What We Believe
God has established Zion for Five Reasons
- To Share the Gospel: in its truth and purity
with people everywhere
- To Encourage Discipleship: by providing Christian
education and training to people of all ages
- To Serve Humbly: by accepting others
unconditionally and encouraging them continually
- To worship Actively: and to pray continually as his children
- To use the Gifts of the Spirit: to accomplish his work in harmony
What We Believe…
About the BIBLE
The Bible is God’s message of love and hope for all people – the written Word of God that declares that we are forgiven of all sin and saved from eternal death by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible is truth, completely reliable and without error.
There is only one true God – the Triune God – three separate but equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God the Father is maker and creator of all things. By His Word, all things were made. We are His most beloved creation. The Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth as the perfect mediator between God and humanity. He has redeemed those who believe in him. The Holy Spirit calls us to believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, keeps us in the one true faith, and equips us for living out our faith.
We are born “sinful.” Sin is all the things we say, think and do, or not do, that fall outside of God’s holy will and separate us from God. Sin was brought into the world when Satan deceived the first people God created (Adam and Eve) into temptation. From that point, sin became part of all humankind. Because God demands perfect obedience, the ultimate punishment for all humankind became death.
Yet God is a loving God. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to live the perfect life He requires. Christ never sinned. He took our sin(s) upon himself and died on the cross, on our behalf. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).
About Being Saved
We believe there is absolutely nothing we can do to “be saved” on our own – Jesus Christ has already done everything necessary. In His death and resurrection, everyone who believes in Jesus as Savior has been brought back into a right relationship with God. Everyone who believes in Jesus is “justified,” or declared innocent by God. In Jesus, all who believe are forgiven and will live eternally.
We need not worry about cooperating in our salvation and we need not worry about “earning” our way into eternal life. All we need is to believe in Him, trusting that all that is necessary has been done for us through Jesus.
Through faith in Jesus we receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life. He has freed us from the guilt, punishment, and power of sin. Faith is a gift worked in us by the power of the Holy Spirit through His Word, through God’s grace. We simply receive, believe and trust what is already offered out of God’s great love.
Although we deserve to pay the penalty for our sins, God has a different plan. Christ has paid the debt and we receive forgiveness and eternal life from him that is offered out of unconditional love – “grace” that is truly undeserved.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith; and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
God delivers His grace to those who believe, assuring us that the sins we commit are forgiven for Jesus’ sake. The “means of grace” are God’s Word, Holy Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion). Through these, God makes himself known to us in a very personal way:
God’s Word reveals His faithfulness and love; Baptism is our rebirth and renewal in Jesus; the Lord’s Supper is our closest communion with Christ as we receive His body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine