Statements of Belief
Basic Tenets of Faith:
- We believe that scripture is true and divinely inspired. Scripture serves to teach, correct and to build a strong righteous life. (2 Tim 3:16)
- We believe in the Godhead as expressed in the trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, which are one. (Mt 28:19)
- We believe that sin was inherited through Adam. Sin separated man from a communion with God. Jesus came to forgive man of his sin and reconcile man’s relationship with God. The reconciliation of man with God came through Jesus death and resurrection. (Rom 5:12-18; 2 Cor 5:16-19)
- We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, born to the Virgin Mary, conceived of The Holy Spirit. (Lk 1:26-35)
- We believe that Jesus died for our sins on the cross, was buried, rose again on the third day, appeared personally to his disciples and many others, and ascended to heaven. (Lk 24:36-53)
- We believe that Jesus will return for all people who trust in Him. (Jn 14:1-3)
- We believe that salvation is available for all sinners, who are saved by grace through the act of repentance and the exercising of faith. This is the only way believers can obtain eternal life. (Rom 8:24; Eph 2:8-10; Tit 3:5)
- We believe that baptism is necessary through the immersion of water, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a manifestation and experience after salvation. (Mt 28:18-20; Acts 1:5-8)
- We believe in the manifestation and operation of the many different gifts of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 12:4-11)
- We believe in the evidence of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. (Gal 5:22-26)
- We believe in the Holy Sacrament as expressed through Holy Communion. (1 Cor 11:23-32)
We also accept as foundational the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed and Confession of Chalcedon.
The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed (381 A.D.)
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life; who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy [universal] and apostolic church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
Confession or Creed of Chalcedon (451 A.D.)
We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a reasonable soul and body; consubstantial with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the unity, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ; as the prophets from the beginning [have declared] concerning him, and the Lord Jesus Christ himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us.