Our Beliefs

To wake up to Jesus and invite our neighbors into His light

Our mission at Awaken is to wake up to Jesus and invite our neighbors into His light. We exist as a conscious part of a global movement which spans continents and millennia, and was initiated by the truth come in person: Jesus the Christ. 

What we believe really matters. From the days of the earliest Christians, local believers have written summaries of God’s revelation so as to affirm their unity with other believers, and to guard themselves from error.

We have inherited the truths of the faith from those who came before us, who learned it from the Scriptures, which were written by people guided by God.


What follows is a summary of our core beliefs.



Scripture


We believe that the Bible, received by the church as the 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament, is the authoritative word of God, inspired by the person of the Holy Spirit, and written through the persons of the prophets and apostles.

We believe the Scriptures of the Bible form God’s authoritative revelation to us, are the standard against which all our beliefs may be measured, and are “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Tim. 3:16


God


We believe in only one God, existing as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They coexist eternally, are perpetually co-equal, and of the very same essence. We believe these persons carry differences in their roles together, and that these differences rise from their perfectly unified purpose.

We believe that because God exists as three persons in one essence, “He” is without need and is in himself fully satisfied and overflowing with love.


Creation


We believe all that is not God was created by God, and that he receives glory from all he has made. He is consciously sustaining the universe by the word of his power. (Heb. 1:3)


Humanity


We believe that humans are created to be in fellowship with God; our chief task is to find him (for he is not far from any one of us) and our purpose is to bring glory to him both passively and actively, with holy lives and worshipful hearts.

We believe that all human persons are created in the image of God, and that he loves each one without preference of age, race, gender, station, etc.


Sin


We believe that sin is acting or thinking so as to fall short of the true and objective standard of goodness, which is God. Sin removes God from the central place of worship in our lives, and severs our relationship with Him. Our entire beings have been corrupted by its effects, and are in desperate need of restoration.

We believe the effects of sin cannot be mended apart from God. We need help from outside ourselves.


Jesus/Way of Salvation


We believe that God provided our redemption in the person of the Son. As a member of the Trinity, the Son existed before creation, and entered that creation by taking the human frame of existence upon himself. He was born of the virgin Mary, and named Jesus. He lived a fully human life, was tempted in every way we humans are tempted, and all without sin.

Despite his perfect innocence, Jesus was executed as a common criminal on a Roman cross. He died, was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day. In his death, Jesus represented us in our guilt before God, took our punishment on himself, and atoned for our sin. In rising He freed us from enslavement to the fear of death.


Resurrection


We believe that on the day of Christ’s return, all will be raised and brought before his judgement. Those who have repented of their sin and entrusted themselves to Jesus as the risen Lord will be resurrected to everlasting life, full fellowship with God.

Those who have not so repented and entrusted themselves will suffer the judgement of everlasting death, isolation from God.


The Church


We believe that Jesus established the church as the global, time-spanning body through which his grace and mercy are to be mediated to the whole human race. We believe the church is not constrained to any particular time or location, but includes all people who worship the Lord in spirit and truth.

We believe that localized expressions of the universal Church are a divinely required part of the life of individual Christians, and that we must not neglect meeting together for worship and building each other up.


Ordinances


We believe that the Lord Jesus left two unique ordinances for the church to carry on in its life together. The first of these is baptism. At Awaken we believe that baptism is a personal statement of allegiance on the part of the Christian. It is the public declaration of entrusting oneself to the Lordship of Jesus. We believe that baptism symbolically unites the Christian to Jesus in his death and resurrection, and that it is a necessary act of obedience for every believer, performed only once.

The second ordinance is communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper, or the Eucharist. We believe that Jesus instituted this practice during the last meal he ate with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion. He broke the bread to symbolize his broken body and shared the wine to symbolize his shed blood. When we participate in communion, we do it as a reminder of Christ’s death for our sins, and as a proclamation of his coming return.


The Age to Come


We believe that the risen and ascended Lord Jesus has authority over all of creation, and that at his second coming he will establish his dominion visibly and forever, making all things new.