What we believe at Oceans Unite about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church.
The entire Bible is the inspired, only infallible and authoritative Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). All scripture is God-breathed and the Holy Spirit revealed to the authors what He wanted written (Acts 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:16 ; 2 Peter 1: 20,21). It is important to keep in mind that the Scripture is of Divine origin and is the revelation of God to man.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are co-equal and co-eternal, having precisely the same nature and attributes. (Matthew 3:16,17 ; Matthew 28:19,20 ; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3,4 ; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
God, the Father, is the Father of all in a creative sense, but only those who have received Jesus Christ can be called His children in a redemptive sense. He is the Father of all Christians in a special, personal and intimate relationship (Malachi. 2:10; Acts 17:28; John 1:12,13 ; 8:41-44; 17:3; 20:17)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died as a substitute for us and that the only means of being cleansed from sin and to be saved is through repentance and faith in the redemptive work of Jesus. (Acts 2:38-39).
We believe in the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:4). He ascended into heaven and His present life is as our High Priest. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, the third Person of the Holy Trinity, distinct from the Father and the Son and possesses a full, distinct personality. (John 14:16, 26; 16:7,8; Acts13:2,4)
God created humankind in His own image, but that image has been marred by sin. Humankind was given a free will and through Satan's temptation sinned, thereby incurring the penalty of death, both physical and spiritual. All have sinned- therefore humankind is lost in a sinful state, fallen from original righteousness (Isaiah 53:6; Rom 3:9-12,23;1 Corinthians 15:21,22)
Salvation is by grace, the free gift of eternal life from God to all those who believe in Christ. It is received by faith in the crucified and risen Savior, resulting in the supernatural work of the new birth, which is essential to make the repentant sinner a new creation in Christ Jesus and a child of God. (Ephesians 2:8,9; Gal 3:26; 10:9,10 ; 2 Corinthians 7:20; 5:17; John 3:3-5,16; 1:12,13; 1 John 5:1).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ appointed two ordinances namely The Lord's Supper, also known as Communion (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) and the Baptism by immersion in water. (Matthew 28:19)
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, empowering and equipping believers for service with the accompanying supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
The Scriptures demand a life of holiness. Believers are called to separation and consecration unto God (1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13; Hebrews 12:14).
We believe that the one true Church is the whole company of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ (Revelation 5:9-10). We believe that Divine healing and deliverance from bondage forms an integral part of the Gospel (Acts 5:16).
Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and the Bible describes it in different terms, for example: the Body of Christ, His bride, the family of God, the building and habitation of God. (Ephesians 1:22,23; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25-27;3:15) Only the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the repentant sinner qualifies one for membership in the body of Christ (Acts 2:38-41,47; Ephesians 2:13,18,19).
The ascended Christ has given various ministries to the Church – apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers – these are essential to equip the saints for the work of ministry and to build up the body of Christ.
The devil is a fallen being cast down from heaven because of his transgression. He is the real enemy of Christians; and together with his demons seek to deceive, tempt, afflict, oppress and destroy humankind. The believer, however, has been given authority over them in the name of Jesus Christ. (John 8:44; Luke 10:17-20; Acts 10:38; Ephesians 6:11,12; James 4:7; 1 Pet 5:8,9; 1 John 3:8).
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