What we believe – Faith & Life
I like to think of the word “believe” as being formed of “be” and “live”. I cannot emphasize enough that what you believe matters a lot; but I also need to emphasize that if what you believe is not seen in your day-to-day life it doesn’t amount to much. To use James’ words, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17 NIV). This page explains what we believe and it also gives a few hints on how we try to live that out.
We believe there is only one true God, the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. God has always existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Since he is the Creator and Ruler of the whole Universe, we aim to live our lives according to his will. In our worship, we equally honour the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Worksop Christian Centre exists With Christ at the Centre. Our aim is to promote the person and work of Jesus Christ. (Please visit our Vision page for more information.)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to convince people of their need for Jesus Christ. A person receives the Holy Spirit in the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit comes into the believer’s life to provide power for living a godly life, understanding of the Bible, and guidance in life. He gives every believer spiritual gifts in order to serve in God's Kingdom.
As Christians, we seek to live daily under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We recognize that the only way to live the Christian life is through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe the Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Since it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
This is why we practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization etc. The Bible is the basis for all we believe. Our first question when faced with a decision is “What does the Bible say?”
We believe that God created human beings in his image and to be like him in character. They were created with free will and a great potential to do good, however, they chose to disobey God. This attitude of disobedience is called 'sin'. We were all created to have a close fellowship with God but are now separated from Him because of this sin.
We see value in each and every person because they were created in God's image, but we also recognize the need of each person to be saved from sin.
We believe that a person cannot save himself or herself from sin, just as a person who cannot swim cannot save themselves from drowning. The only way to be saved is to be sorry for your sins and believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you. The Bible compares salvation with a second birth, which is only maintained by the grace and power of God. The external sign of salvation is a holy lifestyle accompanied by good works.
For this reason we rejoice in our salvation and invite others to put their faith in Jesus Christ to be saved and rejoice with us.
We believe that people were created to exist forever and that death is not the end of our existence. God will raise up all those who died and they will live forever, either with Him through forgiveness and salvation, or live eternally separated from Him by sin. The place to live with God is called Heaven; the place to live without God is called Hell. These are real places and our eternal destiny can only be decided upon this earth.
As our earthly life is incomparably short compared to eternity, we try to live it in the light and the hope of eternity.