Personal Statement of Faith
WHAT I BELIVE
God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
About the Bible
The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is God’s word to all. The Scriptures are inspired by God, and are infallible. They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings by which we live or believe to be God.
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary by miraculous conception, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days demonstrating His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory where He is the only Mediator between God and man, and will return again to earth. He will reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Salvation is a gift from God to all people. Men and women can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can a person be saved from sin’s penalty, repent and be baptized of the water and the fire.
People are created to exist forever. Every person will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally in union with Him is heaven and to live a sin filled, unrepented life will end in hell . Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
About the Holy Spirit/Ghost
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He 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 spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. We believe in the power and evidence of the Holy Ghost by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance.
About Faith and Practice
Scripture is the Final authority in all matters of faith and practice. This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent. Rather each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible.
About God’s Dependability
Because God gives man and woman eternal life through Jesus Christ, and adopts them as His own, salvation is received and maintained by the grace and power of God-not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives believers the assurance of salvation. No power in the universe can separate God’s children from Him.
We are made in the image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, everyone is marred by an attitude of rebellion toward God called sin. Sin separates people from God.
There is a sanctity of marriage that I believe in. I believe in love and the union of that love in marriage. The bible clearly states that marriage is holy and acceptable and is to be celebrated by two people of like faith, equally yoked, male and female. I DO NOT and WILL NOT waiver in any modern interpretation of times with the laws and testament of God.
About Tattoos/Body Piercings
I believe that the body is a living SACRIFICE unto God as scripture states. Therefore knowing this I do not believe in altering the body that God has given each of us in any way of tattoos, multiple piercings in numerous body parts seen and unseen, henna or pen markings. If you feel that strongly about phrases, words, and pictures….get a t-shirt. 🙂
Having said all of this, I love God’s people and understand that we are all in different places of development. I do not judge nor condemn one’s lifestyle who is submitted to God and He is presently presenting you a work in progress.
Apostle Deenya Craig