Beliefs

Our Common Points of Shared Faith

Team 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 Bible

The 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).

God

There 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 Christ

Jesus 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 Spirit

The 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.

Our Greatest Need

The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Him. God originally created human beings to have fellowship with Him and to glorify Him (Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16) but they defied God by sinfully choosing to go their own way. As a result, people suffered alienation from God and the corruption of human nature (Psalms 51:5; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-4). The salvation of humankind, therefore, is completely a work of God’s free grace, not the result of human works or goodness. This salvation is a gift, made available through faith in Jesus Christ and Him only (John 1:12; John 10:18-27; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

Eternal Security

A Christian can be secure in his or her salvation. Jesus promises that “no one can snatch us out of his hand” (John 10:28). However, while Christ does not give up on us, we can give up on Christ. Salvation is by grace not works, but believers live in a manner worthy of Christ’s calling on their lives. The same grace that saves will also sustain the believer.

The Church

All Christians are part of one united spiritual body, the church (Ephesians 4:4), the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2), of which Christ is the head (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18). The Scripture directs believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, the Lord’s Supper, fellowship, service to the body, and outreach to the world (Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38-42; Ephesians 4:12). Wherever God’s people meet regularly, this is the local expression of the church (Acts 20:17; Galatians 1:2; Hebrews 10:25). Under the protection and oversight of elders (Acts 20:28), its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ and making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 3:21).

Baptism

Baptism is commanded by our Lord and His apostles (Matthew 28:19). Everyone who professes faith in Christ must be baptized for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the promised gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). This gift ensures that the Christian has the spiritual power to live for Christ. (See section “The Holy Sprit” above.) Baptism should occur as soon as possible upon confession of faith in Christ, as modeled in Acts (Acts 2:38-41, Acts 8:35-39; Acts 16:31-33). Baptism by immersion is taught in Scripture and demonstrates the death, burial and resurrection of both the believer and Jesus Christ (Romans 6:1-15). Baptism demonstrates fellowship and identification with the Church, which is the visible body of Christ (Acts 2:41-42).

The Lord’s Supper

The purpose of the Lord’s Supper is to remember Christ’s death until He comes, and should always be preceded by solemn self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:28-32). Even though the loaf and cup are only representative of the flesh and blood of Christ, the Lord’s Supper is nevertheless an actual communion with the risen Christ, who is present in a spiritual way, in fellowship with His people (1 Corinthians 10:16). In the example of the early church, we offer the Lord’s Supper weekly.

Human Destiny

Death seals the eternal destiny of each person (Hebrews 9:27). For all humankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. The saved will be raised to eternal life and will be rewarded for works done in this life (John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11, 19-23; 2 Corinthians 4:14), and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Daniel 12:2; John 5:29).