Sunday, November 19, 2017

We Believe

Christian Fellowship of El Cajon is an Evangelical Church that has its foundation in the New Testament, and believes in the Bible as God's word. Outside of this foundation we have no doctrine, co conditions or requirements and no partiality in our treatment of persons. Faith in Jesus as God's Son, and faith in the Holy Spirit, the forgiveness of sins, baptism, and the Lord's Supper are the fundamental elements of our faith. We place great importance on living our life in accordance to God's word and using the Bible as a guideline for our life and doctrine. We believe in the Almighty God, in his Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, that he was born of the Virgin Mary, and that he rose from the dead on the third day as it says in the Bible. Our belief that Jesus was tempted in all points just as we are, yet without sin, is a central theme in our teachings. That is why Jesus' life, temptations, battles, and triumphs are of great interest and value to us.

We believe that all people can receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, without having a single good deed to show for themselves, when they believe in Jesus and that he died for us on the cross. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God."Eph.2:8. The forgiveness of sins is not the ultimate goal for a Christian; rather, it is the beginning of a new life. When we repent from our sins and come to faith in God's word, we are "born" into a new life with new interests and a desire to do God's will. With God's help it is possible to be Jesus' disciple and follower.

We believe that Jesus was tempted just as we are, but he never sinned. Instead he overcame in every temptation through the power of the Holy Spirit. Heb.4: 15-16. "Therefore, we believe that when we also are tempted to do what is wrong in God's eyes, we can get power to deny ourselves and overcome." Rom. 6: 1-2. We believe in victory over all conscious sin, spiritual growth and development in all that is good, just as the Bible tells us. We believe that the Holy Spirit will bring all things to our remembrance and guide us on our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.

When we are obedient to the Holy Spirit, an inner transformation takes place in us. In the light that comes from God's word and the Holy Spirit, we see more and more of our own nature and those aspects of our own will, which strive against God's will. When we agree with God about what we see in our own nature, a cleansing of the sin within us can take place by the Holy Spirit. Life becomes a journey of increasing acknowledgment and cleansing. This inner transformation is what the Bible calls sanctification. We believe that the spiritual fellowship which develops in the light that comes from God's word, is "the church," or "the body of Christ" as it is also called in the Bible. Everyone who lives a life that is "crucified with Christ" is a member of his body- regardless of time or place, culture or traditions, and of course, regardless of affiliation or association to Christian Fellowship of El Cajon.

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