Beliefs & Teaching
Team Church is a Christian church which means that it is under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The basic beliefs and doctrines that govern its practices reflect the historic Christian church evangelical reformed tradition.
We are decidedly a church that reaches out to unbelievers and unchurched people while remaining steadfast to the Bible and its teaching. In matters of doctrine, Christian faith, and practice, the church strives for three things: in the essentials of the faith, unity; in non-essentials of the faith, liberty; in all things, love and charity.
In Essential Beliefs – We Have Unity
“There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…” Ephesians 4:4-6 NIV
In Non-Essential Beliefs – We have Liberty
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master, he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God…So whatever you believe about these thing keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1,4,12,22 NIV
In All Our Beliefs – We show Charity
“If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge, but also the very secrets of God, and if I have faith that can move mountains – but have not love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Corinthians 13:2
ESSENTIALS OF OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH AND PRACTICE
God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are the one God. (Genesis 1:1-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:12; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Acts 5:3-4)
Jesus is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born to a virgin, 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. Jesus is the only way for people to be reconciled to God. (Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13).
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Jesus. He is present in this world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every follower of Jesus from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As followers of Jesus we seek to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16,17; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
The Bible is God’s word. It was given to us by God through human beings who were inspired by Him. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 106; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
Human beings were made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. 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 people from God and causes many problems in life. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 1:12; 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
Because God gave us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us security. (John 10:28,29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 2:25; 3:16; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:81; 2:44,46)