Statement of Faith
We believe in the inerrancy of God’s Word to us in the Holy Bible. We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God. We believe that all Scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, reproof, correcting and training in righteousness, so “that the man (and woman) of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:15–17)
We agree with ICBI’s Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.1
- God, who is Himself Truth and speaks truth only, has inspired Holy Scripture in order thereby to reveal Himself to lost mankind through Jesus Christ as Creator and Lord, Redeemer and Judge. Holy Scripture is God's witness to Himself.
- Holy Scripture, being God's own Word, written by men prepared and superintended by His Spirit, is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which it touches: it is to be believed, as God's instruction, in all that it affirms; obeyed, as God's command, in all that it requires; embraced, as God's pledge, in all that it promises.
- The Holy Spirit, Scripture's divine Author, both authenticates it to us by His inward witness and opens our minds to understand its meaning.
- Being wholly and verbally God-given, Scripture is without error or fault in all its teaching, no less in what it states about God's acts in creation, about the events of world history, and about its own literary origins under God, than in its witness to God's saving grace in individual lives.
- The authority of Scripture is inescapably impaired if this total divine inerrancy is in any way limited or disregarded, or made relative to a view of truth contrary to the Bible's own; and such lapses bring serious loss to both the individual and the Church.
We embrace the Apostles’ Creed, which states:
We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ:
While religions and philosophies of the world are not without elements of truth, Jesus Christ alone is the full revelation of God. In and through the Gospel, Jesus judges and corrects all views and doctrines. All persons everywhere need to learn of Him, come to know and believe in Him, repent, and receive forgiveness and new life in Him, as there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
In grateful response to Christ Jesus, in whom there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, we will extend the welcome of the Church to every person.
To encourage individuals to make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and live a holy life in the power of the Holy Spirit by keeping their faith in Jesus’s redemptive work on the cross;
To educate and provide resources for congregations which are the center of the Church’s life and mission;
For Biblical Faith:
To strengthen, inform, connect and mobilize people of Biblical faith who will stand for Jesus amidst the challenges of contemporary culture and false teaching within the Church;
To help form a new generation of Church leaders committed to upholding Biblical orthodoxy;
To uphold the Great Commission mandate to make disciples as the primary purpose of the Church;
To support mission workers, pastors, teachers, and parents through prayer and by providing resources to help them share Biblical truth with all people;
For one another:
To build up the Body of Christ through faithful prayer, shared resources, and unyielding commitment to one another in pursuit of the Lord’s work.
Our mission as Christians, according to Jesus’s Great Commission, is to:
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19–20)
In a fresh commitment to that mission, we join together in common confession of the Gospel and in a radical commitment to support one another.
*catholic, meaning universal Christian church
1 “A Short Statement” from The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI), p.3. 1978. This document can be found in full at https://library.dts.edu/Pages/TL/Special/ICBI- 1978-11-07.pdf.
2 The following sections are adapted from The American Anglican Council’s brochure entitled “A Place to Stand.” The full text can be found at https://americananglican.org/about-us/statement-of-faith.