Statement of Faith
In essentials, unity.
In non-essentials, liberty.
In all things, love.
We affirm our belief in the one eternal God, Creator and Lord of the world, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who governs all things according to the purpose of his will. To the task of making the treasure of the gospel known in the power of the Holy Spirit we desire to dedicate ourselves anew.
We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness, and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We also affirm the power of God’s word to accomplish his purpose of salvation. The message of the Bible is addressed to all men and women. For God’s revelation in Christ and in Scripture is unchangeable. Through it the Holy Spirit still speaks today. He illumines the minds of God’s people in every culture to perceive its truth freshly through their own eyes and thus discloses to the whole Church ever more of the many-colored wisdom of God.
We affirm that there is only one Savior and only one gospel, although there is a wide diversity of evangelistic approaches. We recognize that everyone has some knowledge of God through his general revelation in nature. But we deny that this can save, for people suppress the truth by their unrighteousness. Jesus Christ, being himself the only God-Man, who gave himself as the only ransom for sinners, is the mediator between God and people. There is no other name by which we must be saved. All men and women are perishing because of sin, but God loves everyone, not wishing that any should perish but that all should repent.
We affirm that God is both the Creator and the Judge of all men. We therefore should share his concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of men and women from every kind of oppression. Because men and women are made in the image of God, every person, regardless of race, religion, color, culture, class, sex or age, has an intrinsic dignity because of which he or she should be respected and served, not exploited.
We affirm that the Church’s visible unity in truth is God’s purpose. Our oneness strengthens our witness, just as our disunity undermines our gospel of reconciliation. We who share the same biblical faith should be closely united in fellowship, work, witness, and functional cooperation for the furtherance of the Church’s mission, for strategic planning, for mutual encouragement, and for the sharing of resources and experience.
We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father sent his Spirit to bear witness to his Son; without his witness ours is futile. Conviction of sin, faith in Christ, new birth, and Christian growth are all his work
We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, in power and glory, to consummate his salvation and his judgment.
~Adapted from the Lausanne Covenant