What We Believe

 
  • God is bigger and better and closer than we can imagine.
  • The Bible is God’s perfect guidebook for living.
  • Jesus is God showing himself to us.
  • Through His Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us now.
  • Nothing in creation “just happened.” God made it all.
  • Grace is the only way to have a relationship with God.
  • Faith is the only way to grow in our relationship with God.
  • God has allowed evil to provide us with a choice, God can bring good even out of evil events and God promises victory over evil to those who choose him.
  • Heaven and hell are real places. Death is a beginning, not the end.
  • The church is to serve people like Jesus served people.
  • Jesus is coming again.

Our Faith Statement

Faith in the completed work of Christ is an essential element of who and what we are at Second Chance Church. As the writer of Hebrews said: ” . . . without faith it is impossible to please God . . .” (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is never complete in and of itself; it must be directed toward an object, an idea, or an individual.

Therefore, at Second Chance Church we have endeavored to clarify our faith through the following statement of faith.

1. About God
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.

Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

2. About Jesus Christ
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 people 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 someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

John 1:1, 14; Luke 1:26-38; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 6:19; Romans 3:24; Hebrews 8:1; Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 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

3. About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of 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. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

Acts 5:3,4; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 4:30; Ephesians 5:18; Titus 3:5

4. About the Bible
The Holy Spirit inspired human authors to write the books of the Bible. It is God’s letter to all of humanity and is the final authority in every issue it communicates. It is complete truth, and we can trust it for all matters in this life and eternity.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; John 10:35; Matthew 5:18
 
5. About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:26,27; 5:2; Psalm 8:3-8; 139:14; John 3:3-8; 4:24; Acts 17:26,27; Romans 7:14-25

6. About Salvation
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith.

Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Galatians 3:13, 14; Romans 10:13-15; Titus 2:11-14; John 14:6, 1:12; Romans 5:1

7. About Eternity
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is to spend eternity in a place called Hell. Man was not made for Hell, but it is reserved as a place of judgment for those who refuse to trust Christ for forgiveness. To be eternally with God forever is eternal life in Heaven.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9

8. About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is offered by grace, and 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 us this security. What God has saved, can not be “lost”.

John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

9. Satan
We believe in the existence and operating power of a real being opposed to all righteousness and exalting himself against all that God is and has. This evil one is called Satan or the Devil.

Job 1:6-9, 12; Luke 10:18; Luke 22:3, 31; Acts 5:3; Revelation 20:2

10. The Church
The Bible tells us that the church is the body of Christ in the world today. The Bible refers to the church in two separate ways. The first is often referred to as “The Universal Church” which is every believer in all times in all places that have trusted Christ. We accept this understanding. However, the Bible only refers to the church in this light on four occasions. Every other reference is the a local body of baptized believers. The local church is a group of believers, gathered together for the purposes of worship, fellowship, ministry, evangelism, and discipleship. In matters of administration and policy, it is self-governing under the Lordship of Christ.

Matthew 16:15-19; Acts 4:32; Romans 12:4,5; Ephesians 2:19-22; Colossians 1:18

11. Second Coming of Christ
God, in His own time and His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ, will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness.

Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 9:28