thecommunity.tv is a congregation of Christians who follow Jesus, teach from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and worship God- the sole creator and ruler of all things.
Though each of us is a sinner by nature and by choice, Jesus Christ took the punishment that we have earned so that we may enjoy relationship with God the Father. Through Christ we are freed from our sin, healed of selfishness, transformed into what we were created to be, and adopted as Children of God. Below is a summation of the basic truths behind this belief:
God is the creator and ruler of the Universe. He has existed forever as three distinct persons- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three persons form one God, are co-equal in power and glory, and are the same yesterday, today, and forever.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
1 Peter 1:2
2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
2 Corinthians 13:14
14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Jesus Christ is the Messiah spoken about by the Hebrew prophets of the Old Testament. He was born to a virgin and became a man without ever ceasing to be God. He descended to earth with the expressed purpose of revealing God to the nations. He lived a blameless, sinless life and offered himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people. After three days he was resurrected and ascended to reign with his Father in Heaven where he functions as our advocate and representative before God the father. We believe that Jesus is coming to earth again in the future to judge the living and the dead.
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
John 1:1-5, 14:10-30
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me,
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[a] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
1 Peter 2:24, 4:5
24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with Jesus and God the Father and his purpose in the world is to convict humans of sin and judgmental attitudes and spur them onto righteousness. The Holy Spirit is a helper given to every Christian at the moment of salvation and equips every believer with spiritual gifts. In a practical sense the Holy Spirit is a tuning fork in the life of a believer- showing each person the ways in which they are not sounding in unity with God.
John 16: 8-11
8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:12
12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
God supernaturally inspired human authors who wrote what we now consider to be the Old and New Testaments. These scriptures are the source of truth and all of our spiritual doctrines are derived from them. As scripture is God-breathed, it is without error so long as it is translated accurately.
2 Timothy 3:16
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
2 Peter 1:20
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
5“Every word of God is flawless;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
God made humanity in his spiritual image, the prized object of his affection. God designed humanity to connect relationally with himself and to bring Him glory and praise. This is the purpose of every person, and consequently is the only source of fulfilling and lasting joy. Through the sin of Adam and Eve, humanity inherited a sinful, selfish nature. This sin alienates us from God and is the ultimate cause of every tragic fact about existence in the newly fallen world. Humans lack the position and capability to remedy this problem by acts of the will.
Genesis 1:26, 27
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.