Statement of Faith
A Christ Walk Church
We believe that the full, final and Ultimate authority is the Bible,
in its original form, which was written by men acting as God's instruments.
There is only One Living, True, Holy God, Who exists as the Trinity of
the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father created and maintains the
universe. The Son, Jesus, was born of the virgin Mary, lived a mortal
existence, during which He taught and demonstrated Christian lessons.
He was betrayed, crucified, died and was buried, and arose on the third
day. He is now in Heaven, where He awaits us. His physical death was
the instrument of atonement for our sins, which allows us access to
the path to Heaven. He will someday return to complete God's plan
for the world.
Salvation is necessary because of the Original Sin of Adam and Eve.
Salvation is only available by Grace of God through Faith in Jesus
Christ Alone. The Holy Spirit is present to help us both in this
(justification) and in the following continuous Christian development
(sanctification), to be fully prepared to be in the presence of God.
All who are Saved become part of the Church, the living Body of Jesus.
Jesus instructed all Christians to observe two sacraments, Baptism
and Holy Communion (or the Lord's Supper or the Eucharist.)
(With Scriptural References)
The Epistle of James generally emphasizes that good
works issue FROM faith. In the 1500s, Martin Luther was concerned that
it might instead suggest that works were necessary requirements FOR
faith, but that was clearly incorrect. Some of what Luther was concerned
the references that faith
without good works still resulted in a dead soul. These did NOT
contradict the faith alone concept, but just confirmed that we are
supposed to LIVE and DEMONSTRATE Christ's teachings, not merely
This point is a central goal of A Christ Walk Church
(particularly James 1:22-26).
James is definitely supportive of
justification by faith alone. Of course, Romans 1-4 and
Galatians 3-4 present this justification by faith alone in a
more straightforward manner, with the rest of Romans suggesting
the effects and implications on us.
- The Bible
The Ultimate Authority is the Bible (Original Scripture).
I Thess. 2:13;
Our Church looks to the Bible as the full, final and ultimate authority
on all matters of Faith
Therefore, we fully study and follow all the teachings included in
both the Old and New Testaments.
II Pet. 3:15-16;
We believe that the Bible in its entirety
originated with God, through chosen men who were His instruments
in transcribing and assembling His Words.
(II Tim. 3:16-17;
II Pet. 1:20-21;
I Cor. 2:12-13;
Those men each wrote in the words and literary style of their
societies and times. We believe that the Bible is infallible and
inerrant in its original manuscripts.
We believe that there is One
I Cor. 8:4;
I Pet. 1:15-16)
God. He exists as the Trinity,
I John 14:9;
II Cor. 3:17-18)
simultaneously and eternally in Three Persons - Father,
and Holy Spirit
II Cor. 13:14;
- each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity.
The Father created,
over our physical universe.
The Son is Jesus Christ,
Who was sent to Earth in bodily form to enable us to better
understand His Love and Grace, and to show us the Way to
eternal fellowship with the Father. The Holy Spirit daily
assists us in learning ultimate truths by indwelling believers'
bodies and thereby joining those believers into the
Jesus is the Second Person of the Trinity.
He was Born of Mary by virgin birth
as God's only Son.
He lived and experienced human childhood, adolescence
and early adulthood as a mortal human.
(II Cor. 8:9;
This experience forever united Him with humanity.
I Cor. 15:22;
I Pet. 2:22;
II Cor. 5:21;
He then experienced spiritual incarnation and began His ministry.
He demonstrated perfect behavior for us by His examples of
words and actions.
I Cor. 15:22;
I Pet. 2:21-22;
II Cor. 5:21;
He was Crucified and Died to Atone for
the sins of all who choose to follow His Way.
(I Pet. 2:24;
II Cor. 5:21)
His physical death was a
substitution for the spiritual death of His followers.
This established that following His Way
("belief in Jesus as Savior") is the ONLY way of having His
accomplish Salvation for a Christian. He was then Resurrected
and arose bodily on the third day.
I Cor. 15:3-5)
He ascended to Heaven,
where He is now and forever.
He is the ONLY Mediator between God and Christians,
(I John 2:23;
I Tim. 2:5-6)
continually making intercession for
His own. Some day, He will again come back to us to consummate
God's eternal plan. At that time, He will bring a Final
Judgment to evaluate all humanity, to establish each individual's
future existence in Heaven or Hell.
- Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity. On a daily
basis, the Spirit is in the earthly world, interacting with all
and those who aspire to Christianity, to present and
continually confirm the ultimate truths of Christian
existence and Scripture, as Helper,
Whenever a person desires to pursue a Christian Walk, the
Holy Spirit will stay continually near at hand to help the
individual's soul be saved.
Once individuals are saved, the Spirit indwells in those
individuals to maintain salvation.
I Cor. 14:12;
I Cor. 14:26;
I John 3:8b)
These efforts of
the Holy Spirit enable a human to find the correct path to
achieve eternal fellowship with God in Heaven. The Holy
Spirit therefore lives in all those who believe in Him by faith.
(I Cor. 2:12;
II Cor. 1:22;
I John 4:13;
I Cor. 3:6;
I Cor. 2:10;
I Cor. 5:5)
The Spirit uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the
ongoing building of the body of the Church.
(I Cor. 12:7-11;
I Cor. 14:1;
I Cor. 14:5;
I Thess. 5:19-21)
The Spirit makes it possible for the believer to
lead a life of Christ-like character.
I Cor. 4:20)
Salvation is available by Grace of God through
Faith in Jesus Christ Alone.
The beliefs of A Christ Walk Church should NOT be construed to
mean that salvation is available through just behaving in a
Christian manner and doing "good works". We believe that
salvation is only available by the Grace of God as a result of
II Tim. 2:25;
and Faith in Jesus, in a traditional Christian manner.
The "good works" ARE A RESULT of the
Christian behavior which Jesus demonstrated and which we honor
and glorify. In addition, as a RESULT of our salvation and the
ensuing "good works" we do as Christian behavior, we
will be rewarded in Heaven.
Salvation is necessary for each human
because of "the Fall" of Adam and Eve,
in their defying of His rules in the Garden of
Eden by listening to Satan.
A result of this Fall was that all their descendants are
equally imperfect at following His laws and Commandments,
I Cor. 15:22;
and are therefore incapable of fellowship with God.
We are each therefore in
need of the saving Grace of God for our individual salvations.
This salvation is entirely a result of God's saving Grace
II Cor. 3:14-17;
in response to our individual repentance
II Tim. 2:25)
and Faith in Jesus
Christ, and NOT as a result of human works or goodness.
- The Church
Each person who is spiritually saved by the Grace of God in
response to repentance and Faith in Jesus, becomes a member
(I Cor. 12:27)
of His living body,
the church. The one,
(I Cor. 3:16-17)
I Cor. 1:2;
I Pet. 2:9-10)
is very broad, and includes
all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Scripture commands that believers meet for
prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of baptism
(I Cor. 11:23-26)
as sacramental ordinances established by Jesus
Christ, fellowship, service to the body through the development
and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world.
Wherever God's people meet in obedience to this command, there
is local expression of the church.
Members of these local
churches are neither perfect or sinless,
but continually strive
to use the Holy Spirit to grow. A result of this growth is
the greater expression of His love, peace, joy, and the other
Christ-like qualities. The outreach efforts should include
preliminary steps to first encourage Trust in Him and His
followers. After this trust is established, belief in Him and
obeyance to Him is possible and can be pursued more directly.
Members of the church should work at maturing in their individual
by learning the Word, by participating in Fellowship with
other believers, and discipling to others to grow the
The church is God's Hope for the world.
- Consistent Christian Behavior and Thoughts
Salvation is by Grace through Faith alone.
Then, AS A RESULT OF THIS SALVATION and the new indwelling
presence of the Holy Spirit, "good works" will naturally
Jesus gave us numerous examples and lessons on appropriate thoughts
and behavior while He was with us on Earth. By following His
examples, we more closely Walk in His path.
(I Peter 2:21;
I Peter 2:12)
In addition, as a RESULT of our salvation, we naturally do
"good works" which will be rewarded in Heaven.
Our congregation is filled with His love, and the effects of
the Holy Spirit's effect of the members just "spill over"
onto others and are seen as good deeds and attitudes.
This situation also makes for
great happiness and fulfillment in our members.
All humans will experience a physical death. Then there will
be a resurrection of each body into the spiritual world, followed
by a judgment
that will determine the ultimate fate of each individual.
Unbelievers will be condemned to Hell and therefore separated from
Believers will be received into
eternal communion with God, in Heaven, and will be rewarded
for works done during the mortal life. The fate of each
believer is existence in an environment that is the ultimate
Heaven for each of them individually.
We believe that Scripture is the final authority of all
matters of faith and practice. Where Scripture is silent, we
believe that the Holy Spirit will aid each individual to
identify proper thoughts and actions. The individual and God
may be the only ones truly aware of the motivation of the
individual's actions, and that pair will ultimately be
responsible for determining the consequences of those actions.
Human witnessing of the good and bad in human behavior, including
by clergy, is unnecessary. (It is not necessary to "play to
an audience" to have positive character aspects noticed by the Lord.)
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