Confession of Faith - Condensed Version

Confession of Faith (Condensed Version)

 

1.   God

      We believe in the one true God, the source of all life, who reigns over all things as   

      Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and who lovingly cares for all creation.  God the Father  

      planned the redemption of humanity and sent Jesus Christ the Son to be the Savior

      of the world. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God, bringing good news to the poor and

      triumphing over sin through His obedient life, death, and resurrection. God the Holy

      Spirit empowers believers with new life, indwells them, and unites them in one body.

 

2.   Revelation of God

      We believe God has made Himself known to all people. Beginning with creation and  

      culminating in Jesus Christ, God has revealed Himself in the Old and New Test-

      aments. All Scripture is inspired by God, and is the authoritative guide for faith

      and practice. We interpret the Scripture in the church community as guided by the  

      Holy Spirit.

 

3.   Creation and Humanity

      We believe God created the heavens and the earth, and they were good. Humans,

      God’s crowning act, were created in the image of God. Sin has alienated humanity

      from the Creator and creation, but God offers redemption and reconciliation through

      Jesus Christ.

 

4.   Sin and Evil

      We believe sin is individual and corporate opposition to God’s good purposes and

      leads to physical and spiritual death.

 

5.   Salvation

      We believe God saves all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ. By His obedient

      life, sacrificial death and victorious resurrection, Christ delivers people from the  

      tyranny of sin and death and redeems them for eternal life in the age to come. All

      creation eagerly awaits its liberation from bondage into the freedom of the glory of

      God’s children.

 

6.   Nature of the Church

      We believe the church is the covenant community called by God through Jesus

      Christ to live a life of discipleship and witness as empowered by the Holy Spirit. The

      local church gathers regularly for worship, fellowship and accountability, and to

      discern, develop and exercise gifts for ministry.

 

7.   Mission of the Church

      We believe the mission of the church is to make disciples of all nations by calling

      people to repent, to be baptized, and to love God and neighbor by sharing the good  

      news and doing acts of love and compassion.

 

8.   Christian Baptism

      We believe baptism by water is a public sign that a person has repented of sin,

      received forgiveness, died with Christ and has been raised to new life through the     

      power of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is also a public declaration of a believer’s

      incorporation into the body of Christ as expressed in the local church.

 

9.   Lord’s Supper

      We believe that in obedience to Christ, the church observes the Lord’s Supper as a

      remembrance of His atoning death and to celebrate forgiveness, new life, and the

      fellowship and unity of all believers.

 

10. Discipleship

      We believe Jesus calls people who have experienced the new birth to follow Him in

      a costly life of service to God. The power of the Holy Spirit transforms believers from     

      the unrighteous pattern of the present age into a life of joyful obedience with God’s    

      people.

 

11. Marriage, Singleness and Family

      We believe that singleness and marriage are honored by God and should be

      blessed by the church. God instituted marriage as a lifelong covenant between a

      man and a woman for the purpose of companionship, encouragement, sexual

      intimacy, and procreation. Children are a gift from God and should be nurtured by     

      parents in the ways of God.

 

12. Society and State

      We believe that God instituted the state to promote justice and to maintain law and

      order. Christians’ primary allegiance is to Christ’s kingdom.  Believers are called to

      witness against injustice, exercise social responsibility, and obey all laws that do not

      conflict with the Word of God.

 

13. Love and Nonresistance

      We believe that God in Christ reconciles people to Himself and to one another,

      making peace through the cross. We seek to be agents of reconciliation, to practice

      love of enemies, and to express Christ’s love by alleviating suffering, reducing strife,

      and promoting justice. Because violence and warfare are contrary to the gospel of

      Christ, we believe that we are called to give alternative service in times of war.

 

14. The Sanctity of Human Life

      We believe that God is creator and giver of life, and highly values each person.

      Procedures designed to take human life are wrong. We oppose all attitudes which

      devalue human life, especially the defenseless lives of the unborn, disabled, poor,

      aging and dying.

 

15. Stewardship

      We believe the universe and everything in it belong to God the Creator and that we

      have been entrusted by God to manage its resources. All God’s gifts, including

      money, time, abilities and influence, are to be received with thanksgiving, used

      responsibly, and shared generously.

 

16. The Lord’s Day, Work and Rest

      We believe God’s act of creation provides the model for work and rest. In work, we

      use our abilities to glorify God and serve others. In rest, we express thanks for

      God’s provision and trust in God’s sustaining grace. In worship, we gather to

      commemorate the resurrection through worship, instruction, fellowship, and service.

 

17. Christianity and Other Faiths

      We believe God’s atoning work in Jesus is the only means of reconciling people with

      God. God has not left any without a witness to the Creator’s goodness and power.

      Christians treat people of other faiths with respect, but urgently proclaim Christ as

      the only way of salvation.

 

18. Christ’s Final Triumph

      We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return triumphantly at the end of this age

      to destroy all evil powers, condemn all who have rejected Christ to eternal

      punishment, and unite believers with Christ to reign forever with God in glory

 

Click below for a printable version of the Confession of Faith (Condensed Version):

Confession of Faith Condensed Version.pdf

 

Click below for a printable version of the Confession of Faith (Detailed Version): 

Confession of Faith Detailed Version.pdf