My statement of faith is focused on the roots of Christianity – salvation through Christ Jesus, belief in the Trinity, and recognition of the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God. These core beliefs are the unifying features of “classic Christianity”, and help us recognize that we are all part of one body – the body of Christ.
In the following pages, I have collected some of my thoughts and beliefs, and provided supporting scripture. It is intended to be just a small sample of the wealth of knowledge contained in the Bible. I suggest that if you are new to the Word of God, that you use these passages to get started, and then branch out by reading them in context. For this reason, I have taken some very well known passages, and in some cases tried to put them in context by including a small sample of the surrounding scripture – to whet your appetite for the Word, which is your spiritual food.
The Lord has blessed us with His Word, and with the promises that go along with His Word. We pray that you apply the entire Word of God to your life, so that your joy may be full!
Statement of Faith – Overview
Salvation by Grace
We believe in salvation by grace. This is a free gift from God, given to all who believe in His Son Jesus, the Christ, and accept Him as the Lord of their life.
(Matthew 16:21-26) (John 3:16-19) (John 14:6) (Acts 4:12) (Romans 10:9-13) (Ephesians 2:4-9) (I John 5:9-12)
Deity of Christ
We believe in the deity of our Lord, Christ Jesus. Jesus is God incarnate, and was manifest in human flesh. He was like us in all ways except for one, being free from sin.
(Isaiah 9:6-7) (John 1:1-14) (John 5:22-23) (John 8:54-58) (John 10:30)
Holy Bible is the Inspired Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. The Word of God is eternal and unbroken.
(Numbers 23:16-19) (John 1:1-14) (II Timothy 3:15-17)
God exists in Three Persons – The Trinity
We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-5) (Matthew 28:19-20) (Mark 12:28–31) (I John 5:7)
Virgin Birth of Christ
We believe that our Lord was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary.
(Isaiah 7:14) (Matthew 1:18-23)
Christ Died for Our Sins
We believe in the vicarious atoning death of Jesus, who died on the cross so that we might live – offering Himself up as the perfect sacrifice for sinful man.
(Romans 5:6-10) (I Thessalonians 5:9-10)
Bodily Resurrection and Ascension of Christ
We believe that Christ is the risen saviour. Jesus rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
(Acts 1:8-11) (Romans 8:31-35)
We believe that all believers should receive water baptism, as a demonstration of our faith, and in obedience to the commandment of our Lord. This act represents a commitment by the believer, and should be accompanied by a renewal and sanctification via the Holy Spirit. Water baptism is an outward symbol of spiritual identification with His death, burial, and resurrection.
(Matthew 28:18-20) (Mark 1:4-11)
Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit
We believe in the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit, for the edification of the body of believers, and enabling the believer to live a life pleasing to God.
(Matthew 7:13-23) (Acts 2:38-39) (Romans 12:4-8) (I Corinthians 12:1-12) (I Corinthians 13:1-3) (Galatians 5:22-26)
Bodily Resurrection of the Saints to Eternal Life
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saints to eternal life.
(Isaiah 26:19) (Daniel 12:1-3) (Matthew 22:30-32) (Mark 12:25-27) (Luke 20:34-38) (John 5:25-29) (Romans 8:22-23) (I Corinthians 15:35-45) (I Corinthians 15:51-55) (I Corinthians 15:20-28) (Philippians 3:20-21) (I John 3:1-3) (Revelation 20:4-6)
Second Coming of Jesus Christ
We believe in the second coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 24:1-44) (John 14:1-3) (Acts 1:9-11) (I Corinthians 15:20-24) (I Thessalonians 4:15-17) (I Thessalonians 5:1-3) (II Thessalonians 2:1-4) (Titus 2:11-13)