STATEMENT OF FAITH
I believe God to be the Creator of the entire universe and everything in it. He is Almighty, All-knowing, Always Present. He is sovereign over all creation and at the same time He allows those He has created to have a will of their own although His desire is for each of us to want a relationship with Him because that is who He created us to be – to be in relationship with Him. He is part of the Trinity and His role includes but is not limited to Father. He is perfect in His holiness, righteousness, justice and love. He doesn’t just love but He is love, the fullness of love’s expression. There is no other God to be worshiped but Him. He is the one and only True God.
I believe Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah, born of a virgin as predicted by Isaiah, fully God, God in the flesh, fully man but perfect, without sin, the exact representation of God, the second person in the Trinity, who came to earth and died on a cross, took on the sins of the world, was punished and made payment for those sins proven by His resurrection from the dead so that those of us who believe that truth and surrender their lives to God could have a right relationship with God (and Jesus and the Holy Spirit) and not have to make the payment for their own sins but will experience life forever in fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity whose role is to indwell us when we accept what Jesus did on the cross for us, to empower us to live as God desires us to live, to teach us truth, to convict us of sin and to comfort us when we need to be comforted.
I believe that sin is innate in all of us and that the result of sin is separation from God; that sin is choosing our own way over God’s way, by not honoring God as our Creator and the Redeemer of our lives; that sin is not only acted out in our behavior but can be present in our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs.
I believe salvation is being saved from our sin by believing in and receiving the payment made by Jesus and personal surrendering our lives to Him. It is not just a mental assent but it is putting our faith in what Jesus did, that there is nothing I could ever do to gain favor with God aside from trusting that Jesus did it all and that is enough to be reconciled to God. It is God’s grace that brings salvation to me, not by my efforts. I also believe there is only one way to experience salvation and that is through Jesus Christ.
I believe that all truth is from God and that Jesus is truth, all truth is found in Him, that He is the perfect expression of truth. that truth exists whether we believe it or not. Truth is what is real, actual, true to fact.
I believe the Bible is the inerrant written and spoken Word of God, that God inspired, spoke to and through those who wrote the Bible to communicate with us, His creation, what He wants us to know about Himself and about us and how to live life in relationship with Him. I believe the Bible is like no other book that it is holy and sacred, living and active and able to divide between truth and lies and thus our plumb line or standard for living in relationship to God and to the world.
I believe prayer is a two way communion/conversation with God in which we can tell God how we feel, what we think, ask questions of Him and that He, in turn, answers us, in our hearts, spirits and minds and that through prayer we can develop an intimate relationship with God.
"Prayer is the interactive communication that transpires between God and ourselves. Meditative prayer is the listening side to this communication. We bring both mind and heart into the presence of God and then we listen to the Lord…a conversational relationship with God – us talking to God, God talking with us."
Richard Foster from Sanctuary of the Soul