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MADISON MEETING LOCATION

1702 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53713

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


We believe that the Bible is the completely and uniquely inspired Word of God, inerrant in its original writings. The Bible is our supreme and final authority in faith, and life. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21)

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 3; 4:24; Acts 5:3, 4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5, 6; II Corinthians 13:14)

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13)

We believe that man and woman were created in the image of God; that they sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and become guilty sinners in thought, word and deed. (Genesis 1:26, 27; 3:1, 24; Romans 3:25; 5:12-18; I John 1:8)

We believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; that He rose victorious from the grave on the third day; and that all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood. (Isaiah 53; Matthew 20:28; John 3:16; Romans 3:24-26; 5:1; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; I John 2:2; Matthew 28:6; Romans 10:9; and I Corinthians 15:14)

We believe that the Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 16:5-15; Romans 8:16, 23, 26, 27)

We believe he Holy Spirit empowers spiritual gifts as God wills to His children. These gifts are designed to testify to the presence of the Kingdom and to build up the body of Jesus Christ. (Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12:12-31)

We believe 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. (Eph 2:14-15, 19; Mt 16:18; Acts 2:47; Heb 12:1; Eph 5:25; Eph 1:22-23; Heb 10:24-25)

We believe that Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are significant expressions of salvation, worship, and submission to God for the believer. (Mt 28:18-20; 1 Cor 11:23-26)

We believe the command and privilege of every child of God and of all churches of Jesus Christ is to go and make disciples of the nations. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting joy of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. (John 5:28-29; I Corinthians 15; II Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15)

We believe in the personal and imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and to restore all things and fully establish His Kingdom. (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Matthew 24:42-51; Matthew 25:1-13)

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