Personal Statement of Faith

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Scripture: I believe that: The Bible is God’s Word and ultimate authority for faith and practice. The Holy Spirit’s inspiration of the Scriptures safeguarded the original writings from error, and so secured a trustworthy and true revelation from God concerning Himself and His works in history.

The Trinity: I believe that: There is only one true God, infinite in perfection and love. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are co-eternal and co-equal in power and glory. They are one essence and yet three distinct persons, distinguished by what they do and by their relationships within the God-head.

Person and Work of Christ: I believe that: Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who became fully human through the incarnation without ceasing to be fully God. He lived a sinless life and gave Himself as a perfect sacrifice for sins at the cross. He rose bodily from the grave and ascended into heaven where He makes intercession for all the saints.

Salvation: I believe that: We are all born sinners and under God’s just condemnation. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. We must place our personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in order to be saved. When we place our trust in Christ, God declares us righteous and adopts us as children. God comes to dwell within us through the Holy Spirit, and we become a new person, growing in holiness and persevering in our faith.

The Church: I believe that: There is one universal church founded upon the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into being by the Holy Spirit. God calls the church to worship, evangelize, care for God’s people, and be light and salt in the world. Each local church should govern itself in accordance with Scriptural guidelines.

Eschatology: I believe that: Jesus Christ will return visibly to earth in great power and majesty. The dead shall be raised bodily and judged. The wicked will suffer eternal punishment and the righteous shall reign forever, worshiping and serving God in the glory of His presence.

Baptism: I believe that: Baptism signifies the believer’s union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Baptism should follow conversion as a testimony to the person’s new identity in Christ and entrance into the people of God. Baptism should be by immersion in water into the name of the triune God.

Lord’s Supper: I believe that: The Lord’s Supper commemorates the death of Christ until His return. The elements represent Christ’s body and blood given as a sacrifice for believers at the cross. Only believers who recognize Christ’s death for themselves may partake of the Supper without bringing judgment on themselves.

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