These statements frame our thinking and motivation.  They are summary statements about how God has defined reality, and are taken from his Word to humanity:  The Bible!
 

We believe the Bible is God’s unique revelation to people.  It’s the inspired, infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches.  No other writings are vested with such divine authority  [Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105-106]

 

We believe all people are created in God’s image and are incredibly valuable to Him.  The message of the Bible is that God loves all people, and invites us to live in community with Himself and others  [Genesis 1:26-27; John 3:16-17; Acts 2:42-47; Colossians 3]


We believe there is one God, creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally as three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each fully God yet each personally distinct from the other  [Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:19-20; John 14:15-17]


We believe Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary, fully God and fully human, and lived a sinless human life.  He willingly took all of our sin(s) upon himself, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator.  Someday, He’ll return to fulfill the eternal plan of God  [Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:1; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:25]

1that apart from Jesus Christ, all people are spiritually lost and, because of sin, deserve the judgment of God.  However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf.  Salvation can’t be earned through personal goodness or human effort.  It’s a gift that must be received and is secured by humble repentance and faith in Christ and his finished work on the cross  [Romans 3:21-26; Romans 5:1-11; Ephesians 2:8-9]


We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ.  He dwells within all followers of Jesus and is able to empower them to lead Christ-like lives, and gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world  [2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:18]


We believe all who follow Jesus are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal.  Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of each another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines  [Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:15; Colossians 1:18, 3:11; Ephesians 3:17-19, 4:13-16]


We believe death seals the eternal destiny of each person.  At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation.  Followers of Jesus will be received into Gods loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life  [Matthew 25; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; 1 Corinthians 3:10-14]


We believe the local church is a community of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and personal growth.  Through it, followers of Jesus invest time, energy, spiritual gifts, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20).  Baptism and Communion are practiced as key identifying symbols of Jesus death and resurrection  [Acts 2:38, 42-47; Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 6; Hebrews 10:25; 2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Corinthians 11:23-36, 12:7; Acts 1:8]


 

 


 

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Valley Church | Changing Lives For Good
16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Road

Renton, WA  98059
425-226-0741
welcome@govalley.org