Our Statement of Faith
Written by John Leger
What We Believe
• In essential beliefs — we have unity.
“There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all...” Ephesians 4:4-6
• In non-essential beliefs — we have liberty.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls... So then each of us will give an account of himself to God... So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1-22
• In all our beliefs — we show charity.
“...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains — but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Corinthians 13:2
The Essentials We Believe
1. ABOUT GOD
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. Our God is ONE God. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
2. ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is our Immanuel (God with us) and our promised Messiah. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus was born to a virgin named Mary and lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
3. ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the 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 guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift(s) when they are saved. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit as on the day of Pentecost and subsequent fresh fillings are necessary to live a life empowered by the Spirit. All the spiritual gifts named in the Bible are still active today and as Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
4. ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s only infallible, inspired and authoritative Word to us. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because God inspired it, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
5. ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object 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 many problems in life.
6. ABOUT SALVATION
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s perfect atonement for sin can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. We are all called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are lost as the LORD enables and leads.
7. ABOUT MARRIAGE
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a covenant commitment for a lifetime and is a sacred institution established by God. All acts of adultery, fornication, incest, homosexuality and other perverse sexual relationships or practices are forbidden in Scripture.
8. ABOUT ETERNITY
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation given only to who believe in Jesus Christ. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are literal places of eternal existence.