Faith is simple: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" Hebrews 11: 1. What are these things we hope for, and what is this evidence of things not seen? Well, it may be simple but it is not simplistic. We believe the Bible is God’s Word for humanity; the one book on planet earth sharing God’s grand story for us revealed through the pattern of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. That is, God created everything, humanity caused chaos to fall into chaos, God redeems through Jesus Christ, and one day Jesus is coming back to restore his people along with all heaven and creation! All this is GOOD news, and Christians have faith that this all is true.
Christians are those who believe in this story because the story of redemption centers around Jesus and his message known as the Gospel. The Gospel is about God’s redeeming plan to save a broken people through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Good News is good because Jesus came as the King of kings and Lord of lords; he had the credentials, character, ability, power, and humility to serve as our Savior. The Good News can be summarized in a number of ways. If the news were to be plastered on the front page of a newspaper, it could be something like: “The exectuted King is Alive and Rules Today!”
This announcement begins with who Jesus is and what he has accomplished. The Gospel does not begin with us, although it directly impacts us. The Gospel is an announcement that the King arrived 2,000 years ago, born in a stable and lived out a ministry that constantly pointed to a new Kingdom. The world did not understand his rule. Consequently, due to envy, greed, pride, ignorance, and hatred, Jesus was executed by crucified. He was mocked as a king with a crown made up of thorns. As Jesus hung to the cross, the crime was written on a piece of wood above his head, “Jesus, King of the Jews.” The authorities made sure the crime was written in different languages so every one would know how ridiculous this mockery of a king looked. Jesus died and was placed in a tomb.
On the third day, Jesus was raised from the dead. The King still had the scars in his hands, feet and side. The blood stripes were still observable on his back. But rather than a mocked and dead king, Jesus marched out of the tomb victorious over our sin, brokenness, evil, and death itself!
The Beliefs of Resurrection Life Church
Resurrection Life part of a denomination called the Christian Reformed Church of North America. This denomination has about 250,000 members throughout United States and Canada. The beliefs in the Christian Reformed Church are rooted in the Bible. The creeds and confessions are from the reformed tradition intended to help us understand and give shape to what the Bible says about what we believe.
For an overview of what we believe, click here.
For positions on particular social issues, click here.
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Canons of Dort
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