These are beliefs that draw the distinguishing line between Christian Orthodoxy and all other religions. We hold these beliefs with a closed hand, meaning that we won’t compromise on them. Membership and leadership at Refuge Church requires adherence to these core doctrinal values.
We believe that there is only one living and true God, eternal existing in a Trinity of three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each Person of the Trinity is equal in power and glory. This God created all, upholds all, and governs all things in the Universe.
We believe that the Scriptures, which are solely comprised of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, are the Word of God, fully inspired, without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice.
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit. He is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people, and He hears and answers prayer. He saves from sin and eternal death and judgment all who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, God’s only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth and sinless life. We believe in His literal miracles, teachings, and penal, substitutionary, and atoning death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead, ascension into heaven, and perpetual intercession for His people as their exclusive and final High Priest. We believe in His literal, personal, visible, and soon return to Earth at the Second Coming.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. We believe that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe that He regenerates and brings to spiritual life all people who repent of their sin and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior. We believe that He indwells the believer in Jesus Christ, and conforms them progressively into the character of Jesus Christ. We believe that He is the source of spiritual power which alone can enable followers of Jesus to live successful lives for Jesus.
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and choice, and therefore under condemnation according to God’s justice. We believe that God eternally forgives and regenerates by the Holy Spirit those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.
To this end, we believe that salvation comes by grace alone and through faith alone, and that these are a gift of God. Any addition of works or intrinsic, human merit to the finished work of Jesus for salvation is thus a false Gospel, bereft of salvation.
We believe in the Universal Church, the living spiritual body of true believers in the biblical Jesus Christ, of which Jesus is the Head and all regenerated persons are members.
We believe that the Lord Jesus committed two ordinances to the Church. First, baptism by immersion. Second, the open communion celebration of the Lord’s Supper with all regenerated believers.
We believe that all sexual activity is to be joyfully exercised within the context of monogamous, heterosexual marriage. This means that sexual activities such as (but not limited to) adultery, fornication, incest, homosexuality, gender altering, viewing or distributing pornography, and bestiality are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and won’t be regarded as legitimate or acceptable practices at Refuge Church.
We believe that marriage is the exclusive and permanent union of one man and one woman before God, persisting as long as both parties should live. We reject the notion that marriage seals together a husband and wife for eternity, but rather only for their life in this age.