Statement of Faith
It is not feasible to articulate the complete statement of our faith in this format other than to state our faith is based upon the full content of the Bible. However, we will attempt to convey certain key aspects of our faith here.
The Bible is the infallible Word of God (II Timothy 3:16)
We believe that all scriptures were the inspired work of God. Because the content of the scriptures were inspired by God, we believe them to be fundamentally accurate. Whether certain passages should be translated literally or figuratively largely depends on the context of the passage, but whether literal or figurative the significance and integrity of the content of the both the passage and Bible in general is in no way compromised.
We accept the “canon” of scriptures, including all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments as the authentic inspired writings of the Bible referenced in II Timothy 3:16. While other writings may exists and offer some historic and other value, we do not give them the same consideration as the canon of scriptures and dismiss them totally where they conflict with the authentic and inspired scriptures.
Faith (Hebrews 11:1)
It is important that it is understood, Christianity and all of it tenants are a faith. We define faith as the belief in something in the absence of absolute evidence. This should not be confused with what is commonly referred to as “blind faith”. It is not that there is no substance in our belief, but that we acknowledge there are some things for which there is no definitive proof. For example, there is ample evidence to suggest the existence of Jesus and the circumstances surrounding his natural death. However, it is a matter of faith that his death was an act of propitiation for our sins.
We do not dispute with the facts of science and believe that science and Christianity are not mutually exclusive. One can, and in fact many do, believe in the facts of science and maintain a faith in Christianity. While we acknowledge our understanding of all things in scripture is incomplete, we also must also acknowledge that the facts of science are also incomplete; for what was once held as fact for scientist was later determined to be inaccurate.
In our efforts to gain a better understanding of things related to life, our planet and the universe it is not possible to remove the element of faith from the Christian. Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Therefore, we accept that there are going to be areas related to our faith to which we do not have a complete understanding or explanation, yet we accept them as true… by faith.
It is because of our faith in the word of God and the principles of Christianity that we behave in the manner in which we do. For faith without works is dead; our faith is therefore evidenced by our works. (James 2:17 – 18)