WHAT WE BELIEVE

STATEMENT OF BELIEFS

 

WE BELIEVE that God is the Eternal King.  He is an infinite, unchangeable Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power, and love.  From all eternity He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons of one substance, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory.

WE BELIEVE that God's kingdom is everlasting.  From His throne, through His Son, His eternal Word, God created, upholds, and governs all that exists: the heavenly places, the angelic hosts, the universe, the earth, every living thing, and mankind.  God created all things very good.

WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally a great, good angel, rebelled against God, taking a host of angels with him.  He was cast out of God's presence and, as a usurper of God's rule established a counter kingdom of darkness and evil on earth.

WE BELIEVE that God created mankind in His image, male and female, for relationship with Himself and to govern the earth.  Under the temptation of Satan, our original parents fell from grace, bringing sin, sickness, and God's judgment of death to the earth.  Through the fall, Satan and his demonic hosts gained access to God's good creation. Creation now experiences the consequences and effects of Adam's original sin.  Human beings are born in sin, subject to God's judgment of death, and captive to Satan's kingdom of darkness.

WE BELIEVE that God did not abandon His rule over the earth which He continues to uphold by His providence.  In order to bring redemption, God established covenants which revealed His grace to sinful people.  In the covenant with Abraham, God bound himself to His people Israel, promising to deliver them from bondage to sin and Satan and to bless all the nations through them.

WE BELIEVE that as King, God later redeemed His people by His mighty acts from bondage in Egypt and established His covenant through Moses, revealing His perfect will and our obligation to fulfill it.  The law's purpose is to bring order to our fallen race and to make us conscious of our moral responsibility.  By the work of God's Spirit, it convicts us of our sin and God's righteous judgment against us and brings us to Christ alone for salvation.

WE BELIEVE that when Israel rejected God's rule over her as King, God established the monarchy in Israel and made an unconditional covenant with David, promising that his heir would restore God's kingdom reign over His people as Messiah forever.

WE BELIEVE that in the fullness of time, God honored His covenants with Israel and His prophetic promises of salvation by sending His only Son, Jesus, into the world.  Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, as fully God and fully man in one person, He is humanity as God intended us to be.  Jesus was anointed as God's Messiah and empowered by the Holy Spirit, inaugurating God's Kingdom reign on earth, overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting temptation, preaching the good news of salvation, healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead.  Gathering His disciples, He reconstituted God's people as His dying for the sins of the world; Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, fulfilling the covenant of blessing given to Abraham.

In His sinless, perfect life, Jesus met the demands of the law and in His atoning death on the cross He took God's judgment for sin which we deserve as lawbreakers.  By His death on the cross, He also disarmed the demonic powers.  His death on the cross also opened up healing as part of the gospel to be preached.