Statement of Faith
What We Believe
In essential beliefs — we have unity.
is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one
baptism, and one God and Father of us all...”
In non-essential beliefs — we have liberty.
him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable
matters... Who are you
to judge someone else’s servant?
To his own master he stands or falls...
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God...
So whatever you believe about these things keep between
yourself and God.”
In all our beliefs — we show charity.
I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very
secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains —
but have no love, I
amount to nothing at all.”
1 Cor. 13:2 (Ph)
The Essentials We Believe:
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.
Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19;
1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
He is co-equal with the Father.
Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the
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.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30;Hebrews 4:14,15;
15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4;Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.
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 give every
believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.
As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8;
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians
The Bible is God’s Word to us.
It was written by human authors, 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.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter
1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13;
Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6;
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
attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
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. When
we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are
saved. Eternal life
begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5;
Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
About Eternal Security
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.
Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by
the self-effort of the Christian.
It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
People were created to exist forever.
We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or
eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.
To be eternally separated from God is Hell.
To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.
Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation
20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9
What We Practice
Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions.
Based on what the Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about
the following five practices:
As Our Sole Authority
“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is
useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in
our lives; it straightens us out and helps us to do what is right.”
2 Tim. 3:15
Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful
authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living.
Our first question when faced with a decision is “What does
the Bible say?” We
practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization.
The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
of Every Believer
“Christ loves us, and by His death He has freed us from our sins and
made us a kingdom of priests to serve God...”
Rev. 1:6 (GN) “You are...the King’s
priests...God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful
acts of God.” 1
Pet. 2:9 (GN)
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full time”
Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation.
We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by
encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry.
Every believer has direct access to God through prayer Bible
“A tithe of everything you produce belongs to the Lord; it is holy
to the Lord.”
At St. Stephen’s we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s
body, the church, as God commands.
We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical
standard of giving.
(Jesus said), “I am the Vine,
you are the branches. If
you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart
from me you can do nothing.”
We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by
God’s power within us.
So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable
us to do what is right.
(Phil. 2:13, Eph. 5:18)
Others About Christ
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to
give the reason for the hope that you have.”
1 Peter 3:15
It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News
with those with whom God brings us into contact.
We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting
friends to church.