Statement of Faith
Why do we include a statement of faith? In an ever increasingly pluralistic world, stating that a person is a Christian or in Christian ministry can mean different things depending on your audience. That means defining terms is important. We recognize that there are many differences in what many call the world of Christendom.
In the words of Peter Meiderlin (known as Rupertus Meldenius) .. unitatem in necessariis, in non necessariis libertatem, in omnibus caritatem. In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty and in all things love (or charity).
To aid us in narrowing down the spectrum, we find it important to lay out a foundation of what we believe constitutes the essentials of the faith. Not everyone will agree and not everyone will state things in the same way. No statement of faith, no creed, confessions or catechism, no matter how detailed can cover everything. Creeds do not have inspiration in the sense that God’s Word is inspired. They do give us a basic platform to explain beliefs and a common ground to start from
You might find yourself an Arminian or a Calvinist. We may hold differing opinions on whether some of the spiritual gifts are normative for the church today. There might be debate on the role of women in ministry. We understand that Christ has called us to unity in the Spirit not uniformity in all things. If you can affirm the essentials here, you are welcome.
We Believe That:
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired and the only infallible authoritative Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; John 10:30, 37, 38)
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin Birth, in His sinless life, in His Miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 4:15, 7:25, 9:12; John 2:11, 11:25; Colossians 1:13-14; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16)
- We believe that man is sinful by nature and that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for his salvation. (Romans 3:19, 23; John 3:16-19, 5:25; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5, 6)
- We believe in the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (Ephesians 4:30, 5:18; I Corinthians 3:16, 6:9-20)
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost. They who are saved unto eternal life and they who are lost unto eternal damnation. (John 5:28-29)
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 3:26-28)
- We believe in the creation of man by the direct act of God. (Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1-2)
- We believe that marriage is a biblical institution established by God as clearly described in the scriptures. We believe in marriage exclusively as the legal union of one man and one woman in a lifetime covenant. The Bible teaches that legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. (Gen. 2:21-25), (Matt. 19:4-6)
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