Statement of Basic Beliefs
The basic doctrines expressed in this statement are recognized by followers of Jesus all over the world to be essential Christian beliefs. Agreement with these truths along with support of our Core Values is a requirement for membership in the Kaleo church family. This statement has been intentionally written in simple and plain language, not in an attempt to water-down truth but to make it as accessible as possible.
- God has revealed Himself in a book. This book, known as the Scriptures or the Bible, is completely trustworthy and authoritative, and it is the Supreme source of truth for knowing God and living in obedience to Him (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
- There is only one true God who exists forever in perfect community as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He is love and He is light. He always does what is good, right, and perfect. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6, 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7, 110:1; Matthew 3:13-17, 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
- All things exist for the glory of God so that His beauty would be seen and enjoyed. Men and women are created in the image of God to reflect His glory (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 148; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 61:3;Romans 11:33-36; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Ephesians 1:3-14).
- All of humanity is sinful by both birth and action. We have all rebelled against God and everyone is born with a selfish nature that “misses the mark.” Rather than worshiping God we turn from Him to other things. Deep down we all think we are smarter than God in some part of our life! (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23, 5:8, 5:12-21, 7:18;Ephesians 2:1-3).
- The consequences of sin are physical and spiritual death, resulting in being cut off from the presence of the God who is pure and holy (Genesis 2:15-17, 3:19; Romans 5:12, 6:23; James 1:14-15).
- The Son of God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ, He was miraculously born of a virgin, and He lived His whole life without ever giving into sin, perfectly showing us what God is like. He is fully God and fully human. (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, John 1:14;Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3).
- Jesus Christ was nailed to a cross where He died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin (John 1:29, 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21;Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18).
- Three days after His death, Jesus physically rose from the grave, proving that He had conquered sin and death. After appearing to His disciples and many others, He ascended into heaven, and one day He will physically come again to earth (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53;John 1:20-21:25, 14:3; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34; Acts 1:8-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7).
- Salvation is an undeserved gift that God freely gives, it is received by trusting in Christ alone; no religious duty, no ritual, no work, nor any other activity done by humans is required in order to be restored to a right relationship with God. (John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).
- There will be a future physical resurrection for all people. Those who continually reject Christ will face the judgment of being forever cut off from God and all that is good. Those who turn to Christ in faith and repentance will receive renewed bodies in a renewed creation, they will live as God’s people in unbroken relationship with God and each other forever (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15).
The Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need of Jesus. The Spirit has been sent by Jesus to indwell and empower the Church, which is the called out community of people who have embraced the Gospel. The Holy Spirit provides all followers of Jesus with power to live a life of love, spiritual truth, and boldness in sharing the Gospel with others (John 14:25-31; John 16:4-15; Acts 1:8; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12)