CORE BELIEFS

1) GOD IS TRINITY

There is one God[1] who eternally identifies Himself as triune[2], as the Father[3], as Jesus[4] Christ, and as the Holy Spirit.[5]

.       God’s Life As Trinity – If we were to use math, it would not be, 1+1+1=3.  It would be 1X1X1=1.  At the beginnings of creation, the Father and Spirit[6], and Jesus are seen distinctly functioning as one.[7]  This Tri-Unity is seen again at Jesus’ baptism[8] and at His Transfiguration.[9]  What seems clear is that at the center of God’s life as Trinity is an intimacy demonstrated by unified purpose, work, and glory, and a constant giving of adoring love to one another.

     God’s Revelation As TrinityWhile the fullness of the Trinity is far beyond human comprehension, God has revealed Himself in this way to humanity that we might know Him in all of His glory, relate to Him in all of His character, and follow Him in all of His ways.

 

2) THE BIBLE IS INERRANT

The Bible is God’s words written for humanity.[10]  It is completely true[11], without fault in its matter, because men wrote it under the providence, guidance, and superintendence of the Holy Spirit.[12]

       Inspiration – The very words themselves are inspired, as they are “God-breathed;” the Bible’s words are God’s words.[13] 

3) HUMANITY HAS A GREAT NEED

In the beginning, God (The Trinity) created and gave life to the world,[14] and humanity as its centerpiece.[15]  The whole human is intended to reflect the image of God.[16]  Though God gave life and provided everything for life, the first humans chose death.[17]  The Bible calls this sin and says it is the root of all brokenness.[18]  There is nothing people can do to repair the damage of sin.[19] 

       Sin & The Image of God – Disobedience to God damages (though it doesn’t destroy) the image of God in man.[20]  This broken image establishes a rift between God and people,[21] which creates a broken relationship with God.[22] 

 

4) JESUS WAS SENT TO PROVIDE SALVATION

God, the Son, was sent[23] to heal mankind’s brokenness[24] by taking on the penalty of sin[25] and restoring mankind’s relationship with God.  Salvation is wholly the work of Jesus, and is experienced by men and women who trust Him for it.[26]

       Salvation & The Image of God – Jesus took on Himself, death, which is the punishment for human sin.[27]  Humans can be ‘in-Christ’ through His death and resurrection.[28]  The spiritual reality is that ‘in-Christ’ I perfectly reflect the image of God.[29]

       Christianity – Christianity is Jesus Christ living in people.[30]  A Christian is one who says, “Jesus is my Savior, my Lord.[31]  I am His disciple.”[32]

       Eternal Security – When people trust Jesus for salvation and for life, they are brought into a relationship with God that guarantees their eternal security.[33]  Jesus makes salvation secure.[34]  As Scripture declares that salvation[35] is the sole work of God[36], it promises that once brought into relationship with God through Jesus[37], absolutely nothing has the ability to separate us from God.[38]

       The 2nd Coming of Jesus - Jesus will return to the earth[39] in His full glory.[40] He will judge the living and the dead. God will establish the new heavens and the new earth for His eternal kingdom.[41] 

 

5)  THE CHURCH IS GOD’S PEOPLE CARRYING OUT HIS PURPOSES

The people of God[42] are called out to live as His image together.  The church is God’s missional force in the world.[43]  In this way, God does the ministry of Christ through the Body of Christ.[44]

       Spiritual Gifts – God gives every Christian spiritual gifts for the purpose of building up the church.[45]  Gifts are given for the common good of the church and should be used in humility, generosity, and sacrificial love.[46]

       Evangelism & Evangelicalism – Evangelicalism simply means, that a person believes the gospel of Jesus and believes they are to share it.[47]  Jesus specifically commanded His disciples to share the message of His authority and to lead others to trust and obey Him.[48]  He told them to do the work of evangelism.[49]

       Baptism & CommunionBaptism is immersion[50] in water, which is the first act of obedience of the believer.  It identifies a person with the Godhead[51], with the death and resurrection of Jesus[52], it identifies them with Christ’s church, and it serves as a testimony to the regeneration of a person’s life by the Spirit.[53]  Communion is a symbolic act of obedience in which Christians, through the partaking of bread and fruit of the vine, celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the unity of the church in Jesus, and anticipate His second coming.[54] 


*As a church, Legacy seeks to not over-complicate some things.  We will protect the truth of the gospel, referring to 1) the nature of the person of God as Trinity, 2) the nature of the Bible as inerrant, 3) the nature of humanity as fallen and needing salvation, 4) the nature of Jesus come to earth to live, die, and resurrect to provide that salvation by our faith in Him, and 5) the nature of the church as the called-out body of Christ carrying on the mission of Christ until His return.  

Outside of those things, we are generally comfortable with some diversity of belief outside of what we consider essential.  Where we are uncomfortable is when a person's difference of belief becomes a distraction to our corporate worship, creates a division in our fellowship, or distracts from our mission. 

We have adopted the very old, and generous statement, "In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love." More than a maxim, this statement has clear biblical roots.

.     In John 17:20-23, Jesus prays for the unity of the church to come, and the Apostle Paul constantly wrote to promote unity in Christ. (1 Corinthians 12 is a great example of this).

.     Romans 14 displays that there are some matters of doctrine and practice that are important, yet there is room for differing interpretation and perspectives, but still, these should not divide us. 

.     Many passages, including Colossians 3:14, 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, Romans 15:5-7, etc., encourage us to remain in love with God and His church. 

 


[1] Deuteronomy 6:4  The Lord our God, the Lord is one!”

[2] 2 Corinthians 13:14  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

[3] 1 Corinthians 8:6  yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”

[4] John 10:30  “I and the Father are one.”

[5] Acts 5:3-4  But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit…You have not lied to man but to God.”

[6] Genesis 1:1-2“God created the heavens and earth…the Spirit of God was moving…”

[7] John 1:1-5  “…The Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him…”

[8] Matthew 3:13-17 “Jesus came up from the water…the Spirit of God descending…a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son…”

[9] Matthew 17:1-8  “[Jesus] was transfigured…a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son…”

[10]  2 Timothy 3:16-17  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

[11] Proverbs 30:5  Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”

[12] 2 Peter 1:20-21  knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

[13] 2 Timothy 3:16-17  All Scripture is breathed out by God

[14] Genesis 1 & John 1:3-4  “Let Us make man in Our image…God created man in His own image…male and female He created them.  God blessed them.” & “All things came into being through Him…In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.”

[15] Genesis 1:26-27 & Psalm 8:3-5

[16] Genesis 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

[17] Genesis 3  “The man said…I ate…The woman said...I ate…So He drove [them] out”

[18] Romans 5:12  “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned”

[19] Romans 3:10-18  “There is none who does good, there is not even one.”

[20] Romans 3:23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

[21] Isaiah 59:2  but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God”

[22] Ephesians 2:1  And you were dead in the trespasses and sins”

[23] John 3:16-17  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

[24] 1 Corinthians 15:21  “For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.”

[25] Romans 6:23  “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

[26] Ephesians 2:8-9“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

[27] Romans 4:25-5:1  Jesus was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

[28] Acts 17:28  ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being”

[29] 2 Corinthians 3:16&18  But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

[30] Galatians 2:20  “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me”

[31] Romans 10:9-10  because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

[32] John 8:31  “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples”

[33] John 10:28-29  “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

[34] Jude 24-25  Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling”

[35] 1 Corinthians 1:30-31  “But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus”

[36] Titus 3:5  “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy”

[37] John 6:44  “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.”

[38] Romans 8:38-39  “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

[39] John 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

[40] Matthew 24:27  For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

[41] 2 Peter 3:13  But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells”

[42] 1 Peter 2:9-10  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

[43] John 20:21  As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

[44] Ephesians 1:22-23  And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

[45] Ephesians 4:7-12  “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ”

[46] 1 Corinthians 13:1-3  “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”

[47] 1 Peter 2:9-10  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

[48] Matthew 28:18-20  “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

[49] Acts 1:8“but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses”

[50] Mark 1:10; Acts 8:38  “Immediately coming up out of the water” & “they both went down into the water”

[51] Matthew 28:19  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

[52] Romans 6:3-4  Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

[53] 1 Corinthians 6:11  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

[54] 1 Corinthians 11:23-26  “Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”