What we believe


When it comes to issues of doctrine, traditions, lifestyles, politics, behavior, culture, etc., Catalyst takes a closed hand/open hand approach.

The closed hand holds tightly to the non-negotiables of the Christian faith: We are all sinful and broken, faith in Jesus brings forgiveness and a new life, the Bible is true and worth following, and everyone spends eternity somewhere.

The open hand, however, allows room for differences when it comes to secondary matters. We liberally allow freedom of conscience and wisdom to guide the individual where the Bible is silent. This approach fosters unity within the diversity found in the Catalyst community: Democrats and Republicans, computer geeks and surfers, carnivores and vegans, soccer moms and corporate executives. Our goal as a Christian community must always be to honor God, to follow the way of Jesus, and to love and serve all.

In this way, we seek to make the gospel relevant to those that find it irrelevant (1 Corinthians 9:22, Matthew 28:19-20), to have a solid Biblical foundation (1 Timothy 4:16; Titus 1:9, 2:1), to love one another (John 13:34), and to avoid unnecessary divisions (1 Corinthians 1:10, 12:25; Titus 3:10).

communion at Santa Paula Catalyst Church

THE CLOSED HAND DOCTRINES


GOD

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

  • Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22
  • Psalm 90:2
  • Matthew 28:19
  • Peter 1:2
  • II Corinthians 13:14

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as an experience subsequent to salvation and a distinct aspect of the Christian experience.

  • Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-17; 19:6
  • 2 Corinthians 3:17
  • John 16:7-13; 14:16-17
  • Acts 1:8
  • I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16
  • Ephesians 1:13
  • Galatians 5:25

THE BIBLE

The Bible is Gods Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.

  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • 2 Peter 1:20-21
  • 2 Timothy 1:13
  • Psalm 119:105,160
  • Psalm 12:6
  • Proverbs 30:5

THE CHURCH

When people choose to follow Jesus, God plants inside of them all that is needed to go, make disciples, baptize, and teach their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers how to love God. As people go on the mission with Jesus, churches emerge and God changes the world heart-first.

  • Matthew 16:18
  • Acts 2:42-47
  • Acts 16:5
  • Hebrews 10:25

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heavens glory and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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  • Matthew 1:22-23
  • Isaiah 9:6
  • John 1:1-5; 14:10-30
  • Hebrews 4:14-15
  • I Corinthians 15:3-4

SALVATION

Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as Gods offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sins penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

  • Romans 6:23
  • Ephesians 2:8-9
  • John 14:6; 1:12
  • Titus 3:5
  • Galatians 3:26
  • Romans 5:1

HUMANITY

Man is made in the image of God. He is the supreme object of Gods creation. Although God designed man to have fellowship with him, man became alienated from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. Man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own efforts.

  • Genesis 1:27
  • Psalm 8:3-6
  • Isaiah 53:6a
  • Romans 3:23
  • Colossians 1:21
  • Isaiah 59:1-2

ETERNITY

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. When you die, you will either spend eternity in Heaven or Hell. Eternal separation from God happens in Hell. Eternal union with God occurs in Heaven.

  • John 3:16
  • I John 2:25; 5:11-13
  • Romans 6:23
  • Revelation 20:15