WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible. The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. 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) The Bible makes clear that certain truths are essential convictions of the Christian faith. Thrive Church considers these to be the following:
God is the loving Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternal and completely good, knowing all things, having all power and majesty. God exists as the Trinity, in three distinct persons, yet one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal ( I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).
About 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, died on the cross for mankind and thus, 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; 1 Timothy 2:5).
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, sent from God to live inside all who believe in Jesus Christ, teaches, comforts, and empowers us, giving each follower diverse gifts, fostering unity, interdependence, productivity, Christ-like character, and love among Christians. The believer receives the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. The empowering of the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father, is available for every Christian. (Acts 1:8; 2:4; Romans 5:5; 8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 3:16; 4:3-4; 5:18; John 14:26; 16:7-14)
About the Bible
We believe that God speaks to us in the Bible, which is completely without error. It is our privilege to seek to understand God’s message and apply it responsibly to our lives. The Bible is our standard and authority in all we say and do. We believe that God inspired the authors of the Bible and are therefore completely trustworthy. The Bible is the final authority on all matters to which it speaks. We believe that God’s unchangeable Biblical message ought to be presented in relevant and contemporary ways, free of religious jargon and understandable to the people of our community. (Matthew 5:17-19; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2; Peter 1:16-21; 2 Peter 3:14-18; Joshua 1:7-8; Acts 17:11; Psalms 19:7-11; 119:9-16,105)
All people are created with dignity and value in the image of God, to live in a vital relationship with God. However, through our sin (failing to live by God’s moral standards), we break our intended relationship with God, fall short and we experience the destructive consequences of that broken relationship, spiritually and socially, in this life and beyond. However, God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue us from those consequences and to restore our broken relationships with God and others, through Christ’s death on the cross, a perfect act of redemption for each of us. Salvation comes to people on the basis of God’s grace through their faith in Jesus alone. They receive the free gift of forgiveness and are spiritually reborn through repenting of their sin and believing in Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED WITH A CIRCLE AT THRIVE CHURCH?
For information on how to get involved with a Circle, click here. New Thrive Circles kick off each fall, spring, and summer. The best thing you can do for your faith is surround yourself with men and women who are striving to become more like Jesus.
WHAT DOES THRIVE CHURCH HAVE FOR KIDS ON SUNDAYS?
We have created an engaging environment for our children to connect with God, grow with other children, and learn to follow God. We encourage you to visit our program this Sunday. We offer THRIVEKIDS at every service. More information coming soon.
HOW DO I GET CONNECTED AS A MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT?
THRIVEYOUTH takes place on Wednesday nights. For more information on this ministry, click here.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED WITH SERVING AT THRIVE CHURCH?
Finding ways to put our faith and giftings into action is important to our spiritual development as well as to the Kingdom Of God. For more information, click here.
HOW DOES THRIVE CHURCH HANDLE BAPTISM (FOR INFANTS, CHILDREN, AND ADULTS)?
We believe that water baptism is an important and obedient act that follows an individual’s decision to follow Christ. However, we don’t baptize infants until they are of an age when they can make a decision for themselves to follow Christ and then to be baptized. For infants, we embrace the tradition of child dedication which flows directly from Hannah’s (the Prophet Samuel’s mother) decision to dedicate her son back to God. For more information about Baby Dedication, contact us.
For many adults, baptism is the first public step of obedience to Christ. Baptism is for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ’s atoning work and has become His disciple. Therefore, in obedience to Christ’s command and as a testimony to God, the church, one’s self, and the world, a believer should be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that a person’s former way of life has been put to death and vividly depicts his release from the mastery of sin and that the believer is a new creation in Christ Jesus. Thrive Church practices and teaches that once a person becomes a believer and a disciple of Christ they should get baptized. If you would like to know when our next Baptism weekend will take place, we will publicize those dates through stage announcements during services, social media, and on the web.