Statement of Faith
We know in our hearts that there is more to life than what we see around us. We sense that there is right and wrong. We understand that this world was created by a higher power.
Here’s the story in a nutshell:
This world was created by an all-powerful, eternal God. God created a perfect world where he could live with us and bless us. We sinned and broke our relationship with God. The Bible tells us how God took the initiative to recreate the relationship we destroyed.
How did he do this? It was not easy. God is just, and every wrong we commit carries a burden of guilt. Guilt is more than feeling. It’s an actual burden of punishment we owe for the wrong we have done. But God is also infinitely loving. He came to earth to take on himself the burden of our guilt. He suffered the punishment we ourselves should have experienced.
God is at peace with you because he paid for your sins.
God calls you to realize how serious your sins are, and to believe that he has solved the problem for you. He wants you to live in peace. And you can—by faith in what God has done for you. It’s that simple.
That’s the Bible’s message in a nutshell. It is a message of God’s love—for you.
The ancient Christian Church developed a short summary statement of the Bible’s teachings. This came to called “The Apostle’s Creed,” so called because it summarized the teachings of the “apostles” or men whom Jesus preached his message to throughout the world. Below is the Apostle’s Creed (in capital letters) and some words of explanation.
Christianity is a matter of faith. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, completely true and accurate in everything it says. God “inspired” human authors to convey his Word to us, and kept them from committing errors as they wrote.
IN GOD THE FATHER, ALMIGHTY
The Bible teaches that there is one God. It also describes three “persons,” each of whom are called God and do the works only God can do. The Bible calls these three persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Apostle’s Creed is divided into three parts. Each one describes what God has done for us.
MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH
We believe that God created the world in six, 24 hour days.
We do not believe that God used the process of evolution to bring the world into being. Not only is evolution not taught in Scripture, but it contradicts many of the key teachings of Scripture. For example, the Bible teaches that death was not present in the original creation. Evolution teaches that death is necessary for life to evolve. Lack of resources, struggle, mortal competition, and other evils associated with the “survival of the fittest” would also be tools God created to enable living organisms to evolve. This does not fit with the Bible’s claim that God is pure and holy.
I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON,
Jesus is God’s Son. The name “Jesus” means “Savior.” “Christ” means that God set his Son, Jesus, apart for the work of saving us from our sins.
We believe that we should worship Jesus as “our Lord.” There is no one greater than him.
WHO WAS CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY,
We believe that God’s Son became a human being. We believe that Jesus was conceived and born in a way unlike any other person. His mother was a normal human being. But he was not conceived through Mary’s husband or any other man. Rather, God the Father remained Jesus’ father and Mary conceived her son by the power of God the Holy Spirit. As a human being, Jesus was liable for keeping God’s law and was able to die in the place of all human beings. As God, his perfect life and death could count for all people.
SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE,
We believe that Jesus is not a figment of someone’s imagination or wish to have an ideal role model. Rather, he was born and lived at a specific point in history, during the days when a man named Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor of the Jewish province of Judea.
We believe that Jesus suffered for the sins of the world. His life ended on a Roman cross, the cruel form of execution the Romans reserved for non-Romans criminals.
DIED. AND WAS BURIED
We believe that Jesus, the Son of God, physically died. Shortly before he died, he cried out “It is finished,” meaning that he had successfully finished the work his Father had sent him to do, that is, to life a perfect life and die in the place of all people. After he died, his spirit went to heaven and his body was laid in a tomb.
HE DESCENDED INTO HELL.
After Jesus physically rose from the dead, but before he appeared to his disciples, he descended into Hell. He went there not to suffer any more for our sins, but to announce his victory over sin and death.
THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD.
We believe that Jesus “rose” from the dead, that is, that his body and spirit were joined again three days after he died. Since Jesus died for the sins of the world, his resurrection assures all who believe in them that our bodies and spirits will rise to live with the Lord in heaven.
HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY.
We believe that Jesus returned to heaven in his risen body. From there he rules over all things. He calls people to faith and keeps safe those who believe in him.
FROM THERE HE WILL COME TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD.
Jesus will someday return to earth. He will judge all people—those who have died and those who are still alive when he returns. Those who have rejected him, continue in sin, and die in the guilt of their sins will be punished eternally in Hell. Those who have come to faith, are free from the guilt of their sins, and serve him in love, will spend an eternity with him in heaven.
I BELIVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT;
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a real divine being. He is God.
THE HOLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH, THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS;
We believe that throughout the world there are people who have come to faith in Jesus. They are members of Christ and of his church. They are a “communion,” or fellowship of “saints,” that is, people who have become holy through faith in Jesus. This church is visible only to God. Churches that teach God’s Word, like Morning Star, are evidence of the presence of the Holy Christian Church. We gather to hear God’s Word and support each other in the faith we share.
THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS;
We believe that because of Jesus’ work, the sins of all people have been paid for. Through faith in him we receive the benefit of that work and are forgiven of the wrongs that we do. The way into God’s fellowship is open to us, and we live at peace with him.
THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY;
We believe that there is more to life than the here and now. We are eternal beings—not just our souls but our bodies as well. We will someday rise again, either to eternal judgment or to eternal life. Eternal life is assured to us because of what Jesus, our Savior, has done for us.
AND THE LIFE EVERLASTING.
Be believe—and this is our greatest joy—that we have eternal life with God in heaven. This gift is ours through Jesus Christ.
“Amen” is a statement of confidence. It means “this is indeed true.”