Our Beliefs

The Doctrinal Teachings of Pursuit Memphis

THE BIBLE

We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error as originally given by God, and sufficient as our final authority and only infallible rule of faith and life.

THE GODHEAD

We believe that there is only one true and living God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three distinct persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—equal in essence,nature, power, and glory but distinct in function. The Father orders all things according to his purpose and pleasure. He has created mankind to bring him glory and honor. By his grace he calls human being into a relationship with him through his Son. The eternal Son, Jesus Christ, became a man without ceasing to be God in order to redeem sinful man. He accomplished our redemption through his substitutionary sacrifice on the cross and justified us in his resurrection from the dead. He ascended back to the Father, where he serves as our intercessor, and he is coming again to judge the living and the dead. The Holy Spirit accomplishes the will of God on this earth by convicting the world of sin and righteousness. He is the supernatural agent in regenerating sinners and equipping them for service in the kingdom.

HUMANITY

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but through Adam’s sin the race fell; because of this men have been born in sin since that time and are by nature the children of wrath. Sin is rebellion against God, and the result of sin is eternal separation from God.

SALVATION

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Savior from sin. He atoned for our sins on the cross and rose again for our justification according to the will of the Father. All men are under condemnation as a result of sin, and escape from condemnation comes only through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Christ’s righteousness is imputed to the individual who has repented of sin and submitted to Christ, and that individual is regenerate, sealed, gifted, and placed in the church by the Holy Spirit for service in the kingdom.

RESURRECTION

We believe in the final resurrection of all men, just and unjust. We believe that those who commit their lives to Jesus Christ during this life will be raised to everlasting life, but those who are not committed to Jesus Christ in this life will be raised to everlasting condemnation in hell.

THE CHURCH

We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all regenerate persons. We believe that the church is manifested locally as a voluntary association of baptized believers in Christ who have covenanted together to follow the teachings of the Scripture in doctrine, worship, and practice. We believe that the only two church ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We likewise believe that only those who are committed to Jesus Christ as Lord are scriptural subjects for baptism and that immersion is the only proper mode of baptism. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial to the Lord’s death. The bread symbolizes His body, which was given for us. The cup symbolizes His blood, which was shed for us. We believe that a church is an organization led by two types of officers, pastors or elders and deacons.

THE BELIEVER

We believe that God has blessed every believer with at least one spiritual gift for the purpose of edifying the body of believers and serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Every member should be a minister, seeking to honor the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. The Great Commission calls all believers to make disciples of all nations and teach them to observe all things commanded by the Lord. The Great Commandment calls the believer to love the Lord with all of his heart, soul, and mind, and to love his neighbor as himself.