Statement of Faith

THE BIBLE:

I believe that both the Old and New Testaments are God’s Word, verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore without error in their entirety as originally given by God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).

THE ONE TRUE GOD:

I believe in the One True God who has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22 ; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST:

I believe in the pre-existence and deity of Christ (John 1:1-3), His incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18-23), sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), substitutionary death (2 Corinthians 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43), ascension into heaven, present ministry (Hebrews 4:14-16), and future return (Acts 1:11).

THE HOLY SPIRIT:

I believe in the personality (John 16:7-15) and deity of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4); and His work in each believer: baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9); and filling (Ephesians 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Ephesians 3:16; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23).

MAN:

I believe in the direct creation of man in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12), and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:35).

SALVATION:

I believe in a complete and eternal salvation by God’s grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

THE CHURCH:

I believe in one true Church, the body and bride of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-32) composed of all true believers of the present age (1 Corinthians 12:12-13), and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world-wide gospel witness, all to the glory of God (Ephesians 4:11-16).

CHRISTIAN LIFE:

I believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31; Hebrews 12:1-2) and the well-being of his fellow man (Romans 12:1-3); that his conduct should be blameless before the world (John 14:15, 23-24; I John 2:3-6); that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions (2 Corinthians 9:6-9); and that he should seek to reach the full stature of maturity in Christ (Col. 1:9-10).

MARRIAGE

I believe that the Bible defines marriage as the joining of one man and one woman in a relationship of mutual love, fidelity, and commitment that, in Christian contexts, is a spiritual as well as physical union to be blessed by God (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6). Furthermore, I believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 6:9).

GENDER

I further believe that God created people as male or female (Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 139:13-16) and that the condition in which a person is born, including their gender, is determined by God (Exodus 4:11; John 9:3; Psalm 139:13).

ORDINANCES:

I believe the Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are the baptism of believers by immersion in the name of the triune God, and communion.

SATAN:

I believe in the existence and personality of Satan (Revelation 12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Revelation 20:10).

THE FUTURE:

I believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom (1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 19:11 – 20:6), the conscious existence of the dead (Philippians 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Romans 14:10-12; II Corinthians 5:10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16), and the eternal punishment of the unbelieving (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).

*This statement was adopted in-part or in-full from my Church: Grace Fellowship Hawaii

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