Below you will find a few important things for you to know about what we at Woodstock Christian Church believe. If you have any questions about our beliefs, one of our great leaders would be thrilled to treat you to a coffee to share more about our beliefs or answer any of your questions. You can easily contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God created a perfect world, but that world was completely changed when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and brought sin into God’s world. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” That means that all of us, at one point in our lives, became sinners and were separated from God because of those sins. We need a Savior, and Jesus is the only Savior for mankind. We can receive the gift of salvation when we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins, confess that faith publicly, repent of our life of sin and are baptized into Christ for the remission of sin. We are not saved by our works of righteousness, but by the grace of God offered to us through Jesus, His Son. We also understand the importance of the teaching of Scripture that “faith without works is dead” and that a dead faith will not “save anyone.” Christians are called saints in the Bible.
The Bible clearly and repeatedly claims to be inspired by God through the Holy Spirit as men were directed to write it down. Thus the Bible and the Bible alone contains the truth from and about God. That means the Bible and the Bible alone is the final authority for the church and Christians.
The Bible teaches us about God the Father, the almighty creator of the world. It teaches us that Jesus is the eternal Son of God who became flesh when He was born of the virgin. He lived a perfect life and was the perfect sacrifice on the cross for the sins of humanity. God the Father raised His Son Jesus' body from the grave. Jesus is with the Father now and will return for His Church. The Holy Spirit is God. He works through the Word (Bible) to convict people of their sin and righteousness. He dwells in every Christian after baptism.
When a person becomes a Christian they are baptized into Christ, into His Body the Church. The Church is not the building, but the people of faith. The Church is the Bride of Christ, awaiting the coming of Jesus, the Bridegroom, and the return of Jesus to earth. The Church is also the family of God. The Church is here to equip Christians to live for and serve God and Christ in their lives. We are to share the good news of salvation in Christ with all people so they can come to faith in Jesus and be saved. The Church is to also care about physical needs of people in the name of Jesus while we are here on earth to God’s glory. The Church comes together on the Lord’s Day (Sunday) to worship God and remember Jesus through the Lord’s Supper (Communion). We believe the Bible teaches that the elders are to exercise authority over the local congregation.