STATEMENT OF FAITH
The BibleWe believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. They were written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, with the result that Scripture is God’s Word—entirely true and without error in the original writings. They are the supreme and final authority for Christian beliefs and living. We further believe that the focus of all Scripture is the person and work of Jesus Christ. ( 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:11, 89, 105, 160; Jude 3; Romans 15:4; Titus 1:1-3 )
GodWe believe there is one living and true God, who is the Creator, Preserver, Redeemer and Ruler of the universe. He is infinitely perfect in every way and eternally exists as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (in a relationship known as the Trinity). We believe these three are one God and each possesses fully the nature, attributes and perfections of deity. ( Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 6:1- 3; 40:12-28; 45:5-7; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 28:19; Acts 17:24-25; Romans 11:33-36; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 3:20 )
Jesus ChristWe believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary—a miraculous process by which he received a human body and a sinless human nature. He is fully God and fully human in one person. We believe He lived a sinless life of perfect obedience to the law of God. Through His death on the cross, He made provision for the salvation of sinful people. We believe He was raised from the dead with a glorified body, ascended into heaven where He rules over the universe and prays for His people, and will one day return visibly to earth. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 24:14-43; John 1:1, 14; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:15-22; 2:9; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 7:25; 1 Peter 2:21-24)
Holy SpiritWe believe that the Holy Spirit comes to live in those who are “reborn” as God’s children. The Holy Spirit acts in many ways including by the giving of spiritual gifts, empowering the life of every believer, revealing spiritual truth, convicting of sin and drawing the lost to Christ. We also believe the Spirit inspired the scripture and fuels the mission of the church. The Holy Spirit empowers believers to overcome the power of sin and transforms us into the likeness of Christ. (John 10:28- 29; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 1:8; 2:12; 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:16)
The Human Condition and SalvationWe believe that God created mankind in His own image and for His glory as the crowning work of His creation. However, man sinned against God and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. This spiritual death has been transmitted to the entire human race (except for Christ) with the result that every person is born into the world with a sinful nature that rebels against God and is under His condemnation. (Genesis 1:26-28; 3; Ps. 8:3-8; 14:1- 3; 51:5; Isaiah 59:2; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:12; 19; 6:23; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1-3)
We believe that those who are truly born again will be protected by God’s power and steadfastly continue in their Christian life until the end. (Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 5:23-24; Jude 24) We also believe the incredibly good news found in the Bible that those who turn from their sin and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior become spiritually new people who are declared “not guilty” for their sin and receive the gift of eternal life. This salvation is acquired through faith alone, apart from any good or religious works, and is based entirely on the death of Jesus Christ on the cross as their substitute.
We believe that Christ’s resurrection demonstrated God’s full acceptance of his death as payment for sin and foreshadows the final resurrection of all believers. (John 3:16, 18, 36; 14:6; Romans 4:25; 5:1, 6-9; 6:23; 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 21; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 1:13-14; Titus 3:5)
The ChurchWe believe in the one, universal Church made up of all who have trusted Christ, who is Head of the Church, which is His body. We also believe in the local church, which is an autonomous, geographically-local congregation of baptized believers who gather for worship, spiritual growth, service, fellowship and observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The local church operates under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and is governed by pastors/elders who are assisted by deacons. It grows as each member serves the body using the spiritual gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit, resulting in maturity, unity and glory to God. Christ has commissioned the church and its individual members to spread the Gospel throughout the world. (Matthew 16:16-19; 28:18- 20; Acts 2:41-47; 20:28; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:20-21; 4:11-16; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Timothy 3)
We believe that the Lord Jesus has given the local church two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. All who have received Christ as Savior should be baptized by immersion as a symbolic testimony to their participation in the death and resurrection of Christ. Likewise, believers should regularly partake of the Lord’s Supper as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s death and as a testimony of our fellowship with Him and our unity as the body of Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
The Last DaysWe believe that at God’s appointed time, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly to the earth and establish His kingdom. We believe in the bodily resurrection of believers and unbelievers. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated forever from God in a place of everlasting punishment because of their rejection of Jesus Christ. Believers, in their resurrected bodies, will live in God’s glorious presence as they worship and serve Him forever. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 14:3; Acts 1:6- 11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Hebrews 9:27-28; 2 Peter 3:7-13; Revelation 20-22)
MarriageWe believe that marriage is a picture of Christ’s relationship with the Church and that the relationship between husband and wife should reflect the covenant relationship of Christ and the Church. We believe the word “marriage” means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife. Marriages outside of these parameters will not be performed by church ministers or on church property. (Matthew 5; Colossians 3; Song of Solomon; Ephesians 5)
Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, Broken Chains Freedom Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Further, the Pastors / Elders and staff of Broken Chains Freedom Church shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. Finally, the facilities and property of Broken Chains Freedom church shall only host weddings between one man and one woman.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.)
Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Broken Chains Freedom 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 Broken Chains Freedom Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.) We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines Broken Chains Freedom Church.
Sanctity of Human LifeWe believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps 139.)
Final Authority for Matters of Belief and ConductThe statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Broken Chains Freedom Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Elders are Broken Chains Freedom Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.