Statement of Faith
ABOUT GOD: God is the creator, sustainer,
redeemer and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Gen.
1:1,26; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19-20; John 4:24; 2 Cor. 13:14)
ABOUT GOD THE FATHER: The first person in the Trinity orders and directs
all things according to His own purpose, pleasure and grace. He created the
universe apart from any preexisting materials and without any further means
other than His power. As an infinitely loving father, he graciously involves
Himself in the daily concerns of men and women, longing for their salvation and
spiritual growth. (Matt. 6:9; John 5:19-24; Ephesians 1:3-6)
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST: Jesus Christ is God's only Son, (John 3:16), and our
sole mediator, (1 Tim. 2:5). I believe in His preexistence (John 1:1); His
incarnation (John 1:1-14); His virgin birth, (Matt. 1:23-25); His sinless life,
(Heb. 4:15); His example of ministry (John 13:14-15); His substitutive atonement
(Rom. 3:23-25); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:24-27); His
ascension to the right hand of the Father (Acts 1:9-11); and his bodily return
from heaven (Titus 2:13).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make
people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian
from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living,
understanding of the truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He bestows upon
every believer a spiritual gift(s) when they receive Christ. As Christians, we
seek to enjoy His presence and live under His control daily. (Matt. 28:19; John
3:3-7; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 2:12, 6:19, 12:13; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5)
ABOUT THE BIBLE: The Bible is God's word to us. I believe that the Bible
contains absolute truth. That truth can powerfully change our lives; and
therefore, my ministry is centered on it. I encourage regular Bible reading and
study. Although written by human authors, every word in the original manuscripts
of the Holy Scriptures is inspired of God, complete, unified and without error.
(Matt. 5:18; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
ABOUT MAN AND SIN: People are spiritual beings, created in the image of
God, and designed to be like Him in character and conduct. Sin originated in
mankind with Adam and Eve. People are now sinners by nature and by choice. Yet,
mankind remains in God's image even though fallen. (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:1-6; Rom.
5:12-14; James 3:9)
ABOUT SALVATION: Jesus died in our place on the cross so that we might
have eternal life with God in heaven. Salvation is God's free gift to us, but we
must personally accept it and receive it by faith. Salvation is by grace through
faith in Jesus Christ, apart from human merit, works or ceremonies. (Acts 4:12;
16:31; Eph. 2:8-9)
ABOUT ETERNITY: People are created with souls that live eternally. We
will exist eternally separated from God by sin; or we will exist eternally
united with God through Jesus Christ. To be eternally separated from God is
hell; to be eternally in union with God is eternal life in heaven. Heaven and
hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 5:25-29, 11:25-26; 1 Cor.
15:51-57; Rev. 20:11-15)