We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 14:26-15:26). The Triune God has created humanity in His own image and has called us to manifest and reflect personal holiness through trust and obedience to His Word and commandments. Because humanity has purposely and woefully fallen from a perfect relationship of trust and obedience with God, man's response subsequently entered us into a state of moral corruption and depravity, resulting in our exceedingly lost state; thus, it separated and estranged us from our Creator (Rom 3:23; 19-26).
Because of the profound "agape" LOVE for His creation of humanity, God has initiated a plan of redemption that He has accomplished on our behalf through temporal history (His-story!) (Acts 4:12). The apex, our redemption, is centered upon the historical incarnation of God in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We believe Jesus to be the Christ of Old Testament prophecy, being fully God and fully Man.
We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, and His miracles. Jesus, through His replacement and substitutionary atoning death and bodily resurrection (John 5:28-29), has provided the incredible, undeserving, meritorious justification on our behalf, which is grace that we receive by faith alone (1 Pet 1:18-19).
We believe in the ascension of the risen Christ, who has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of all believers, effecting our regeneration and operating in our sanctification and personal gifting (1 Cor 12-14). The Holy Spirit has been given to empower us for service and bears witness to the kingdom of God (Acts 2:38). The Holy Spirit has been given to us to form a corporate community of believers.
We believe that Christ has established a visible church, which is called to live a life of holiness by the power of the Holy Spirit, under the regulation and authority of Holy Scripture, who guides the exercise of the church in discipling, disciplining, administering the sacraments, and proclaiming the Gospel of Christ.
We believe that the Bible is in its entirety, divine revelation, and the only infallible, inerrant and authoritative word of God. We are to submit to the authority of Holy Scripture, acknowledging it to be carrying the full weight of God's authority (2 Tim 3:16).
The above are fundamentals held by our confessing reformed and evangelical theology. The following are essential to the Christian walk of faith, in which we all strive to our fullest to obey and practice daily:
- A caring, effective love relationship with Jesus Christ.
- A lifestyle dedicated to obeying God's will with joy.
- Daily devotional times, prayer, and study of God's Word.
- A joyful love and willingness to serve our Lord, even through personal sacrifice.
- A witness for Christ without hypocrisy.
- A firm desire to be God's child, through trust and obedience.
- A working faith in God's promises for all our needs and daily situations.
RICHARD JOSEPH KREJCIR
Into Thy Word Ministries Founder and Director