Statement of Faith
WE BELIEVE –
Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the Son of God; He was eternally preexistent with the Father and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity; He became incarnate as the virgin born Savior of the world; that by His sinless life, atoning death on the Cross and through His bodily resurrection He completed God’s sole plan for the redemption of fallen humanity; Jesus is the King of Glory, who is now ascended to the right hand of God as His Majesty on high, where He ever lives to make intercession for us, and from whence He will return to earth again to reign in righteousness.
(Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1, 10:36-38; Acts 1:9-11, 2:33-36; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 7:24-26, 9:26)
These truths are revealed in the Holy Bible, which is the Holy Spirit inspired and infallible Word of God contained in the books of the Old and New Testament, inerrant as given in their original form; that the Word is the conclusive and final authority provided to humankind, revealing the ultimate Way, the Truth, and the Life – Who alone can satisfy our need and hunger.
(Matthew 5:8; John 5:39, 14:6; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 3:16-17)
The Scriptures join with God’s revelation of Himself in His Messiah and in His Creation to show us the goodness and glory of the Eternal Godhead – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Creator and Sustainer of all things visible and invisible, as revealed in the scriptures; the everywhere present, almighty, all-knowing – all-loving One, whose benevolent laws have framed humankind’s promise and potential, and whose redeeming grace alone provides for humankind’s salvation and restoration.
(John 1:3, 14:16-21, 26; 16:12-15; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16, 17; 1 Timothy 1:17, 2:3-6; Titus 2:11; Hebrews 1:1-3; 1 John 4:15-16; Revelation 1:8)
The Gospel is the full message of His salvation and restoration; announcing that forgiveness of sin, restoration unto the Father’s will and the promise of eternal life are available through repentance and faith in Jesus, the Savior; that this faith brings new birth into the Kingdom of God whereby the Creator’s loving purpose for each individual may be realized by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(John 3:3-7; Acts 16:31, 26:17-20; Romans 1:16, 10:8-10, 13: Titus 3:5-7; Hebrews 6:1-2)
The Church is constituted of all those who have believed and received the Gospel; that the global Church’s essential unity is to be rooted in our mutual acknowledgement of the Saviorhood and Lordship of Jesus, the Messiah; that each community and ethnicity within the global Church should receive the respect and acceptance of the other, allowing one another the liberty of doctrinal distinctive, cultural uniqueness or ministry emphasis in the spirit of love and brotherhood.
(John 13:34,35; 15:12-13; Acts 2:36; Romans 15:7; I Corinthians 8:1-3, 12:3; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 2:19-23, 4:1-6; I Thessalonians 4:9-12; I John 4:7-21)
The whole Church is commissioned by Her Lord to take the whole Gospel to the whole world, declaring the message that all may be reconciled to God in Jesus’ Name; that even as Jesus, the Son, was sent as our Redeemer from heaven, the Holy Spirit has been sent to enable the living Church to spread this good news, to minister the love of God in every way consistent with His will and truth.
(Matthew 5:13-16, 24:14, 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21)
The fullness of the Holy Spirit is the fountainhead of the Church’s capacity for witness and ministry; that as the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, Jesus Himself directs each of His own to receive His power from on high, that each being filled today in the same way as the earliest believers we may work the same works today, in Jesus’ Name; that the gifts, fruit, and power of the Spirit are essential for the Gospel of the Kingdom to be preached to all the world for a witness, and then the end shall come.
(Matthew 3:11, 24:14; Luke 3:16, 24:48,49; John 14:12, 20:21-23; Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4; Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Galatians 5:22,23)
According to the Scriptures, the end of all things is at hand; that vital believers will always balance their care and service of life’s most practical daily issues with their warm expectation of the imminent return of their Savior from heaven; that at His return He will judge the living and the dead according to the righteousness of God, each one receiving their just reward of either eternal gain or eternal loss.
(John 5:28-29; Romans 14:10-12; 2 Timothy 4:1; 1 Peter 4:7; 2 Peter 3:11-14; 1 John 3:2, 3; Revelation 20:11-15)
According to the Scriptures the Marriage relationship has been established by God as a solemn union between a man and a woman. (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:20b-4; Ephesians 5:31).
Christ Is Salvation Church further holds that, in accordance with Scripture, sexual intimacy and sexual activity is appropriate only within the marriage relationship, between husband and wife. (1 Corinthians 7:2; Hebrews 13:4).
Accordingly, the following are viewed by Christ Is Salvation Church as inappropriate and contrary to Scripture:
1) Any marriage or civil union that is not between a man and a woman.
2) Any sexual intimacy or sexual act between individuals who are not married to one another.
3) Any other activity, teaching, or behavior that is contrary to a biblical view of marriage, and appropriate behavior as outlined in this provision.
All individuals involved in Christ Is Salvation Church’s operations, activities, and events are expected to uphold the ministry’s perspective on marriage, sexual intimacy, and appropriate behavior as set forth in this provision. Individuals and organizations who desire to use Christ Is Salvation Church’s facilities must also act in accordance with this provision.
According to the Scriptures we believe in the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to the time of death. All human life is precious in the sight of God. (Luke 1:15; Galatians 1:15; Psalm 22:10; 71:6; 139:13-14; Mark 8:36; Psalm 72:14; Isaiah 43:4)
The above affirmations of faith are founded on the revelation of God’s Word and are reaffirmed in the following statements:
- We believe in the Trinity of the Eternal Godhead —Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, perfect in unity as Creator, Redeemer, and Restorer of Humankind.
- We believe in the plenary verbal inspiration of the Bible —the completed canon of the Old and New Testaments, inerrant in the original manuscripts and infallible in its truth for faith and life.
- We believe in the creation of the universe, the fashioning of earth for human habitation, and the historicity of primeval history as presented in the Scriptures.
- We believe in the literal existence of the devil and in the reality of the invisible war against demonic hosts who seek to tempt and separate humankind from the Father.
- We believe in the Gospel of salvation through the Cross—that humankind is lost without Jesus the Savior, whose atoning blood and substitutionary death alone provide forgiveness for and justification from sin and provide eternal life.
- We believe in the literal reality of each—the virgin birth, reconciling death, bodily resurrection, personal ascension, and promised Second Coming of Jesus, the Messiah.
- We believe in the essential unity of the Church under the Saviorhood and Lordship of Christ, with a commitment to respond to His prayer “that they may be one” in the Spirit of humility and love.
- We believe in the Savior’s great commission to go into all the world preaching the Gospel, baptizing, and making disciples.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit’s gifts and works of power and through the Church, beginning with the believer’s receiving the Baptism with the Holy Spirit as at the beginning.
- We believe in the showing love and good works toward all humanity in serving human need, that the Gospel not be reproached, and that God’s love be seen in practice as well as proclamation.
- We believe in the final judgment of all humankind into eternal union or eternal separation from God; ministering in this light with the passion of those who believe that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16