Our Beliefs

“In essentials unity. In non-essentials liberty. In all things love.” – St. Augustine

Transformation Church is rooted in the ancient, historic teachings of Christian orthodoxy as articulated in the Apostles Creed. In addition to the doctrinal statement below, we join with followers of Jesus worldwide in affirming the Lausanne Covenant.

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic (Universal) Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.


Our essential beliefs are intended to be the basis for fellowship. There will always be peripheral doctrines that committed Christians disagree upon, but the essential beliefs of Christianity are non-negotiable. Below is a list of TC’s essential beliefs.

The Bible Is the Inspired Word of God

The Old and New Testament are verbally inspired by God, the only written revelation from God to man. The Bible is infallible and the authoritative rule of faith and conduct for mankind (2 Timothy 3:15–17; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21). Read MoreRead Less

The One True God

God is called by many different names in the Bible because of the different dimensions of His personality, but God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4Matthew 22:37). God is super-dimensional and eternally self-existent (John 8:54–59).
God is love, sovereign, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is the creator of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1-2). While God is one, He is also a tri-personal being known as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
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Jesus: The God-Man

Jesus the Messiah (Christ) is the second person of the tri-personal God. The eternal Son of God became man without ceasing to be God (John 1:1–14; Philippians 2:5–11). The Scripture declares His virgin birth (Matthew 1:18–23); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:4-5); His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:37–38); His substitutionary death on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:4); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:1-61 Corinthians 15:4); and His exaltation to the right hand of God the Father to now function as our High Priest, Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10Hebrews 7:25Hebrews 9:24Romans 8:341 John 2:1-2). Jesus will come again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5Romans 14:92 Timothy 4:1). Read MoreRead Less

God the Holy Spirit

We believe that God is sovereign in bestowing spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop his or her sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor do they prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are they an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7,11Ephesians 4:7–8). We believe that God does hear and answer prayer, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. We believe that it’s the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to them. (Romans 12:1–81 Corinthians 131 Peter 4:10–11). The nine fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23) are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and are evidence of spiritual maturity. Read MoreRead Less

The Fall of Man

Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). However, by a voluntary act of the will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6). That first sin had several repercussions. Man was excommunicated from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23), a curse was pronounced (Genesis 3:14–19), the process of physical death began (Genesis 2:17), and man died spiritually (Romans 5:12–19). Sin separated humankind from God and left man in a fallen (sinful) condition, separated from the life and love of God (Romans 3:23). Read MoreRead Less

The Rescuing (Salvation) of Man

The only means of salvation is Jesus the Messiah (Acts 4:12John 14:6). He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins (1 Peter 2:24) and rose from the dead on the third day according to Scripture to infuse humanity with His resurrection life. He offers each of us a pardon for our sins (Hebrews 9:261 John 4:9–10) and wants us to become beloved children of God (John 1:12). When we put our faith in Christ, it triggers a spiritual chain reaction. We become the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 3:5). We become citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20–21). We are given eternal life (John 3:16). We are adopted and become children of God (Galatians 4:4–7). Our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 8:12). We are credited with the righteousness of Christ (Romans 4:4–5). We are born again (John 3:3). God takes ownership of us (1 Corinthians 6:20). We receive an eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:13–14; 1 Peter 1:3–5). The evidence of salvation is twofold. The internal evidence is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). The external evidence is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23). We become new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17) and are transformed into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). Read MoreRead Less

Eternal Security

We believe that all true Christ-followers are eternally secure through the Spirit’s power (John 6:37–40; 10:27–30Romans 8:1, 38–391 Corinthians 1:4–81 Peter 1:5). We believe that it’s the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Romans 13:13Galatians 5:13Titus 2:11–14). Read MoreRead Less

The Church and Her Mission

The Church is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12–27) and has a threefold purpose: to evangelize the world as His missionaries (Acts 1:8Matthew 28:18–20John 17:8), to worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13), and to equip God’s people for ministry (Ephesians 4:11–161 Corinthians 12:28, 14:12). Read MoreRead Less

Baptism in Water

The Scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized by immersion (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ. Baptism is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It’s a declaration to the world that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). Read MoreRead Less


The Lord’s Table consists of two elements: the bread and cup. These elements are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. Communion is a memorial of Christ’s sufferings on the cross and a celebration of our salvation. It’s an opportunity for a believer to examine himself and experience the forgiveness we possess in Christ. Read MoreRead Less

The Covenant of Marriage

The Covenant of Marriage between and a man and a woman is holy, sacred, and beautiful. We view marriage as God’s divine design of a sacred covenant (a supernatural bonding) between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:23–24Matthew 5:31–32Matthew 19:1–12Ephesians 5:25–33). In our fallen and broken world, relationships are often fragile. Yet, we believe that with the grace and power of God–along with the guidance of Scripture and a faithful community of believers–there is hope to have healthy marriages and to experience healing from past relationships. According to Scripture, marriage reflects the relationship between Jesus and the Church. Just as Jesus lovingly and sacrificially gave His life for His bride, the Church, the husband plays the role of Jesus by giving his life for his wife. And the wife responds to the husband’s sacrificial, loving initiatives by trusting his leadership in her family’s life, just as the Church responds to Jesus by trusting His leadership. Read MoreRead Less

The Final Judgment

There will be a final judgment in which the dead will be resurrected and judged according to their works (Matthew 25:31–46Romans 2:1–9). Everyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life will be consigned to hell, along with the devil and his angels (Revelation 20:11–15). Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be resurrected and stand at the judgment seat of Christ to be rewarded for their good deeds (1 Corinthians 4:5) and enjoy God in the new heaven and new earth for all eternity (Revelation 21:1–4). Read MoreRead Less