Statement of Faith
1. Who is God?
I believe that God is the one and only true God and is the first Person of the Holy Trinity. He created the heavens and the earth and all living things, including man whom he created in His own image. Mankind was given the authority for caring for the earth and all its inhabitants for its continued existence. I believe we exist to glorify God and maintain His Presence in this world. I believe that the Bible is the Word of God written by men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
2. Who is Jesus?
I believe that Jesus is the Son of God in the second Person of the Holy Trinity. God sent His Son to the world that those who believed in Him would not perish when they died but would have eternal life in Heaven. I believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. Thus, God became God in human form and lived among His people teaching and preaching and healing. When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He arose again from the dead becoming the New Covenant promised in the Old Testament.
3. Who is the Holy Spirit?
I believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit was present throughout the Old Testament preparing the time for the coming of the Son of God. In the New Testament the Spirit was there at Christ’s conception, as a dove from heaven at Christ’s baptism, with Christ in the Wilderness, and was anointed by the Spirit as foretold in Isaiah 61:1.
It is the New Testament where the Spirit prominently becomes the power by which believers come to Christ and see with new eyes of faith. When Jesus left his disciples for the final time at the Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon the believers and gave them the strength to carry on the work of the early church. (Acts 2:1-4) by the presence and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Today when sinners hear the finished work of God in Jesus’ death and resurrection and repent, then they receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38) by becoming witnesses of God’s grace through the Holy Spirit. When we pray and do not have the words to say, the Holy Spirit “makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Rom. 8:26-27.
4. What is the Church?
I believe that Christ is the Head of the Church. Its form of government is found in the Bible. The Church was founded on the day of Pentecost upon the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. The church will not be complete until after the Judgment and the assembly of all the redeemed in one place will become a reality only after the return of Christ.
I believe that church members are the body of Christ who do the will of God guided and inspired by the Holy Spirit.
I believe in praying the prayer Jesus taught us (the Lord’s Prayer) as it offers up our desires unto God for things agreeable to His will, in the name of Christ with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.
I believe in the Apostles’ Creed as it strengthens personal commitment and witness of the community of believers in the church.
Finally, I believe that where two or three are gathered in my Name, there I am with them. (Matthew 18:20)
5. What is the church called to do?
The church is called to glorify God by reaching, teaching, and nurturing people in the name of Jesus Christ.
In the Presbyterian Book of Order the church is further called to be Christ’s faithful evangelist by:
(1) going into the world, making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all he has commanded;
(2) demonstrating by the love of its members for one another and by the quality of its common life the new reality in Christ; sharing in worship, fellowship, and nurture, practicing a deepened life of prayer and service under the guidance of the Holy Spirit;
(3) participating in God’s activity in the world through its life for others by
(a) healing and reconciling and binding up wounds,
(b) ministering to the needs of the poor, the sick, the lonely, and the powerless,
(c) engaging in the struggle to free people from sin, fear, oppression, hunger, and injustice,
(d) giving itself and its substance to the service of those who suffer,
(e) sharing with Christ in the establishing of his just, peaceable, and loving rule in the world.