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Pastor K.P.s Statement of Faith

What I Believe

The Holy Scriptures
I believe the Scriptures—both the Old and New Testaments—to be the verbally inspired Word of
God, written by men in God’s control, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts and the
final authority in faith and life. I accept the historical record of the Bible as accurate and
adequate (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21; Ps. 19:7-9).
The Trinity (The term “Trinity” is not found in the Bible but this does not make the concept
unbiblical. This doctrine is implicit rather than explicit.)
I believe in one God, the eternal, infinite and all-knowing Spirit in whom all things have their
source, support and end (Deut. 6:4; John 4:24; Gen. 1:1). Within this one God three distinct
persons exist—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the concept of God being three persons in one is a
mystery not a contradiction. It should not surprise us that there are truths about the infinite God
that are beyond the full understanding of finite, human minds) —they are united, equal and
perfect in all attributes (Matt. 28:19; Acts 7:55; Acts 10:38; 2 Cor. 13:14). The Godhead is one in
essence, but within this perfect unity and equality exists order in function—first the Father, then
the Son, and then the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 11:3; John 17:3-4; John 15:26; John 16:7).
***This functional order in no way suggests superiority or inferiority of persons.

The Condition of Man
I believe man was created in the image and likeness of God, in innocence and without sin. In
Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became spiritually dead and alienated from
God. As a result, man is a sinner by nature, imputation, and practice. Man, of himself, is
incapable of remedying his lost and complete/total depraved condition (Gen. 1:26; 3:1-24; Rom.
3:10-18; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3).

I believe salvation is only possible by God’s grace. It cannot be gained by good works but is a
free gift for all who put their trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. It includes
all that God does in saving the person from the penalty, power, and presence of sin and in
restoring them to a right relationship with God. As such, it is solely the work of God from
initiation to completion. All who so trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are forgiven and
saved from all their sins and declared righteous by God and are born into the family of God by
the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. God’s purpose for all believers is to bring glory to Him
by their lives (Eph. 1:7; 2:8, 9; John 1:12; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 1:6; Titus 2:11-14).

Election and Free Will
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
Even before God said, “let there be light,” He knew what man would do. Even before the first
day of creation, after the council of His own will, God chose/predestined a people for the praise
of His glory (Ephesians 1:4-11). To accomplish His will, God elected/chose individuals to fulfill
His plan. Among those were Abram who came to be known as Abraham.
Abraham was ‘elected’ by God. (Genesis 12:1-2). Abraham believed the LORD, and he credited
it to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6). The same promise is reiterated (Genesis 22:17-18).
The reference to Abraham’s “offspring” in this passage is to Jesus Christ, through whom all the
people of the world would be blessed with the opportunity for eternal life (Galatians 3:16).
While it is God’s desire that all men be saved (1 Timothy 2:3), only those who place their faith in
the finished works of Christ will be saved (Romans 10:11-13).
Just as from Abraham came the nation of Israel, God’s chosen/elected people (Deuteronomy
7:6), so are all those who place their faith in Jesus Christ considered chosen/elected (Galatians
3:7-9). This is not on the basis that God only chose some to be saved, it’s because a few
accepted the way God chose for them to be saved (Matthew 7:14). In His Sovereignty, God
foreknows who will choose His way, and has predestined for them to be like His Son. They are
the called, and are justified, and will be glorified (Romans 8:29-30)!

Security, Assurance and Responsibility
I believe all the saved—those who are granted by God total forgiveness based on the
substitutional death of Christ on behalf of the believer—are kept by His power and are secure in
Christ forever. This assurance, however, is not the occasion for sin, for God in holiness cannot
tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love He corrects them. True faith in Christ is
expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life (John 10:27-29; Rom. 8:29-39; 1 John 5:13; Heb. 12:6;
Matt. 7:20; James 2:20).

I believe that God, in the Scriptures, has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness.
This includes salvation from the penalty of sin and just as surely the provision of sanctification
(separation) from sin. Sanctification from sin affects both the positional and practical aspects.
Positional sanctification as a work of the Holy Spirit is complete and is without further growth;
however, practical sanctification, a result of the work of the Spirit in regeneration using the
Word of God, provides the nourishment for growth in maturity in Christ. While practical
sanctification is assured by the Word and the Spirit, it is yet imperfect in this life. The maturing
to obedience is possible for believers as they feed on the Word, submit to the Spirit of God and
are in fellowship with other believers for service and encouragement (John 17:17; 1 Cor. 1:30;
Rom. 6:19, 22; Heb. 10:25; 1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 1:3).

The Church
I believe that the true Church, called in Scripture the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism.
Every person who has trusted Jesus Christ for salvation in this present age has been baptized
(placed) into this organism by the Holy Spirit. The local church, as established in Scripture, is
made up of redeemed individuals who have joined together for worship, instruction, fellowship,
and service (Eph. 1:22; 1 Cor. 12:13; Acts 2:42; 13:1, 2).

I believe our Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances to be observed by all believers until His
return—baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).
The Second Coming of Christ
I believe in the personal, pretribulation coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church and His
subsequent premillennial return to earth to establish His kingdom (1 Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-
11; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6).

The Eternal State
I believe at death the souls of those who have trusted Christ for salvation pass immediately into
His presence and remain there in conscious bliss or blessedness until the resurrection of the body
at Christ’s coming for the Church, when soul and body will be reunited. We then shall be with
Him forever in glory. I also believe that at death the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious
misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium when
the soul and body will be reunited and cast into the lake of fire—not to be annihilated, but to be
separated from God forever in conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 2
Thess. 1:7-9; Rev. 20:11-15).

Marriage and Gender Identity
I believe that God has established marriage as a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one man
and one woman and that all intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether
heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise, is immoral and therefore sin (Gen. 2:20-24; Ex. 20:14,
17; 22:19; Lev. 18:22-23; 20:13, 15-16; Matt. 19:4-6, 9; Rom. 1:18-31; 1 Cor. 6:9-10, 15-20;
Jude 7). I believe that God created the human race male and female and that all conduct with the
intent to adopt a gender other than one’s birth gender is immoral and therefore sin (Gen. 1:27;
Deut. 22:5).