What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Core Beliefs

These are the core beliefs of Reading City Church based on the foundational truths taught in the Bible and the historical teachings of the church. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.

The Bible 


We believe that God is beyond human reason and imagination, yet has chosen to reveal what we can comprehend about His existence and His desires for humanity through the Bible. Therefore, the Bible is our source for instruction, truth, inspiration, conviction, encouragement, and wisdom. We believe the Bible is alive with God’s reality, divinely inspired, and our final authority.

God


We believe in one eternal God, creator of all things. He is all-knowing,  all-powerful, holy,  just, and beyond our full comprehension. He is also unconditionally loving  and relentlessly merciful. We believe He is revealed in scripture, and so in life, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus


We believe that Jesus Christ walked the Earth, taught the masses,  performed miracles, died on the cross, and rose again as the Bible teaches. We believe at that time He was fully man and fully God. We believe now He is glorified as King of Kings and continues to work for the redemption of the world.

The Holy Spirit


We believe that the Spirit of God counsels, teaches, and empowers the church to fulfill the mission of Jesus by filling every believer, producing Godly fruit, and giving gifts to every believer to be used for the building of His church.

Humanity


We believe that humankind was created in the image of God and that God takes pleasure in us as His creation. We believe that humanity broke our intended connection and relationship with God when we embraced our egos and chose our ways above His own. Thus, all of humanity has fallen short of His glory and pays an enormous price for rejecting God. We believe that the good news of the Gospel is that Jesus, through His death and resurrection, did for us what we could not do for ourselves and reinstated us in our connection and relationship to God. We believe that unconditional love, unmerited grace, unlimited forgiveness, and undying hope are found in Jesus Christ by anyone who believes and confesses that He is Lord. We believe that Jesus is the one and only mediator between God and man.

The Church


We believe the church is the redeemed community of Jesus, learning and living what it means to be His followers on earth. We believe the church exists as a family of God that proclaims who Jesus is in words and actions, teaching others to be His disciples, loving and serving others, all for the glory of God alone.

Scriptural Support 

The Bible: Job 36:26, Ps 147:5, Isa 40:20, Isa 55:9, Gen 1:1, Ex 20:3, Ps 11:7, Ps 19:7-11, Ps 119:172, Ps 103:2-4, Amos 3:7, Lk 12:6-7, Lk 24:25-27, 1 Tim 2:3-4, 1 Pe 1:15-16, Jn 17:17, 1 Tim 3:16-17, Ps 119:1-16, Ps 119:33-40,  1 Tim 3:16, 2 Pe 1:21, 1 Co 2:12-13, Matt 5:17-18, Matt 24:35, Ps 119

God: Deut 6:4, John 10:30, Is 57:15, Rev 1:8, Psalm 145:7, Job 37:16, 1 Jn 3:20, Jer 32:27, Isa 40:28, Lu 1:37, Matt 19:26, Isa 6:3, 1 Pe 1:16,  2 Thes 1:6, Job 34:12, 2 Tim 2:13, Job 36:26, Ps 147:5, Isa 55:9, Jer 31:3, Jn 4:8, Rom 5:8, Eph 3:18, Rom 5:8, Jn 3:16, Eph 2: 4-5, Eph 2:18, 1 Jn 1:9, Matt 3:16-17, Matt 28:19

Jesus: Jn 1:14, 1 Jn 1:1-2, Acts 2:22, Matt 4:23, Mark 6:34, Jn 7:8:2, Luke 4:40, Matt 14:14, Matt 15:30, Lu 8:22-25, Jn 6:5-14, Jn 11:1-14, Matt 27, Lu 23, Jn 19, Mk 16, Lk 24, Jn 20, Acts 3:15, 1 Co 15:3-8, 1 Pe 1:3,  Isa 9:6, Jn 1;14, Col 2:9, 1 Tim 3;16, Jn 18:37, 1 Tim 6:14-15, Rev 17:14, Rev 19:16, Col 1:19-20, Rom 5:10, Rom 8:19-24, Rom 8:34, Rev 5:9

The Holy Spirit : Jn 15: 26- 16:4, Jn 16:12-15, Jn 14:26, Jn 16:7-15, Gal 5:16-18, Acts 1:8, Acts 4:31, Eph 5:18, 2 Pe 1:3-4, Gal 5:22-26, 1 Jo 4:8, 1 Co 12:1-28, Ephesians 4:4-16, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Pe 4:10, 1 Ti 4:14-16

Humanity : Gen 1:26-31, Isa 43:7, Ps 149:4, Zeph 3:17, Jer 31:33, Gen 3;1-19, Rom 5:12-14, 1 Co 15;21-22, Ro 3:12-16, Ro 3:23, Isaiah 53:6, Matt 15:19, Eph 4:18-19, 1 Jn 4;9-10, Ro 5:8, Ro 8:1-4, Ro 8:1-4, Ro 8:15-17, Gal 4:3-7, 1 Jn 3:1, Eph 1:3, Eph 2:8-10, Jn 3:16, 1 Tim 2:5-6, Acts 4:11-12

The Church: Matt 16: 15-19, Ac 2:38-47, 1 Jn 3:1-3, Matt 28:18-20, Jn 14:15, 1 Jn 2:6, 1 Co 11:1, Matt 12:49-50, Jn 1:12, Eph 2;19-22, Gal 3:38, Rom 12:5, Mk 16:15, 2 Co 4:5, Col 1:28-29, 1 Co 5:18-20, Eph 5:1-2, Heb 10:24-25, Col 3:16, 1 Co 11:1, Eph 4:11-17, Acts 2:42, Ro 12;10-13, 1Jn 4;7, Acts 4:34-3, Gal 5:13-14, Gal 6:10, Matt 23;11, John 13:35, 1 Co 10:31, 2 Co 5:14-15, Rom 15:5-6, Eph 3:21, Rev 19:1

The Nicene Creed,  AD 381

We believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of
heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of
God, begotten of the Father before all ages;
Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten,
not created, of one essence with the Father
through Whom all things were made.
Who for us men and for our salvation
came down from heaven and was incarnate
of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
and suffered and was buried;
And He rose on the third day,
according to the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
And He will come again with glory to judge the living
and dead. His kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life,
Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the
Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, Who
spoke through the prophets.
In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
We confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the age to come.
Amen.

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