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Statement of Faith

The publisher of these Chronicles boldly and proudly admits to the following heart-felt convictions:

●There is one God, eternal, personal, perfect in goodness, perfect in holiness, perfect in justice, existing outside the physical world or the universe, Who is the Creator and Preserver of the universe; everywhere present in His wisdom and power, directing all events to the accomplishment of His infinitely wise designs.

●The one true God exists in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.

●Human beings are the creation of God, owing their existence to the will of God, created after His image; free, rational, moral and accountable agents, capable of knowing, loving, and worshipping God as a Spirit infinite in His being and perfections.

●The first human beings however, sinned by disobeying God; thus, they were alienated from their Creator; the historic fall therefore brought all mankind under divine condemnation.

●The nature of human beings is now corrupted; and they are thus totally unable to please God.

●Jesus Christ is God, the Son of God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever.

●Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of human beings by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.

●He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died.  He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He is the only mediator between God and human beings.

●The salvation of human beings is wholly a work of God's free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight.

●Salvation is accomplished through the agency of the Holy Spirit.  God imparts His Spirit to the individual who is thusly restored to holiness and fellowship with God.  This is commonly known as being "born again."  They then are identified as Christians or believers, believers in Christ as their propitiation.

●Every believer is called to live so in the power of the indwelling Spirit, to overcome the works of the flesh (ungodly character) and to bear fruit (godly character) to the glory of God.

●There is but one Church of Jesus Christ on earth, composed of all those who believe in Him, who have been "born again" by His Spirit.

●The institutional church is the physical and corporate representation of the Church on earth, and is united in its adhesion to the Good News (gospel) of Christ's work of redemption, yet diverse in secondary doctrines, worship and practice.

●Jesus Christ is returning for His Church, His Bride, and will setup His Kingdom upon this earth.

●The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the written word of God; a revelation God has provided of Himself to humankind.  It is divinely inspired and God's written rule in all matters of faith and practice.  It should not to be violated or contradicted.

The Apostolic Creed

Though this creed cannot be traced to an individual author or authors, and in its present form is post-apostolic, yet its contents and spirit are truly apostolic.  It embodies the faith of the pre-Nicene Church, is the product of secondary inspiration and is ever valid as a worthy confession for Christians today.

 

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead;

on the third day He rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit;

the holy catholic Church;

the communion of saints;

the forgiveness of sins;

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.

Amen

 

The Nicene Creed

The origin of this creed is the Council of Nicea, 325 AD.  Its direct concern was to clearly articulate the deity of Christ.  It went through a modification later in the Council of Constantinople (381 AD) where the divinity and personality of the Holy Spirit were added.  Another change was rendered to it which introduced the "filioque", the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father AND the Son.  This was responsible for much dissension between the western or Roman Church and the eastern or Greek Church.

 

I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

the only-begotten Son of God,

begotten of His Father before all worlds;

God of God,

Light of Light;

Very God of Very God;

begotten, not made;

being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made;

Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven;

and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;

and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

He suffered, died and was buried;

and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures;

and ascended into heaven;

and sits at the right hand of the Father,

and He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead;

Whose kingdom shall have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Ghost;

the Lord and Giver of Life;

Who proceeded from the Father and the Son;

Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;

Who has spoken through the prophets.

 

And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

And I look for the resurrection of the dead;

and the life of the world to come.

 

Amen.