WE BELIEVE that the Father and Son existed together in a loving relationship before anything was created.  They chose to create to extend Their love in order to have a family that would share in Their love and oneness.

 

WE BELIEVE that God's rule is everlasting. God, through His Son, created, upholds and governs all that exists.  First, He created the angels to be messengers and serve man.  Then He created the universe, the earth, every living thing and mankind. God placed man over His creation.  All was subject to man except God himself, as symbolized by the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

 

WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally a great, good angel, rebelled against God, claiming that creation could rule itself. A host of angels followed him in rebellion. As a usurper of God's rule, he established a counter-kingdom of darkness and evil, which he brought to the earth.

 

WE BELIEVE that God created mankind in His own image, male and female, for relationship with Himself and to govern the earth. Under the temptation of Satan, our original parents fell from their relationship with God, bringing sin, sickness and God's judgment of death to the earth, therefore needing God’s salvation to be in right relationship with Him again. 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.  However, God covenanted with man to send an offspring to defeat Satan and restore man to his original relationship with God.

 

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 from bondage by His mighty acts in Egypt and established His covenant with Israel through Moses, revealing how God desires one to live. The law's purpose is to show that Israel could not keep that covenant, and in turn, in Israel’s failure, it showed that no nation or person could keep this law. By the work of God's Spirit, the law 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 Son, Jesus, into the world. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Though He possessed the full nature of God, He did not grasp equality with God but emptied Himself by being born as a human. He is humanity as God intended us to be. Jesus was God’s anointed one (which means ‘Messiah’), and being empowered by the Holy Spirit, inaugurated 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 Church to be the instrument of His kingdom. After 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 satisfied God's judgment for sin which we deserve as law-breakers. By His death on the cross He also disarmed the demonic powers. The covenant with David was fulfilled in Jesus' birth from David's house, His Messianic ministry, His glorious resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven and His present rule at the right hand of the Father. As God's Son and David's heir, He is the eternal Messiah- King, advancing God's reign throughout every generation and throughout the whole earth today.

 

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit was first poured out on the apostles on the day of Pentecost.  The Spirit came and continues to comes upon believers to empower them, baptize believers into the Body of Christ and release the gifts of the Spirit to them. The Spirit indwells believers to help conform them to the image of Christ.

 

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is our abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. We believe in the filling or the empowering of the Holy Spirit, often a conscious experience, for ministry today. We believe in the present ministry of the Spirit and in the exercise of all of the biblical gifts of the Spirit. We practice the laying on of hands for the empowering of the Spirit, for healing and for recognition and empowering of those whom God has ordained to lead and serve the Church.

 

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of scripture so that the Bible communicates what God intended for the purposes of teaching, conviction, correction, and training in righteousness. We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments as our authority and only rule of faith.

 

WE BELIEVE that the whole world is under the control of Satan and that all people are sinners by nature and choice. All people therefore are under God's just judgment. Through the preaching of the Good News of Jesus and the Kingdom of God and the work of the Holy Spirit, God regenerates, justifies, adopts and sanctifies through Jesus by the Spirit.  All who believe that Jesus Christ died for their sins, was buried, and rose again to be their Lord, who turn from rebellion and surrender to Jesus as Lord, and call upon him to save them in Baptism in the name of Jesus are saved. This means that they are released from Satan's domain, receive forgiveness for sin, receive the Spirit and enter into God's kingdom reign in the one, universal Church and that they will be resurrected to eternal life in the last day.

 

WE BELIEVE that God's kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, that it continues to come in the ministry of the Spirit through the Church, and that it will be consummated in the glorious, visible and triumphant appearing of Christ. He will bring about the final defeat of Satan and all of his minions and works, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment and the eternal blessing of the righteous and eternal punishment of the wicked. Finally, God will be all in all and His kingdom, His rule and reign, will be fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth, recreated by His mighty power, in which righteousness dwells and in which He will forever be worshiped.

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