What We Believe

We are occasionally asked about the kinds of things we believe.  The core beliefs below address a few of the common questions people have who are initially interested in The Branch.

God

There is one God, eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 8, Ephesians 1:13-14)

Bible

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, and therefore the final authority in our understanding of God and life.
(2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:19-21)

Humanity

God created human beings in His image for the purpose of living in an intimate relationship with Him. Through our sin, though, we are separated from an intimate relationship with God.
(Acts 17:24-28, Isaiah 59:1-2)

Salvation

God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to restore us through His life, death upon the cross, burial and resurrection. Salvation is a free gift of God received through faith and expressed through confession, repentance, and baptism.
(1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Romans 1:16-17; 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9, John 3:16, Acts 2:38)

Transformation

God not only wants to save us, He wants to transform us into His image as revealed in Jesus Christ. Transformation is initiated by salvation, sustained by God’s grace, and gathers momentum as our will is brought into ever-increasing alignment with God’s will.
(Philippians 2:12, Romans 12:1-2)

The Church

The church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit to reach those separated from God and mature those who have been restored to God through Christ.
(Ephesians 4:1-16)

Eternity

Christ will one day return, final judgment will be rendered, the image of God will be completely restored within us, and we will reign with Christ forever.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 John 3:2)

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