From the Ground Up
Everyone makes daily decisions and lives them out based on what they believe. Freedom House is the same. Our faith, our vision and our values are formed on the Bible's teachings. Here's what we believe.
The Bible is the inspired word of God and is therefore our authoritative and infallible guide in all things. It contains a record of God's heart for people since the beginning of time and can give life and freedom to everyone (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
There is one God who always existed and always will. He exists in three equal persons: the Father; the Son, or Jesus; and the Holy Spirit (the Trinity). The Father sent the word (John 16:28, John 1:14). The Son is the word who became flesh (a man), and he has existed since before the beginning of time (John 1:1, John 1:18, John 1:14). The Holy Spirit is the "doer," doing the work of the Father and the Son (Genesis 1:2; John 15:26)
People are beings created by God and made in his image. When Adam (through the devil’s influence) did not obey God in the Garden of Eden, his disobedience caused Adam and all his offspring (all people) to be cursed (Genesis 3). This is when disobedience and rebellion (also known as "sin") entered the world. Sin causes us to be separated from God.
Jesus came to bring us back into relationship with God (John 10:10, Colossians 1:21-23) and destroy the devil’s influence (1 John 3:8). He did this through his death, burial and resurrection (being raised from the dead).
A life of being right with God starts when we recognize we’re trapped in sin and are powerless to "make it up" to Him. Only God can clean us from our sins, through Jesus (John 14:6). When Jesus died, was buried and was raised again, He freed us from sin and reconnected us with God. When we realize, believe and then speak this truth, we are saved. Salvation saturates our lives through repentance (turning away from our sin and toward God), and faith in Jesus. This salvation is God's free gift to anyone who chooses to trust him through Jesus (Romans 10:9-10).
"Born again" is another way of saying "saved." You were already born naturally; when you’re saved, your spirit is reborn. Being born again is necessary for everyone and results in eternal life (John 3:3-5).
Our salvation is worked out in us as this belief sinks in to our whole lives and we understand that all life, grace and peace come from God through Jesus. This is what it means to be a disciple—a student and follower—of Jesus.
In Water. Being submerged in water is a public way to celebrate the spiritual change that happened when you were born again. It's a symbol of having died and been buried, then coming up out of the grave free of our old dead selves (John 3:3-21; Acts 8:27-39). Water baptism does not save you; it's a celebration of being saved. This is why water baptism is only offered to those who understand salvation and have been saved.
In the Holy Spirit. Being submerged in the Holy Spirit is a free gift from Jesus Christ to anyone who is both saved and willing to receive it (Mark 1:8, Luke 11:13; Acts 19:1-6). This baptism sometimes first shows up as speaking in a spiritual language (also known as "tongues," Acts 2:4). Since the Holy Spirit is our helper (John 14:26), being baptized in Him empowers us to a life of discipleship (Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23).
Jesus paid for our healing (all aspects of it, from spiritual to physical to emotional) when he suffered and died on the cross (Isaiah 53:5). We're healed through prayer, and/or when believers place their hands on the sick to pray for them (Mark 16:15-20, James 5:14-15, 1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17).
Communion (also called "The Lord's Supper") is a chance for Christ-followers to remember and honor Jesus' death and resurrection.
During his final meal before he was crucified, Jesus took bread, blessed it, then broke it and shared it with his disciples. He said the bread represents his body, broken for us. Then he took wine (which represents the blood that he shed for our sins) and shared it with his disciples. Jesus told us to eat the bread and drink the wine to remember him (Luke 22:14-20).
The Bible goes on to tell us that we shouldn't take Communion lightly. We should examine our hearts and make sure we're not treating Communion as if it's a meal. We should take Communion understanding that it's an act of remembrance and honor to Jesus, until he returns for us (1 Corinthians 11:20-34).
Sacredness of Marriage
Marriage is a sacred covenant made between one man and one woman, before God. This covenant was created by God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:20-25), and confirmed by Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:3-6; Mark 10:3-9). This sacred covenant as instituted by God is both promoted and celebrated at Freedom House.
Jesus is coming back for his church (the "Rapture"). The angels said to Jesus’ followers, "And some day, just as you saw Him go, He will return!" (Acts 1:11). When He comes, "First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with Him forever" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).