Beliefs

Torch of Faith believes…

1. The Bible Is True

The Bible is inspired by God and, as it was originally written, is completely true and error-free. It is a fully sufficient and effective guide to how we should live and is the authoritative standard for all beliefs, values and practices. (Deuteronomy 4:2; Joshua 1:6-8; Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 4:11)

2. The Trinity Is Real

There is one holy, everlasting and almighty God existing in the three persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; Leviticus 19:2; Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 1:18-20; 1 Peter 1:2)

3. Humans Are Loved

Humans are God’s prized earthly creation. God designed them in His own image and made them to live in a perfect, harmonious relationship with Him and to reign over the rest of nature. (Genesis 1:26-31; Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3:8)

4. We Are ALL Sinners

Humans chose to abandon God and rebel against God’s values and authority. As a result, creation was plunged into a state of separation from God, resulting in strife, suffering, death and hell. (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Romans 8:20-22; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; 1 John 1:8)

5. God Solves Our Sin Problem, Not Us

Even in the midst of our rebellion, God loved the world so much that he sacrificed his only son, Jesus Christ, as payment for the sins of all people and graciously made that sacrifice available to everyone. (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:1-5; 1 Timothy 2:1-6; 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:2)

6. Jesus Is Straight Up GOD, Just Like He Said He Was

Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on a cross for the sins of humanity, was physically resurrected from the dead, reigns now at the right hand of God the Father and will return to claim His people and judge the world. (Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 1:26-38, 57-80; John 20:1-18; Romans 1:4-5; Romans 6:5; Ephesians 1:20-22; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; 1 Peter 2:22)

7. Everybody Needs Jesus

The only way for humans to be saved from the consequences of their rebellion against God is to lay aside any claims to self-righteousness or self-sufficiency and to place their trust fully in the sacrifice Jesus made by willingly submitting to Jesus as their Lord and Savior forever. (Luke 9:23-26; John 1:12; John 3:16; John 12:32; John 14:6; Romans 1:16-20; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 4:10; James 2:14, 17, 19, 20)

8. The Church Isn’t A Place, It’s A People

The true church is composed of all those individuals who have appropriately committed their lives to Jesus Christ and have consequently received the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 2:11-22; 1 Peter 2:4-10)

9. The Mission Is Disciples

The mission of the true church is to go throughout the whole world and lead all who are willing into a mature relationship with Jesus Christ through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 9:23-26; Acts 2:37-47; 1 Peter 4:10-11)

10. The Proof Is In The Fruit

The mature church of Jesus Christ is characterized by an intimate relationship with God, resulting in conformity to God’s character, perspectives and values. As a result, the mature church lives out God’s truth, love and power in a way that impacts the world. (Matthew 22:37-38; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4:11-15; Acts 2:37-47; 1 Peter 1:15-16)

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