Statement of faith

What We Believe ABOUT:

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us and was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. We believe that all of scripture points towards the Gospel. The gospel is the good news of God’s grace invading the darkness of this world. It is the grand narrative of creation, the fall, redemption and consummation ordained by God and orchestrated through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel. His resurrection is the power of the gospel. His ascension is the glory of the gospel.

 

The Trinity

In the very beginning there was God. God has always been and will always be and has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is three persons in one God, with all three persons being equal without one being superior over the other.

 

Jesus

I believe that the eternal Son of God and second person of the Trinity became flesh, adding humanity to his divinity, and entered into human history as the God-Man, Jesus Christ. Jesus alone is one person with two natures, fully God and fully man. Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem to redeem the sinful as the only mediator between God and man. I believe that Jesus Christ lived a perfectly righteous and sinless life, died in the place of sinners, fully absorbing the wrath of God, paying the just penalty for their sins and reconciling them to God. Because He is both our Savior and example, we should deeply love Jesus Christ and seek to live with and like Him by the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe that the Bible and all of human history points to one person, Jesus. My filter for ministry is to know Jesus and make him known.

 

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. From the moment a person surrenders their life to Jesus Christ The Holy Spirit inhabits every part of who they are. He provides conviction of sins, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Holy Spirit creates within every believer a Spiritual Gift in which they use to further God’s Kingdom and reach non-believers for the sake of the Gospel. As Christians we should seek to live under constant guidance of The Holy Spirit.

 

Salvation

Through faith we are united with the risen Christ, raised with Christ, and granted the same Holy Spirit power that raised Christ. The benefits of Jesus’ resurrection include the forgiveness of sins, justification, sanctification, and ultimately glorification. We believe that justification through the work of Jesus Christ is possible by grace, through faith, in Jesus Christ. His righteousness is imparted to us at the time of saving faith, simultaneous with our justification, and brings us new life by the Holy Spirit, who regenerates us with a new nature and begins sanctifying us to become increasingly more like Jesus. Salvation is a free gift that is only made possible through the works of Jesus Christ, and because of this I believe that everything we do will rise and fall on the works of Jesus.