My Personal Statement of Faith

I desire to be a part of a Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, people-loving, joy-filled, hope-giving church whose vision is knowing God in all of His fullness and beauty, who seeks to worship Him with lives that are surrendered to doing God’s will with the belief that each member has a unique calling from God, and gifting through the Holy Spirit.

I believe that God is One and that He has made Himself known through His incarnation in the person and work of Jesus Christ, who is our life, and that His grace and love through the Holy Spirit compels us in everything we do.

I celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the central event of history and the sole ground of hope for human redemption. God demonstrated both his holiness and his grace through the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. In our redemption the Great Exchange happens—his death becomes our death, his resurrection becomes our resurrection, and his eternal life, becomes our eternal life.

I affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired word of God, as truth for every generation and as the standard for all ethical and moral decisions in faith and life. I affirm with Paul that the Bible is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

I affirm that the Holy Spirit has been given to believers as the seal, guarantee, and power behind the life that God has created within us in the new birth. I believe His role in us is to produce the Holiness and fruit of life that is affirmed in the plumb line of God’s Truth, the Bible. I believe that the Holy Spirit continues His role today in grounding us in love, guiding us into God’s will, teaching us His truth, and gifting us for the work of the church.

I teach that man comes into a right relationship with God, not by religion, but by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Leader of our lives. Our hope is in Christ alone and is accessed by faith alone.

I affirm that authentic faith in Jesus will evidence itself in a “new life” which seeks full devotion to Jesus Christ. Obedience to the teachings of Christ found in the Sacred Scriptures leads to freedom expressed by loving service to God and others, and spiritual fruitfulness as empowered by the Holy Spirit.

I believe baptism does not earn salvation any more than faith earns salvation. It is not a work; it is an obedient faith response to God’s grace as demonstrated in Christ’s sacrifice. Baptism celebrates our new life and hope for resurrection in the future. Baptism is an outward expression of a heart decision and is reflective of the justification that we have through Jesus’ blood.

I believe that the Lord’s Supper is a re-enactment of a celebratory meal that has been celebrated by all of God’s people since the days of the Passover of the Jews going back to the time of the Exodus. I believe that as we participate in the fellowship meal of the Lord’s Supper, we join God’s people from the past, present, and future as we look forward to the great Messianic banquet at the return of Christ. The Lord’s Super is an ongoing expression of celebration and hope and is reflective of the ongoing sanctification that we have through Jesus’ blood.

I believe that Jesus Christ will return for His Bride the church, at the appointed time, known only to God. I believe that we are nearer our salvation today, than when we first believed, and that part of our role as believers is to anticipate the second coming of Christ and speed His coming by occupying ourselves in the work that He has given us to do, in spreading His kingdom to the world around us, beginning with our friends and family, our communities and neighborhoods, our cities and towns, our nation and to the uttermost parts of the world.

I desire to be a part of a church that invites seekers to become finders and encourage finders to become just like Jesus by having a great commitment to the great commandment (loving God and loving your neighbor) and the great commission. Our role as a church is to make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus commanded.

I seek to build a community where God is honored as people are invited to belong and become, to know and be known, to serve and be served, as well as celebrate and be celebrated.