There is one God, the creator, and ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1,26, 27; 3:22, Psalms 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Corinthians13:14
We are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character and are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although we have tremendous potential to be good, we are marred by disobedience towards God called sin, which separates us from God.
Genesis 1:27, Psalms 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1,2
Jesus was born, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind by shedding His blood and dying on a cross. Jesus was raised to live on the third day demonstrating God’s power over sin and death. Ascending to heaven’s glory, Jesus will one day return to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23, Isaiah 9:6, John1:1-5, 14:10-30, Hebrews 4: 14,15, 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, Romans 1:3,4, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Timothy 6:14,15, Titus 2:13
Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the Virgin Mary and was truly the Son of Man and the Son of God.
Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18, John 12:34, Luke 1:35
We believe in the literal physical resurrection of the crucified body the Lord Jesus Christ, that He ascended into heaven and presently in heaven acting on behalf of believers as their High Priest and Advocate.
Romans 4:24-25, 10:9 -10, Acts 1:10-11, Hebrews 4:14-15
Salvation is a free gift by God’s grace to mankind. People can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works – only through faith in Jesus Christ accepting His free gift of eternal life, can they be forgiven and saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment a person believes in Jesus Christ trusting His finished work on their behalf.
Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation providing power for living spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks 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 5:1
The Bible is God’s word to all mankind. It is 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 free from fault or error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21, 2 Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6, Proverbs 30:5
Jesus told us to go and make disciples and to baptise them. Throughout the New Testament we see that only those accepting Jesus as their Saviour were ever baptised. Since it’s not possible for an infant or very young child to understand such things it would not be appropriate for them to be baptized until they have grown older. However, what we do see pertaining to children, even infants and very young children, are instances in the Bible of them being “dedicated” to God. Jesus Himself was dedicated, or “presented” to God as an infant and He Himself took children up into His own arms and “blessed” them. Dedication here at Xcel is an opportunity for parents to have their children presented to God in prayer.
Acts 2:38-41, Acts 8:12, 36-38, Acts 9:10, Acts 10:47, Acts 16:11-15, 31-33, Acts 19:1-5, Luke 2:22, Luke 18:15-17, Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and is a public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal saviour. Being fully immersed in water represents the believer’s death to sin, and emerging from the water represents the new cleansed life that follows salvation. Baptism is not required for salvation, but is an act of your love and obedience to Christ following salvation.
Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12, Acts 2:38-41, Ephesians 2:8-9, Matthew 28:19-20
During the Last Supper, Jesus served His closest friends bread and wine that symbolized Jesus giving His body and blood for our sins. Today, it is an integral part of Christian worship as we remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and look forward to His glorious return in the future. This is a special act of remembrance for all those who have trusted Jesus as their Saviour.
Luke 22: 19-20, Matthew 26:26-28, John 6:53-58, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
The universal church is a spiritual entity that is the bride and the body of Christ. Church is not defined by a building or denomination but by its love for Christ and dedication to Him. It is made visible by local churches – congregations of believers who live in unity with each other for the purpose of worshipping God, upholding His Word, Christian discipleship, pastoral care and sharing the good news of the Gospel with the world. We see Church as an expression of the heart of God, a place where all are welcome, where the lost are found, the broken made whole and the sick made well.
Colossians 1:8, Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Revelation 21:2, 22:17, Ephesians 4:12
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God or in union with God. To be eternally separated from God in hell is the consequence of rejecting the salvation freely offered through Jesus Christ in this life. To be eternally in union with God is to accept His gift through belief in Jesus Christ and eternal life becomes a present possession. As believers, this also means the promise of an eternal home in heaven.
John 3:16, John 2:25, John 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15, 1 John 5:11-12, Matthew 25:31-46
The Great Commission
We believe that, until the return of Christ, it is the Christian’s privilege and duty to evangelize the world and make disciples of all nations.
Matthew 28:18-10, Acts 1:8