For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
- Colossians 1:13-14
We believe that theology is vital to the life of the church. We are what we love, and the primary role of theology is to love rightly. What we love dictates the way we live our lives and forms us to be a certain type of person, and our hope is to be conformed to Christ's image. These core tenants of the faith are not meant to be divisive, but should unite us in Christ as we seek to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3).
We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Each person of the Godhead is co-existent, co-equal, and co-eternal. One God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the foundation of Christian faith and practice. (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).
We believe in the full humanity and deity of Christ (John 10:33); His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:34-35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15, Hebrews 7:26); His miracles (John 2:11 ; His vicarious and atoning death (1 Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7 , Hebrews 2:9); His resurrection (John 11:25, 1 Corinthians 15:4); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19) ; His personal return to earth in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11-16).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whom Christians are indwelled and enabled to live a godly life(Romans 8:13-14, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 5:18).
We believe that the Bible is God's infallible and inerrant word to us concerning Himself. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119:105, 160 & 12:6, Proverbs 30:5)..
We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of the human nature, and that all are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God's grace through faith alone are we saved (John 3:16-19, John 5:24, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8-9, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5).
We believe that all who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and adopted into the family of God are members of the church, the body of Christ. This standing is not predicated on one's membership with a local, visible congregation, but we believe such membership is not only vital, but biblically mandated. We believe that it is the duty of all who belong to the church of Jesus Christ to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, laying aside selfish ambition and loving one another with a pure heart. (Matt. 16:16-18, Acts 2:42-47, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Galatians 3:26-28, Ephesians 4:3-10).
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost. Those who are in Christ will recieve a resurrection like that of Christ and will live to reign with Him for eternity. Those who are outside of Christ will be raised to face judgement and will finally be separated from God. (John 5:28-29, 1 Corinthians 15:1-49).
Who We Are and What We Do
Who We Are and What We Do
In the beginning the Triune God (Father, Son, and Spirit) created everything out of nothing and designed it to reflect his perfection and glory. Unfortunately, due to the first man and woman's rejection of God's design and love, all of creation has been vaulted into chaos. Evil abounds in our hearts and in our world because each of us have suppressed the truth of God, exchanged Him for a lie, and pursued our own desires to our detriment (Romans 1:18-23).
However, it pleased God to call, rescue, redeem, and restore all that has gone wrong in our world. The movement of Scripture's narrative points to this day when the glory of God will be made manifest on earth (Habakkuk 2:14). History is moving toward the climactic end when God will recreate all things to the praise of his glorious grace. The mission of God is the restoration of peace, purchased by Jesus Christ, where the glory of God is known and experienced by His people for their joy.
Isaiah 42:8, Ezekiel 20:14, Mark 1:15, Ephesians 1:11
The mission of the church is distinct, but not separated from the mission of God. God's mission is the tangible expansion of his glory, while the mission of the church is the announcement of that expansion. How do we accomplish this? We go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that Christ has commanded us (Matthew 28:18-20).
Our hearts desire is to make disciples by being on mission. This does not mean that we go on mission trips, though that is included. No, what we desire to be is constant ambassadors for Christ. This is highlighted in 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, where the Apostle Paul shows the natural by-product of being a disciple. As those who have been redeemed and reconciled to God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are now ambassadors for reconciliation. We are heralds of hope and wholeness to a lost and dying world. We love, share, serve, pray, preach, teach, and gather to see God glorified through reconciliation.
At Coggin we hope to bring glory to God by making disciples, and we believe there are four important connections that people need to make in order to live in the fullness of reconciliation. Our mission is to make disciples by leading people to connect with God, with others, through service, to the World.