OUR STATEMENTS OF FAITH
What we believe
In essential beliefs – we have unity: “There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to one hope when you were called, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).
In nonessential beliefs – we have liberty: “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God…. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean” (Romans 14:1-4; 12-14).
In all our beliefs – we show love: “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2).
THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE
- ABOUT GOD
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
- ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father (John 10:30-33; 14:6-9). Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross (Romans 5:8-9). He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). He ascended to Heaven’s glory to take his exalted position as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and is presently reigning over His kingdom from the throne of God (Daniel 7: 13-14; Colossians 1:13). He will return to raise the dead (John 5:28-29; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) and call all men into judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). At the same time, he will destroy the physical heavens and earth (2 Peter 3:3-13) after which time a new heaven and new earth will be prepared as a home for the righteous (Revelation 21:1-6).
- ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and Son. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and helps transform the believer into Christ’s image. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-17; Acts 5:32; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18 Galatians 5:25)
- ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Word to us. 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. Because it is inspired by God, it is the absolute truth and contains no mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105; 160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah 40:8).
- ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. People are the supreme objects of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates people from God and causes all of our problems in life. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; 59:1-2 Romans 3:23; 6:23)
- ABOUT SALVATION
Salvation is God’s free gift to mankind paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. We cannot earn our salvation by self-improvement or good works. In order to receive salvation and forgiveness of our sins, we must accept God’s terms of pardon found only in Christ. We must turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus Christ in obedient faith in order to be saved. There are five initial steps to receiving God’s free gift of salvation in Christ:
- Hear the message of the Gospel (Romans 10:14-17; 1:16)
- Believe in Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 15:1-4).
- Confess with your mouth that you accept Jesus as your Lord (Romans 10:9-10)
- Repent and turn away from your sinful nature (Luke 24:44-47; Acts 20:21)
- Be immersed in water to have your sins forgiven and to receive the indwelling Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; 8:34-39; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:20-21; Colossians 2:12; Galatians 3:27).
- ABOUT THE BELIEVER’S SECURITY
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer can be absolutely confident that God will carry through on his agreement to save us (John 10:29; Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:1; 31-39). Our salvation is purchased and guaranteed by God and we are sealed with the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14). The only thing that can adversely affect our salvation is if we ourselves decide to reject God’s grace (see Galatians 5:4; Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-31; 2 Peter 2:20-22).
- ABOUT ETERNITY
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through salvation and forgiveness. To be eternally separated from God is Hell (Revelation 20:15). To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 3:16; 2:25; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 8:12; 25:41; Mark 9:43)