What Shapes Our Belief
The Broward Church is a ministry of the South Florida Church of Christ and we are a diverse community that genuinely cares about the needs of all people from all generations and from all walks of life. And more than anything else, we are a community of people that love Jesus. We have decided that we do not want to be a church for ourselves, but instead a church that lives our lives for Jesus. We believe that His sacrifice and love for us is the best motivation that we have. In return, we are compelled to live this life for Him and for others in the hope that many will have the chance to respond to His love too.
With changing times and changing needs, we try to offer people a place to genuinely engage with the good news that Jesus offers without the need to conform to rigid traditions or extra-biblical expectations that get in the way of a real faith. Through the availability of flexible community groups and a sincere consideration for all the needs of our members and visitors, we hope that anyone can feel welcome with us.
We believe that the best way for us to grow is by getting smaller. We have launched small community groups to grow the spiritual health of individuals. We also believe that this is the best and healthiest way to grow the membership of our church family. Belonging to something is a consequence of real engagement, real partnership, and ownership. We believe that providing people a place where they are personally known and cared for on an individual level and given the chance to do the same for their own group is one of the best ways to help them grow personally and spiritually.
Here are the core beliefs to which we hold:
BIBLE: The Bible is the Word of God— reliable, perfect, and flawless. We hold to the Bible as our standard as Christians, as it helps us grow in maturity in Christ.
MAN: Mankind is made in the image of God. Man was created to have fellowship with God, but have been separated from Him because of our sin. Only through Christ are we given the opportunity to be reconciled to Him and the chance to live life to the full (Genesis 1, Romans 3:23-24, John 10:10, Ecclesiastes 12:13)
GOD: There is one God, who is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As the Creator of all things, he is all-knowing, perfect, and holy. We are made for his glory. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises. (Isaiah 43:1-7, John 1:1-18)
JESUS: Jesus is the image of the invisible God, who was sent from heaven to redeem mankind. He lived a sinless life, so that he could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life. Jesus is the ultimate example to be human and obey God. (Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 1:15)
HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is the Advocate promised by Jesus, who convicts people of their sin and transforms them to become more like Christ. We cannot live the life God intends for us without the Holy Spirit’s strength and guidance. (John 16:8, 13; John 14:6; 1 Corinthians 2:10b)
SALVATION: We are saved by grace through faith. The Gospel is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone. God created man, sin entered the world through man’s rebellion, and God sent Jesus to pay the penalty for our sin through his death on the Cross. God’s plan is for man to respond through faith, repentance, and baptism. (Romans 1:13, Acts 2:38, Eph. 2:8).
CHURCH: The Church is a community of believers who are devoted to each other and are unified through their faith in Christ. With Christ being the head of the Church, we are committed to his teachings and to obeying all of His commands. We seek to bring the Gospel to the world by winning the lost for Christ, training the Church to be effective for His kingdom, and sending them into world with the sole purpose of glorifying God.
(2 Samuel 22:31, Psalm 119, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12-13)
(Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 1:17-18, Ephesians 2:19-22)