While this statement of faith is not all-inclusive or complete, it’s our best attempt to frame our beliefs and thoughts for both Christians and Non-Christians.
What We Believe
We invite you to read this carefully because any preconceived notions or past personal experiences may differ from the following statements.
We believe in the foundation of biblical truths listed below but more importantly, we believe that a Follower of Jesus is one who lives these truths daily and openly in their personal life. Jesus’ message was one of love, acceptance, grace and empathy towards ALL people and we believe true Christianity manifests itself by building bridges to ALL people by adhering to these actions.
A Christian is not perfect, struggles daily with sin and is transparent to others of this fact but persists regardless. A Christian should be judged by the words and their actions.
Jesus said that religious leaders who were hypocritical, judgmental and unloving to their fellow humans were “whitewashed tombs” that exhibited the traits of their faith externally but internally were impure and sinful. We do not condone any actions by those who claim to be Christian yet exhibit these negative traits. This is simply sin manifesting itself in a Christian follower and is not indicative of all Christians.
We believe the Church is not a building or place but a body of people who adhere to these biblical truths and espouse to authentically live them and help their fellow mankind while spreading Gods word. As a Christian we believe that every person who confesses Jesus as Savior is a temple of the living God. The great mystery is that God gave salvation to the whole world and not just his people.
Any Christian church or person who knowingly exhibits unloving, judgmental, or hypocritically traits, are not keeping with the true teachings and interpretations of Jesus’ word and should be considered misguided and biblically unfounded.
Although we are Christians, we do not believe in condemnation, unfair judgment or “holier than thou” attitudes towards those who do not share our beliefs. Our ultimate goal is build bridges to you by our unconditional love, acceptance, grace and empathy in our words and by our actions. We are not trying to influence you or get you to “join our club.” Our motives are purely altruistic in believing that by working together, we can ultimately create a better world and understanding of one another. We believe authentic faith is expressed through love, peace and helping all of mankind.
God – There is one living and true God, infinite in glory, wisdom, holiness, justice, power and love, one in His essence but eternally substantial in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Bible – The books which form the Old and New testaments as originally given are plenarily inspired and free from all error in the whole and in the part. These books constitute the written word of God, transcribed by man, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
Creation – God’s sovereignty created the world out of nothing, so that His creation, while wholly dependent upon Him, neither comprises part of God, nor conditions His essential perfection. We further believe that although the dates, times and means God has chosen to create this world may not be fully understood by man, this is all in keeping with Gods preordained plan to manifest his creation of the world.
Man – God created man in His own image, in a state of original righteousness, from which he subsequently fell by a voluntary revolt, and as a consequence is guilty, inherently corrupt, and subject to divine wrath. We believe in the doctrine of total depravity that teaches that not just the unregenerate fall under total depravity, but all of creation.
Jesus – Jesus Christ, the eternal Son possesses all the divine excellencies, being co-substantial and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In His incarnation, He united to His divine nature a true human nature and so continues to be both God and man, in two distinct natures and one person, forever. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, fulfilled the requirements of the law by His sinless life, suffered under Pontius Pilate, poured out His blood as a vicarious and propitiatory atonement for sin in satisfaction of the divine justice, and on the third day was raised from the dead in the same body, now glorified. He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father interceding in Glory for His redeemed.
The Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit, eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son, through the ministry of regeneration and progressive sanctification applies salvation, guides and comforts the children of God, directs and empowers the church in fulfillment of the Great Commission, and convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.
Salvation – Salvation consists of the uninfluenced call from God to receive the gift of salvation, the remission of sins, the impartation of the righteousness of Jesus Christ, the gift of eternal life and the concomitant blessings thereof, which are a free gift of God, and received by faith alone apart from human works of merit. Even the ability to believe is a gift of God. This blessing in no way relieves men of their responsibility to repent and believe. After repentance towards God and faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ, the believer is to publicly proclaim his identity with Christ by baptism, in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
Here is a simpler version:
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.