Movement Church

Why We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Core Beliefs

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God.

We believe that it was inspired by God in such a way that whatever the Bible says, God says. Therefore, it is completely without error in everything it teaches. It is our supreme authority in faith and life, as it carries the authority of God Himself. It is sufficient for everything we need for life and service for God, and it is clear in everything we need to believe and do.
Psalm 12:6 18:30, 19:7-11, 119:1-176, Proverbs 30:5-6, Matthew 4:4, Luke 24:25-27, 44-47, John 10:35, 14:26, 16:12-15, 17:17, Romans 3:1-2, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:20-21

We believe in God as He has revealed Himself to us in the Bible

We believe that there is one and only one God. We believe that He is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His Being and in His glory, majesty, power, authority, wisdom, knowledge, holiness, justice, mercy, grace, love, and all other perfections. To Him, and to Him alone, belongs the highest worship, allegiance, obedience, trust, and love of every created being in the universe.
Exodus 3:1-15, Deuteronomy 4:35, 5:6-11, 6:4-9, Psalm 23, 29, 90,100, 103, 139, 145, Isaiah 6:1-8, 40:12-31, Daniel 4:1-37, Luke 1:46-55, Romans 11:33-36, 1 John 1:5-10, 4:7-21, Revelation 7:9-12, 15:1-4

We believe that this one God has eternally existed as Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

We believe that these three Persons of the Trinity are distinct in Personhood but one in substance and nature, being one and only one God.
Deuteronomy 4:35, 6:4-5, Matthew 28:18-20, John 1:1-14, 10:30, 14:15-18, 25-26, 15:26-27, 16:7-15, 20:28-29, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Colossians 2:9, 1 Peter 1:2

We believe that God is Lord and King over all History

We believe that God knows all things perfectly and with certainty, including all future events. In His wisdom, righteousness and goodness, He is in complete control of everything that happens. We believe that God is sovereign over all things, yet not in such a way as to make God the author of evil, nor in such a way as to take away the reality and responsibility of the choices made by those He created.
Genesis 50:15-21, 2 Chronicles 20:6, Psalm 139:1-6, Isaiah 14:27, 43:13, 46:10, Daniel 2:20-30, 4:1-37, 7:13-14, Mark 13:32, Acts 15:12-18, Romans 8:28-30, 9:10-24, 11:33-36, Ephesians 1:3-14, Hebrews 4:13

We believe that God created everything that exists, and that in His original creation everything He made was good

We believe that the entire universe belongs to Him and is under His rightful authority.
Genesis 1:1-2:3, Nehemiah 9:5-6. Psalms 8:3-4, 33:6, 90:2, Proverbs 3:19, Isaiah 44:24, 45:18, Jeremiah 32:17, John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16 Hebrews 1:2, 11:3, Revelation 4:11

We believe in Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Lord

We believe that He is God the Son who became fully a man while remaining fully God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a perfect life of sinless obedience to God the Father. He died on the cross in our place, bearing on Himself the wrath we deserved for our rebellion against God and paying the penalty for our sin. He rose again from the dead on the third day in a glorified body, victorious forever over sin, death, and hell. He ascended into heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God the Father and intercedes for His people. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingly reign will never end. He is the King of kings and the Lord of Lords over all of creation, and He is the only Savior for sinners.
Psalm 2:1-12, Isaiah 9:6-7, 42:1-4, 49:5-7, 52:7-53:12, Micah 5:2, Malachi 3:1-4, Matthew 1:1-25, 2:1-12, 3:13-17, 4:1-17, 5:17, 7:21-23, 9:1-8 10:34-39, 11:1-6, 12:1-8, 38-42, 21:1-5, 27:11-66, 28:1-20, Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-21, 2:22-38, 22:47-23:56, 24:1-53, John 1:1-18, 1:29-34, 3:1-21, 4:1-42, 5:16-18, 6:35-40, 7:37-39, 8:12, 8:58, 10:7-18, 10:27-30, 11:25-26, 14:1-11, 15:1-17, 17:1-5, 20:1-29, Acts 1:1-11, 2:14-41, 4:5-12, Romans 1:1-6, 3:21-26, 5:1-11, 6:1-23, 1 Corinthians 15:1-58, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Philippians 2:1-11, Colossians 1:15-20, 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Hebrews 1:1-13, 3:1-6, 4:14-16, 7:26-8:13, 9:11-14, 10:11-18, 1 John 2:1-2, 2:22-23, 4:1-3, Revelation 1:10-18, 5:1-14, 19:11-16, 22:6-21

We believe in the return of Christ

We believe that Jesus will come back, visibly and gloriously, on a day known only to God. We believe that He will judge everyone who has ever lived. All of those who have not believed in Him will be condemned to eternal judgment in hell because of their sins. All of those who have trusted in Christ and been clothed in His righteousness will receive resurrection bodies like His and will live with Him in eternal joy and peace. We believe that the present heavens and earth will pass away, and the saints will dwell with the Triune God in the new heavens and the new earth, in the light of the glory of God, forever.
Matthew 24:3-44, Mark 13:3-37, Luke 21:5-36, Acts 1:6-11, 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:1-11, Titus 2:11-14, 2 Peter 3:1-13, Revelation 19:6-21, 20:1-15, 21:1-27, 22:1-21

We believe in the Holy Spirit

We believe that He inspired the human writers of the Bible to write God’s word without error. We believe that He miraculously conceived our Lord Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and that He descended on Jesus at His baptism. We believe that He was poured out on the church at Pentecost. We believe that He convicts sinners of sin, righteousness and judgment. We believe we are born again by the Holy Spirit, and that every believer is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ at conversion. We believe that the Holy Spirit lives inside every believer in Jesus. We believe that He is the down payment and guarantee of our inheritance in Christ. We believe that we put sin to death only by His power, and that He remakes into the image of Jesus, producing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives believers both the spiritual gifts and the power to serve Christ in the church and in the world.

Genesis 1:1-2, Matthew 1:18, 3:16-17, 28:18-20, Luke 1:26-38, John 3:1-8, 7:37-39, 14:15-17, 25-26, 15:26-27, 16:7-16, Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4, 14-21, Romans 5:5, 8:1-17, 26-27, 14:17, 15:14-16, 1 Corinthians 2:9-16, 3:10-16, 6:9-11, 19-20, 12:1-31, 14:12, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 3:17-18, 5:1-5, 13:14, Galatians 4:4-65:16-26, Ephesians 3:14-19, 4:30, 5:15-20, 6:17-18, 1 Thessalonians 1:4-7, 5:19, 2 Timothy 1:14, Titus 3:4-7, Hebrews 2:4, 1 Peter 1:1-2, 2 Peter 1:21, 1 John 3:24, 4:2-3

We believe in Christian baptism, the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father,
Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that baptism is a public profession of faith which symbolizes and proclaims that the
believer has died to sin and risen to walk in newness of life in Christ, that the believer’s sins have
been washed away by the sacrifice of Christ, and that the believer has been baptized by the Holy
Spirit into the body of Christ. We affirm that every believer should be baptized and that only believers
should be baptized.
Matthew 28:16-20, Acts 2:38-41, 8:12, 34-38, 9:18, 10:44-48, 16:11-15, 29-34, 18:8, 19:1-7, Romans 6:1-1-4, 1
Corinthians 1:13, 12:13, Galatians 3:27, Colossians 2:8-12

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