What We Believe
Our beliefs are our heartbeat. They are what moves One21 Church in Spirit and action throughout the week. All of our beliefs are rooted in who God is and what he has done through Christ. Here are the basics summarized.
Also provided is a PDF of our Statement of Faith section from the One21 Covenant Partnership document if you'd like a fuller sense of what moves One21.
We believe the Holy Scripture is the word of God: the story of Jesus Christ and his gospel. Scripture is the final authority for faith and life, and is inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed in the original writings. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Luke 24.27; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13)
About the Godhead
The One True God has eternally existed in a loving community of three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in essence and nature, co-equal in power and glory, with the same attributes and perfections. This Trinity of Persons has been perfectly and eternally blessed, and therefore, needs nothing outside of themselves. God’s purpose in creation and redemption arises out of this Trinitarian Community (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Acts 17.24-25; Ephesians 1.3-14)
The Godman. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful man.(John 1:1-2, 14, 18; Luke 1:35)
The Savior. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his sinless life, meeting all of our obligations before God, and by his death on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice, bearing the penalty for our failure to meet those obligations. Our justification is made sure by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead. By his work on the cross, all that is necessary for the salvation of his people has been accomplished, leaving no room or need for human additions. (Romans 3:24; 2 Corinthians 5.21; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Romans 3.25-28)
The King. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our high priest, he continues to represent us, pray for us, and plead our case before his Father. (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)
About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, judgment, and that he is the supernatural agent in regeneration. He applies the benefits of Christ’s death to Christ’s people by baptizing all believers into the body of Christ. He mediates the presence of God by indwelling all believers. And he guarantees our salvation by sealing believers unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18; 1.13-14)
We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam's sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God, and brought God’s curse upon the entire created order. As a result, our world is broken, and we experience misery in this life. Because of the pervasive and perverse character of sin we are utterly unable to remedy our lost condition, and God is under no obligation to do so. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:23; 5:12; 8.20; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)
1) Justification. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to mankind by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on the cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. Salvation begins in justification, when God, by his grace, credits us with all the righteousness of his Son, Jesus. This is good news—gospel. (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
2) Progressive Sanctification. We believe that God continues his gracious work of salvation in believers, helping them to make progress in overcoming their sin, and renewing them to be more like the Lord Jesus in practice. Though we are involved in this process, it is not a result of our works, but comes as the Holy Spirit more deeply impresses the reality of our gracious justification on our hearts, enabling us to joyfully obey him. (Philippians 2.14; Romans 6.11-14; Ephesians 4.20-24; Galatians 3.2-6)
3) Glorification. We believe that God’s goal in our salvation is to glorify Jesus by conforming us to his image. In this life, our progress is never complete. But when Jesus returns we will be made perfectly like him in body, soul, and mind. (Romans 8.29-30; Philippians 1.6; 1 John 3.2-3)