OUR CORE BELIEFS
The sole basis of the Aphesis Group beliefs is the Bible, God’s infallible written Word, the sixty-six books contained in the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, and that it was written without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks. We accept those areas of doctrinal teaching on which, historically, there has been general agreement among all true Christians.
We believe the Bible is the ultimate authority in faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21). The Bible tells us the greatest story ever told about God’s amazing and loyal love (kesed) for us (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). We believe the Bible to be God’s gift to humanity so that we can know God intimately and live in His presence (John 17:17). It also instructs us on godly living and how to be right with God and with our fellow human beings (Philippians 2:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12).
We believe that those who have become children of God through regenerative faith in Jesus Christ are united in one spiritual body, the body of Christ, the Church (Matthew 16:18; Romans 12:4-8; Colossians 1:18). The Church meets in local assemblies (the local church) for the purpose of glorifying God through worship, study of the Bible, fellowship, sharing the Gospel with others, and making disciples. As such, we believe the Church to be a key instrument God uses to change people within our culture.
We believe that human beings, both male and female, were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). We believe that through the sin of Adam and Eve all of humanity experiences physical, spiritual, and relational death, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature (Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 5:12).
We believe that Jesus Christ became a human being by the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary, and is both true God and true man (Luke 1:35; Luke 2:7; Luke 2:11; Luke 2:52). As a perfect, sinless man and God in the flesh, Jesus Christ was crucified and died in our place so that we can become children of God by faith in Him (Romans 8:3-4, Romans 15-16). It is only by faith in Christ that a person is saved (John 3:5-7; Romans 10:9-10).
We believe that the regeneration of the believer extends to our new identity in Christ. As we relate to God as our caring Father, and as we yield our inner life under the influence of the Holy Spirit, this process, along with the Holy Spirit, brings forth the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, His ascension into Heaven, His current life with God our Father as our Advocate and High Priest, and His future physical return in power and glory (Matthew 28:6-7; John 14:1-4; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25-26; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 John 2:1-2; Revelation 19:11-16).
We believe in the resurrection of the saved to live in the blessed presence of the Triune God forever and in the resurrection of the lost to live in eternal torment separated from God forever (Luke 13:28; Luke 16:19-31; Luke 23:43; John 3:18; Philippians 3:20-21; Revelation 20:11-15).