VALUES & BELIEFS
Jesus is our hope, He is with us, and, therefore, the bedrock of our faith.
We do recover from addiction and grow to help others. God’s purpose is for Jesus to live in us and through us. We have the freedom to live an abundant sober life.
The Bible is the inspired word of God and reveals the divine standards for what we believe, teach, and do.
All are welcome. There is unity in our diversity, and we are united in our shared solutions. We are united with the church and for all 12-Step fellowships. We are for the church. We are for recovery. We encourage the Recovery Church family to be active in both.
We joyfully serve and carry the message of faith and recovery because “faith without works is dead.”
We value and are a part of the greater community, and therefore, work with people, organizations, and churches to help serve others in and out of recovery.
We work and believe in the12-Steps because they embody many of the Bible’s core teaching and will lead a person closer to God.
We serve with a spirit of rotation with humility at the center of all our efforts.
We believe in prayer because prayer is powerful and connects us with God.
Recovery Church is raw, unrefined, and authentic, allowing us to take faith-filled risks that almost always involves change.
The more we give faith and recovery away, the more we receive. We can not do this alone because we recover together. We see both sponsorship and discipleship as essential to our lives.
Finally, we will be known for our love.
IN ESSENTIAL BELIEFS: WE HAVE UNITY
“There is one Body and one Spirit...one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all...” Ephesians 4:4-6
THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE:
The following is a summary list of what Recovery Church considers to be the essential beliefs. This is not intended to be an exhaustive theology, however, a brief overview of the essential doctrine of the Christian faith. Removing any one of these items could lead to false doctrine and teaching. They are all essential, foundational, and necessary.
THE TRINITY (GODHEAD)
There is one God, co-existent, co-equal, and co-eternal in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4). Christianity teaches that God is Triune (Trinity), which means, God is one and in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This view of God is different than any other view of God in the world. No other religion teaches that their god is one and exists in three persons.
The first person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to His purpose and pleasure. He authored, created, and sustains all things in the universe without any means other than His pure nature and power. By His grace, He involves Himself in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death that all may come to Him through Jesus Christ. Mt. 6:9, Eph. 1:3, John. 5:19.
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
He exists eternally as the second person of the Trinity. By His virgin birth, He came to Earth as fully God and fully man, living a sinless life. He authored, created, and sustains all things in the universe. His death on the cross, paid the penalty for man’s sin, evidenced by His bodily resurrection from the dead. He physically ascended to the right hand of God the Father, and He will return in power and glory. John. 1:14, Col. 2:9, Act. 2:33, Col. 1:16.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
He exists eternally as the third person of the Trinity. He convicts men of sin, regenerates, baptizes, indwells, instructs, and sets apart believers unto a holy life. We encourage all believers to seek a life of obedience to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God. Tit. 3:5, Act. 1:8, 1 Cor. 3:16.
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the complete, divinely inspired, trustworthy Word of God. The Bible is the authority and guide for our Christian faith and living. (2 Pet. 1:20, Heb. 4:12).
THE NATURE OF MANKIND
Mankind was directly created in God’s image. He voluntarily fell into sin by personal disobedience to the will of God; as a result, all people are spiritually dead apart from Jesus Christ. The effect of the fall spread to all men, each of whom is born with a sinful nature and is in need of salvation. (Eph. 2:1, Rom. 3:10, Rom. 3:23-24).
NECESSITY OF SALVATION
Salvation is by grace, a gift of God apart from works. Salvation includes repentance, a turning from one’s own way to God’s way. All who receive Jesus Christ are born-again, made new by the Holy Spirit, and become the children of God. Our relationship with Christ is secure not by our actions but by the sustaining power and love of God. A changed life follows the work of God in a person’s salvation. (Tit. 2:11, 1 John. 1:9, 1 Pet. 2:2).
The church is the body of believers consisting of all born-again persons without respect to race, culture, age, or background. Directed by Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, the church is taking the Good News to the whole world. Our fellowship is inclusive rather than exclusive and stresses love for God and one another, the unity of all believers, and obedience to the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 2:19-21, Eph. 3:10).
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. (John. 3:16; 14:17; Rom. 6:23; 8:17-18; Rev. 20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9).
IN NON-ESSENTIAL BELIEFS: WE HAVE LIBERTY
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22). IN ALL OUR BELIEFS: WE SHOW CHARITY “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2).