Our beliefs describe how we view God, Jesus, the Bible, man, and many significant aspects of our faith.
Firmly rooted in Scripture, the beliefs of Colonial Church guide our decisions as a church.
The Colonial Church statement of faith is framed by the saying attributed to St. Augustine.
In essentials we have unity: We must be faithful to the core truths all Christians have held.
In non-essentials we have liberty: We must allow differing convictions in disputable matters.
In all things we show charity: We must be like Christ and express truth through love.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Since God is a Person, more than anything He desires to relate with humanity as a loving and wise Father relates to His children.
Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Corinthians 13:14
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the only Son of God and is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless human life of obedience to God to fulfill all God’s righteous requirements for humanity. Then Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over Satan, sin, and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to Earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords over God’s Kingdom.
Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5, John 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13, Acts 4:12
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He dwells in every Christ-follower from the moment they receive Christ. He provides the Christian with power to live the Kingdom life with understanding of spiritual truth and with guidance for living God’s way. He gives every believer at least one spiritual gift to be used in God’s work. The followers of Jesus are to place themselves under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13, John 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:25
About The Bible
The Bible is God’s Authoritative Word to humanity. It was written by human authors with human personalities in historical settings, who were under the supernatural guidance of God’s Spirit. It is the supreme authoritative source of truth for all Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error in the original manuscripts.
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Luke 24:25-27, Psalm 119:105, Psalm 105:160, Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5
People are made in the image of God and are to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s Creation. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, they ushered sin, evil and death into the human experience. As a result, every person is born with a sinful nature which motivates acts of sin. Though still made in God’s image, all of humanity must be reconciled to God through personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2, Romans 5:6-11, James 3:9
Every person of every generation in every location is in need of salvation. Salvation is a free gift by God’s grace that every person must personally receive. We can never resolve our sin problem through self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s gift of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 3:23-25, Romans 5:1, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:12, John 14:6, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26
As King of Kings, Jesus Christ will return to personally and fully establish God’s Kingdom Rule on Earth as it is in Heaven. Since all people were created to exist forever, we will all face a Judgment before God, including the resurrection of our bodies. Those who are in Christ will dwell with God forever on God’s New Earth. Those who are not in Christ will exist eternally separated from God in Hell. Both destinies are real, conscious, and eternal.
John 14:1-6, Acts 1:11, John 5:28-29, Revelation 20:4-6, John 3:16-18, John 5:11-13, 1 Corinthians 15:20-24, John 2:25, Revelation 20:15, Matthew 25:46
About The Church
The Church is the Body of Christ where Jesus is the Head and every Christian is a member. As Christ’s spiritual body, the Church must carry out the mission Jesus began in His physical body. The Church exists to demonstrate God’s wisdom to God’s Creation. Also, the Church exists to be God’s hands and feet, face and voice to a dark and broken world in need of His embrace through Christ. The Church is also God’s family context where Christ’s followers are developed into maturity.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Ephesians 1:22, Matthew 25:34-40, Ephesians 3:10, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Revelation 1:5-6, Ephesians 4:11-16, Matthew 16:18
About Christian Life
The goal of the Christian discipleship is to become like Jesus Christ. Christ’s followers are called to live a Kingdom life marked by humble submission to God’s Spirit (not self-empowered), life in community for growth and maturity (not self-sufficient), and life on-mission empowered by God’s Spirit (not self-centered). The Christian life must be expressed as a life of love for God, for God’s people and for people in need of God’s mission.
Luke 6:40, Matthew 5-7, Galatians 5:16-26, Luke 24:48-49, Acts 1:8, Romans 8, Ephesians 4:11-16, John 13:34-35
About Baptism & Communion
Jesus commanded His followers to practice Baptism and Communion to symbolize their union with Him and what He did to provide forgiveness and new life. Baptism portrays the believer’s union with Jesus in death through immersion under water, as well as their union with Jesus into new life as they are raised up from the water. Communion is the ongoing communal remembrance of Jesus’ sacrificial death on our behalf to resolve our sin and make us into God’s own people. These practices serve as symbols of new life to a dying world until Jesus returns.
Matthew 28:19, Luke 22:17-19, 1 Corinthians 10:16, 1 Corinthians 11:23-24, Acts 2:38, Acts 8:34-38, Acts 10:47-48, Romans 6:1-11, Colossians 2:11-15