What is our statement of faith?

What is our statement of faith?

The Bible – God has revealed himself in the bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. It is God inspired; without error, reliable, sufficient and complete. It is our authority, showing God’s will for humankind for living and for conduct.

God – There is one God, who exists in three distinct but equal persons. The Father. The Son. The Holy Spirit. He is the sovereign creator of all things, who governs all things according to his own will and glory.

Jesus Christ – Jesus is fully man and fully God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, living a sinless life in obedience to his Father. He taught with authority and everything he said is trustworthy. He demonstrated his power over sin on the cross by dying in the place of sinners, bearing their sin, and redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven where he is the exalted Lord and intercedes for his people.

The Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus, applies the work of salvation, imparts life, and gives us an understanding of the Bible. He is a person who lives in believers and empowers them for worship, works of service and mission, by giving spiritual gifts.

Salvation – The believer is saved by faith, entirely by a work of God’s grace, which is undeserved. Salvation is accomplished by Jesus on the cross. The Father chooses whom he wills, convicts them of sin, and forgives them through repentance and faith. We are justified, adopted, sanctified and finally glorified.

Mankind – All men and women, being created in the image of God, have equal dignity and worth. We were created to worship, obey and love God. As a result of the fall every aspect of human nature has been corrupted. (Total depravity) Therefore, every person is in need of regeneration, to be born again in order to know God.

The Devil – The devil is a person who is active and present in the world today. He was defeated on the cross and will be finally banished on the return of Christ.

The Church – The universal church has Christ as its head, to which all those who are saved belong. The local church comprises of people who live and work in a particular area and is an expression of the universal church. The local church is responsible to defend and preach the gospel, recognize and use spiritual gifts, care, disciple, and discipline its people. The unity of local churches within the universal church is expressed by relationship, respect, mutual love and encouragement.

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper – Jesus Christ has given baptism and the Lord’s supper to the church as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is by total immersion and is done in obedience symbolizing the burial of the old nature and the rising of a new life in Christ. The Lord’s supper remembers Christ’s sacrifice and death on the cross. The bread and wine are symbols of the broken body and spilt blood of Jesus, which keeps our focus on the great work of salvation.

The future – Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will judge the world according to righteousness. The wicked will be sent to an eternal punishment and those who are saved will be welcomed into eternal life with God where he will reign. God will make a new heaven and earth for his children where they will also be glorified.

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