Freedom’s Statement of Faith
What we believe about God’s Word (Our Owners Manual for Life)
We believe that there is one living and true God who eternally exists in three persons; The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three are equal in power and glory.
- God (God the Father)
We believe that God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Gen. 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matt. 28:19; 2 Corn. 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2.
- Jesus Christ (God the Son)
We believe that Jesus Christ is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. Isaiah 9:6; Matt. 1:22-23; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; 1 Corn.15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim. 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Heb. 4:14-15.
- The Holy Spirit (God the Holy Spirit/Ghost)
We believe that the Holy Spirit/Ghost is co-equal with the Father and Jesus. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily. John 16:7-13, 14:1617; Acts 1:8; 1 Corn. 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corn. 3:17; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 1:13,5:18.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Holy Word to us. Our Owner’s Manual for life. The Bible was authored by God and written by human writers under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. Psalm 12:6, 119: 105, 160; Pro. 30:5; 2 Tim. 1:13,3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21.
We believe that people are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. We are by nature separated from God and responsible for our own sin. Gen. 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isa. 53:6, 59:1-2; Rom. 3:23.
We believe that salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Only when we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith are we saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith. Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-10, 13; Eph. 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Gal. 3:26; Rom. 5:1.
We believe that because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose it! Our salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace keeping power of God that gives us this security not an act of works. John 10:29; 2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Pet. 1:3-5.
We believe that people were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with Him through forgiveness and salvation. Those who do not receive, by faith, the free gift of salvation from God will be forever separated from Him in a place called Hell. Those who do, by faith, receive this free gift will forever be in God’s presence in a place called Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16, 14:17; Rom. 6:23,8:17-18; Rev. 20:15; 1 Corn. 2:7-9.
We believe the Bible teaches that there are two things Jesus told us to do that would help us to remember what He did, and identify us with Him: BAPTISM: A symbolic act whereby a Christian is immersed (Covered) in water in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is an outward testimony to an inward event in the life of an individual. LORD’S SUPPER: A symbolic act of obedience where Christians partake of bread and juice (Fruit of the vine) remembering the death of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Matt. 3:13-17; 14:22-26; Luke 3:31-22; 22:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 16:30-33; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21.
We believe that marriage is the uniting of one MAN and one WOMAN in covenant committed for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the women in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Deuteronomy 6:4-8; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; Ephesians 5:21-33; 2 Timothy 5:8,14; Titus 2:3-5
We believe that God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are is because of Him. Because of our debt to God we are under obligation to serve Him with our time, talents, and with our treasures. According to the Bible, we as Christians should contribute our means regularly with a cheerful heart and a grateful attitude. Genesis 14:20; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1-4; 19-21; 25:14-29; Luke 12:16-21; 16:1-13; Acts 2:44-47; 5:1-11; Philippians 4:10-19; 1 Peter 1:18-19
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