the core beliefs of Open Life
The core beliefs are intended to be the foundation for what we teach, how we live and the lens we experience life through.
The Bible - God speaking to all people
The Bible is the Owners Manual for Life. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without mixture of error and completely relevant to our daily lives.
(2 Timothy 3:15-17, I Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21)
There is one true God
God is called by many different names because of the different dimensions of His personality, but God is one. God is super-dimensional and eternally self-existent. God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is the creator of the heavens and the earth. While God is one, He has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Deuteronomy 6:4, John 8:54-59, Genesis 1-2, Matthew 28:19)
Man was created in perfection, in the image of God. However, by a voluntary act of the will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God. That first sin had several ripple effects. Man was excommunicated from the garden of Eden, a curse was pronounced, the process of physical death began, and man died spiritually. Sin separated humankind from God and left man in what is referred to as a fallen or sinful condition.
(Genesis 1:26, Genesis 3:6, Genesis 3:23, Genesis 3:14-19, Genesis 2:17, Romans 5:12-19, Ephesians 2:11-18,Romans 3:23)
There is one way to be saved; Jesus. Jesus is God’s solution to man’s problems…He initiated it, we are the recipients of it. Jesus died on the cross to pay for what our sins deserved. He offers each of us a way out for our sins and wants us to become children of God. When we put our faith in Jesus our sins are forgiven and forgotten.
(John 14:6, John 3:16, I Peter 2:24, Hebrews 9:26, John 1:12, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Revelation 3:5, Philippians 3:20-21,John 3:16, Galatians 4:4-7, Hebrews 8:12)
Jesus is the Son of God
Jesus is the Son of God. The Scripture declares his virgin birth; His sinless life; His miracles; His taking our sin upon Himself through death on the cross; His bodily resurrection from the dead; and His exaltation to the right hand of God.
(Matthew 1:18-23, Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:4,5, Acts 2:22; 10:37-38, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Corinthians 15:4, Matthew 28:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:4, Acts 1:9,11, Philippians 2:9-11)
The Holy Spirit
His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth, and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, is our power to witness, gives us spiritual fruit; making us more like Christ; empowering us to build His church.
(Genesis 1:2, Psalms 51:11; 139:7, Isaiah 61:1-3, Joel 2:28-32, Mark 1:10, Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12, John 15:26;16:7-14, Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2, Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13-14, 2 Peter 1:21,Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 1 Corinthians 14:26-33)
The Church is the body of Christ and has a three-fold purpose: To share Jesus with the world, to worship God, and to equip individuals for ministry.
(1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Acts 1:8, Mark 16:15-16, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Corinthians 12:28, 14:12)
There will be a day when the dead will be resurrected and judged. Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be resurrected and stand at the judgment seat of Christ to be rewarded for their good deeds. Everyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life, along with the devil and his angels, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire. Choosing to follow Jesus results in your name being written in the Book of Life.
(Matthew 25:31-46, Romans 2:1-9, 1 Corinthians 4:5, Revelation 20:11-15)