What we Believe

We Believe

 

We believe God is Love and we should love others as He loves us.

We strive to love God, His Word, and people.

 

Buckingham Community Church is a family of believers under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our hope and prayer is to be conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

The Church

The Church is the primary agent of ministry, instruction, and fellowship for believers. The

Church (Body of Christ) finds expression through many separate, local congregations.

(Acts 2:42-47; I Cor. 14:12; Eph. 4:4-6; I Thess. 2:4)

 

We are a nondenominational church. We do not think other denominations are bad, only that overemphasis of church doctrine can lead to the division of the body of Christ. An example is Calvinist and Arminian theology. We hold firmly to the Biblical teaching that God is sovereign, and man has responsibilities. The Bible teaches both the sovereignty of God and man’s responsibility. We avoid theological systems of belief that add to or take away from the written Word of God.

 

The One True God

We believe there is one true living God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Spirit. They are equal in power and glory. This triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all. (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10,11; Matt. 28:19; John

16:5-15).

God is the creator of the entire universe and everything in it.

He is the only true living God.

There is no one that equals Him.

 

The Bible is the inerrant word of God

The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. We strive to teach the Word in such a way that people can understand it and apply it their lives. We teach through the Bible, verse by verse so we don’t miss anything.

The Bible, both Old and New Testament are the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to men, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason

(2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12).

 

Man's Fall and Redemption

Man was created good and upright, for God said, "Let us make man in our image and after

our likeness.” Man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in

Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31; Gen. 3:17; Rom. 5:12-21).

 

The Salvation of Man

Salvation is offered by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. The Grace of God has

appeared to all men and brings salvation through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ.

Man is saved by accepting the redemptive work of the Cross and by accepting Jesus Christ as

Savior. This process includes the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

as well as outward signs of sanctification unique to each believer. (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 2:11;

3:5-7; Rom. 10:9-15; Luke 24:47; 1 Thess. 4:3, 7; 2 Tim. 1:9).

  

Baptism in Water

The ordinance of baptism by burial (complete submersion in water) with Christ should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed on Christ Jesus as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with

Christ and that they have also been raised to walk with Him in newness of life (Matt. 28:19;

Rom. 6:4).

 

The Lord’s Supper (Communion)

The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements, bread, and fruit of the vine, is the symbol

expressing our sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His

second coming and is enjoyed by all believers "until His second coming. (John 6:48,51,53-57; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).

 

Tithing

Giving is a result of you recognizing what God has done for you, salvation. All we have is God’s. We are stewards of it. Tithing as a 10% of your income is mostly an Old Testament teaching. We believe Jesus calls us to a higher standard of giving and service. That being said, what you give is between you and God. The more generous you are the more generous God is. (Luke 6:38)

 

Eternity

There is a literal heaven and a literal hell which are the eternal destinations of every

person who has lived or will live. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book

of Life will enter into heaven (Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15; 2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1).

God does not send People to Hell. Each person chooses whether they want to spend eternity with God or apart from God. Those that want to exercise their right to choose to be apart from Him are allowed to go to hell. Those that choose to be with God are welcomed into a eternal relationship with Him.