Statement of Faith
We are men and women gathered from diverse backgrounds unified by the common desire to engage in conversations related to the defense of our Christian faith in a way that reflects grace and truth. We desire to show the existence and character of God, not only with our lips but in our lives.
We believe there is one God (1 Corinthians 8:6), the transcendent Creator and Sustainer of all things visible and invisible. God is Triune, existing eternally (John 8:58, Colossians 1:15-17) and simultaneously as three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14, Matthew 28:19, Matthew 3:16-17, 1 John 5:7-8). All three persons in the Godhead are co-equal (Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 1:13-20, John 10:30, John 14:6-10).
We believe that God has spoken and continues to speak in and through Scripture, which consists of the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments. Scripture is a gracious self-communication from God, containing all things necessary for salvation. Scripture ought to be the authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life. As a “God-breathed” revelation, Scripture is inspired and completely without error (historically, scientifically, morally, and spiritually) in its original writings. We consider Genesis 1-11 to be an accurate (although not necessarily exhaustively complete) account of historical events.
We believe that the physical universe (the realm of nature) is the visible creation of God. It gives a trustworthy revelation of God’s existence and character. An honest study of nature can prove useful in a person’s search for truth. Properly understood, God’s Word (Scripture) and God’s world (nature) are two revelations from the same God and will never contradict each other.
We believe that the historical Jesus Christ of Nazareth is both fully God (the second Person of the Trinity) and fully man (the Incarnate Son of God). We also believe in the historical events surrounding Jesus Christ’s life, including His eternal preexistence, His birth to the virgin Mary (Luke 1:31,34), His attesting miracles (Acts 10:38), His sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21), His sacrificial physical death on the cross (Matthew 27:32-56), His glorious bodily resurrection from the dead (Luke 24:2-3), His ascension into heaven (Acts 1:6-11), and His present work in heaven is as High Priest and Advocate (Romans 8:34).
We believe that the Holy Spirit (the third Person of the Trinity) is coequal with the Father and the Son. We also believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit in salvation (Ephesians 1:13), convicting humanity of our sin, imparting new life to sinners, and indwelling believers in order to empower them to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth (Romans 8:26).
Humanity & the fall
We believe that God communicates His goodness to all creatures, but in particular to humankind, whom He has made in His own image (Genesis 1:27), both male and female (Genesis 5:2), and that all people have been graciously bestowed with inherent dignity from the moment of conception. God created all humans in His image and likeness (having rational, moral, relational, and spiritual capacities). Human beings are the crown of God’s creation (Psalm 8:5), and thus distinct in kind from all other life on earth. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, were direct and miraculous creations of God (Genesis 2:4-25). They chose to disobey God and go their own autonomous way (Genesis 3). As a result, all of mankind became separated from God (Isaiah 59:2), the image of God in man became distorted, and the sinful nature was passed on to all their descendants. The only ultimate remedy for sin and separation from God is redemption through faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe God took the initiative to bridge the gap that separates humanity from Himself. He sent His Son, Jesus, “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:20-28). Through the birth, life, death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, He brought about reconciliation between God and humans for those who believe in Him, repent, and receive His grace (Ephesians 1:7). In the atoning death of Christ, both God’s love and God’s justice are fully manifest. The righteousness of Jesus Christ in perfectly fulfilling the law of God has been graciously credited to all believers. Redemption is a work of God’s grace, received exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:24). Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father but by Him (John 14:6). All who receive, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ, have been born again of the Holy Spirit, and have become children of God (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Life of the Christian
We believe that Christians are called to continually be increasing in knowledge, love, and depth of insight. They follow the law of Christ’s love and live in the power of the Holy Spirit so that they will bear fruit consistent with the repentance from sins to the glory of God. Christians should be involved with a body of believers (Hebrews 10:25). It is the mission of every Christian to give a reason for the hope that is within them (1 Peter 3:15), to proclaim the gospel to every tribe and tongue (Revelation 14:6), and to make disciples (Matthew 28:19). The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that Jesus’ disciples expect and be willing to endure suffering for the sake of Jesus (2 Timothy 2:3).
Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all people in all times and places, including the living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple people from every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that Jesus’ disciples be willing to endure suffering for the sake of Jesus.
We look forward to the blessed hope, Christ’s second coming to this earth, personally, bodily, and visibly to establish His glorious reign in a kingdom that will never end (Hebrews 9:28). Jesus will resurrect and judge all humanity (Matthew 16:27, Revelation 22:12). Those who have rejected His offer of life through the Gospel will enter into eternal conscious separation from the Lord in hell (Revelation 20:11-15). Those who have received His offer of life through the Gospel will go to eternal blessings in the afterlife (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).