East Bend Mennonite Church About Us About Us Mission and Values What We Believe Visitors Staff Connections Sermons Connect Events Wednesday Nights Community Bulletins Newsletters Contact What We Believe GodWe believe in the One, Living God, who is the creator and ruler of the universe. We believe that He is a holy and loving God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit eternally!Genesis 12:2-3; Exodus 3:13-14; Exodus 20:1-6; Psalm 25:4-10; John 1:14, 18; Galatians 2:20Jesus ChristWe believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that He is God’s fullest revelation of Himself to man. He was fully God and fully man. We believe that in seeing who Jesus is we learn exactly who God is and what God is like. We believe that Jesus walked on the earth and taught us the will of the Father. We believe that He willingly died upon the cross to make possible the forgiveness of sin. We believe that He rose from the dead after three days, ascended into heaven and will return again someday to take the church to dwell with Him forever.Mark 14:36; Romans 1:3-4; I Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:13-22; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; Hebrews 4:15; I Peter 2:21The Holy SpiritWe believe that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. We believe that He is one with God in His essence. We believe He is in harmony with the Bible in revelation. We believe He is in harmony with the church in mission. The Holy Spirit is God’s abiding presence in the church. We believe the Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding faithfulness to Christ; calling people to repentance, convicting them of sin, and leading into the way of righteousness. We believe the Holy Spirit is given to believers when they accept Christ as a guarantee of redemption.Psalm 104:30; Isaiah 63:10; Joel 2:28-29; John 16:8-10; John 3:5; Acts 4:24-31; Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 1:13-14The BibleWe believe the Bible is God’s word, which has been written down for us. While it was written through human hands, the Bible has been inspired by the Holy Spirit and can be completely trusted for instruction, correction and training in the righteousness of God. We acknowledge the Scripture as the authoritative source and standard for preaching and teaching about faith and life, for distinguishing truth from error, for discerning between good and evil, and for guiding prayer and worship.Psalm 119: Jeremiah 30:2; Matthew 5:17; John 1:14; John 5:39-47; Galatians 1:11-12; II Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:2-8, 12; II Peter 1:21Human BeingsWe believe that people are made in the image of God. Our character as human beings should reflect the character of God, for we are His most cherished of all His creation. But the nature of man has been compromised because of his disobedience to God. We call this sin. Sin separated man from God and placed him in need of mercy and grace.Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:5-8; Psalm 139:13-18; Romans 1:21-23 II Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 5:21-23SalvationWe believe that because of God’s love for man, He has brought salvation through Jesus Christ, which He offers as a free gift to all who would accept Jesus Christ. We cannot earn salvation by our own works, for we cannot truly know good works apart from Christ. But salvation can only come by trusting Jesus Christ completely; trusting that His life, death and resurrection were necessary to restore the relationship with God that our sin destroyed.Deuteronomy 6:20-23; Psalm 74:12; Matthew 26:28; Romans 3:24-25; Romans 5:1-11; Romans 8:2; I Corinthians 3:18EternityWe believe that God has brought salvation for man that begins the moment a person surrenders His life in trust to Jesus Christ. This salvation gives mankind the assurance that he will dwell with God forever (Heaven). Those who do not receive Christ will be cast out of the presence of God forever (Hell). Heaven and Hell are not metaphors, but are actual places of eternal existence.Matthew 5:10-12; Matthew 8:10-12; Matthew 24:32-51; John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15:12-19; In SummaryWe believe that God is the creator of the world and made mankind to live in relationship with Him. We believe that God has a plan for everyone’s life. We believe that abundant life can only begin when lived in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe that the responsibility of every Christian is to tell the truth about Who Jesus Christ is in every aspect of their life, in both word and in deed.