Who We Are
The Bible is God's Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and Christian living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Genesis 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19;1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:1)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15;1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
(2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12;1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
Man is made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates man from God.
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith.
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5;Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
Once we have placed our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior, baptism is the next step on our journey with God. Baptism is not an action necessary for salvation, but is an outward expression of what God is doing in and through us. The original Greek word "Baptizo" used in the New Testament means to dip, immerse, or submerge. At Connect, we baptize by immersion because of the example Jesus and His disciples set in Scripture.
(Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:26-40; Romans 6:4; Ephesians 2:8-9)
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.
(John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 10:10-14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
Table of Mercy
Table of Mercy is the name by which Connect Church refers to the Lord’s Supper or communion. All who are Christ-followers, having placed their faith and trust in Jesus as Savior, are welcome to participate. We believe the bread and cup are elements symbolic of Jesus’ body and blood broken and shed for us for the remission of sin. Connect celebrates the Table of Mercy regularly in obedience to Jesus’ command to “do this in remembrance of Me”.
(Matthew 26:26-27; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30)
We believe the term "marriage" has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
(Genesis 2:22-25, Matthew 19:3-6)
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between one man and one woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one man and one woman.
(Fornication, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 6:18, 7:2, 10:8, 2 Corinthians 12:21,Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Jude 1:7, Revelation 2:14)
We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one's sex, is sinful and contrary to God's Word.
(Exodus 20:14, Leviticus 18:22-23, Leviticus 20:13, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:10, Hebrews 13:4)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly.
(James 3:1, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 2 Timothy 2:1-5, 15, Titus 1:5-9)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake any sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
(Romans 3:23, I John 1:9)
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church.
(John 13:34-35, Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 16:14, Colossians 3:12-15, Hebrews 13:1, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 John 3:16, 4:7-8)
The Elders of Connect Church reserve the right to grant or deny performing the marriage of or allowing the use of the Connect Church facility for weddings in situations wherein the couple is not marrying according to God's Word or in agreement with the definition of "marriage" herein.