What we believe at Refine Church about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church
Jesus Christ is at the center of everything. We believe that Jesus is the only one who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life. We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.
We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.
Baptism is a sacrament, practiced in the bible to now to demonstrate that an individual life has been transformed by salvation through Jesus Christ. The old has passed and the new has been brought to life. It is not a substitute for salvation, but a public recognition that salvation has transformed an individual life. At Refine Church we believe baptism can only be made by a man, woman or child with the capability of understanding what salvation means. We call it a water baptism (because it involves immersion in a body of water). We do not baptize babies but dedicate infants or young children to God, but it doesn’t take the place of that child’s eventual need to make his or her own decision for Jesus Christ.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit, or “Holy Ghost” baptism, is a noticeable indication of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life, such as happened in the second chapter of the book of Acts. It can show in many ways. At RC you’ll some times hear members speaking in tongues, a means of communication with God that doesn’t use any humanly recognizable language. That is just one of many manifestations of Holy Ghost baptism you’ll find at our church. Speaking in tongues is not a spiritual badge of honor, indicating some level of Christian maturity that those who don’t do it don’t have (we’re sorry if you’ve ever had it presented to you that way). It does permit those who have it a dimension to their relationship with God they didn’t have before. The bible says that the Holy Spirit imparts gifts as he sees fit.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives.
We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.
We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and a fresh start with God, we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and commit to His will for our lives.
We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together.
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