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About Our Faith

Here's what we believe at Denen Grace Church

What we believe

 

Denen Grace Church's Statement of Faith is a summary of our beliefs. Our theology is not innovative. Anyone familiar with historic Christian doctrine will find that these statements fall in the center of reformed Protestant theology.

​We have absolutely no connection with the Unification Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, or Mormon Church groups in Japan.

What we believe is rooted in the Word of God. We try not to be dogmatic about matters on which Bible-based believers have had differing views. We want our core beliefs to be centered in Christ and His message as supported by the clearest passages of Scripture. Less clear doctrine with less support is left to an individual’s personal conscience as he feels led by the Holy Spirit.

The following is a summary of our beliefs concerning the Bible, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Mankind, Salvation, the Church, and Eternity.

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​Bible

The Bible is the Word of God to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of faith in Christ and of truth for living. For the Bible was written by divine inspiration, and there is no mixture or error of any kind in it, for it is the eternal and only truth.

​God

God is the creator and ruler of the universe. God exists eternally and has three divine persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God exists eternally in three Godheads: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three Godheads are the same and the only God.

​Mankind

Mankind was created in the spiritual image of God and made in His likeness. Man is the highest of God's creations. Man has the potential to do good, but his entire existence was compromised by sin. Adam sinned, and in Adam the whole human race became sinners. Man will be justly judged by eternal judgment and is totally helpless against salvation from sin and can do nothing by his own wisdom, his own efforts.

​Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God to humanity. A person cannot atone for his sins by his own efforts or good deeds. Only by believing in Jesus Christ, the Savior provided by the God of forgiveness, can one be saved from sin and its penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one believes in and accepts Jesus Christ as Savior by faith.

​Jesus

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is equal to the Father. The Lord Jesus came into the world as a Savior, lived a perfectly sinless life as a perfect human being, and offered His own life as a sacrifice to God in full payment for the sins of all men by dying on the cross. The Lord Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after His death on the cross to manifest His power over sin and death. He was then taken up to heaven in glory, but He will return once more to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.

​Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit also dwells, teaches, and guides all Christians from the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit gives wisdom and power to the Christian to live humanly, to understand biblical truths, and to lead him to right conduct. Christians seek to live under the control of the Holy Spirit daily.

​Eternity

Mankind was created to exist eternally. One is either eternally separated from God by sin or reconciled to God through forgiveness and salvation, which is provided through faith in the CALIUM by the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. Hell is a place of eternal separation from God. The heavenly kingdom, prepared for those who are given eternal life through faith, is a place where one is completely reconciled to God, completely free from sin, and lives with God forever. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.

​Church

The Church is composed of all Christians. The Church is the body and bride of Christ, formed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Church has two phases: the worldwide "synodal Church" and the local Church. The communion church is the flock or assembly of Christians who, through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, have been made partakers of the Body of Christ. The mission of the church is to carry the testimony of its head, Jesus Christ, and its gospel to all nations. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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Apostles' Creed

 

 

We blend the Apostles' Creed into our worship service from time to time. It is a historic church confession that summarizes the above beliefs:

 

"I believe in God, the Creator of the whole earth and the Father Almighty. I believe in his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. He was born of the Virgin Mary, was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, was buried, descended to the grave, rose from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there He comes and judges the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe in a holy and common church, in the fellowship of saints, in the forgiveness of sins, in the resurrection of the body, and in eternal life. Amen.​"

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