Beliefs and Core Values

Beliefs and Core Values

Beliefs of the Kalkaska Church of Christ

About God

God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1,26,27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19;
1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 1:15-17

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was miraculously conceived, born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying willingly on the cross. He arose in bodily form from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin, Satan, and death. After appearing to witnesses on many occasions over forty days, He ascended into heaven where He now serves as the Mediator between God and man. We believe that at the end of time, He will again visibly return to earth to complete His eternal plan.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30;
Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:3, 9-11; Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17

About The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8;
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

About The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13;
Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. We believe God made people male and female and that a biblical marriage is between a woman and a man. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2

About Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. A person is saved by placing their faith in Jesus, confessing Him as Master and Lord, repenting of their sins, and being baptized for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 6:1-5, 23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6; Titus 3:5;
Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21

About Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18;
Revelation 20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9

Read about our practices regarding communion, baptism, music, and more here.

Core Values Of The Kalkaska Church Of Christ

Standing On God’s Word

We value loving the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
We value teaching based on God’s Word, the Bible.
We value prayer as a means of communicating with our Father God.
We value lifelong learning. Every one of us continues to grow spiritually.
We value stewardship of our money, time, and abilities.
We value excellence in service to God & Church.

Reaching God’s World

We value working together as a team to accomplish ministry.
We value meeting in small groups for fellowship, Bible study, & prayer.
We value the family unit. Every family member is important and vital. Singles are also important to God and to us, there is a place for each and every individual to worship and serve in the family of faith.
We value relationships – to God, to fellow Christians, to family, and to community.
We value mentoring, developing leadership, and leading by example.
We value intentional fun, enjoying God’s gift of life together.