This doctrinal statement is a core set of beliefs. I understand these beliefs to be clearly taught in the Bible and widely held by Evangelical Christians across time and culture. While I affirm the historic creeds of the church I also recognize the fact that the way doctrinal issues are addressed may differ as time passes.
Agreeing with the doctrinal statement does not make one a Christian, and disagreeing with some aspect of the statement does not mean that a person is not a Christian.
I recognize that correct doctrine is not the source of life and cannot guarantee a faithful witness in the future. God’s Spirit is the source of Christian vitality and health.
Our identity as Christians is established not only by our confession of faith and affirmation of doctrines. It is also founded upon our personal encounter with the living Christ and our willingness to live lives of obedience to His Word. It is my intention that the following doctrinal statement clarify the fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith.
I believe the Biblical story reveals life’s ultimate reality. The story comes to us in the Christian scriptures of the Old and New Testaments which I recognize as an authoritative revelation from God. This God reveals himself as one, loving, holy, eternal being in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God created the universe and fashioned all human life in His own image. Because all humans have failed to live up to the image of God within them, He sent his Son, Jesus as the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. Jesus shed His blood on the cross for our sins taking the place of humanity, rose bodily from the grave, was exalted as Lord of the universe, and will return as Judge and Ruler. His salvation is offered to all by grace and is received through faith giving believers full forgiveness and a new heart empowering and motivating them through the Holy Spirit to love and serve God and all people. Looking forward to Jesus’ second coming as a blessed hope, we prepare to meet him by building communities of faith and faithfulness.