Adopted by the Conference on June 26, 2008
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, Holy, infinitely perfect and existing eternally in a three-person unit of love, all equally divine: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In His limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God, in His grace, proposed from eternity to redeem His people for Himself and do all things for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, Old and New Testament, through the words of human authors. As the inspired Word of God, the Bible has no errors in the original manuscripts; it is the complete revelation of His will for salvation and it is the final authority by which all human thought and behavior should be judged. Therefore, the Bible must be believed in all that it teaches, it should be obeyed in all that it commands and it must be trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when they were tempted by Satan. Together with Adam, all human beings are sinners by nature and by decision; they are separated from God and are under His wrath. It is only through God’s saving work through Jesus Christ that we can be redeemed, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, completely God and completely Man; one person with two natures. Jesus, the Messiah promised to Israel, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born from the virgin Mary. He lived a life without sin, he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, was bodily resurrected from among the dead, ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for us as our High Priest.
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect and totally sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His expiatory death and victorious resurrection are the only basis for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ in all that He does. He convinces the world of its guilt, regenerates sinners and they are baptized in Him together with Christ and adopted as heirs in God’s family. He also inhabits, illuminates, guides, equips and gives power to the believer in order to be able to live and serve like Christ.
We believe that the Church includes all those who have been justified by the grace of God, only by faith and only in Christ. They have been united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true Church manifests itself in the local churches, the membership of which should only be made up of true believers. The Lord Jesus Christ left two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Although these are not means of salvation, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer when they are celebrated by the Church in genuine faith.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His power and sanctifying purpose. God commands that we love Him above all, that we must love others sacrificially, that we must live our faith by caring for each other and having compassion for the poor and justice for the oppressed. With the Word of God, the power of the Spirit and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we must fight against the forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we must make disciples among the peoples, giving testimony always of the gospel, with words and actions.
We believe in the personal, bodily and pre-millenial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ’s coming, the time for which is only known by the Father, demands constant expectation and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to live in integrity, sacrificial service and dedication to the mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone, everywhere to believe in the gospel, turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will resurrect the dead bodily and will judge the world, sending the non-believer to condemnation and to conscious eternal torment, and the believer to eternal blessing and joy with the Lord in a new heaven and new earth for the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.