Statement of Faith

South Calgary Community Church affirms the Bible as the foundation for all our faith and practice. We affirm those beliefs and biblical doctrines commonly held by Baptists and most other evangelical Christians.

A. The Bible

We believe the Bible is God’s Word, fully inspired, given by divine inspiration, the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity (2 Timothy 3:16). It is trustworthy, complete and without error – the supreme authority and guide for all doctrine and conduct (1 Peter 1:23-25John 17:72 Timothy 3:16-17). It is the truth by which God brings people into a saving relationship with Himself and leads them to Christian maturity (John 20:311 John 5:9-12Matthew 4:41 Peter 2:2).

B. God

We believe in the one living and true God, perfect in wisdom, sovereignty, holiness, justice, mercy and love (1 Timothy 1:17Psalm 86:15Deuteronomy 32:3-4). He exists eternally in three coequal persons that execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption (Genesis 1:261 Peter 1:2Hebrews 1:1-3):

(1) The Father reigns with providential care over all life and history in the created universe. He hears and answers prayer (1 Chronicles 29:11-13Matthew 7:11). He initiated salvation by sending His Son, and He is Father to those who by faith accept His Son as Lord and Saviour (1 John 4:9-10John 3:16John 1:12;Acts 16:31).

(2) The Son became man, Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (John 1:14Matthew 1:18). Being fully God and fully man, He revealed God through His sinless life, miracles, and teaching (John 14:9Hebrews 4:15Matthew 4:23-24Titus 2:13). He provided salvation through His atoning death in our place and by His bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-42 Corinthians 5:21;Romans 4:23-25). He ascended into heaven where He rules over all creation (Philippians 2:5-11). He intercedes for all believers and dwells in them as their ever-present Lord (Romans 8:34John 14:23).

(3) The Holy Spirit inspired men to write the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:21). Through this Word, He convicts individuals of their sinfulness and of the righteousness of Christ, draws them to the Saviour, and bears witness to their new birth (James 1:18John 16:7-111 Thessalonians 1:5-6Romans 8:16). At regeneration and conversion, the believer is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ (Romans 8:91Corinthians 12:13). The Spirit indwells, seals and gives spiritual gifts to all believers for ministry in the church and society (Romans 8:9-11;Ephesians 1:13-14Romans 12:5-81 Peter 4:10). He empowers, guides, teaches, fills, sanctifies, and produces the fruit of Christ-likeness in all who yield to Him (Acts 4:31Romans 8:141 Corinthians 2:10-13Ephesians 5:18Thessalonians 2:13Galatians 5:1622-23).


C. Angels

We believe God created an order of spiritual beings called angels to serve Him and to do His will (Psalm 148:1-5Colossians 1:16). The holy angels are obedient spirits ministering to the heirs of salvation and glorifying God (Hebrews 1:6-713-14). Certain angels, called demons, Satan being their chief, through deliberate choice revolted and fell from their exalted position (Revelation 12:7-9). They now tempt individuals to rebel against God (1 Timothy 4:1;1 Peter 5:8). Their destiny in hell has been sealed by Christ’s victory over sin and death (Hebrews 2:14Revelation 20:10).

D. Humankind

We believe God created man and woman in His own image to have fellowship with Himself and to be steward over His creation (Genesis 1:26-28). As a result, each person is unique, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect (Psalm 139:13-17). Through temptation by Satan, Adam chose to disobey God; this brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation (Genesis 3Romans 5:12-218:22). Therefore, everyone is born with a sinful nature and needs to be reconciled to God (Romans 3:9-1823). Satan tempts people to rebel against God, even those who love Him (Ephesians 4:272Corinthians 2:11Matthew 16:23). Nonetheless, everyone is personally responsible to God for their thoughts, actions and beliefs, and has the right to approach Him directly through Jesus Christ, the only mediator (Romans 14:121 Timothy 2:5).

E. Salvation

We believe salvation is redemption by Christ of the whole person from sin and death (2 Timothy 1:9-101 Thessalonians 5:23). It is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 2:8-9Acts 20:21). An individual is united to Christ by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:20Colossians 1:27). As a child of God, the believer is acquitted of all guilt, cleansed, reconciled, redeemed and brought into a new relationship of peace (Isaiah 1:18Colossians 1:20Galatians 3:13Romans 5:1). Christians grow as the Holy Spirit enables them to understand and obey the Word of God (2 Peter 3:18Ephesians 4:151 Thessalonians 3:12).

F. The Church

We believe the church is the body of which Christ is the head and all who believe in Him are members (Ephesians 1:22-23Romans 12:4-5). Christians are commanded to be baptized upon profession of faith and to unite with a local church for mutual encouragement and growth in discipleship through worship, nurture, service and the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Acts 2:41-4247Luke 24:45-48). Each church is a self-governing body under the lordship of Christ with all members sharing responsibility (Acts 13:1-314:26-28). Each church is responsible to exercise church discipline in keeping with the teachings of scripture (Matthew 18:15-181 Corinthians 5:1-131 Timothy 5:19-10).

(1) The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20). It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s identification with the death, burial and resurrection of the Saviour Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-5). The Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and of the cup by believers together as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. It is an act of thankful dedication to Him and serves to unite His people until He returns (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

(2) To express unity in Christ, local churches may form associations and voluntary relationships or groups for mutual counsel, fellowship and a more effective fulfilment of Christ’s commission (Acts 151 Corinthians 6:1-3).


G. Religious Liberty

We believe religious liberty, rooted in Scripture, is the inalienable right of all individuals to freedom of conscience with ultimate accountability to God (Genesis 1:27John 8:322 Corinthians 3:17Romans 8:21Acts 5:29). Church and state exist by the will of God. Each has distinctive concerns and responsibilities, free from control by the other (Matthew 22:21). Christians should pray for civil leaders, and obey and support government in matters not contrary to Scripture (1 Timothy 2:1-4Romans 13:1-71 Peter 2:13-16). The state should guarantee religious liberty to all persons and groups regardless of the religious preferences, consistent with the common good.


H. Christian Living

We believe Christians, individually and collectively, are salt and light in society (Matthew 5:13-16). In a Christ like spirit, they oppose greed, selfishness and vice; they promote truth, justice and peace, they aid the needy and preserve the dignity of people of all races and conditions (Hebrews 13:5Luke 9:23;Titus 2:12Philippians 4:8-91 John 3:16-17James 2:1-4). We affirm the family as the basic unit of society and seek to preserve its integrity and stability (Genesis 2:21-25Ephesians 6:1-4).

I. End Times

We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and the new earth (Ephesians 1:9-10Revelation 21:1). The certain hope of the Christian is that Jesus Christ will return to the earth suddenly, personally and visibly in glory according to His promise (Titus 2:13Revelation 1:73:11John 14:1-3). The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge mankind in righteousness (John 5:28-29). The unrighteous will be consigned to the everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41-46Revelation 20:10). The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and dwell forever with the Lord (Philippians 3:20-212 Corinthians 5:101 Thessalonians 4:13-18). In the end, we shall be like him (1 John 3:2).

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