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Last updated: 01/26/2016

 


Statement of Faith

 

There is one God: the self-existent, eternal, triune Godhead consisting of three distinct and equal persons who share the same divine nature.  The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are the one God.

All things are created by God and for Godís glory.

God created man in His own image, thereby making man a living spirit with a soul that comprises all aspects of personhood.

Being created in the image of God necessitates manís freewill.  

Certain other angelic beings (though not wholly created in Godís image), were also granted freewill.  Some of these angelic beings and Adam, the first man, employed their freewill defiantly.  The angelic beings rebelled against Godís authority Adam willingly disobeyed Godís commandment to not eat of a particular tree.  By these acts the theretofore conceptual possibility of sin, and its consequences, became reality.

Adamís single act of disobedience changed his nature from that of pure innocence to that of conscious disobedience.  He sentenced himself and his descendants to the bondage of sin, and subject to suffering the consequences of sin: sickness, pain, and death, both physically and spiritually as he was estranged from his personal fellowship with God. Thus, as the responsible agent of sin, man is also the responsible agent for the misery it breeds. 

In it all God remains righteous, even showing mercy to those whom He created in His own image.  Ultimately, manís failure highlighted Godís great love for His creation.  In His omniscience, which infers foreknowledge, God knew man would disobey.  And God knew the great price He Himself would have to pay.  He knew the only cure for this severed relationship would require a great personal sacrifice on His part. 

No effort on manís part, no degree of goodness no matter how pious and spiritual it may be, can bridge this great gulf.  Sinful man cannot have, nor does he truly desire to have, honest fellowship with the righteous God.  Nor can God have intimate fellowship with man in his unredeemed sinful state. 

Therefore, out of love for those whom He created in His own image, the Creator entered intimately into His creation in the person of Jesus Christ, the second person of the Godhead, who, being born of a human mother by miraculous intervention, simultaneously possesses two natures: that of God and of man.  Thus, God became a man and dwelt among us, subjecting himself to the laws and limitations of the physical universe, and to the moral and ethical trials man faces. 

However, unlike other men, Jesus remained righteous in the eyes of God.  Not having a human father, Jesus was free from the bondage of sin passed down from Adam.  Jesus became the only man to live a sin free life and as such the only man not exiled from Godís fellowship.

Although not subject to the death penalty himself, out of love for his fellow man, Jesus offered himself as a propitiation for manís sin, giving his life to manís debt.  In so doing he voluntarily took upon himself the punishment for the sins of the world. 

By resurrecting to life three days later, he forever conquered sin and death, and opened the door for man to once again enter Godís presence and restore the lost fellowship.  It is for this reason that Jesus claimed to be the way, the truth, and the life.  No man, he said, comes to the Father but through him.  All who try to access the Father but through Jesus are robbers, thieves attempting to possess that which is not theirs.

In love and mercy, God offers salvation and eternal life as a free gift to all who, through faith in the sacrificial work of Jesus, simply confess that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, the savior of the world. 

Upon accepting this gift, man is born anew and reinstated to fellowship with God.  The Holy Spirit gives manís spirit new life and a new nature that empowers him to overcome the sinful, Adamic nature that he retains until death.

Obedience to Godís Word results in continued spiritual growth and thus spiritual health.  Although it is a determined battle with many failures for every believer, as the spirit of this new nature grows stronger the old sinful nature simultaneously grows weaker; thereby empowering and advancing the believerís pursuit of personal righteousness and obedience.

The believerís hope for this world is the soon return of Jesus Christ; at which time he will resurrect the righteous, purge the world of evil and establish his kingdom on earth. 

At the end of Christís reign upon the earth, God will establish a new heaven and a new earth in which sin and evil will never again materialize.

It is the task of every Christian to glorify God, to share this gospel with fellow sinners and to encourage spiritual growth in fellow believers.