Christian Art Lessons Statement of Faith
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings. It is accurate in all matters to which it speaks: spiritual, historical, and scientific. Scripture is the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21)
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The three have distinct personalities and yet are of the same substance: one God (Gen. 1:1; John 10:30; John 4:24; Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 4:11; Hebrews 1:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6)
We believe Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High He now is our High Priest and Advocate, and in the person of the Holy Spirit, He indwells the believer. (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 15; Hebrews 7; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:21, 25; Acts 1:9, 10; 1 John 2:1, 2)
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals all believers in Christ at the point of faith in Christ, and empowers those yielded to God (Matt. 28:19; John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5; I Cor. 6:19; Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 2:12; 12:13; Eph. 4:30; Col. 3:14).
We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
We believe the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.
We believe the true Church is composed of all such persons who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit through saving faith in Jesus Christ, are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is Lord and Head and are now commissioned for the God-given task of proclaiming the gospel to every person. Only those who are thus members of the true church shall be eligible for membership in the local church. Every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.
We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and eternal separation from God.
Spiritual gifts are God-given abilities for service, i.e., “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service to the building up of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:1-16; I Cor. 12:7, 11; I Pet. 4:10; Rom. 12:1-6).