REFUGE: CORE BELIEFS

The Bible: We believe the Bible is the actual voice of God, making it the final authority for both the decision-making in the church, and life in general (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). It is without error in the original Scriptures, and is totally reliable, without mistakes or contradictions (2 Samuel 22:31; Psalm 119:160; Proverbs 30:5). After more than a thousand years, the Bible is still relevant to the reader today because the truths proclaimed in it are timeless (Matthew 5:18; Hebrews 4:12).

 

God: We believe in the one God who created the universe and He did a great job (Genesis 1:1, 31; Deuteronomy 6:4).  In spite of all the terrible things happening in the world today, God is still good; He is still actively accomplishing His purpose (Psalm 34:8, 119:68; Proverbs 19:21; Ephesians 1:11). God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit have and will always exist as one Person (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:21-22). All three are equal and work in different ways. They serve different purposes to accomplish the same goal while working at the same time if needed (2 Corinthians 13:14).

 

Jesus: We believe that Jesus, the Messiah, Son of God, became a man without ceasing to be God (John 12:44-45; Philippians 2:6-8; Colossians 1:15). Through the power and conception of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was born of a virgin; a woman named Mary (Luke 1:34-35). Jesus left heaven for the purpose of saving humanity (Luke 19:10). Jesus accomplished our redemption by dying for our sins on the cross and accomplished our justification by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Corinthians 15:4-5; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 2:24). He then ascended back into heaven and is now ruling and reigning from the right hand of God (Acts 1:9-11; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3, 10:12). Finally, Jesus will one day return to judge the living and the dead (Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1; 1 Peter 4:5).

 

Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is God living inside of those who believe in Him (1 Corinthians 3:16). The Holy Spirit gives guidance (John 16:13), empowers the believer to overcome temptation (Acts 1:8), gives understanding to the truths of the Bible (John 16:13), and informs the believer when they mess up (John 16:8). These are just a few actions of the Holy Spirit. The greatest benefit is the seal of the Holy Spirit that marks us, guaranteeing that we will spend an eternity with Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14). Once the Holy Spirit is inside of the believer, He remains forever (Hebrews 13:5).

 

Salvation: Salvation occurs when we are in right standing with God (Romans 3:24; 5:1-2). It is accomplished when God draws us into a relationship with Jesus Christ (John 6:44). Though not everyone will have this relationship with God, He does not want anyone to die without knowing Him (John 3:36; Titus 2:11; 2 Peter 3:9). Salvation is based on grace alone (Romans 11:6; Ephesians 2:5). There is nothing we can do to earn our right standing with God, because He offers it freely (Ephesians 2:8-9).

 

Eternity: This earth is not our home; we are strangers here (2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 13:14; 1 Peter 2:11). We were meant to live forever (Ecclesiastes 3:11; Matthew 25:34). When our life on earth ends, our eternal life begins (2 Corinthians 5:1). Where we spend eternity is our decision (John 3:16). If we have a relationship with Christ, we will live forever in heaven (1 John 2:17). If we choose to reject Jesus as the ONLY way to heaven, we will spend forever in a literal hell (Revelation 20:15).

 

Humans: God made humans in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). God loves everyone because He created all (John 3:16; 1 John 4:8). God never makes a mistake, so all people can be confident that they are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14; Isaiah 45:18). People are more important to God than any other part of creation (Psalm 8:3-8). He created us to have a relationship with Him, and only in this relationship will we find our true meaning and purpose in life (Psalm 138:8; Jeremiah 29:11; 1 John 4:9). 

 

REFUGE: vision
The vision of REFUGE
REFUGE exists to advance the Gospel by developing passionate disciples through intentional relationsips. 
After the resurrection, Jesus commissioned His disciples in Matthew 28:19-20 saying, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them everything I have commanded you." As the disciples embraced that commission under the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1-2), the church was born. Through the Holy Spirit's empowerment of the Great Commission, the Church has and continues to expand globally, despite persecution and resistance. It is the desire of REFUGE to help fuel the progression and expansion of the Church in Columbia, SC and beyond by living out the Great Commission in our spheres of influence