Jesus Fellowship Of
Believers in Menomonie is a fellowship of believers in Jesus
Christ, who is the foundation and cornerstone of the Church. Our
supreme desire is to know Christ and to be conformed to His
image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the only
true basis of Christian fellowship is God's (Agape) love, which
is greater than any differences we possess, and without which we
have no right to claim ourselves to be Christians.
We are a people longing
eagerly for the future
We are waiting for the
arrival of a new heaven and earth, which God will bring about
through his transforming power. A day is coming when Christ will
come again to establish his reign of justice and freedom. He
will create the home of righteousness which his people crave,
banishing forever sin, Satan and death.
In renewed bodies in a
renewed creation, we will live as God’s people in unbroken
relationship with God and each other. At the centre of
everything will be the one God, eternally self-existent as God
the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the creator and sustainer of
all that is. His character is constant and his purposes
unchanging. He will be all our glory. This will be life as it
was meant to be lived – life in all its glorious and satisfying
We are a people formed
decisively in the past
From before the creation
of the world, God the Father chose us and blessed us in his Son,
Jesus. We depend entirely upon the life, death and resurrection
of Jesus, our King and Rescuer. Jesus is God-in-the-flesh, who
shares our humanity, having been born of Mary. She conceived by
the power of the Holy Spirit while she was still a virgin.
As the Son of God, Jesus came to make
God known. As the Servant of God, Jesus came to undo the
corruption of humanity and the divine curse on creation caused
by the first man, Adam. He came to liberate us from our
devastating self-love and to rescue us from the consequences of
our ongoing willful refusal to love God and others. Jesus
fulfilled the promises made by God to Israel and realized all
that Israel was called, but failed, to be. He gave us a glimpse
of the world to come, calling the people of God to follow him
and to demonstrate the goodness of his rule by their shared
Through the power of the
Holy Spirit, Jesus lived the life Adam and the rest of humanity
could not live. And through the Holy Spirit, Jesus died the
death that Adam and the rest of humanity deserve to die. On the
cross he endured and exhausted God’s righteous anger against our
rebellion, paying its penalty in full. Jesus rose physically
from the dead, proving the effectiveness of his death. The
resurrection is the promise and beginning of God’s new world.
Jesus then returned to
his Father in heaven, from where he now rules over all creation.
He sent his Spirit to apply all that he achieved on the cross.
The Spirit equips us as God’s people to live for Christ and
speak of him so that others might submit to his gracious reign.
In this way Jesus sovereignty gathers his church as he rescues
those the Father has given him.
We are a people living
joyfully in the present
God has given his Spirit
and word to his people to equip us to serve him in the world and
to bring us to his future.
God the Holy Spirit is the giver of
life, the one who convicts of sin and the creator of saving
faith. He is the one who opens our eyes to see the beauty of
Christ so that through the Spirit we succumb willingly to His
incredible grace. He is the one who gives us new hearts to turn
to Christ and trust him. The Spirit sets us apart for Christ and
makes us more like him through the word of God.
The Holy Spirit is the
author and interpreter of the Bible, which is God’s word to his
world concerning his Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible reflects the
characters and circumstances of the people who wrote it, but the
Holy Spirit guided the entire process. So in the Bible God
reliably reveals his character and plans as he tells the story
of his grace in rescuing sinners for his glory. Because it is
the word of God, the Bible is the final authority in matters of
conduct, questions of life and issues of truth.
We live together in
union with Christ as his church. God is filling the world with
local expressions of this church. We celebrate our cultural
diversity while enjoying unity in Christ. These churches are a
means of grace to a needy and dying world. God has given us the
task of making the good news of Jesus known to those without God
and without hope. Our community life points ahead to what God
has in store for his world. So, by word and life, we model and
offer reconciliation to those alienated from God by their
willful rejection of him. We call people to turn from despising
God and urge them to trust in Christ.
Without Christ, people
face only the judgment of being forever cut off from God and all
that is good. It is by grace that we live in the present as
forgiven sinners. We never earn the right to be called children
of God. The gift of faith hears the ‘not guilty’ verdict that
God will proclaim for his people on the coming Day of Judgment
and enables us to live in the light of it now.
As those welcomed,
forgiven and accepted, we become a community of those who
welcome, forgive and accept. We respond to the gospel in
baptism, expressing that we have become part of the people of
God. The Lord’s Supper is the meal we regularly share together
to celebrate the work of Christ and express that we continue to
be part of the people of God together. Our shared life proclaims
the Lord’s death until he returns to make good the invitation to
his eternal banquet.