who we are.

 

What We Believe

The basis of our faith is founded on the Bible. Truth is essential! This is what we believe and it is the core of our values at Red Bank Church of Christ. Imagine the thrill of watching lives renewed as God stirs within us a passion to influence generation after generation through the love of Jesus Christ. Learn more about what we believe....

ABOUT GOD


God is the loving Creator, the one true, holy God. God is eternal, all-loving, all-knowing, and all-powerful. The Bible teaches that God exists in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit -each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes and qualities of deity. In the beginning, God created the world and everything in it. He continues to sustain His creation today by His soverign power.




ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT


A genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ will be seen in the life of a believer by holiness and obedience. The Bible teaches that at the point of salvation, God sends the Holy Spirit to live within all believers and guide them in knowing and understanding the will of God. The Holy Spirit empowers every believer with gifts for encouraging and building up the church. The Bible also teaches that the evidence of the Spirit working in a believer will be a wonderful mix of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.




ABOUT JESUS CHRIST


Jesus Christ is referred to in the Bible as the Son of God. He was and is 100% God in every way. By a miraculous conception and virgin birth He became a man and walked on earth for about 33 years. He lived a life of perfect obedience to God the Father and voluntarily sacrificed his life for the sins of all mankind by dying on the cross as our substitute. After three days in the grave, God raised Him from the dead. He later ascended into heaven, and is now reunited with the Father. Foregiveness of our sins and right relationship with God are found through Him alone. At the end of time, He will come again to bring judgment to those who continue to rebel against God, and eternal life to those who have trusted in Him. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 & John 3:16




ABOUT SALVATION


From the beginning, God desired a relationship with His creation. In the beginning that was possible for Adam & Eve, but when they rebelled and chose to go their own way, they were alienated from God and began to suffer the consequences of that decision. This is often referred to as “the fall of man” because man fell out of that perfect relationship with God. This took place at the very beginning of human history, and all people since have suffered the same consequences for sin. Since it was man who broke the relationship, the only way it can be restored is for God to offer forgiveness. God offers forgiveness through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ. We accept this offer by faith, repentance, confession, and obedience.




THE BIBLE


The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God and that it was written for our instruction and learning. The Bible speaks with the authority of God and at the same time reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the inspired writers. We believe the Bible is the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God. 2 Timothy 3:16 & Psalm 119:105




ABOUT BAPTISM


The book of Acts in the New Testament tells the story of the first generation of Christ followers. As they learned about their sin and the sacrifice of Jesus to be their Savior, people believed the message and began turning to God for salvation. They expressed their faith in two ways: 1. Verbally - they acknowledged their need for a savior and their belief that Jesus was the
way. 2. Baptism - they were immediately baptized. Baptism was a decision and choice made by
believers. Following that practice, we do not baptize infants. Only adults and
children who are old enough to make this decision for themselves are baptized.
Baptism in the Bible was done by immersion - completely covering a person in
water. John 3:16, Romans 10:9, Acts 2:38




ABOUT HUMAN DESTINY


In the Bible we find, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23 and "for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" Romans 6:23. Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body, and a judgment day that will determine the fate of each individual. The Bible teaches that each individual will be judged based on their own actions. Unbelievers - those who have rejected God in this life - will be separated from God forever. Believers will be received into the eternal presence of God and will be rewarded for their faith and obedience.





Church Membership

HOW DO I JOIN RED BANK CHURCH OF CHRIST AS A MEMBER?


At the close of each sermon, we extend an invitation for people to come forward to receive prayer, ask for repentence, counseling, or information about joining our church. At that time, our elders can assist you and gather any necessary information. In general, you can unite with the church in one of the following ways: - A profession of faith in Jesus Christ, followed by a scriptural baptism. - Transfer of membership with a personal history of a scriptural baptism. Of course, the invitation of Christ to become a member of his body is open, not just after a sermon, but all of the time up until he returns to claim his own.




WHY IS CHURCH MEMBERSHIP SO IMPORTANT?


Formal church membership increases a person’s commitment through a shared responsbility with others. More importantly, the Bible encourages believers to “join” their lives together. As we all work to encourage one another and disciple others, let's consider the following verses: Unity and the Body: 1 Corinthians 12:12–31 & Ephesians 4:1-16 No Longer Strangers, but Fellow Citizens: Ephesians 2:11-22
Avoid Forsaking the Assembly: Hebrews 10:25 Leadership: Hebrews: 13:17





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