what we believe

Statement of Faith

1. God

We believe in one true and living God, creator and sustainer of all things, infinite and perfect. He is all knowing, all powerful and ever present. He is eternal, existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-equal in every divine perfection. Each Person of the Godhead possesses distinct and harmonious functions in the work of redemption.

Exodus 20:2,3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; John 10:30; 1 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19.

2. Jesus Christ and The Atonement

We believe that Jesus is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died in our place on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins. He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven where He took His place at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate.

We believe that only through the blood of Christ and the power of His resurrection can anyone be saved from the curse and penalty of sin. Salvation is through Jesus Christ alone, without any human work, and we become the children of God through the new-birth work of the Spirit of God.

Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Isaiah 53:4-7; 1 John 4:10.

3. The Holy Spirit

We believe that the primary ministry of the Holy Spirit in this age is to make Jesus Christ known. He convicts men of sin and is the instrument of new spiritual life in our lives. He dwells within the believer, instructing and empowering for Godly living and service. 

John 14:16; Acts 5:3,4; Ephesians 5:18; John 14:16; John 17:17. 

4. The Scriptures

We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testament, as it was originally written, to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God. It took written form as the Holy Spirit moved upon men to record God’s special revelation. The Bible is the authority for Christian living, the revelation of God’s will for the salvation of man and the standard by which all conduct, creeds and opinions should be formed. 

2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:19-21

5. Creation

We fully accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came to exist by the direct creative act of God. 

Genesis, chapters 1 and 2; Colossians 1:16,17; John 1:3

6. The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created without sin and in the image of God. By an act of his own will he chose to disobey God’s clear command and thus became a fallen being. In his fallen state, man is spiritually dead and separated from God. 

Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 5:12,19; 3:10; Genesis 5:1-5. 

7. Salvation

We believe that redemption (salvation) is in and through Jesus Christ and His blood shed on the cross. Because man in his natural state is spiritually dead, the Holy Spirit must draw man to saving faith and it is the Holy Spirit who brings about regeneration (spiritual life). God’s saving grace is received by faith and has nothing to do with any human work. Anyone who will repent of their sins and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved and given eternal life. Those who refuse God’s grace through Jesus will be eternally condemned. 

Hebrews 9:22-26; John 6:44; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 3:19; Romans 10:9-10; John 10:28; John 3:18

8. Heaven and Hell

We believe that Scripture teaches that Heaven is a literal place even as it teaches that Hell is a literal place. 

Acts 1:11; 2 Corinthians 12:1-4; Matthew 5:16; 6:9-10; Matthew 10:28; Luke 16:23-26; Revelation 20:11-15

9. The Church

We believe that the church (universal) is comprised of all people who have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and as such constitute the body of Christ. The church (local) is a congregation of believers, with Christ as their head, observing the ordinances of baptism and communion, exercising the gifts of the Spirit, engaged in the mission of making disciples. 

1 Corinthians 12:13-14; Acts 2:42-46; Colossians 1:18; Acts 2:41; Matthew 28:19-20

10. The Second Coming

We believe that Jesus promised He would return to earth a second time as King and Conqueror. We believe His return will be personal, pre-millennial and that it is imminent. The blessed hope of the second coming has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the follower of Jesus. 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:1; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 58; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 20:1-7   

how you can know god

Knowing God begins with knowing something about yourself. The Bible says that you are a sinner. I know that may be offensive, but it need not be. You’re not the only one. Truth is, all people have fallen short of God’s measure of righteousness. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Just as important is the fact that in this condition, you are presently separated from God and if nothing changes, you will be separated from Him for all eternity. “For the wages of sin is death….” (Romans 6:23) 

God’s plan to save

Once you’ve accepted God’s perspective regarding your spiritual condition, you must know about His plan to rescue you from sin’s curse, which is death. Although you are a sinner, the consequence of sin does not have to be the final outcome for you. The same Scripture that tells about the “wage of sin” also tells us about God’s gift of salvation through Jesus, His Son. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) God’s motivation for making a way for you to be saved from sin’s curse is love. His love for you can be clearly seen by the sacrifice He made to provide salvation for you. God demonstrated His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Jesus, God’s only Son, died for us. (Romans 5:8)

According to God’s law, sin requires death. Therefore, the sinner must die or a righteous substitute could die in their place. God chose to allow His only Son Jesus to become that substitute 2,000 years ago. The Bible teaches that as Jesus hung on the cross, God took all of your sin, placed it on Jesus and there He took your punishment and paid the price for your sin. “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) It is important to note that through the mystery of God’s Trinitarian nature, Jesus is in fact God Himself. So you see, God really does love you tremendously. So much that He was willing, in the person of Jesus, to go to the cross and pay your sin debt. Finally, we must know that Jesus rose from the dead three days after His death. Jesus rose to eternal life and eternal life is the gift God gives to all who place their faith in Jesus. 

Receiving the gift

The idea that salvation from sin’s curse is a gift says something important about the way it is received. Gifts are never given for work accomplished. When I work, I am paid a wage. But when I receive a gift, I am receiving the love and generosity of another. Salvation cannot be earned, therefore it cannot be worked for. The Bible says “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9) God’s grace must be received by faith. In this case faith means to believe God’s testimony about your sin, its consequence and His solution, Jesus Christ, His Son. 

To receive the gift of salvation, the Bible says: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” (Romans 10:9,10) If your heart is burdened by the weight of your sin and you are ready to receive God’s gift of salvation, you can talk to God through prayer. The Bible says “For everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) Repentance of your sin and a prayer of belief can bring God’s grace into your life. You might pray this way: 

Holy Father, I confess to you my sin and ask for Your forgiveness. By faith I look to Jesus, His sacrifice on my behalf and His resurrection as the payment for my sin. I now receive the gift of grace that You offer in Your Word, The Bible. By faith I give my life to You. Thank You for your love. In Jesus name, AMEN. 

The words of the above prayer are not magic words, nor does reciting them bring salvation. But if those words represent the true faith in your heart, then God will hear and He will save you. If you’ve made a decision to give your life to God through Jesus Christ I would like to know so I can pray for you. I would also like to send you a booklet written for new believers. Getting Started Right: beginning my journey with Jesus, was written to help you understand more about being a follower of Jesus and to suggest some first steps you will want to take as a new child of God. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this page and please let me know if you have any questions or have made a decision to follow Jesus. My email and phone number are listed below. 

In God’s Love

Pastor Mike

First Federated Church