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MADISON MEETING LOCATION

1702 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53713

VERONA MEETING LOCATION

108 Paoli St.
Verona, WI 53593

MAILING ADDRESS

PO Box 259913
Madison, WI 53725

PHONE

(608)819-6451

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What We Believe

Understanding Our Statement

Our statement of faith is simply an explanation of our foundational beliefs. It does not say everything that we believe is taught in the Bible. For sake of clarity we use the language of “closed hand” and “open hand” doctrines... Closed handed beliefs are those about which the Bible is abundantly clear and the Church throughout history has understood to be the core of true Christianity. These are nonnegotiable. Open hand beliefs are those on which Jesus-loving, Bible-trusting Christians can legitimately disagree. In closed hand beliefs, we have unity; in open hand beliefs, we have diversity; in all of our beliefs, we promote an attitude of boldness and humility. We do not expect that all those involved in our community will be at the same place on their spiritual journey. We are not interested in forcing anyone to move to another point in that journey. The Holy Spirit changes hearts, not us. People with any range of beliefs regularly come through our doors, and are welcomed. Anyone who wishes to become a member of the church must wholeheartedly subscribe to the entire statement of faith.

Our Statement of Faith

The Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. That there is one true, good, and living God who is of one substance, power, and eternal purpose yet eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. That God created all things visible and invisible for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness. Both Adam and Eve were created equally in the image of God and without sin. Adam and Eve sinned in eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We further affirm that whoever comes by the drawing of God through the invoking of the Holy Spirit will not be cast out. The Holy Spirit empowers spiritual gifts as God wills to His children. These gifts are designed to testify to the presence of the Kingdom and distributed to equip the saints for worship and ministry to build up the body of Jesus Christ. The Church consists of all who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation and is the spiritual body of Christ. This includes all the redeemed of the ages, believers from among all peoples from every tribe, tongue, and nation. That Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are significant expressions of salvation, worship, and submission to God for the believer. The call and holy privilege of every child of God and of all churches of Jesus Christ is to go and make disciples of the nations. That Heaven is a real place of eternal blessedness prepared by God for those who have been saved by grace through the shed blood of Christ. We believe that Hell is a real place of eternal suffering for those whose names are not written in the book of life. We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom.

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