no sense a sacrifice, but was instituted by Christ to commemorate his death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a pledge and renewal of their communion with him and with each other. These two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-29, 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:23-31, 12:13).
The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son to bring glory to the Father and the Son, to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, to regenerate sinners, and to sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ, giving spiritual gifts to each of them for the purpose of building up the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ. He is the Seal of our Salvation, the Guarantor of our inheritance in Christ, and an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. We do not believe speaking in tongues is the sign of true salvation (John 14:16-17, 14:26, 15:26, 15:27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9, 8:14-17; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of his kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked (Matthew 16:27, 25:31-46; Mark 14:62; John 5:28-29, 14:3; Acts 1:11, 17:31; Romans 2:6-11; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:1, 4:8; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 4:5, 15:12-28; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 20:11-15).
We believe in monogamous, life-long, heterosexual marriage and oppose all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We also regard as sinful the intent or desire to surgically alter one’s biological sex to a different sex. Since the body is a creation of God, the Church holds sexual identity to be biologically determined, and associated gender norms are to be observed as appropriate to biblical standards. Disagreement with one’s biological sex only leads to spiritual confusion and emotional chaos (Genesis 1:27; Matthew 5:31-32, 19:1-9; Romans 1:26-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 6:18; Ephesians 5:3).
There is a difference between temptation and unrepented sin. Jesus was tempted in all ways as we are, yet He never sinned. Members, employees, volunteers and attendees of the Church wrestling with all manner of sexual temptation will find a Church ready to point them to Jesus and join with them to fight for their obedience to Christ. Jesus called the weary and heavy-laden to Himself. As a church desiring to follow Christ fully, the Church will be a safe place for men and women fighting sexual temptations of all kinds. For those fighting temptation and repenting of sin, the Church will provide love, care and direction (Matthew 11:28-30; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 2:17-18; Hebrews 4:14-16).