We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell. The third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he shall come and judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
The Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself to mankind divinely given through human authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Every word in the original writings is inspired by God and is inerrant, without error and infallible. It is accurate and totally sufficient in all matters to which it speaks: spiritual, historical, scientific. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the foundation of the faith and practice of Tapestry Church.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
There is one true and living God who is the Creator of the universe. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.He exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three have distinct personalities and yet are of the same substance, without division of essence, nature or being.
(Gen. 1:1; John 10:30; John 4:24; Deut 6:4; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14)
Jesus is the eternal Son of God, who became man without ceasing to be God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary. He lived a perfect, sinless life and physically died on the cross as a substitute for mankind, was bodily resurrected from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day return. Jesus lived the perfect life that we should have lived and died the death that we deserve and by doing so accomplished our redemption, meeting all of our obligations before God. Our justification is rooted in his literal, physical resurrection from the dead. Because of his life and work on the cross, all that is required for the salvation of his people has been completed, leaving no room for human condition. Jesus now sits exalted at the right hand of the Father and as our High Priest he continues to represent and intercede for us before His Father.
(John 1:1-2, 14, 18; Luke 1:35; Acts 1:9-10; Rom. 3:23-28; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1-2)
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures and illuminates men to understand truth. He exalts Christ, He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He regenerates, indwells, baptizes and seals all believers in Christ and empowers those yielded to God. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church.
(Matthew 28:19; John 3:3-7; John 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 4:30; Colossians 3:14)
Man is created in the image and likeness of God. They are the crowning work of His creation, worthy of love, dignity, and respect regardless of matters like age, race, gender and class. In Adam, all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God, and all of creation was fractured. Men are justly condemned to eternal judgment and can do nothing to merit salvation.
(Rom. 2:2,3,5; Eph. 2:8,9; Gen. 1:27, 9:6; Rom. 5:12; 3:23; Eph. 2:1)
Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man. Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man and is offered to all who will trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord through his substitutionary death and resurrection on their behalf. In its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification and glorification.
(Genesis 3:15; John 3:16; John 14:6; Romans 5:8, 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:4-10; Hebrews 9:12)
A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.
(Ezekiel 36:26; John 3:5; John 6:44; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.
(Mark 1:15; Luke 5:32; Acts 2:28; 1John 1:9)
B. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
(Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:8-19; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.
(Philippians 2:14; Romans 6:11-14; Ephesians 4:20-24; Galatians 3:2-6)
D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed. God’s goal in our salvation is to glorify Jesus by conforming us into his image which not be attained perfectly until the return of Christ.
(Romans 8:29-30; Philippians 1:6; 1 John 3:2-3)
God’s Purpose of Grace:
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It obliterates boasting and promotes humility. All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgements on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
(Genesis 12:1-3; 1 Samuel 8:4-7, 19-22; Isaiah 5:1-7; Matthew 16:18-19; 21:28-45; John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-29; 10:12-15; 11:5-7, 26-36; Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; Colossians 1:12-14; Hebrews 11:39-12:2; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10)
The Church universal, is comprised of all believers, including all of the redeemed through the ages and those from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. The church locally, is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ (believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper), governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. The church is the body and bride of Christ and meant to be a reconciling force in the world for making disciples.
(Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42, 47; 15:1-30; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 9:13-14; 12:4-13:27; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 5:24-30; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; Titus 1:5-9; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3)
Baptism and Lord’s Supper:
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
(Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12)