Family Ministries Statement of Faith
We believe . . .
THE BIBLE: We believe that all Scripture, found in the sixty-six books of the Bible, was given by inspiration of God; that it is inerrant in the original writings and that its teaching and authority is absolute, supreme, and final. (Is 40:8; Mk 5:18; 24:35; 1 Thes 2:13; 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-21).
GOD: We believe in the sovereignty of God and that He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfection. (Gen 1:1; 1:26; Mt 3:16; 28:19-20; Mk 12:29; Jn 1:1-3,14; 10:30,37-38; 12:45; 14:6-10; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor 13:14).
JESUS: We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, truly God, and truly man. (Mt 1:18-25; Jn 1:1-3, 14; 10:30; 20:28; Gal 4:4; Col 2:9; 1 Tim 3:16; Heb 1:1-3; Rev 1:8).
HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, the source and power of all acceptable worship and service, who indwells and baptizes every true believer, imparting spiritual gifts as He wills. (Jn 14:16-17; 15:26; 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 5:3-4; Rom 8:9,26-27,1 Cor 3:16; 12:1-13).
MAN: We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that the whole human race fell in the sin of Adam, and apart from Christ, is spiritually dead and lost. We believe that no degree of reformation however great, no attainment in morality however high, no culture nor humanitarian and philanthropic schemes however useful, and no baptism or other ordinance however administered, can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven; but a new nature imparted from God and implanted by the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ is absolutely essential to salvation (Gen 1:26; 3:6; Jn 3:3-8,16,18,36; 14:6; Rom 3:10-12,23; 5:12; 6:23; 2 Cor 5:17; Eph 2:1-5; Tit 3:5).
SALVATION: We believe that Jesus Christ became the sinner's only substitute before God and died as a completely satisfactory sacrifice and payment for the sin of any repentant sinner who will trust in Christ. We believe that He redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse in our place, dying the Just for the unjust according to the Scriptures, and that no repentance, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church can add in the very least to the value of the precious blood or to the merit of that finished work wrought for us by Him. (Jn 1:29; Rom 5:6-8; 1 Cor 15:3-4; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:3; Eph 1:7; Col 2:14-23; 1 Pet 1:18,19,23; 2:24; 3:18).
RESURRECTION: We believe that in the same body in which Christ had been crucified, He arose from the dead glorified, and ascended to the right hand of the Father where He is now Head over all things to the Church and ceaselessly advocates and intercedes for those who are His (Jn 20:20,27-29; Acts 1:9-2; 10:40-41; 1 Cor 14:3-8; Eph 1:20-22; Heb 7:25; 1 Jn 2:1).
BAPTISM: We believe in the water baptism of all true believers, a rite ordained as an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace; an ordinance instituted directly by Christ, as a sign of our old nature being baptized unto His death. "Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operations of God, who hath raised Him from the dead." (Col 2:12; Mt 28:19; Mk 16:16; Acts 2:38; Rom 6:3; 1 Pet 3:21).
COMMUNION: We believe in the ordinance of the Lord's Supper, and being obedient to His command to partake of the sanctity of communion as a feast of remembrance of Him and of what He did for us on the cross. (Mt 26:26; Mk 14:22; Lk 22:19; 1 Cor 10:16).
CHURCH: We believe in the church which is the elect Body of Christ comprised of all those who have been granted saving faith in Him. We believe that this is a holy calling and that we are to be devoted to one another in brotherly love. (Rom 12:9-10; Eph 1:23; 1 Cor 12:27; 2 Tim 1:9; Heb 3:1; 12:14; 1 Pet 1:16; 1 Jn 3:14-15).
CHRIST'S RETURN: We believe in the personal return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that His coming again is the "Blessed Hope" set before us, for which we should be constantly looking. "Our citizenship is in heaven from whence we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Phil 3:20; Jn 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thes 1:10; 4:13-18; Tit 2:2-14; 1 Jn 2:28; 3:1-3; Rev 22:20).