What is the gospel?
The gospel is the heart of what we believe. It is the grand story of God in relation to mankind, creation, fall, redemption and consummation, which God brought about through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The gospel, in its most basic form, is that Christ died for our sins.
Jesus Christ lived the perfect life we should have lived, died in our place, and rose again, proving his power over sin and death in order to reconcile sinful man with a loving God who sacrificed himself to be with us. We cannot be saved by any work of our own but only by faith in the grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is through this good news, Jesus Christ is renewing and redeeming creation to himself.
What are our basic beliefs?
These represent what we believe are basic Biblical beliefs. Every member of Proclaim affirms the following:
We believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus and the Gospel
We believe Jesus Christ is true God and true man. Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, arose bodily from the grave and ascended to heaven where He is our Advocate.
We believe the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict people of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, instruct, and empower the believer for Godly living and service.
We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, without error in the original writings, and is the final authority for all Christians.
Salvation and the Christian Life
We believe in God’s saving grace that calls all people to faith, repentance, confession, baptism, and a new life and ministry through the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all humankind: the believer in Christ into everlasting joy, and the unbeliever into everlasting punishment.
What do we teach?
Beyond these basic beliefs, the Doctrines of Proclaim describe our theological distinctives which our leadership affirms and which informs what we teach at Proclaim. Members are not required to believe all of the Doctrines. Our commitment is to walk alongside our members to help everyone understand these doctrines and our members commit to avoid any disunity or quarrelling over doctrines with which they disagree.
Read the Doctrines of Proclaim.