What We Believe...
THAT God exists as 3 persons, yet one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19).
THAT each of us is sinful from the moment we are conceived; due to this “original sin”, we are spiritually dead and are unable to be saved by our own efforts (Rom. 3:20; Eph. 2:3).
THAT God created us, so that we might have a loving, personal relationship with Him. Since sin separated us from Him, He willingly sent His Son to redeem us from our captivity to sin and set us free to live in a right relationship with Him. (Rom. 3:21-24 ; Eph. 2:4-10).
THAT this act of grace towards us was effective, because Jesus Christ (True God) took human flesh and also became True Man. On account of His humanity, He was able to pay the price for our sin (death); by His divinity, He was able to offer this perfect sacrifice on behalf of all people of all times. (John 1:1, 14& 29; 1 John 4:9, 10).
THAT by the power of His Holy Spirit, working through His Word, we have received the gift of faith at baptism. This is a gift of God, by which we are able to accept and believe the promises of God. By this faith, we are enabled to received all the blessings God offers us, including the forgiveness of sins, being clothed with Christ's righteousness and eternal life with Him. (Acts 2:38, 39; Titus 3:3-7)
THAT God continues to strengthen our faith in these promise by the preaching of His Word and through the Sacrament of Holy Communion- at which time we truly receive His Body and Blood- in, with and under the bread and the wine. We practice the historical and Biblical tradition of "close communion", which professes a commonly held faith by all those who partake in it (1 Cor. 12:3; 39; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).
THAT because of all of this, we are now judged by God to be innocent in His sight and worthy recipients of the Crown of Life. We need not fear Him or His wrath, because, “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. (Rom. 8:1; Rev. 2:10)
THAT we have reason to be joyful in all circumstances, because we know that, by faith, we are His beloved children- and He is our Heavenly Father! (1 John 3:1-3)
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