Affirmation of Faith

1. There is one living and true God, the Sovereign over all that exists. He is Creator, Ruler, Sustainer, and Redeemer. He is infinite and transcendent, yet personal in nature. The Godhead exists eternally in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – of one essence, having the same attributes, and worthy of the same glory.

Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 6:1-7; 40:9-31; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:5-6; Hebrews 1:1-4; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 1:5

As Father, God is intimately involved in the affairs of humankind, loves and disciplines perfectly, and guides the course of history.

Genesis 12:1-3; 50:19-20; Exodus 3:13-15; 20:1-17; 34:6-7; Psalms 10:16-18; 89:3-4; Proverbs 3:11-12; 2 Chronicles 7:13-14; Jeremiah 29:10-14; Daniel 2:20-22; Matthew 6:25-32; 7:11; Romans 8:15; Ephesians 1:3; Hebrews 12:5-11; James 1:17; 1 Peter 4:10; Revelation 21:1-4; 22:1-5

2. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He is the pre-existent Son of God who was sent by the Father into the world, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, performed many miracles, voluntarily substituted Himself for the sins of humankind by dying on a cross, and in so doing satisfied divine justice. He was raised from the dead and ascended bodily to the right hand of the Father, where He now intercedes for His own. At the appointed time He will come again for the fulfillment of redemption and the consummation of history.

Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:18-25; 20:28; John 1:1-5, 14; 10:29-30, 37-38; 14:10-31; 20:28, 30-31; 21:25; Acts 1:9-11; 2:22-24, 29-36; 10:37-43; Romans 1:3-4; 6:9-10; 9:5; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:18-20; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15; 7:25; 9:28; 1 Peter 2:21-23; 1 John 5:20

3. As the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit draws people to Christ for salvation, indwells them from the time of their conversion, and seals them as children of God for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit enables and empowers us for spiritual growth, emboldens us as witnesses for Christ, and bestows spiritual gifts for service and edification of the Body, that we would fulfill the will of the Father, bearing fruit to the glory of God.

John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26-27; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 4:31; 16:25-32; Romans 8:9, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:16, 22-25; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18

4. The Bible is God’s Word, written by persons under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and consisting of the sixty-six canonical works of the Old and New Testaments. It is the supreme and final authority for our faith, as well as a fully sufficient guide for Christian faith and practice.

Psalms 119:105, 160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; Luke 1:1-4; 24:27, 44; Acts 1:1-3; 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 4:12

5. All human beings are created in God’s own image to reflect His glory, enjoying, loving, and obeying Him. However, due to our sin we have become spiritually dead and enslaved to sin, thus marring God’s image in us. Sin and its consequences are both personal and systemic, responsible for individual spiritual brokenness and every societal ill. Human beings, having this nature, are alienated from God, presently under divine condemnation, and destined for everlasting judgment.

Genesis 1:27; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; 59:1-2; John 3:18-20; 7:24; Romans 3:23; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 3:24; Ephesians 2:1-3

6. God, in His love and mercy, has provided for our salvation, exclusively through the accomplished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Brought about not by our own human efforts or good works, salvation is instead a gift, bestowed by grace through faith. Spiritual rebirth produces a dynamic and living faith, which is empowered by the Holy Spirit and yields spiritual fruit, among which are love, joy, peace, and hope. The promise for all who share in this salvation is abundant and eternal life.

Matthew 1:21; John 3:3, 16; 14:6, 17; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:1, 6-8; 6:23; 8:17-18; 10:9-10, 13; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 2:5-11; Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7; Hebrews 11:6; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 John 5:11-12; Revelation 20:15

7. The church, consisting of all the redeemed throughout the ages, is the Body of Christ and manifests the continuing presence of Christ in the world. The local church is a body of baptized believers united in Christ by adoption into God’s family, motivated and empowered to build God’s kingdom locally and throughout the world. We as a local congregation must choose freely with whom we will cooperate in that effort.

Matthew 3:13-17; 28:18-20; John 21:15-17; Acts 1:8; 8:36-40; 15:36, 41; 16:5; Romans 6:3-5; 12:4-8; 14:7-9, 12; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 12:13; 16:1; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:5, 11-13, 16; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 10:23-25

8. The return of Jesus Christ and His glorious and victorious consummation of God’s eternal plan are imminent and will include judgment of the living and the dead. Those who are not found in Christ at His return, whether still alive or having already died, will be separated from Him to eternal damnation. Those who are counted as Christ’s own will be rewarded for their faithfulness to him and will live eternally in His presence. Jesus’ own resurrection from the dead is the basis of the sure hope that we have a share with Him in His eternal dwelling.

Daniel 12:2; Matthew 13:49-50; 25:31-46; John 6:40; 11:25-26; 14:1-6; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:12-58; 2 Corinthians 4:14; 5:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 21:1-4; 22:13, 20

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