17th century Lutheran scholar Rupertus Meldenus wrote, “In the essentials we need unity, in the non-essentials we need freedom; but in all things we need love.”
For centuries various beliefs have served to divide the church. We believe the nature of God and His interaction with man is something quite mysterious and impossible for one group of individuals to declare, we have it all figured out. If we could reduce our theology into nice neat all-inclusive packages it seems that our great vast God could be reduced as well. We believe God is bigger than that. He is bigger than the dogmas we try to use to explain Him.
While Momentum chooses to be accountable to a cooperative fellowship called the Assemblies of God...
We choose to recognize the great gifts various groups have offered to the church throughout time to help us get a better understanding of our vast God. From the Orthodox Church we value the historical church father's challenge to a more contemplative life. From the Baptist and Methodist movements we honor the need for a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus followed by corresponding action. From the Pentecostals we are inspired by their intense passion to see God's power and presence evident in their lives through evangelism and worship.
This has been a long introduction to our beliefs, but we hope you will know that whatever your background, we can benefit from each other as we choose to journey together. Below you will find a list of things that we hold as truth.
One God - Eternally existent in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14)
The Bible - Inspired by God and infallible in it's original text serving as our authoritative source of Christian belief and teaching (2 Timothy 3:16)
Man - Created in the image of God but fallen, lost and powerless to save himself. (Gen. 1:26; Rom. 5:12)
Jesus Christ - Virgin-born Son of God who was crucified to take upon Himself the punishment for the sin of all mankind. He arose from the dead, thereby conquering sin, death and the grave. Jesus will personally return to the earth in power and glory for his church. (Matthew 16:16; 1 Corinthians 5:3,4 ; Titus 2:13)
Man's Only Hope - A relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (1 Peter 1:18, 19; Ephesians 2:8)
We Celebrate - Water Baptism is a celebration of a new Christ-follower's spiritual birth as they make a public profession of their faith in Jesus. We also celebrate Christ's sacrifice for our benefit and our anticipation of His return through communion (Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 11:26)
Healing - Consistent with His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ still offers healing for the physical, relational and emotional pain in our lives (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24)
The Holy Spirit - Indwells those who receive Christ and empowers believers to live righteous and holy lives. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, along with its evidences, and the Gifts of the Spirit are available to believers today. (Galatians 5:22&23; I Corinthians 12:1-11; Acts 2:4; Acts 2:39)
Lifestyle - When a life is changed by the love of Christ, we begin a life long journey of becoming like Christ. (Galatians 5:16; I Thessalonians 5:23)
Someday - Life, as we know it, will come to an end. Jesus will return and show Himself to be "King of Kings.” Everyone will be held accountable for the choices of their lives. A permanent, personal relationship with God, without the influence of evil and pain will be established for all who chose Christ. This will be heaven . . . forever (John 5:28, 29; Revelations 21:4-6)