Although we as believers never desire to be bound legalistically to man-made laws and/or traditions—which exist in abundance—we do seek to understand and obey God’s laws as made clear to us in Scripture. These teachings or doctrines may generate a lot of discussion in different circles, but our obedience to them is not an option. While the following list may not be exclusive, it does represent areas where people often seek clarification or maybe experience confusion. In trying to keep our focus biblically, at WACC we consider these main things:
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three distinct personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one with God.
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary. He is co-equal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a 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 earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal 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 (if we access that power!), understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gifts and empowers every believer when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word for us. It was written by human authors over thousands of years and miles, 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 of error, and it is complete.
About Human Beings and Their Significance
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
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 as 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 is a gift that comes when a person receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith; it is sealed by baptism, and confirmed by a consistent lifestyle.
About Salvation Security
There is some difference of understanding in Christian circles about the security of one’s standing with God. Although we believe that man’s free-will status gives him the choice of turning away from God at any time, we also believe that God’s grace is an all-sufficient and incredible force that allows us to feel confident and secure in our salvation as long as we open our hearts to God and follow him. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this confidence. The Christian should never feel like his/her salvation is “hanging by a thread.” Christ did everything necessary to save us; we are not saved because we are good, we are saved and good because Christ was good. Our obedient faith is what he asks.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.