THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible is God’s Word to mankind. The Bible is a collection of books that are divinely inspired by God, and written by men who were chosen by God for the purpose of revealing his plan for the world. The Bible reveals God’s truth, is completely reliable, and is humankind’s ultimate authority on how to do life. It is our purest form of revelation from God. The Bible is not only relevant today, but also practical and useful in every-day spiritual life.  (Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 4:12; 2nd Timothy; 3:16-17; 1st Peter 1:23-25; 2nd Peter 1:20-21)

 

GOD

We believe in one God as the creator of all things— visible and invisible.  God is perfect and perfectly holy. His holiness is immeasurable, and his  righteousness and goodness are incomprehensible. God has always been and is everlasting. Having existed before the world and having created the universe, he is not bound by distinctions of past or future time, but created time itself. God is not limited to space or circumstances either, and absolutely nothing is beyond His knowledge, understanding, wisdom, power, or control. God is the father of Jesus Christ, and our spiritual father. (1st Kings 8:27, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Psalm 139:7-10, Matthew 28:18-19, Hebrews 1:8, 1 John 1:5; Revelation 1:8, Deuteronomy 6:4; 1st Timothy 1:17, Col. 1:15-16, Ephesians 4:5-6, Psalm 90:2, Deuteronomy 33:27, Jeremiah 10:10, Jude 1:25, Revelation 7:12)

 

SAVIOR

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is the image of God. Jesus was sent to earth by God to die as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. We believe Jesus came into the world supernaturally by virgin birth in order to reveal God’s grace and glory to mankind.  Jesus  is the radiance of God’s glory, and showed us God’s nature. After living a perfect, sinless life, Jesus was killed by crucifixion as a substitute for each one of us. His coming in holiness to stand in the place that we deserve, through His death, was the ultimate reason he came. Jesus rose to life  after three days, ascended to a heavenly place where He is in power with God Almighty. Jesus was fully man yet fully God. He is the head of Praxis and the universal church at large. We believe Jesus loves all people, even beyond our understanding. We also believe in His return—coming in great power, and in His governing rule forever. (Luke 1:26-35, John 1:1-2 & 14; 1 Timothy 3:16; Col 1:13-20; Hebrews 1:1-3, [John 8:58—Exodus 3:14]; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 3:25, 1 Corinthians 1:30, Ephesians 1:7, Daniel 7:13-14)

 

GOD’S PRESENCE

We believe in the presence of God through his invisible Holy Spirit. God can reveal things to us supernaturally through the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that if we follow Jesus’ teachings, He will send the Holy Spirit to dwell with us as the body of Christ. He will also be our helper to carry out those teachings. God can and does reveal Himself to us individually according to (1) his ultimate will and plan, and (2) our desire to ask and seek his Holy Spirit. The power of the Holy Spirit can strengthen our inner self. Our human flesh is inherently opposed to the Holy Spirit. Our flesh—our natural tendencies in thought and action—are mostly contrary to God’s supernatural thoughts and ways and we cannot pursue God’s way on our own, but must seek His Spirit with our own spirit. Just like we can follow the Holy Spirit of God, we can grieve the Spirit. We believe God’s Spirit is with us, empowers us, and has transforming power in the lives of those who seek him.  (Genesis 1:2, Psalm 51:11, Isaiah 63:9-10, Luke 11:5-12, Luke 2:25-27, John 14:15-17, Romans 8:1-16, Romans 15:13 I, Cor. 12:4-11, Gal 5:16-26, Ephesians 3:16, 20)

 

NEED FOR SALVATION

We believe Adam and Eve, as the first man and woman, were created by a direct act of God. Through the Devil’s deception, Adam and Eve chose to disobey God in the beginning. Since that time, all have disobeyed for “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. This is a state of spiritual death from which all of mankind needs salvation.  Due to man’s state of sinfulness, we are unable to attain righteousness by our own efforts and must be redeemed and delivered from that state of death (sin) by the power of the message of Jesus Christ (the Gospel). Although God is perfectly righteous, holy, and good, mankind was merely given the ability to choose good over evil. Since the beginning, mankind has chosen evil over good by disobeying God; therefore, all are under sin. No one is righteous without Christ who bridges the gap between the sin of mankind and the Holiness of God. God dealt with sin through His love for us in sending Christ “who knew no sin” to die a sacrificial death for our sins.  We believe that those who believe in Jesus— and His resurrection from the dead— will be saved upon their confession of that Truth. We believe in a final judgment, which will come after the return of Christ. At this judgment, every person will give an account to God for his or her life.  We will all (believers and unbelievers alike) stand before Christ in the after-life to be judged for our deeds while on earth and paid accordingly. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:4, Genesis 3, Isaiah 40:28, Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 5:12-21, 1 Corinthians 15:3, 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-13, Acts 2:38)

 

BAPTISM

Upon confession of faith in Jesus Christ, the Bible states it is necessary for the believer to undergo water baptism according to the New Testament. After belief in Jesus Christ and his role in your new life, you should be baptized in water. In order to be baptized one simply needs to be assisted by another believing Christian in the following: From a standing position, the new believer is immersed under water momentarily by the other Christian (usually a pastor, but doesn’t have to be), then raised up out of the water. It’s that simple. Baptism is an act of obedience and represents faith in Jesus Christ as we see in the Bible (in the Book of Acts and others). Water baptism by immersion is important because it represents our link to Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Symbolically, we put our sinful life to death, then are buried (immersed into the water), and raised up (out of the water) into a new life. This new life is the beginning of a quest— a quest to transform our lives in moving away from a sinful life towards a loving and forgiving God. This method of baptism by immersion is the clearest form of water baptism in the Bible.  Therefore, because the Bible is clear that baptism is by dunking, and only for believers, (and the Bible is not clear about such for infants) Praxis Community Church does not practice infant baptism. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 1:10, Acts 2:38-41, Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12)

If you have any questions or comments about Praxis’ core beliefs, you can email ryan@praxiscommunitychurch.com or michael@praxiscommunitychurch.com