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Statement of Faith

We Believe:
  • The Bible is the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21).
  • There is one God, eternally existent in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).
  • In the deity of Christ (John 10:33), His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23), His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26), His miracles (John 2:11), His vicarious and atoning death (1 Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9), His resurrection (John 11:25, 1 Corinthians 15:4), His ascendance to the right hand of God (Mark 16:19), His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11).
  • In the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature; and that we are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ and that only by God’s grace and through faith alone are we saved (John 3:16-19, 5:24, Romans 3:23, 5:8-9, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5).
  • In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost — the saved to the resurrection of life, and the lost to the resurrection of condemnation (John 5:28—29)
  • In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
  • In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly Life (Romans 8:13 — 14, Ephesians 4:30, 5:18).
A statement of beliefs can't say everything about our beliefs, nor can it give you all of the nuances and details about the deeper meaning of these beliefs. But we are convicted that how we hold our beliefs - in love, respect and kindness toward others - is a vitally important aspect of our beliefs. If the above is what we believe, then in "love, respect, and peace" is how we aim to hold those beliefs.

Here is some more information on the "main topics" of Christian Belief that we hold.

The Bible

The Bible is a collection of 66 books, written over a period of nearly 2000 years. The Bible's grand subject is Jesus (Luke 24:27) and the Bible inherently and authoritatively points us towards Him (John 5:39-47). The Bible climaxes with God 'entering our story' (John 1:14) to set us free from death and sin (John 3:14-17) by replacing religion (the rules, regulations and routines we use to get close to God) with the offer of a simple, ever-growing relationship with Jesus (John 14:5-7,2 Corinthians 3:5-14). The Bible provides us with the best view of the historical Jesus (2 Peter 1:16-18), and is absolutely trustworthy for matters of teaching, correcting and training us as God's people, and for making us wise for salvation through Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:15-16Hebrews 4:12).

God

We say that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4 & Mark 12:29), but we recognize that this God can be known as three distinct persons, each of whom serve distinct purposes: Father, Son (John 1:1-2John 14:1,7,9) and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2John 14:26). We believe that God's love is eternal (Psalm 118) because God is the very essence of love (1 John 4:8).

Jesus

Jesus is 'God with us' (Matthew 16:15-16Luke 3:22) and is from God (John 1:14 & John 8:47). Our statement of faith says that we believe that the Bible is God's message (Word) to us, but we also recognize that Jesus himself is "The Word made flesh" (John 1:14), which means that we indeed look to the whole Bible, but specifically at Jesus and his example for matters of instruction in life and faith because Jesus himself has all authority (Matthew 28:18). Through the filter of Jesus as found in the Bible, we look to the rest of the Bible which either points us back to Jesus (as in the New Testament) or pulls us toward Jesus (as in the Prophets and Torah).

Jesus calls broken people into wholeness and restoration (Luke 7:47Luke 19:10). We choose to follow Jesus as Lord by giving him full authority over our lives (Matthew 28:18). We allow Jesus alone, though the example he sets in scripture and through the work of the Holy Spirit, to direct and mold us into people of character, discipline, peace and grace (John 5:152 Corinthians 10:5John 17:26). We believe that Jesus is the embodiment of truth and eternal life (John 6:68-69John 14:6Acts 4:12) and to those who believe in him, he offers eternal life (John 3:15Romans 6:23).

Now Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31

Jesus says "Follow Me"

John 10:27John 12:26John 21:22Matthew 4:19Matthew 8:22Matthew 10:38Matthew 16:24,Matthew 19:21Mark 2:14Mark 10:21Luke 18:18-22

We believe that all believers are united under Jesus as a part of God's eternal family (1 Corinthians 12), but God is constantly and tirelessly working in the lives of all people, everywhere, that they might also come to believe and receive life through Jesus. (John 1:6-7, John 12:32, 1 Timothy 2:1-10, Acts 2:38, Acts 5:32, Acts 19:2).