Affirmations

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AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

We believe in one living and true God, who is the Creator and Preserver of all things, infinite in being and perfection, existing eternally in the three Persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that all Scripture is inspired by God and is therefore to be received as his written Word, trustworthy and true in all that it teaches, that it is invested with God’s authority for Christian faith and life, and that all Scripture must be interpreted according to its nature, context, and purpose, in humble and reverent obedience to God, who, by his Spirit, speaks through it.

We believe that human beings are created in the image of God for fellowship with God, that through rebellion against the Creator they fell from a sinless state into a state of sin, death and estrangement from God, and that the entire human race is born into this state of sin and death, sinful by nature and by choice, and, apart from grace, incapable of returning to God.

We believe that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly human, that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, that he lived a life of perfect obedience to God, that he died in the place of sinners who deserve that death, bearing the full punishment for their sins in order to reconcile them to God, that he rose victoriously from the grave and ascended into heaven, that by these things he has inaugurated the Kingdom of God, and that he will return to the earth, personally and visibly, to consummate his sovereign rule and work of redemption.

We believe that the Holy Spirit brings about spiritual birth, repentance from sin, confession of the Lordship of Christ and transformation into the likeness of Christ, and that he intercedes for believers in agreement with the will of God, leads them into truth, and empowers them for godly living and witness to the risen Christ.

We believe that salvation is a gift of grace, received by faith.

We believe that the Church is a spiritual fellowship, created by the Spirit and the Word of God with the risen Christ as its Head, and that it is called to worship God and serve others as an expression of love, to be an agent of God’s Kingdom in the world, and to make disciples of all nations in obedience to Christ.

We believe in the resurrection of the dead at the end of this age, the final judgment, and the ultimate destiny of all people in the new heavens and new earth or a state of eternal separation from God.

 

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AFFIRMATION ON MARRIAGE, GENDER, AND SEXUAL INTIMACY

We affirm that marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and woman before God for their mutual joy and the fulfillment of his creational and redemptive purposes for our world.

We affirm that in God’s design sexual intimacy is meant for a marriage relationship alone.

We affirm that in humanity male and female bear the image of God, each uniquely, each wonderfully, neither lesser, neither greater, and that gender is not fundamentally a human construction, but an expression of the goodness and wisdom of God.

We affirm that we are called by Christ to love our neighbors who may not agree with us on these matters, and to speak the truth in love as a witness to our generation.

We confess that in word and deed we have fallen short of these affirmations, and humbly seek God’s grace and mercy through Jesus Christ, his Son, our Savior and Lord.

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