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Our Faith Priorities

What we believe at the Brazos Church about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church

The Brazos Church stands firmly in the center of orthodox Christian teaching and practice. We draw from the rich traditions of the Church throughout history and we adhere to Nicene creed. Out of loyalty to Christ and the gospel, we have come to a number of convictions concerning the clear teaching of the Bible. At the same time, we have not included in our statement of faith much that can be legitimately debated by orthodox Christians. In other words, we do have boundaries, but our boundaries are broad and inclusive. 


NICENE CREED


We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation  he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit  he became incarnated from the Virgin Mary,  and was made fully human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again  in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven  and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory  to judge the living and the dead,  and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son  he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy, global Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. AMEN.


In light of this, we describe our church in terms of these five faith priorities: 

We are Jesus centered

We believe in the centrality of the gospel, the good news of Jesus—His perfect life, his sacrificial death on the cross for sinners, and his bodily resurrection. We believe it is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone that we are forgiven and saved. We believe in the importance of sharing this good news and calling people to faith in Christ. 

We are Scripture based

We believe the Bible is the written Word of God and is therefore the basis for everything we believe and do. We believe in the importance of teaching all of the Bible to our congregation, and that it is through learning and putting the Bible into practice that we mature as followers of Jesus. 

We are Spirit empowered

We welcome the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit, believing that as followers of Jesus we share in the life of God through the Spirit. We therefore live expectantly, inviting the Spirit’s work through all the gifts the Bible speaks of, including miracles, prophecy, and physical healing.

We are culturally diverse

We believe the church on earth is to be an expression of the Kingdom of God in heaven (Revelation 7:9)—people from every nation, tribe, people, and language reconciled and united in Christ. Our congregation is therefore deeply committed to racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. 

We are community engaged

We believe we are called to be engaged in the world around us as “salt and light,” expressing the love of God through good works (Ephesians 2:10), such as providing for those in need, defending the weak, and being bridges of hope.

Communion

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”


In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. -I Corinthians 11:23-26 (CSB)

For thousands of years, the Church has continued a practice called communion, or depending on different church traditions, the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist. Communion uses bread as a symbol for Jesus’ body and wine as a symbol for His blood that was shed for the world.


Jesus started the tradition when he instructed His followers at the Last Supper to use bread and wine to remember the sacrifice He was about to make when He died for our sins on the cross.

Jesus called Himself “the bread of life,” which means that we’re nourished by Him, we survive because of Him, and He satisfies us when everything else leaves us empty. The wine reminds of His blood given on the cross to forgive us of our sins.


Taking communion doesn’t make you a Christian. It doesn’t save your soul or get you to heaven.

God actually warns us about taking communion without considering what it means and why we’re doing it. The intent is not for us to mindlessly perform a ritual, but to intentionally set aside time to remember what Jesus has done, why He did it, and His promise to return. Every time we gather around bread and wine, in church or in our homes, we remember Jesus is the one who provides all we need.


Why practice communion?

· It’s not about the bread and wine; it’s about the body and blood of Jesus.

· It’s not about the ritual or the method; it’s about listening to Jesus and doing what He says. It’s about the person we worship.

· Communion is not an obligation, but a celebration.

· Communion celebrates the Gospel: Jesus was broken for us so that we can be renewed by Him.

· Celebrating communion marks the story of Jesus, how He gave Himself completely to give us a better life, a new start, and a fresh relationship with God

· As often as we remember Jesus, we should celebrate Jesus.

Our communion welcomes all to the Lord’s Table. It is not Brazos Church’s table but the Lord’s table.

It is made ready for those who love him, and for those who want to love him more.

So come; it is His will that those who want him, should meet him here.


Click here to Read I Corinthians 11:17-34

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