core beliefs

Statement of Faith

Jacob’s Well Church holds to the truths of the historic Christian faith, including the following items of belief, as stated in the Apostles’ Creed.

The Apostles Creed

We believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Additionally, we would highlight the following statements as critical to how our faith is understood and expressed as a community:

We are deeply committed to the Scriptures as the authoritative Word of God.

We believe that the Scriptures have one unifying message: that Jesus Christ is Lord and is at the center of God’s saving purposes for humanity and creation. This is the core of our biblical theology. Thus, we seek to read Scripture, ourselves, and life (“text, soul and culture”) in the light of Christ.

In Christ – incarnate, crucified, risen, ruling, and returning – the love, grace, truth, and wisdom of God are revealed. We are brought into relationship with God through Christ and transformed into his image by the Spirit.

The church is the Body of Christ, formed, equipped, and empowered by the Spirit of Christ. In the power of the Spirit, the church proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and works for the transformation of individual lives and society.

We celebrate the world as God’s good creation; we recognize the brokenness of the world, due to sin. While sin and evil remain real and tragic, we recognize the dignity of every human being as created in the image of God.

We acknowledge Christ as God incarnate, who reveals both God and what it means to be truly human. Through Christ’s death, resurrection and transforming power we are being restored into his likeness.

We acknowledge the present reality of evil, suffering and struggle.

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit work for the salvation and healing of all peoples. Followers of Jesus must proclaim forgiveness and new life in Christ and cooperate with the transforming work of the Spirit in every sphere of human activity, as they strive to be salt and light in the world.