Beliefs

STATEMENT OF FAITHbible

WE BELIEVE the scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the inspired Word of God and are of supreme and final authority in faith and practice.

  • 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
  • Isaiah 40:8    The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.
  • Hebrews 4:12    For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

 

WE BELIEVE in the triune God, eternally existing in the persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • Genesis 1:26-27    Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
  • John 4:24     God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.
  • Matthew 3:16-17    As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
  • Matthew 28:19    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
  • John 10:30     I and the Father are one.
  • John 14:26    But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
  • 2 Corinthians 13:14      May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
  • John 17:22    I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-6    There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ:
-was conceived by the Holy Ghost and was born of the Virgin Mary;

  • Matthew 1:18    This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
  • Isaiah 7:14     Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

–died for our sins according to the scriptures and all who believe in Him shall have eternal life;

  • John 3:16    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • Romans 4:24-25     but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
  • 1 Peter 2:24    “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
  • 1 John 2:25     And this is what he promised us—eternal life.

–arose from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for all who come unto God by Him;

  • Mark 16:19    After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.
  • Romans 8:26     In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
  • Hebrews 7:23-25     Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

–is coming again as the blessed hope of the believer.

  • Mark 14:62    “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
  • Acts 1:11    “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
  • 1 Thess. 4:15    According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit:
–convicts the world of sin;

  • John 16:8-11    When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

–regenerates, indwells, guides, and empowers the believers.

  • John 14:16-17    And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—  the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
  • Acts 1:8    But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
  • Romans 15:13     May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

WE BELIEVE:
–man is created in the image of God;

  • Genesis 1:26-27    Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

–all human beings are born with a sinful nature;

  • Romans 3:23    for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
  • Romans 7:18     For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
  • Ephesians 2:1-3    As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

–all are lost without Christ;

  • John 3:16-18    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
  • Romans 6:23    For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

–we are saved only by God’s grace through faith in His son Jesus Christ;

  • Ephesians 2:8-9    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

–there will be bodily resurrection of the dead;

  • 1 Cor. 15:42-44    So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
  • 2 Cor. 4:14    because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.

–there will be eternal punishment for the lost, but everlasting joy for the believer.

  • Matthew 25:46    “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

WE BELIEVE God created and ordained marriage to exist between one man and one woman.

  • Genesis 2:21-24    So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
  • Matthew 19:4-6    “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

WE BELIEVE in cheerful giving – in proportion to one’s material blessings – for mission activity at home and abroad.

  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-7    Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

WE BELIEVE it to be the solemn obligation of every Christian to witness, both by word and deed, in missionary activity at home and abroad, to the saving power of Jesus Christ.

  • Matthew 28:19-20    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
  • Acts 1:8    But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
  • 1 Peter 3:15    Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

WE BELIEVE the life of love and peace is God’s plan for the individual and the race and, therefore, discipleship means abandonment of hatred, strife, and violence in all human relationships, both individual and social.

  • 1 Corinthians 13
  • Romans 12:17-21     Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
  • Ephesians 4:1-3    As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

These statements of belief are not intended to be comprehensive but a summary of our understanding of some of the Bible’s most important teachings.

All Scripture references are from the New International Version, 2011.