Our Common Points of Shared FaithTeam Expansion is an independent, nondenominational fellowship of Christian believers. We are committed to the Church as revealed in the New Testament, to the unity of the church for the purposes of world evangelism, and to the principles of our Christian Church heritage as expressed by phrases like these:
• Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent.
• In essentials, unity; in opinions, liberty; and in all things, love.
• We are not the only Christians, but we are Christians only.
The BibleThe basis for our belief is the sixty-six books of the Bible, which are uniquely God-inspired, without error, and the final authority on all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20,21).
GodThere is one true and living God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4), Who is perfect in all His attributes. God is one, but exists in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14) - each possessing all the attributes of deity and deserving of our worship and obedience. In the beginning God created the universe and everything in it out of nothing. By His sovereign power, He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence, He is operating throughout history to fulfill his plan of redemption.
Jesus ChristJesus Christ is equal with God (John 10:30; Philippians 2:5-8), but surrendered the privileges of deity and came to earth to pay the debt for the souls of people.
Jesus was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23-25). He lived a sinless life, and so was qualified to pay for our sins by dying on the cross as our Substitute (John 10:15; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24). He physically rose from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the Father where He now mediates as our Advocate and High Priest (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:38-39: Acts 2:30-31: Romans 4:25; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1).
Jesus will return to earth visibly to fulfill history and judge all mankind according to the eternal plan of God (John 5:22-23; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Corinthians 5:10). He will return in a majestic and triumphant second coming. We do not hold to any particular position on how the second coming will happen.
Holy SpiritThe Holy Spirit is a divine person, coequal with the Father and the Son in all the divine attributes (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14). He convicts the minds of sinners, awakens in them recognition of their need for a Savior and offers them new life in Christ. At the point of salvation, He permanently indwells every believer and equips him or her for personal growth and service to the church (John 16:7-9; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:22). The indwelling of the Spirit is a divine guarantee of a believer’s salvation until the day of redemption (Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).
The Holy Spirit endows Christians with spiritual gifts. These gifts are intended to strengthen the Church and glorify Christ (John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18). Most churches and individuals affiliated with Team Expansion do not participate in public expression of supernatural gifts. We recognize that some of our fellow believers have strong convictions about special giftedness. We acknowledge their freedom to practice private worship as God so leads them, but ask that they not be openly evangelistic about their convictions.