About UsThe Connection exists to lead people into a life changing relationship with Jesus
THE CONNECTION AT OUR ROOTS
Am I Welcomed Here?
Jesus’ Love Has No Bounds
All are welcomed here with open arms
All are welcomed with open arms.
THE CONNECTION STAFF
HISPANIC MINISTRY PASTOR
Why the Connection Church? It’s pretty simple… building relationships is one of the best ways to demonstrate God’s love and his desire to relate with us. It’s what we do! His written down love letter, the Bible, is our field manual. Yes, it was penned by men but completely master-minded by the Creator himself (2 Tim. 3:15). His love letter is filled with truths and applications that you can bank on to live a victorious life. But because of man’s bad decision, made way back in the beginning, a huge gap exists between us and God. He knew something had to be done to bridge that gap. His Son, Jesus, took it upon himself to be the only real solution. To learn more about our need for a savior, the perfect example and the perfect solution, click on the links below…… we hope to make a new friend and to meet you at our next gathering!
A need for a savior
Adam and Eve had it made. Walking closely with God, all of their needs were met. God only gave one rule – don’t eat the fruit from one tree. But Satan whispered in their ear that God really didn’t mean what he said. Unfortunately, they decided to give it a go. That fatal bite cut off our intimacy with a perfect God. A wall had been put up, and it came from our side of the relationship. Guilt and shame were now the norm. After this ‘fall’, God gave a list of rules to show us that we were too weak to earn our way back to him. Instead of leaving us hopeless, he promised a Messiah to save us from our inability to hit the mark that he had put in front of us. This Messiah would fully restore our relationship with him.
A perfect example
Jesus came to earth. You’ve heard the story. He came as a baby, but not just as a baby. He also came to live a life that would be an exact representation of the Father (God) to us – in a way that we could understand — on our level. He showed us how to live. He showed us how to overcome temptation. Jesus came to show us how to walk in a love relationship with God, and also with our families and communities. But one thing was still needed……
A permanent solution
Jesus taught that following his example was only possible if our relationship with God was permanently restored. There was a price that had to be paid for our disobedience. Man had fallen short before a perfect God. Jesus offers a permanent solution. He lived a perfect life before God. He did not sin. Only he could take our place, lay down His life, and pay the price that would bring us back into full relationship with God – forever! This is exactly what He chose to do. He then rose from the grave showing that He has power over death – now and forever! Not only that, He then sent His Holy Spirit to be a helper to us, so that we would have the ability to live a life pleasing to God. If we choose to welcome Jesus into our lives as Savior, we have right standing and restored relationship with God. We can also receive this same Holy Spirit to guide, comfort, and empower us as we live.
THE CONNECTION TENETS
Who was Jesus?
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth was born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was begotten of God the Father; conceived by the seed of God, His word. He was the “Messiah,” also known as “The Anointed One,” or “The Christ.” He lived a sinless life. He went about doing good, healing all who were oppressed of the devil. At the will of the father, He died, descended into hell, and was raised from the dead on the third day. Jesus thereby, destroyed all the works of the devil. Man’s justification and righteousness were purchased by His death and resurrection. He is alive today, reigning at the Father’s right hand, making intercession for us.
(Luke 1:34-35; John 10:10; Acts 10:38 & 13:33; Ephesians 4:9; Romans 8:34)
What is the Trinity?
Although the bible does not use the term “trinity”; we believe the bible refers to the Holy Trinity when it speaks of God the Father; God the Son; and God the Holy Spirit. All three persons have precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfection.
(John 1:1-4 & 14 & 10:30; 1 John 5:7)
Is the Bible God’s word?
We believe that the Bible is the absolute, infallible Word of God. It was given to Holy Men by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. These Holy Scriptures are used by God to instruct, reprove, and correct man. It is the only basis for doctrine to be used by the Body of Christ. The Bible is to be the final authority in the life of the believer.
(2 Timothy 3:16; Matthew 5:18 & 24:35; 2 Corinthians 4:18)
What is man?
We believe that man is a created being, created in the very image of God. Man was created to have dominion over God’s created earth. By reason of Adam’s abdication of that dominion, man has inherited the very nature of Satan, and is alienated from God his creator; and he has no hope for restoration, except through Jesus Christ.
(Genesis 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22)
How is man "saved"?
We believe salvation is received by faith only. One must believe in Jesus as the Son of God; believe that He died, was buried and resurrected. And, one must verbally avow Him as the Lord of his/her life, according to Romans 10:9-10. This salvation is a free gift of God, it is by His grace, and cannot be augmented or substituted by one’s good works. We believe that affirmation of Jesus as Lord will be confirmed by repentance and a turning away from a life of sin by the believer. All who receive Jesus are “born again” by the power of the Holy Spirit, and become begotten children of God. The inward witness of this salvation is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The outward witness is a life style that imitates the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Romans 3:22-28 & 10:9-10; Acts 26:20)
Do we have to be baptized?
We believe that through water baptism we participate in the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection. That we should follow Jesus’ example in being baptized and it is a valid biblical doctrine.
(Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3&4; Colossians 2:12)
Why do we take communion?
We believe in frequent sharing of Holy Communion. We are commanded by Jesus to do it often, and in His memory. By faith we believe the elements are His body and blood. In receiving communion we affirm forgiveness of our sins and by partaking of His body, we receive physical healing for our body.
(1 Corinthians 11:26)
Does every believer have the Holy Spirit?
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers, conforming them to the image of Jesus Christ.
(John 7:39; John 14:26; Acts 5:32)
What do we mean by being "Spirit filled"?
We believe in a separate and subsequent impartation of God’s grace, referred to as the “baptism of the Holy Spirit,” or the “filling of the Holy Spirit”. This work of grace is an endowment of God’s power to be His witness and continue the work of Jesus. That is, “to continue all that He began to do; going about doing good, healing all who are oppressed of the devil.” As a result of this endowment we welcome and accept all of the gifts of the Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians the 12th Chapter.
(Luke 11:13, Acts 2:4, Acts 8:12-17)
Are we a “holiness” church?
We believe that the “Full Gospel” includes holiness of the heart and life. Those who are called by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ should depart from iniquity. We believe holiness is a fruit of our salvation, as opposed to an attempt to earn salvation.
(2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 6:22)
Is divine healing for today?
We believe that sickness and diseases is a result of an environment of sin in the world and are the work of the devil. We believe that divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. The good news is that; “by the stripes of Jesus we were healed.” The healing might be an immediate miraculous manifestation or as a result of standing in faith on God’s promises of healing in the scriptures.
(Romans 5:13-14; Galatians 3:13; Psalms 102:1-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17)
What about "the end of the world"?
We believe in the literal second coming of our Lord, the literal rule of Christ upon the earth, the resurrection of the saved to eternal life, the resurrection of the unsaved to eternal damnation and the ultimate manifestation of the eternal victory of the Kingdom of God.
(John 14:3; Luke 1:30-33; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Luke 12:5)
How does The Connection view tithing?
Abraham was the first man to offer the tithe and he did so long before there was any law commanding the tithe. We do not believe one should tithe out of adherence to the law. The bible calls the tithe holy unto the Lord. We learned from the prophet Malachi that to withhold not only the tithe but also offerings is to rob God. The promise that we grasp by faith is that God will pour out a blessing upon the one who tithes. Jesus said we ought to tithe. Hebrews tells us the New Covenant men still receive the tithe on earth and that in heaven Jesus receives them. We do not require our members to tithe, but we do require those in leadership to set an example by tithing. We recognize the tithe to be 10% of one’s gross income.
(Gen. 14:20, Lev. 27:30, Malachi 3:8-10, Heb. 7:8-9)
Are there to be apostles and prophets today?
We believe the callings of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher are gifts to the church today. All offices are for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, so that the Body of Christ is edified until the Lord’s return.
(1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11)
Do men and women need to be married today?
We do not believe that a man and a woman are to live together without the benefit of a marriage before God and blessed of God. We believe that each man is to have his own wife and each wife her own husband. We also believe that marriage is to be between a man and woman only and do not approve or support the union of two people of the same sex under any terminology.
(Gen. 2:24; 1st Cor. 7:2; Acts 15:20; Rom. 1:26-27)
How do we relate with other churches?
We believe in the spiritual unity of all who are born of God. Children of God are to be known by their love for each other, and for their love of Jesus the Christ and Lord of the Church. We emphasize the tearing down of denominational walls. We desire to unite with all who name the name of Jesus, in taking our city, state, nation and earth for the Lord.
(Romans 8:14; Galatians 3:26; John 13:35)
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