What We Believe

Roseau Community Church has incorporated two forms of our Statement of Faith.  The first form, the RCC Confessional Statement, is a shorter, more concise, statement that echos creedal structure.  Our second form, the RCC Full Statement of Faith, is an expanded doctrinal statement that includes descriptions and subpoints of each doctrine, with Scriptural reference for further study.  Click here for RCC Full Statement of Faith

 

RCC Confessional Statement

 

1.    Revelation – The Word of God

We believe that God graciously created the universe in such a way that his existence and power may be made known through all creation.  Furthermore, in the same way that God spoke and all creation came forth, and just as He breathed life into Adam, so also has He spoken forth and breathed life into the words preserved in the living Scriptures for the sake of His People and their instruction. We believe that God inspired the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both record and means of his saving work in the world. These writings alone constitute the verbally inspired Word of God, which is utterly authoritative and without error in the original writings, complete in its revelation of his will for salvation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks.  The Bible is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it teaches; obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; and trusted, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises. As God’s people hear, believe, and do the Word, they are equipped as disciples of Christ and witnesses to the gospel.

  2.    Triune God

We believe that God exists, immortal and eternal in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another in perfect unity.  We also believe the entire universe, the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, were created by God, out of nothing, for His eternal glory.  Moreover, as Creator of all things, visible and invisible, He is without equal, the only true God, worthy of all praise and glory, and is infinitely perfect in His love and holiness. 

 3.    Creation of Humanity

We believe that God created human beings, free of sin, male and female, in His likeness, in the image of God.  Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good, serving as God’s agents to care for, manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker. Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church, and civic life.  Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his church.

 4.    Fall of Humanity

We believe sin entered the world when Adam and Eve exchanged the glory of God for a lie, being deceived.  At the Fall, the original state or blessing of humans was forfeited, by giving into the temptations of Satan, corruption spread through Adam and Eve to all generations in such a way that everyone born enters the world with a sinful nature, from the time of conception.  Sin is not from or of God, but a nature of lawlessness, a failure to live according to the ways of God in actions and in thoughts.  Furthermore, sin alienates us from God, creating a barrier of shame and guilt before our creator, making us blind to God, dead to the things of God, having no mind for spiritual matters.  Sin, as rebellion, is the single force behind the horrific evils of the world, causing humans to disregard the image of God in others and destroy them.  But it is not only humans who have suffered the effects of sin, the extent of damage permeates every area of creation in such a way that it too groans to be relieved from the burden of sin, and one day will.

 5.    Jesus Christ - The Plan of God

We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father, the eternal Son became human.  Therefore, Jesus is the incarnate, eternal Son of God, fully man and fully God, one Person in two natures, born to the virgin Mary, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.  He perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life, performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. We believe that by his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute.  Christ Jesus was vindicated by his Father, broke the power of death and defeated Satan who once had power over it, and brought everlasting life to all his people; by his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be united with him.

 6.    Salvation of Humanity – Justification

We believe that God, from all eternity, out of his great love, without necessity or our merit, graciously sent his Son to die in our place, for our sins, so that we may live eternally with him.  We believe, through the grace of God, a new spiritual life is given to humanity, born of the Holy Spirit.  Furthermore, God in love and grace wills to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation and one day glorify them—all to the praise of his glorious name.  We believe that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved. Because God chose the lowly things of this world, the despised things, the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, no human being can ever boast before him—Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.

 7.    The Power of the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit, from the very beginning has been hovering over creation, bringing about the purposes of God, empowering the people of God, in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, to proclaim the word of God boldly, to perform miraculous signs and wonders, and to unite all peoples to glorify God.   Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and was poured out upon humans at Pentecost, to dwell with and in us, teaching, guiding, empowering, and gifting believers, for the glory of God among the nations.  We believe the Holy Spirit empowers and equips the church, as he determines, with supernatural gifts, to edify, unite, and build up the Church.  These gifts, to be sought by all believers, are sovereignly distributed to the church in order that they would be able to carry out the ministry of Christ to the ends of the earth, with great power and authority. 

 8.    The Church and It’s Mission

We believe the Church is composed of a body of believers, of whom Christ is the head, that exists now, in the past, and in the future, both local and universal, composed of every tongue, tribe, and nation and will exist for all eternity.  The Church, as the bride of Christ, is to live in sole devotion to Him, in purity, and in love.  We believe the Church is to gather together for the worship of God, to make disciples of all nations, nurturing them to maturity, bringing the name of Jesus to those who have not heard, and to live for the praise of his glorious name.

 9.    Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that we are commanded to baptize, by immersion, those who confess and repent of their sin, and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Furthermore, we believe that it is a sign of the partaking of a believer’s life in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We also believe Jesus commanded us to regularly partake of bread and wine, his symbolic body and blood, in the remembrance of the blood he shed for us and his body broken for us, that in Jesus, being the very bread of life, we acknowledge that we are fully sustained in life and death by Christ.  Together they are simultaneously God’s pledge to us, divinely ordained means of grace, our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ, and anticipations of his return and of the consummation of all things.

10. Restoration of All Things

We believe that one day Jesus will return, suddenly, personally, in his bodily form and glory, calling all people from every tongue, tribe, and nation to be judged for the sin they have committed.  Those who have forsaken the love of God and lived in rebellion toward God will be condemned to various forms of eternal torment, where they will remain for all eternity void of the presence of God.  However, though believers will stand before the Lord on the Day of Judgment, it is not for punishment, but for reward, which will also be variously determined by each person’s work.  Finally and eternally, we will be joyously reunited with our glorious King, majestic and beautiful, face to face, in the New Jerusalem, a city that is gloriously lit by the glory of God and a place where believers will sing to the praise of the glory of God forever and ever.  Amen.

 

 

Portions of our Confessional Statement have been taken from The Gospel Coalition’s Confessional Statement, however, it has been revised to more suitably reflect our theological stance.   Adopted May 5, 2013.    Doc. RCS_5/13