REVERB CHURCH

BELIEFS

We are excited that you would take a moment to learn more about what we believe here at Reverb. At the church,  you will find every culture, background and denomination. With that said, there are truths about God’s Word that clearly define our Christian Faith.  What you will discover here is how we share the Good News of Jesus (our faith) with the World in both teaching and practice.

Reverb Church has a “two-handed” theology, which holds essential doctrines in a closed fist and non-essential doctrines in an open hand. By this, we mean that some doctrinal stances are essential according to biblically orthodox Christianity (i.e., the Trinity; Jesus’ deity, virgin birth, sinless life, death for sin, and resurrection; the authority of the Bible; salvation by grace through faith in Jesus alone; etc.). Others are non-essential, because they stem from secondary issues which Reverb holds in an “open hand.” A person’s salvation does not depend on a particular stance concerning these secondary issues. Please take a few moments and learn more about our beliefs.

 
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BELOW ARE 4 FOUNDATIONAL PILLARS THAT DEFINE WHAT WE BELIEVE.

 

 

GOD SAVES

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  • Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone which is given by God as a gift.

  • Total Depravity (Human nature is thoroughly corrupt and sinful as a result of the Fall)

  • God makes us alive in Christ.

 Only God can save a sinner. Reverb holds to the classic doctrines handed down throughout Church history centered in good news of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We hold very closely to the classic protestant theology summarized by the doctrines of grace. By “doctrines of grace” we mean that Reverb Church believes that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in the work of Christ alone, to the glory of God alone as revealed in the Holy Scriptures alone. We believe these doctrines to be the underlying truths about the person and work of Jesus Christ, which have been historically held to by all orthodox believers in every generation.

 As humans, we are born into sin, totally depraved and unable to save ourselves. (Ps. 51:5). It is the work of God alone who calls and saves us by His grace. The faith God gives us to believe is a gift. The doctrine of total depravity reflects the viewpoint of original sin. This belief defines the consequences to the human race because of the first sin by Adam and Eve. As a result of the sin of Adam and Eve, the entire human race fell, and our nature as human beings since the fall has been influenced by the power of evil.

We were dead in our sin, sons of disobedience, but God rich in mercy, made us alive together in Christ, grace through faith, not your own doing but a gift from God. Read Ephesians 2:1-10 ESV

 

 

GOD SENDS

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  • Passionately connecting people to an authentic life in Christ.

  • Faithful to the unchanging Word of God.

  • Contextual in Culture.

We believe that the local church must be faithful to the content of unchanging Biblical doctrine (Jude 3). With that in mind, we know how important it is that the local church is faithful to continually change the context of how we share the good news of Jesus in our culture. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). Our mission is to passionately connect people to an authentic life in Christ in our neighborhoods and cities. We accomplish this in unique and relevant ways. As followers of Jesus, we should also bring people into the church so that they can be trained to go out into their culture as effective missionaries.

We pray, evangelize, and do good works because we believe that the sovereign plan of God is accomplished through us, His people.
 

 

 

GOD LEADS

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  • The Holy Spirit and His work is not forgotten but rather embraced for our everyday empowerment. 

  • Continuation of all Spiritual Gifts. 

  • Spirit led but not weird. 

At Reverb, we are continuationists. This is the belief that the gifts of the Holy Spirit have continued to the present age, specifically those sometimes called "sign gifts", such as tongues and prophecy. We believe that ALL Gifts of the Spirit are in operation today until the second coming of Jesus Christ. The Spirit continually points us back to Jesus and the promises of scripture as our sure foundation. The Spirit empowers us to proclaim the gospel, make disciples and equips us to work together as the members of Christ body. 

Jesus said in John 16:13 – the Spirit came to Glorify the Son, to guide and teach believers in the Truth. When Paul talks about “Walking in the Spirit”, “The gifts of the Spirit” and the “Fruits of the Spirit” – He uses language that leads believers to understand that the Spirit gives “gifts and fruit” not for us to feel good about our moral or spiritual conduct – but to humble us and empower us to proclaim the gospel and to love others more freely.
 

 

 

GOD DESIGNS

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  • Both men and women equally image God.

  • Men and Women have different roles to reflect truths about God. 

  • Modeling our homes and church through the lense of scripture. 

Reverb holds to a complementarian belief that God created male and female as complementary expressions of the image of God and are counterparts in reflecting His glory. 
 
We believe that men and women are inherently equal in that they are equally created in the image of God. We also believe that men and women have very distinct and different roles in imaging the truth of the gospel regarding Christ’s marriage to His bride, the Church. Having two sexes expands the view. Though both sexes bear God's image fully on their own, each does so in a unique and distinct way. Male and female in relationship reflects truths about Jesus that aren't reflected by male alone or female alone.

The dictionary defines “complement” as follows: Something that completes or makes perfect; either of two parts or things needed to complete the whole; counterparts.

In Our Homes: 
In the home when a husband leads like Christ and a wife responds like the bride of Christ, there is a harmony and mutuality that is more beautiful and more satisfying than any pattern of marriage created by man. Biblical headship for the husband is the divine calling to take primary responsibility for Christlike, servant-leadership, protection and provision in the home. Biblical submission for the wife is the divine calling to honor and affirm her husband’s leadership and help carry it through according to her gifts. And therefore when we follow God’s idea of marriage we are most satisfied and He is most glorified. (Genesis 2:18-24; Proverbs 5:15-19; 31:10-31; Mark 10:2-12; Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 3:18-19; and 1 Peter 3:1-7) 
 
In the Church: 
For men and women who have a heart to minister-to save souls, heal broken lives,  resist evil, and meet needs, there are tons of opportunity that are simply endless. God intends for the entire church to be mobilized in ministry, male and female. So when the Bible teaches that men and women fulfill different roles in relation to each other, charging man with a unique leadership role, it bases this difference not on temporary cultural norms but on permanent facts of Creation. This is seen in 1 Corinthians 11:3-16 (especially vv. 8-9, 14); Ephesians 5:21-33 (especially vv. 31-32); and 1 Timothy 2:11-14 (especially vv. 13-14). In the Bible, different roles for men and women are never traced back to the Fall of man and woman into sin. Rather, the foundation of this different roles is traced back to the way things were in Eden before sin warped our relationships. Differentiated roles were corrupted, not created, by the Fall. They were created by God.
                    
The same is true of God’s design for the leadership of the church. The realities of headship and submission in marriage have their counterparts in the church. Thus Paul speaks of authority and submission in 1 Timothy 2:11-12. 

“Authority” refers to the divine calling of spiritual, gifted men to take primary responsibility as elders for Christlike, servant-leadership and teaching in the church. 

“Submission” refers to the divine calling of the rest of the church, both men and women, to honor and affirm the leadership and teaching of the elders/pastors and to be equipped by them for the hundreds and hundreds of various ministries available to men and women in the service of Christ. There are different kinds and levels of teaching and leading that will not be the sole responsibility of men (Titus 2:3; Proverbs 1:8; 31:26; Acts 18:26).

Therefore in answer to God’s call for the Church to be filled with the Spirit and submit to one another, we hold that men bear the primary responsibility for servant like leadership and are solely qualified for the position of Pastor/Elder. At the same time we fully encourage woman to seek all possible opportunities to exercise their spiritual gifts at Reverb for the building up of the body of Christ. Women can hold any office in ministry from Director to Deacon only reserving Pastor/Elder to male leadership.  ( 1 Timothy 2 & Titus 2)  (Eph. 5:22–33Col. 3:18–20).

 
 

In addition, we have provided more information on particular beliefs below.

 
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THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16, 172 Peter 1:20, 21Matthew 5:18John 16:12, 13).

The Person & Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1–2, 14Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished ¬our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious(suffered in place of another), substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:241 Peter 2:24Ephesians 1:71 Peter 1:3–5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10Hebrews 7:25Hebrews 9:24Romans 8:341 John 2:1–2). We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5Romans 14:92 Timothy 4:1).

THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12Ephesians 2:1–3, 12).

THE MINISTRY & SPIRITUAL GIFTS

We believe in the operation of the nine Gifts of the Spirit and encourage our people to live so that these gifts may be manifest in their lives. (Acts 2:4Acts 10:44-46Acts 19:6I Corinthians 12:4-11) We also believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). We believe the Holy Spirit is given to every person at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We believe that it is evident through scripture that some experienced a supernatural empowerment for the furthering of the Gospel and we would encourage each person to experience God in all He has for us. It is important to note that while we embrace all these truths about the person and the work of the Holy Spirit, we also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7–8). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him (Romans 12:1–81 Corinthians 131 Peter 4:10–11).

SPIRITUAL BAPTISM & COMMUNION

We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church (Matthew 28:19, 20Acts 2:41, 42Acts 18:81 Corinthians 11:23–26).

THE GODHEAD

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—coeternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:42 Corinthians 13:14)

THE PERSON & WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8–112 Corinthians 3:61 Corinthians 12:12–14Romans 8:9Ephesians 5:18).

SALVATION

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12Ephesians 1:71 Peter 1:18–19).

ETERNAL SECURITY & ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37–4010:27–30Romans 8:1, 38, 391 Corinthians 1:4–81 Peter 1:5). We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Romans 13:13, 14Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11–15).

GOD HEALS

We believe in divine healing for the body. However, we encourage and do not condemn medical science. (Acts 3:2-12Acts 5:15, 16James 5:14-15) We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15).

THE CHURCH

We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons (Ephesians 1:22, 235:25–271 Corinthians 12:12–142 Corinthians 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:171 Timothy 3:1–3Titus 1:5–11). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1–4; 15:19–31; 20:28Romans 16:1,41 Corinthians 3:9, 161 Corinthians 5:4–7, 131 Peter 5:1–4).

STRONG FAMILIES & MARRIAGE

We believe in the sacredness of marriage between one man and one woman and family commitment. We promote strong family values. (Ephesians 5:31-33Ephesians 6:1-4Hebrews 13:4Matthew 19:5Leviticus 18:22Genesis 2:24)