What we believe at The Open Door about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church
Jesus Christ is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us, equal with the Father. He is God’s Son, born of a virgin, who lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of the world through His death on the cross. He arose from the dead demonstrating His victory over sin and death, giving Him preeminence in everything. He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, and intercedes for His church. He will return in power and glory, receive His church unto Himself, and establish His kingdom forever.
There is only one true and living God. He is all present, all powerful, and all knowing. He is perfect in all His attributes. God is holy, just, loving, and merciful. He is creator and sustainer of the universe and has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Bible is God’s Word to us revealing Himself, His purposes, and His plans. It is God breathed and was written by men under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is truth without any mixture of error and is the supreme standard by which all beliefs, conduct, and opinions should be tried.
By choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. As a result, we are separated from the life and fellowship of God. Though marred by rebellion, all mankind possesses dignity and is worthy of love and respect. This is seen in that Christ died for mankind, providing the way of salvation and the restoring of relationship and fellowship with God.
Salvation is God’s free gift to mankind based on the work of the Lord Jesus Christ in His sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection. It becomes ours in experience through faith in His provision. We cannot earn or maintain it by our own works or goodness. Salvation begins with the new birth, continues throughout our life of discipleship, and culminates in our being with Him in His eternal kingdom.
Discipleship is the process of growing in grace and being conformed to the image of Christ. It is initiated by the Holy Spirit through His convicting of sin, revealing the truth, and exalting Christ. It becomes reality in our experience through faith and obedience. Discipleship involves forsaking all, self-denial, personal sacrifice, renewing of the mind, and perseverance. All true believers are Disciples of Christ.
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