Statement of Faith

Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I 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. AMEN.
NiceneCreed
I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. AMEN.
Articles of Faith
1. The Holy Bible, including Old and New Testaments but excluding the Apocrypha, is the inspired word of God: profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Tim.3:16; 1 Pet. 1:23-25).
2. The ancient creeds known as The Apostles’ Creed and The Nicene Creed are to be accepted as foundational statements of Christian belief, having agreement with the Holy Scriptures.
3. The Holy Bible conveys the Gospel message of salvation through true faith in Jesus Christ alone (Luke 24:44-48; 1 Cor.15:1-4; Acts 4:12; John 3:16-18; John 14:6).
4. Jesus, holy, righteous, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, through the eternal Spirit, as eternal High Priest, gave His life as a fragrant offering and atoning sacrifice to God, as a Lamb without blemish or defect, for the redemption, justification and forgiveness of all who truly believe (Heb.9:14; Heb.7:26-27; Eph.5:2; 1 Pet.1:18-19; 1 Pet.3:18; Lk.22:19-20; Matt.26:26-28; Acts 3:14; 1 Cor.5:7-8; Rom.3:21-26; 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10).
5. Salvation is the gift of God, following belief and repentance – confirmed through baptism for the forgiveness of sins and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, through whom is spiritual rebirth (Acts 2:38; 2 Cor.1:21-22; John 3:3; Rom.8:15-16; Eph.1:13; John 1:12-13; Matt.28:19).
6. Everlasting life is the promised gift of God appointed to all who come to know the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, whom He sent (John 17:3; John 14:6-7; John 5:24; John 6:40; Rom.6:22-23).
7. Righteousness, as a gift from God, is imputed to all whose faith is truly in Jesus Christ – who believe that He gave His life as a perfect offering and atoning sacrifice for the sake of all mankind, pouring out His blood for many for the forgiveness of sins, and that He rose from the dead by the power of God, in accordance with the Scriptures (Rom.3v21-26; Rom.4:5-8; Rom.5:17-19; Matt.26:26-28; Luke 22:18-19; Eph.5:2; 1 Pet.3:18; Heb.9:14).
8. True and living faith is demonstrated through willingness to be led by the Spirit of God and to abide in the teaching of Jesus Christ (2 John 9; John 15:4-10; James 2:26; Rom.8:13-16 ).
9. The Lord’s Passover sacrifice and death is proclaimed through the rite of remembrance which He instituted on the first day of unleavened bread, on the night of the Passover: that of eating unleavened bread and drinking wine, revealing the unleavened, pure and sinless state of His own body and life which He gave to God for the sake of everyone called to have fellowship with Him; whose body they are in oneness who truly partake of the meal in faith, who are purified from sin by the sprinkling of the blood of the new covenant, and who are protected by His blood, His life, and sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise against the day of God’s wrath, when the Lord Jesus Christ comes again to judge the living and the dead (Matt.26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-23; John 6:58, 63; 1 Cor.5:7-8; 1 Cor.11:23-29; Heb.9:14; 1 Pet.1:2, 18-19; Ex.12:13; Rom.5:9; 1 Thess.5:9-10; 2 Cor.1:21-22; 2 Tim.4:1)
Norman McIlwain

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