The Bible (Grace and Truth)

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

The Bible is God’s word for all people. It is God’s revelation of Himself to man. The Bible was written by men divinely inspired and led by the Holy Spirit and is the Word of God, authoritative, inerrant and God-breathed. It is the source of truth for all our beliefs and living. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.      

God

Deuteronomy 6:4

"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!

God is the creator and ruler of all His creation. We believe in one Triune and Eternal God who revealed Himself to us in three persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Deut. 6:4, Matthew 6:9, John 1:1, Heb. 1:8, Acts 5:3-4

The Father      

God as Father reigns with care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

The Son (Jesus)

John 1:1 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He revealed God and came to redeem sinful men and women. He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice. He was resurrection from the dead and is now in heaven, exalted at the right hand of God where He reigns as the High Priest for His people. Romans 1:3, John 1:14, Matthew 1:25, Acts 1:20, Romans 5:6-8, 1 Cor. 15, Acts 26:64, Hebrews 7:21-28

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He dwells within all believers, seals them unto the day of redemption, and that it is a command for every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church. John 16:8-9, 1 Cor. 3:16, Romans 8:9, Eph. 1:13, Eph. 5:18

Salvation

A Free Gift

We believe that salvation (eternal life) is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are kept secure forever. Salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification. Romans 3:23-24, 6:23, Phil. 1:6, 1 Peter 1:3-6, Romans 8:38-39

Man

Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Christ died for all people.

Grace   

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NASB)

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for

good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Religion and goodness cannot save a person and make them a Christian. Each person has to accept God’s free gift of salvation by grace through faith.

Baptism (Show Your Faith)

Biblical baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. Immersion is the means (Acts 8:38-39). Our example of Jesus (Mark 1:9). The commandment to get baptized (immersed) came from Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20).                                        

The Church

People

Canyons is a New Testament church and is a local body of believers who have trusted in Jesus Christ and are seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Canyons is an autonomous theocracy. 

Canyons is the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12) and membership is about service and belonging.

The Lord’s Supper

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby Christians remember the death of Jesus on the cross.

Last Things

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally, visibly, and the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness.

The unbeliever will be consigned to Hell. The righteous will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Stewardship

We are to give by grace (Grace Giving). Grace giving is purposeful and joyful (2 Corinthians 8 & 9).We have a spiritual responsibility to be good stewards of all our time, talents, and material possessions.