We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Written by men but under the supernatural leading of the Holy Spirit. It is our basis for truth and making right decisions.
We believe in one eternal God who is the creator of everything. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all together are the one true God.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and freely offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for all of our sin. He was crucified, buried, and rose from the dead after three days demonstrating his victory over sin and death. He is the only way to eternal life and reconciliation with God.
We believe that salvation is available for everyone and happens when we accept Christ’s sacrifice for our sin and make Him Lord of our lives. That means we no longer live for ourselves but strive to live in the holiness of Jesus Christ.
We believe that a Christian’s life should show the fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22-23. We also believe that God gives spiritual gifts to each person for them to grow in and to use for the benefit of the church. Examples of these gifts are found in I Corinthians 12 and Romans 12.
We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit as a separate experience available to all after receiving salvation. We believe this experience brings additional power for sharing the gospel and for living victoriously. We believe that the ability to pray in an unknown language given by the Holy Spirit also accompanies this experience.
We believe that each person was designed to be part of a local body of believers. Each person has their place in the body and we all need each other to fulfill the purpose of church here on earth. Namely, to spread the message of the gospel and to help one another grow into the maturity of Christ.
We believe in following the Lord Jesus in water baptism by immersion and by partaking in the Lord’s Supper (also called Communion).
We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again just as he promised he would. No one knows exactly when that will be but the Bible gives us signs to know when it is near. We should live like it will happen any day.
We believe that man is an eternal being and will spend eternity in either a perfect Heaven or a cursed Hell based on solely or whether or not they have accepted Christ’s gift of salvation.
The Refuge Church – Smyrna is affiliated with The Church of God out of Cleveland, Tennessee and has adopted their Declaration of Faith as its standard and official expression of its doctrine. It can be found here Declaration of Faith.