WHAT WE BELIEVE

MISSION
Prescott Christian Church exists to make disciples starting in Prescott.  
The following are the beliefs we hold to be true about God and His Word.

+ There is one true God who in the beginning, created out of nothing, the world in which we live.

(Genesis 1 & 2)

+ Jesus is the eternally existing, one and only Son of God who died for our sins and was raised bodily from the dead.

(1 Corinthians 15:1–8)

+ The Holy Spirit of God works to convict, create, encourage, equip, empower, teach, and seal the believer in a saving, eternal relationship with God.

(John 16:7–11; John 14:15–18; Galatians 5:22–23; Ephesians 1:13–14)

+ The Bible is the inspired Word of God – useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

(2 Timothy 3:16)

+ Every person has worth as a creation of God, we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

(Romans 3:23)

+ Forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Christ as their Savior and Lord.

(John 3:16)

+ Salvation comes by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

(Ephesians 2:8–9)

+ Those accepting Christ as Lord should repent of sin, confess their faith and be baptized into Him.

(Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38)

+ The church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and exists to save the lost and equip the saved.

(Ephesians 4:1–16).

+ Jesus Christ will one day return to earth in victory and reign forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords

(1 Thessalonians 4:13–18).

+ We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female.  These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God.  Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. 

(Genesis 1:26-27)

+ We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning:  the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.

(Genesis 2:18-25)

+ We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. 

(1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4)

+ We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, beastiality, incest and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. 

(Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

+ We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

(Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

+ We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity. 

(Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31)  

Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Prescott Christian Church.

+ We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Prescott Christian Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Prescott Christian Church Partners and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Prescott Christian Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by the Statements on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. 

(Matthew 5:16, Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22)

+ The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs.  The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  For purpose of Prescott Christian Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, and policy, and discipline, our Elder Board is Prescott Christian Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.

Theological Distinctives

BAPTISM

First and foremost, we at Prescott Christian Church believe that salvation is a free gift of God that is offered out of His grace.  Salvation comes only through faith and not works.  As such, we believe that there is no particular human work that can earn anyone’s way into heaven.
As to faith, we believe that it is more than belief.  Saving faith requires trust in God’s word such that the believer is willing to go beyond the cognitive understanding of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ to actual obedience to the teachings and commands of Jesus Christ.  That obedience includes baptism as our own spiritual participation in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Our mission at Prescott Christian Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ starting in Prescott.  Jesus Christ himself instructed us to make disciples by baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything he commanded.  Matthew 28:19-20.  Just as the apostles of Jesus Christ and the early church were faithful to Jesus Christ, we strive to do the same.  We believe that God intended baptism to be the first biblical expression of personal faith by one saved by the grace of God.  Because this is a personal act of faith that requires trust in God’s word, we do not infant baptize.  We also believe that baptism should be done by immersion in water because that best reflects the meaning of the original Greek word in the New Testament “baptizo.”  Further, immersion in water best symbolizes the significance of baptism being a believer’s death, burial and resurrection in Christ.
For a more detailed teaching on our beliefs regarding baptism, please click on the following sermon link.

WATCH SERMON ON BAPTISM



THE COMPLEMENTARY ROLES OF MEN & WOMEN

At Prescott Christian Church, we believe that both women and men bear the image of God and are absolutely equal to each other in essence, dignity and value yet different by divine design.  As part of God’s created order, women and men are to have different yet complementary roles and responsibilities in the home and church.  In particular, men are primarily responsible as leaders that display the same sacrificial love that Christ has for the church.  Women are to submit to that leadership and help fulfill the leadership responsibilities of men by utilizing their gifts, skills talents and insights.  These role and responsibility distinctions are God’s grace to man and woman and are to be protected, preserved and practiced for God’s glory and our joy.
For a more detailed explanation of the complementary roles of men and women, please click on the following link to read a brief article by Gavin Ortlund Ph.D. entitled “Why I’m Complementarian.”

READ IT HERE