Beliefs

INTRODUCING THE WORLD TO THE REAL JESUS

Catalyst Church is fairly new to the Northwest Greensboro area. We began meeting in small groups in the spring of 2009 and we officially launched in October of 2009.

Catalyst is committed to understanding who Jesus really is, what he values, and how he loves his people – and to emulating that in our own lives. We are dissatisfied with simply making “converts” to the Christian faith. Instead, our goal is to develop “disciples” – people who follow Jesus’ example, continually grow in their faith and their character, and who can also disciple others. We do this through authentic, intentional relationships.

What We Believe.

Bible.

Psalm 12:6, 119:105,160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture or error. The Bible is infallible, inerrant, and absolute truth. Where it speaks we listen and obey.

God.

Genesis 1:1,26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.

Jesus.

. Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4;1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to claim His own and take them to Heaven

Holy Spirit.

John 14:16-17, John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13-14

The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

Salvation.

John 14:6; Acts 2:38; Romans 5:1, 6:3-4; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self- improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ and God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ as Lord of his life. This is lived out in a few steps: confession, baptism by immersion, and beginning the process of becoming a disciple that makes disciples.

Spiritual Gifts.

1 Corinthians 14:4, 1 Corinthians 12:17-30, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 14:27 and 28, 1 John 4:1.

God gifts each of His children in unique and special ways to serve and build up the body. Therefore, spiritual gifts are not for personal benefit or glory, but to bring glory to God, as well as encouraging and building up the church.

No one individual can have all the gifts. We are interdependent on each other; together we are the body of Christ which is a clear demonstration of true diversity. There is no division as we all have equal concern and need for each other. One is an eye, another is a hand, another is a foot; and some are presentable while other parts are unpresentable.

Giving.

Matthew 23:23, Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:7-12

We practice tithing to support the church, the body of Christ, as God’s Word commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the biblical standard of giving to the local church. Everything over 10% is an “offering of gratitude” for the great things God does for us everyday. A tithe of everything a person produces belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. The offering is a privilege to give and is in addition to the tithe. Jesus taught about tithing. We also recognize that we must be good stewards of our time, and our talents as the Lord has blessed us with these things as well.

Communion.

1 Corinthians 11:23-25, 1 Corinthians 11:26-30

Communion at Catalyst Church is defined as Scripture defines it.

Communion is a memorial, a new covenant, and a proclamation. It is a sacred event for those who have a vital, biblical relationship with Jesus.

We take communion every week in our services.

Leadership.

Acts 14:23; 1 Timothy 5:17

Catalyst Church is a non-denominational Christian church. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe the local church should be elder- governed.