Statement of Faith

GOD (The Trinity)

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: 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

GOD THE FATHER

God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things. He is equal with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. God created man in His own image and called man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and fall of man. We believe God created the world in six literal days.

Genesis 1-3

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is equal with the God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus was born of the virgin Mary and was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 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 rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return to earth again someday to reign as King forever.

Matthew 1:18,22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5,14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and Jesus Christ. He is present in the world to make men aware of their sin and their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in the heart of every Christian from the moment of salvation. It is through the Holy Spirit that the Christian is marked with a seal and finds assurance that they are part of God’s family.

The Holy Spirit provides the Christian with the power to live and have a successful ministry in the Name of Jesus Christ. He gives us an understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance to do what is right, He gives every believer spiritual gifts. As Christians we seek to live under the Holy Spirit’s daily control. It is God’s expectation of every believer that they would yield to the Holy Spirit and be fully influenced and filled by Him.

Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Galatians 5:25; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18

THE BIBLE

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth and without error.

2 Timothy 3:16, 1:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

HUMAN BEINGS

Human beings are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. They are the grand finale of God’s creation, the object of His love and affection. Humans were created good, and we’re meant to live forever in relationship with God. Mankind has since fallen into sin our relationship with God is broken. Man is born into this world as sinners.

Genesis 2-3

SATAN

We believe that Satan was created as an angel of light and is now the open and declared enemy of God and God’s people. Satan is the destroyer of human lives and his destiny is eternal punishment.

Job 1:6-7; John 10:10; Ephesians 6:10-20;Revelation 21:10.

SIN

Every person is born a sinner. Sin is choosing to do things our way instead of God’s. It entered the world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Because of this sin, our relationship with God is lost, our relationship with others is strained, and our relationship to the world is marred. Ultimately, all humans are dead in their sin and destined for separation from God in Hell.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:2; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; Romans 10:9-10

SALVATION

Salvation is God’s free gift to us as sinners! We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ for forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. We must accept the free gift of salvation God offers us. When we trust in Jesus for our salvation we are “born again,” and made alive through Him. Our relationship with Him is restored and we have eternal life which begins at the moment of salvation.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:2; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; Romans 10:9-10

THE CHURCH

We believe the church is God’s called out assembly of believers. All those who have accepted Christ as their Savior are members of His church. The Church is Christ’s body on this earth. It is charged with the mission to be ambassadors for God, and to go and make disciples of all nations. We believe the local church is called to be God’s hands and feet in spreading the gospel to their specific community first, and then to the rest of the world.

Matthew 16:16-18

BAPTISM AND COMMUNION

The Word of God commands the church to recognize two ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ, reserved for those who are believers.

Baptism

Baptism is the outward sign of what God has already done in a believer’s life and is a testimony to all that the person now belongs to Jesus.

Acts 2:38

Communion

Communion is a commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ and is done in remembrance of Him until He comes again.

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

FOREVER

People are created to exist forever, either with God in the New Heaven and New Earth or in Hell as enemies of God.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; I Corinthians 2:7-9, Revelation 21-22

MARRIAGE

A Covenant Between Man, Woman, and God: Freedom Ministries believes that the bible teaches that Marriage is a covenant relationship. This relationship is made before God and is between one man and one woman. Marriage is blessed by God and is pleasing to God. It is because of this truth that any wedding performed by FaithWay Church is considered a Christian worship service. This includes music, bible reading, preaching, as well as the traditional aspects of a wedding.

Malachi 2:14, Matthew 19:4-7

A Picture of Gods Relationship with the Church: In Scripture monogamous heterosexual marriage bears a significance which goes beyond the regulation of sexual behavior, the bearing and raising of children, the formation of families, and the recognition of certain economic and legal rights, all of which are important. Marriage between a woman and a man is emphatically stated in Scripture to create a “one flesh” union (Genesis 1:27, 2:23-24; Matthew 19:5), which in turn signifies the mystery of the union between Christ and His body, the Church (Ephesians 5:22- 33). This means that the foundational understanding of marriage is as a covenant grounded in promises between a man and a woman which finds it’s divinely intended expression in the one flesh union between husband and wife.

Proverbs. 2:16-17; Malachi. 2:14; Ephesians. 5:31-32

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