THE APOSTLES CREED
“I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; on the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from whence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the one holy catholic church both visible and invisible, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.”
*holy catholic means holy church, not just catholicism
This does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, serves as the final authority and source of what we believe concerning truth, morality and proper conduct.
Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.
We believe the Holy Scriptures are always true and never change, applicable for all time. The Bible is the infallible, authoritative, and inspired Word of God. We further believe that the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are designed for our practical instruction in faith and conduct. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-25; Exodus 24:4; Psalm 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; John 17:17; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26)
There is only one living and true God who is the creator, the redeemer, and ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness, all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and wise. He has always been and He will always be. He is one God, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the Trinity). (Genesis 1:1, 2:7; Psalm 19:1-3; ISaiah 43:3, 15; Mark 1:9-11; Matthew 6:9, 7:11, 23:9, 28:19; Deuteronomy 6:4, 32:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7)
We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life and died for our sins according the the Scriptures, as a representative, substitutionary, and complete sacrifice. He arose in bodily form from the dead, ascended into heaven and is our High Priest and advocate. Jesus is coming back again to rule and establish His kingdom on earth. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 22; John 1:1-18, 14:8; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38, 24: 23-40; Colossians 1:13-22; Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:1-10, 7:25, 13:5; I John 3:5; Romans 5:1-11, 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Acts 1:1-11; I Peter 3:22
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, dwells in every believer immediately after one places their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and that God provides, through the Holy Spirit, power to live the Christian life. The Holy Spirit lives inside believers and testifies to the will of God. (Genesis 1:2; Romans 5:5, 8:1-9; Galatians 5:16-25; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe that the Church is the body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, tongue, and nation. We are sent into the world to proclaim the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to bring glory to God. (Matthew 28:19-20; Colossians 1:8; 1 Peter 5:1-5)
We believe that we were all born sinners, lost, and without hope, except in God’s own mercy and grace. Sin entered into this world through Adam and Eve and affects everyone. It leaves men and women separated from God and facing condemnation and judgement with no ability to remedy the situation on their own. We believe salvation is a sovereign and free gift of God. It is received by man through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin, His own shed blood on the cross. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation and that no one is saved apart from a conscious and personal decision to trust in Christ as his or her one and only Savior. (Romans 3: 23, 6:23, 8:1,29-30,38-39, 10:9-10; John 10:27-30, 14:6; Acts 4:12, 13:38-39; Ephesians 1:4-5, 2:8-10)
We believe that both women and men were created in the image of God with the purpose of bringing Him glory. While each has been made in His likeness, we believe that each has been designed to carry out a specific yet complementary role within the home and church. We believe both roles share in equal value, equal worth, and equal importance within God’s ordered design. When these roles are lived out, we believe they should lead to the overall flourishing of humanity.
We believe marriage was created by God and is designed to be a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one man and one woman. Sex is a good gift from God that is intended to be shared only within the covenental marriage relationship. We believe that a wife is to love and submit to her husband in the same way as the church is to love and submit to Christ. A husband is to love and lay down his life for his wife in the same way as Christ did for the church.