Core Beliefs

Here at 10 Towns we recognize that people have varying beliefs that can be supported in Scripture.  We divide our beliefs into two categories: open and closed.  It is our desire that we live within our common ground and in those areas of differences we learn to respectfully interact with each other as iron sharpens iron and learn from one another.

Open refers to the varying beliefs concerning how one should be baptized in water; is there going to be a rapture and if there is when will it occur: before the tribulation, during the tribulation, or after the tribulation; will there be a tribulation? Just to name a few.

Closed refers to the beliefs one must adhere to in order to be considered Christian.  Below we have listed those beliefs that we have placed into that category.

10 Towns Church

Core Beliefs

We believe that the Church’s primary responsibility is found in the Irreducible Core which is to Love God, Love Others, and Make Disciples.

This Irreducible Core is in the very words of Jesus when He said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength … Love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:30-31

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Doctrinal Statements

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 3; 4:24; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

We believe in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments to be the inspired and infallible Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

We believe that man is separated from God by sin and can only be united with God by turning in faith to Jesus Christ as God and Savior. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross provided eternal forgiveness for sin and His resurrection provided eternal life for all who believe. (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Romans 3:25; 5:12-18; 1 John 1:8)

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; that He rose victorious from the dead on the third day; and that all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood. (Isaiah 53; Matthew 20:28; John 3:16; Romans 3:24-26; 5:1; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 2:2; Matthew 28:6; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:14)

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit which is to glorify and reveal Jesus Christ to people, convict them of their sin, regenerate them, live in them, fill them, teach them, give them gifts for building up the spiritual community and empower them to live the life of Christ in this present world. (Ephesians 2:8- 9, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Ephesians 4:11-15)

We believe that immersion in water (baptism) and the taking of the bread and the cup (communion) are outward observances, given to the church by Jesus, sealing inward commitments made by faith. (1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Matthew 3:13-17, 28:19; Acts 8:36-40)

We believe that the Church is composed of all people who, through faith in Jesus Christ, have been born again (spiritual birth). They are the Body and Bride of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:13)

We believe that as Christians we are to meet together regularly for worship, sacraments, and the encouragement of each other. (Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:42, 46-47a)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting joy of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. (John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:4-6; 11-15)