What We Believe

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Fresh Start Upstate Core Beliefs


Salvation & Redemption

Romans 3:23-25 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

We believe that salvation is by the sovereign grace of God

  • That by the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a propitiatory death
  • That justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • That those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and ultimately perfected in the image of the Lord

Baptism

We believe in the BAPTISM (baptizo, means to immerse in water) by the immersion of one's physical body into the water. This is a symbolization of a "Fresh Start" in Christ Jesus which testifies to:

The Testimonies of Baptism

1. The Death of Jesus Christ

2. The Burial of Jesus Christ

3. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The Godhead (Trinity)

We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

The Testimonies of Jesus Christ

We believe in the absolute and essential deity of our Lord Jesus Christ

  • In His eternal existence, with the Father in pre-incarnate glory
  • In His work of creation, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, and bodily resurrection
  • In His triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the absolute and essential deity, and in the personality of the Holy Spirit

  • Who convinces of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment
  • Who regenerates, indwells, seals, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ
  • Who baptizes believers at conversion into the Body of Christ and bestows upon them His gifts sovereignly as He wills and fills those yielded to Him

Sacraments

What's a Sacrament? A Sacrament (holy, or consecrated) is known as a ceremony Jesus Christ instituted during biblical times, and observed by the local Church as a sign of visible Grace.

The Last Supper Luke 22:19-22

Eucharist (Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper)- The Eucharist is the greatest expression of God's LOVE, for MANKIND. It offers two symbols the BREAD and WINE

(“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”) Luke 22:19 NIV which represents the BODY of Christ and the CUP which represents His shed Blood ("This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.") Luke 22:17 NIV

Our benefits Partaking in the Eucharist

1. Health and Restoration

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 NIV

2. Wholeness (mind, body, & soul)
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 5:23 NIV

3. We Proclaim His Death

We proclaim His death through the participation of the Eucharist.

Bible

We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God.

  • That the 66 books of the Old and New Testament were inspired by the Spirit of God as originally written
  • That the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct 2 Timothy 3:16

Mankind

We believe that Adam was divinely created in the image of God

  • That by the sin of disobedience he fell from that state
  • That all his posterity inherited spiritual depravity and defilement
  • That all men, therefore, are guilty before God and condemned to physical and spiritual death