What We Believe
What we believe defines who we are. But we welcome those who are not sure what they believe and even those who may disagree with us. We're happy to listen, to answer questions, and to be challenged by other perspectives.
Here are some key truths that define what Refuge Church is all about:
The Scripture: All scripture (aka the Bible) is inspired by God. Since He is perfect, His word is trustworthy and without error. Thus the Bible is our final authority for faith and life.
God. There is only one God, who is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love. He created the universe and all of us. He exists in three persons- the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- each of whom possesses all the qualities of God.
Humanity. God created us in His image, to reflect His love and goodness. But we have chosen to disobey His instructions, bringing sin into the world. Our sinfulness separates us from God because He is perfect and blameless. There is nothing we can do on our own to make things right with God again.
Jesus Christ. Because God the Father loves us, He sent his Son to earth to bridge the chasm between sinful people and Himself. Jesus was God in the flesh, fully God yet fully human. He lived the life that we should have lived (without sin) and paid the penalty for our sins that we could not pay- dying on a cross. But He rose from the dead, giving us hope for eternal life with Him.
Salvation. Unlike every other religion that teaches that we must earn our way up to God, Christianity teaches that God came down to us. We cannot earn salvation, only respond in obedient faith in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross. The Father then declares us righteous, not because of our own actions, but because of the righteousness of the Son. We now can call him "Father" and enjoy His company forever.
The Holy Spirit. God does not leave us to fend for ourselves, but sends the Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of Christ followers. He reveals truth to us, strengthens us in trials, helps us to grow spiritually, and ensures our salvation on the day when Jesus returns to judge all people and establish His eternal kingdom.
The Church. All true Christ followers make up the church worldwide and should meet together regularly in local churches for worship, prayer, fellowship, and teaching. The church is a community where we love and support each other, as Christ does for us. We are his means for sharing the wonderful truth about Jesus and salvation with people without hope.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)