We believe there is one true, holy God eternally existing in three equal persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the beginning, God demonstrated His power, wisdom and goodness by creating the world and everything in it. Through His divine power and providence, God continues to sustain His creation, operating within history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Psalm 90; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14.
Jesus Christ is the personality of God described as “Son.” He is both 100% God and 100% man. He was crucified, though He had done nothing wrong. Three days later He physically came back to life, although His body had been transformed into a spiritual one.
Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 3:16, 2:5; John 1:1, 14, 20:28; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6.
The Holy Spirit
People in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ are to live in holiness and obedience as they submit to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit applies Christ’s saving work by enlightening the minds of sinners to their need to be saved. He renews and indwells each believer upon salvation, becoming their source of assurance, strength, wisdom, and gifting for building up the church. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Bible. Appropriated by faith, His power and control empower believers to lead a life of Christ-like character and bear fruit for the Father’s glory.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Spirit of God – 1 Thessalonians 4:8, 1 Corinthians 3:17
The Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Son of God – John 14:16-18, Galatians 4:6, Romans 8:9
The Third Person of the Trinity – Matthew 28:19
The Spirit of Truth – John 14:17, John 15:26
The Comforter – John 14:16, John 15:26, John 16:7
The Bible is God’s authoritative means of communicating His truth to us. Its truths do not change in relation to a person’s interpretation of them. Authors wrote 66 different books of the Bible as God inspired them, communication through different times, circumstances, cultures, personalities and literary genre with harmony and continuity. Only the Bible is 100% the Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
Every believer after making the decision of faith should be baptized into water to restore themselves into a relationship with God. This symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and is a sign to the world that they have identified Christ as their substitute and only means of salvation.
Matthew 3:16, Acts2:41 Acts 8:12-14, Acts 8:38-39
At Pathways Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. We do however practice a “baby/child dedication.” This is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on behalf of the child. Parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of faith in Christ.
Humanity and sin
God created humankind to live forever and enjoy the creation with Him. However, humanity rebelled (we call any disobedience of God’s standards “sin”) and was, therefore, excluded from a relationship with God and destined to suffer eternal punishment in Hell after death. Because of that rebellion, absolutely no individual apart from Jesus is able to come to God; each is incapable of pleasing Him. Abraham’s faith was counted as redemption since the Redeemer had not yet come.
Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12, 3:10-18
The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call people into fellowship with Him. Originally created to be in relationship with God, humans defied Him by going their own independent way, resulting in alienation from Him and the inability to please God. This fall took place at the beginning of human history; all people since have suffered these consequences and are in need of the saving grace of God. We believe man’s only hope of salvation is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
All who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are united with Him as members of His body, the one true Church. Scripture commands believers to gather for worship, prayer, fellowship and the teaching of the Word; to observe Baptism and Communion as established by Jesus Christ; to offer service to the body through development and use of talents, gifts and outreach to the world. The local expression of the church is wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command. Cared for and led by leaders, church members are to work together in love and unity for the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
Faith and Practice
In all matters of faith and practice, Scripture is the final authority. In matters where Scripture is silent, believers should conscientiously seek to be led by the Lord because it is to Him alone we are ultimately responsible.
Though the culture has evolving definitions of marriage, we believe that it is God alone who has the ultimate authority to prescribe and describe the marital relationship (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:1-9; Mark 10:1-12). Because of this understanding, we will only recognize marriages that meet the biblical definition: a covenant relationship between one gender-normative man and one gender-normative woman, as defined by one’s sex assignment at birth corresponding to their gender identity and expression. The pastors, ministers and staff of Pathways Church will only participate in weddings and officiate marriages that meet this definition, and the facilities and property of Pathways Church will only host marriage ceremonies that meet this definition.