Our Statement of Faith
What Danube Believes . . .
About the Scriptures
We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God. Men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. We believe the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts, true, authoritative and trustworthy. It is the standard of faith and practice for the church. 1
We believe in one eternal God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God). He was born of a virgin, lived, died, and rose again to reveal God to humanity as the Savior of the world. 2
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God to have fellowship with him. We all became alienated from God through sinful disobedience. As a result, no one is capable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own efforts. 3
We believe that the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. We believe he rose bodily on the third day, conquering death and assuring eternal life. God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. 4
About the Christian Life
We believe all Christians are redeemed to live for Christ and not for themselves. By faith, obedience to the Word of God, continual yielding to the Spirit of God, and engagement in caring community, every believer should increasingly reflect Christ-likeness. 5
About the Church
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by knowing, loving, and honoring him, and by making him known to the lost world. 6
About Church Ordinances
We believe that the Lord ordained two practices, or ordinances, to be observed by all believers until His return: Baptism and Communion.
Our church practices believer’s baptism - that is, that anyone who confesses Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior may request baptism by immersion in water to fulfill the Lord’s command. For those who come to the church as believers, we accept without reservation other forms of baptism already administered.
Communion (or the Lord’s Supper) is a commemoration of Jesus’ death, the elements being used as emblems of His broken body and shed blood. It is open to all self-examined believers regardless of church affiliation.7
About Human Destiny
We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person. All humanity will experience a bodily resurrection and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God. Having rejected God and His offer of salvation, unbelievers will suffer eternal condemnation apart from Him. 8
About the Second Coming of Christ
We believe that Jesus will return personally, visibly, and triumphantly to consummate history, vindicate faith, and reign eternally. 9
We invite you to look into the Scriptures to determine for yourself whether these things are true.
Footnotes to the Statement of Faith
1 Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21, Romans 15:4
2 Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; 14:6; Acts 17:31; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:8; 2:4-5; James 1:17; 1 John 1:5; Revelation 19:6
3 Genesis 1:26; 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-18; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12
4 John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9; Romans 4:5; I Corinthians 15:1-3; 1 Peter 1:18-19
5 Romans 6:13; 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9
6 Acts 1:8; 2:42; 13:1-2; 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; Romans 15:5; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Timothy 3:1-13
7 Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Romans 6:1-7; Colossians 2:12-18; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34
8 Luke 16:19-26; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15
9 John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Revelations 5:13; 19:11-16