our statement of faith

Mission Share is a collaborative effort of many of the evangelical churches in the town of Greece. Although we have diverse liturgical styles and minor doctrinal differences, we jointly hold the following truths to be absolute:

core beliefs

GOD

We believe that God is the creator and the ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (often referred to as the Trinity). Those three are co-equal, and are one God (Genesis 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14).


JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. He was born of a virgin and lived a perfect, sinless human life. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days, ascended into heaven, and will return again someday to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13).


THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need of Jesus Christ. He also lives in every born again Christian from the moment of Salvation. He provides the believer with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, wisdom, service and guidance for doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under His guidance daily (II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:1-13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18; Acts 2:4).


THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural, guidance of the Holy Spirit, often called inspiration. It is the supreme source of truth for all Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error (II Timothy 1:13; 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 30:5).


MAN

We believe that man was originally created innocent and in the image and likeness of God, to be like Him in character. At the beginning of human history Adam and Eve defied God in the Garden of Eden; and as a result they, along with mankind, fell to a place of spiritual separation from Him. Mankind became subject to the power of sin and Satan. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates us from God and causes many problems in life (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2).


SALVATION

We believe salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting Jesus Christ as God’s offer for forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-willed life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1).


ETERNITY

We believe the Soul of every human being was created to live forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through salvation and forgiveness. Hell is eternal separation from God. Heaven is eternal union with God. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence (John 3:16; 2:25; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8; 2:44-46).

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