This Statement of Faith is not meant to exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning the truth, morality, and proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Reset Church’s faith, doctrine, practices, policy, and discipline, our Eldership is Reset Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application. The fundamental teachings of this Church are reflected in the following, clear statements:
4.1 We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the accepted canon of the Scriptures as originally given and that they are infallibly and uniquely authoritative and free from error of any sort in all matters with which they deal, including scientific and historical as well as moral and theological. The Bible is our source of supreme revelation from God, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to reason, and is therefore our infallible rule of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16-17; I Corinthians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12).
4.2 We believe in the Eternal Godhead who has revealed Himself as ONE God existing in THREE persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; distinguishable but indivisible. The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are all co-eternal, all stand equally superior to time, free from the temporal distinctions of past and future. (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 12:33; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; 102:27; 1 Timothy 1:17; John 1:1-2; 8:58; Hebrews 1:8; 9:14; 1 John 1:2; Micah 5:2; Revelation 1:8; Romans 1:20).
4.3 We believe in the literal, special creation of the existing space-time universe and all of its basic systems as indicated in Genesis (Genesis 1; Nehemiah 9:6; Isaiah 42:5; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17).
4.4 We believe in the full historicity of the Biblical record of primeval history, including the literal existence of Adam and Eve as the progenitors of all people, the literal fall and resultant divine curse on the creation, the worldwide cataclysmic deluge, and the origin of nations and languages at the tower of Babel (Genesis 1-11).
4.5 We believe in the creation, test and fall of man as recorded in Genesis; his total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to divine righteousness apart from God’s intervening grace (Romans 5:12,18).
4.6 We believe that sin is a transgressing of, or falling short of, God’s standard in action, thought, and character. All individuals are born with a sin nature that affects their motivation, affection, volition, and actions. The results of sin include separation from God, and death (Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23; 14:23; James 4:17; 1 John 5:17).
4.7 We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the
Virgin Mary, fully God and fully man (Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:18; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6). We believe in the pre-existence, incarnation and virgin birth of Jesus Christ who came into the world to reveal the Father and was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person; that Jesus Christ was the creator of all things, for by Him the worlds were made. We further believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and that He was very God and very man. (John 1:1-2,14; 1 Timothy 3:16; Acts 7:37-38).
4.8 We believe in Jesus Christ’s sinless life, miracles, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, and His ascension into heaven. We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day, and personally appeared to His disciples. We acknowledge His lordship, and that He alone is Lord over all things in heaven, and in earth, and under the earth. (Acts 1:20; I Corinthians 15:1-8; Romans 4:25; Philippians 2:9-10).
4.9 We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, His exaltation and personal, literal and bodily coming again the second time for the Church in power and great glory and in His everlasting Kingdom and dominion (Daniel 7:14; Matthew 24; Mark 16:19; John 14:2-3; Acts 1:9-11; 3:19-21; Philippians 2:5-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 9:28; Revelations 21:8).
4.10 We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of Christ on the cross of Calvary, by which we obtain remission of sins (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:12, 22; Romans 5:11).
4.11 We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the name of the Eternal Godhead in order to fulfill the command of Christ (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38-39; 19:1-6).
4.12 We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as an experience subsequent to salvation and a distinct aspect of the Christian foundational experience with the primary evidence of speaking in tongues as well as evidences such as empowerment to witness, to conquer sin and to live a holy life (Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-17; 19:6).
4.13 We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit as manifested in the Early Church and enumerated in I Corinthians 12-14 (Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:8-12).
4.14 We believe in the Spirit-filled life, a life of separation from the world and the perfecting of holiness in the fear of God as an expression of Christian faith (Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 5:18; II Corinthians 6:14; 7:1).
4.15 We believe in the healing of the body by Divine power or Divine healing in its varied aspects as practiced by the Early Church (Acts 4:30; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14).
4.16 We believe in the Table of the Lord, commonly called Communion or the Lord's Supper, for believers (I Corinthians 11:23-32).
4.17 We believe in eternal life for believers (John 5:24; 3:16) and eternal punishment for unbelievers (Mark 9:43-48; II Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8).
4.18 We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and the eternal judgment of Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10-15).
4.19 We believe that since the Bible is the inspired Word of God, it is then authoritative in all areas of human behavior, including marriage, family, sexuality, morality and ethics (Psalm 119:11,105; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; Hebrews 5:12-14).
4.20 We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complimentary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. We further believe that a person’s gender is a biological absolute and can be confirmed by one’s DNA and is evidenced at birth. (Genesis 1:26-27).
4.21 We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one biological man and one biological woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. The Church reserves the right to conduct and perform the sacrament of marriage exclusively for members of the Body of Christ and or the local Church (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:22-23; Hebrews 13:4).
4.22 We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Psalm 139:1-18).
4.23 We believe that the church of Jesus Christ is the last instrument that God is using to extend His Kingdom prior to the second coming of Christ (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:20-23; 3:10).
4.24 We believe that the local church is autonomous, that is, it is self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating in its mature state (Acts 2; 13:1-4).
4.25 We believe that the biblical form of church government is a plurality of elders, with a Lead Pastor who all qualify on the basis of 1 Timothy 3 in spiritual life, character, domestic life and ruling ability.
4.26 We believe that every believer in Christ must be subject to God’s authority in a specific local church for spiritual protection and long-term fruitfulness (Psalm 92:13-14; Hebrews 13:17).
4.26 We believe that the theological framework for understanding all of God’s dealings with mankind is to be found in the divine covenants revealed in Scripture.
4.27 We believe in the public gathering of the Church together for prayer, worship, teaching and preaching of the Bible and the administering of the sacraments of the church (Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 11; Hebrews 10:25).
4.28 We believe that we are one body, being members of one another and that the basis of our fellowship is on Christ in the power of the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:13-22; 4:3-6; 1 John 1:6-7).
4.29 We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ expressed as the Church individual, the church local, and the church universal (1Corinthians 6:15; Ephesians 4:11-16).
4.30 We believe in church discipline administered within the church in a spirit of meekness, humility, and confidentiality. The purpose of such discipline is the restoration of the individual and the purification of the church (Matthew 18:15-20; Galatians 6:1; Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 1:11; 2 Corinthians 2:6-8; 1 Timothy 5:20).
4.31 We believe in the face to face gathering of the believers to conduct or hold Church services and other sacramental functions, (weddings, funerals, baptisms, child dedications, communion, etc.), in the place and manner of the choosing of the eldership (Exodus 33:11; Hebrews 10:25; 3 John 14).
4.32 We believe that each believer is the Temple of the Holy Spirit and has a moral and religious duty
before God to treat their body as such. We further believe that every believer has an obligation before God to preserve their bodies as Holy and may as a matter of conscience reject any foreign item, transfusion, food, beverage, pharmaceutical, or any other thing that would violate their conscience and thereby defile the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18).
4.33 We believe that each believer must lay a foundation of Biblical truth and experience upon which one builds their life. These foundation stones include but are not limited to repentance from dead works, faith towards God, the doctrine of baptisms (water and Holy Spirit), laying on of hands, resurrection from the dead, eternal judgment, and perfection (Hebrews 5:12-14; 6:1-3).
4.34 We believe that each believer should display a continuous walk in grace with an emphasis on heart righteousness and purity, believing in and relying on the keeping power of God, walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh. This lifestyle will demonstrate the character, standards, and convictions of Jesus Christ and will not be conformed to the things of this world (Jude 24; Romans 4:1-5; 8:25; 12:1-2; Galatians 5:16-25).
4.35 We recognize and believe that the Church in these last days has been and is in a revival of restoration of truth and experience because of the truth that was lost from the Church during dark ages (medieval times).We maintain that God is working to restore the Church to the complete and full New Testament pattern, power, experience, and practice (Acts 3:21; 15:15; 2 Peter 1:20; Ephesians 3:1-6; 5:27; Revelation 10:6-7).