To learn more about Dave Clayton and the Ethos Church, check out this site. Dave will be speaking on Wednesday night on Revelation 5.
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Their core beliefs sound more Baptist than Church of Christ, regarding baptism.
Hmmm. Checked it out. Sounds more Christian than Baptist or Church of Christ.
Your core beliefs sounds like this: A person is saved by the grace of God. They can be baptized if they want to, it’s a good thing, but not necessary for salvation. Did I understand that correctly?
Sounds to me like they are preaching the same thing Paul preached in Ephesians and Romans. Here is their statement on Salvation,
“We believe salvation is a gift from God, and a deep reflection of his grace and mercy towards us. By placing our faith in God’s great work thru Jesus Christ, we are saved from our past, set free in the present, and given hope for the future. As a response to God’s love towards us in Jesus, we in turn declare our love for Him publicly in baptism. God’s work through Jesus alone is our hope (Rom 3:23, Eph 2:8, Rom 6:23, Acts 2:38, Titus 3:5).”
Paul taught salvation as a gift from God (Rom 5-6 & Eph 2) while also teaching baptism as a “response to God’s love towards us in Jesus” (Acts 2:38 teaches baptism as do the other conversions in Acts & Romans 6). So I fail to see how any of their statements of belief are unbiblical. Not trying to take this post and turn it into a debate so that is all I have to say about it. Nothing more I just thought it was fair to point this out.
Thanks, Matt. The Ethos church sounds as if they’re preaching what matters most to people so hungry for God & what He desires…
You proved my point. “By placing our faith in God’s great work through Jesus Christ, we are saved…”
Chris, are you pointing out a difference between faith in the person of Christ and faith in the work of Christ? I am reading their statement as a use if synechdoche, where a part represents the whole. That being said I don’t think they are making a distinction between the two at all. If that is your complaint.
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