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What We Believe

 

Genesis is a community of people who really enjoy doing life together. We’re from all religious affiliations but have dropped the labels. We’re from many different stations and positions of influence in life, but we’ve learned it’s not about hierarchical structure. We’ve embraced the New Testament as the final authority on truth, but don’t believe it’s about being RIGHT!

We’re passionate about caring for and loving people, so we teach respect and openness for everyone – no matter from where their journey has brought them. We believe in empowering individuals to function in their gifts and minister life to one another; therefore, we’ve decentralized the ministry, moving it out of the pulpit into the hands of every believer.

Finally, we’re a gathering of people who are in process . . . the process of walking in the light of our Father’s heart and likeness. We believe it isn’t about perfection… in fact, even those in leadership positions among us minister from a place of imperfection… a place of love and humility–not as ones who have it all together.
 
Bottom line… you’ll just have to experience Genesis . . .  Passionate, Loving, Relevant . . . it’s all about Jesus!
 

Essentials

  • As believers, we love to praise and worship God in freedom, power, and humility. Praise and worship services at Genesis are lively but reverent, exciting but holy.
  • God has chosen the local church to represent His life and love. Our first priority is to be a healthy, growing, local church so people can hear the Gospel, come to know Jesus Christ, and become a part of the body of believers.
  • Genesis is a place of caring, training, healing, and restoration for people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • We are focused on relationships which nurture self-worth and acceptance while encouraging the use of personal gifting.
  • We believe in serving people like Jesus served people. The community cares not about our programs until they first see us serving their practical needs.
  • We promote unity in essential things, liberty in subjective things, and charity in all things. It’s not about being “right”!
  • Since our mission is to reach those not yet convinced about Jesus, our methods will focus on “market place” ministry which is relevant to the unchurched and constantly adjusted to the environments to which Christ has called us.

 

Statement of Faith

The Bible

The entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and the revelation of His love and purpose for mankind. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26)

Trinity

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who became flesh to reveal God to humanity and to become the Savior of the lost world. (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, and died on the cross to redeem all that was lost by Adam, He atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5)

Man

That all humanity was created in the image of God to have fellowship with him. However, all humanity falls short of God’s purpose and design because of Adam (all have sinned). In the same light, “all” are equally declared innocent (in right standing with God) because of Jesus! While the law (moral code and legal demands in the Old Covenant) reveals what happened to mankind in Adam; grace reveals what happened to the same mankind in Christ. Humanity is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts. (Romans 5:12-21; Hebrews 8:6-13; Colossians 1:13-23; Ephesians 1:3-5)

Jesus’ Death and Forgiveness

Man’s forgiveness and justification is a gift from God received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection is the sole basis of redemption and reconciliation back to right-standing with God, having nothing to do with our good works or of any human effort. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22)

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth. (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6)

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40)

The Church

The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. He has made gifts available to each member of His church for the fulfillment of our purpose, which is to glorify God by loving him and by making him known through the demonstration of Christ’s power and love. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23)

Healing of the Sick

Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29)

God’s Will for Provision

It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy, and successful in all areas of life. Because of the fall, the full benefit of God’s will is in conflict with living in a fallen world. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to live a resurrected life and better serve others.

  • Spiritual  (John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10)
  • Mental and Emotional  (II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3)
  • Physical  (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24)
  • Financial  (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19)