6 Devotions of Genesis 
 
 
1. TEACHING – Learning people become different people. 
We are a church devoted to God’s word through Sunday services, classes and teams. 
 
2. FELLOWSHIP – Connected people grow with people. 
We are a church devoted to togetherness through groups, community events and serving. 
 
3. HOSPITALITY – Friendly people reach people. 
We are a church devoted serving others through acts of kindness, missions and local outreach. 
 
4. PRAYER – Praying people are compassionate people. 
We are a church devoted to prayer on behalf of others and our community through services, group and personally in our homes. 
 
5. GENEROSITY – Giving people change people. 
We are a church devoted to giving back to God and our community through our finances, extra gifts and resources. 
 
6. REPENTANCE – Repenting people are grace filled people. 
We are a church devoted to being the types of people who are constantly pursuing a life that follows God’s design and plan for us. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beliefs and Doctrine
 
 
The beliefs (theology) of a community are important. They are written down for others to understand where one might stand or align themselves on certain issues.  While needed, this sometimes never allows the reader to truly glimpse what the Church is all about. Our desire is that the ways in which we live out our beliefs would be more important than just the documentation of them.

2 Corinthians 3:2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

We believe there is one God, and this God exists in three personalities… Father, Son, and Spirit. These three personalities are co-equal and one in God.

We believe the Bible is God’s story, written by men inspired by His Spirit, and the foundation for every part of our lives as will live out it’s instructions in this world. 

We believe God created the world and it was good.

We believe man and women were created in the image of God.

We believe that God created a biblical foundation for marriage between a husband and a wife. (For our beliefs and stance on marriage see document below)

We believe God’s design was to live together with His creation and for His creation to live in community with each other.

We believe sin entered into this world bringing death, and caused creation to become separated from the relationship that God intended.

We believe that because of man’s sin the world needed a Savior.

We believe that God had a plan to redeem and rescue His creation and that Jesus was the only way by which this would be accomplished.

We believe God’s son Jesus was born of a virgin and was the fulfillment of prophecy.

We believe that Jesus died, was buried, and then raised from the dead, defeating death, and bringing salvation for all who long to be restored, reconciled, and redeemed.

We believe that Salvation is received by grace, it is a gift from God, and can not be achieved by works alone. 

We believe the Spirit of God dwells in the lives of those who accept Jesus and leads them to live a life different from the patterns of the world.

We believe that Baptism is a symbolic sign to others that we have chosen to follow Jesus, making our old way of living different from our new one. 

We believe that God has chosen to use the Church as agents who reflect Him to the world.

We believe that God will one day return to judge the world and rid it of evil and injustice.

We believe that God will one day restore and renew creation according to the way He has designed it to be.

We believe in a day where God’s Kingdom will be with His people and creation will dwell with Him forever.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Baptism at Genesis 
What it is:

We invite you to take part in believers baptism here at Genesis Church. A moment for you to publicly identify yourself with Jesus in death and resurrection. We believe that baptism is obedience and a beautiful and sacred opportunity to display to the world, “I am a follower of a new way of living, the way of Jesus, and I commit to following this way of Jesus in the world God has place me in.”

 

What it is not:

We do not believe that baptism saves you, or washes away your sin. It is obedience to Christ and we should desire to do so as quick as we can.

We are aware that there are people who come from different backgrounds with different concepts of baptism. Our belief here at Genesis is that baptism is by immersion and is a profession of faith after you have entered into the relationship God always intended to have with you. We also believe that baptism does not automatically make you a member of Genesis Church or of any other denomination.

As for children and infants we believe that water baptism is a sign/symbol of a person’s professing of faith, and as a result feel it is confusing to perform water baptism on infants. Instead we practice child dedications on infants and young children. When a child makes a choice to follow Jesus, they have the opportunity to declare to others that decision of trusting in Jesus through baptism, as they begin to understand what it is truly about.

With baptism we look to discover what it meant in the context, history, and people from which we find it. Our theology and understanding of baptism comes from the desire to explore what it meant for Jesus, his followers, and the first church. Our only response is to model that as closely as we possibly can.
 

Why do it?

John 4:1-2 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.

Matthew 28:17 Go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38, 41 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you…
Those who accepted his message were baptized,
*Acts 2:38 8:16 10:48 19:5

Paul teaches us what this new meaning of baptism when he writes…

Romans 3:3-4 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death
in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

 

When do I do It?

As soon as possible! In scripture we find that those who believed were baptized right away.
They did not wait! They responded immediately, declaring to the world that a new way of life had begun.
Acts 7:34-28 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
 
This symbolic, sacred act of immersing oneself into water (baptism) took on new meaning for the early believers. We find Jesus being baptized and had his disciples do the same for others. We also find that Jesus commands us to baptize others and the early church carrying out this command.
 
For more info about what we believe, to register for our next baptism, or take our Splash Class to learn more email us!