What we believe at The Branch about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church
We believe the scriptures of the entire Bible are infallible, inerrant, and inspired by God. The scriptures are God revealing Himself to mankind, and are never wrong when correctly interpreted, and are our guide for faith, belief, and the way we live our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ.
We believe there is only one true God that is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He is the Creator of heaven and earth. He has always existed without any outside cause or agent bringing Him into being “I AM.” He reveals Himself through embodying both relationship and association. He is a triune God. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons God The Father, God The Son, and God the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and attribute, executing distinct, but harmonious offices, in the great work of redemption.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God and has always existed. He was begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary being fully God and fully man. In order to restore fallen mankind, He died on the cross as a substitute, the Righteous Himself for the unrighteousness of mankind, and He is the atonement for the sins of every person. He was raised from the dead by the supernatural power of God and ascended to heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of God as our Advocate. His return to receive His bride is imminent.
We believe mankind was created good and upright, for God “created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” As a result, life from conception through death is a sacred gift from God. However, mankind by willful choice ignored God’s instructions and chose to engage in what was wrong and evil. As a result mankind fell from innocence and goodness because of his sin causing not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.
Mankind’s only hope of reconciliation and redemption is through the sacrifice of the life and blood of Jesus Christ on his behalf.
We believe Salvation is deliverance from spiritual death and habits caused by sin. Man is incapable of saving him self; salvation is by God’s grace alone. Christ died for our sins as a representative and as a substitute sacrifice for all that repent of there sins, confess, believe, and live for Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood. All those who receive by faith that Jesus Christ is Lord are “born again” of the Holy Spirit and become the children of God. The Bible refers to this experience as becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus. “Old things have passed away, all things become new.”
We believe that water baptism by immersion, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is commanded by scripture for all who have repented and put their faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior. In so doing we declare that we have died with Jesus and that we have also been raised with him to walk in newness of life. This is not a saving ordinance, but an outward sign of an inward work through Jesus Christ.
We believe The Lord’s Supper is a time for remembering all that Jesus Christ has done for us in His death, burial, and resurrection as a type through the broken body and the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is also a time to look forward to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. We believe that all believers regardless of church affiliation, may partake in communion.
We believe that all believers are entitled to, and should earnestly seek and expect to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” is a definite experience(s), not identical with the new birth conversion. This was the normal experience(s) for believers in the New Testament Church. With this gift revelation is diffused through-out the soul of a believer, resulting in a greater endowment of extraordinary power operating in their soul in order to be an effective witness through the manifestation of the supernatural gifts of the Spirit.
We believe God wants to heal people. We believe that divine healing is active in the lives of His people today through Jesus, Who is the Healer. It is an integral part of the Bible and Christ’s ministry. It has already been provided for in the atonement of Christ’s death and resurrection. The Bible says in 1Peter 2:24, “who Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness- by those stripes you were healed.”
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