Many Hands for Haiti – Statement of Faith
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live (Mt 5:18; Jn 10:35, 17:17; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pt 1:20-21).
We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power and glory. We believe that God not only created the world but that He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus. (Ps 104; Acts 17:24-28; 2 Cor 13:11-14; Eph 1:9-12; Rev 1:4-6).
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered himself as a penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By the blood of His cross He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints (Mt 1:18-25; Jn 1:10-14; 2 Cor 5:21; Eph 1:7; Phil 2:6-11; Col 1:15-23).
We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. (Jn 1:12-13; Acts 16:30-31; Rom 8:1-17, 8:31-39, 10:10; Eph 2:8-10).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit in whom also we are sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service. Following conversion, the Spirit desires to continuously fill, empower and anoint believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the church to fulfill its calling and mission (Mt 3:11; Acts 4:29-30; 2 Cor 1:21-22; Gal 3:1-5; Eph 1:13-14, 5:18).
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two sacraments of the church to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation but are a means of God’s sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus (Mt 26:26-29, 28:19; Rom 6:3-11; 1 Cor 11:23-34; 1 Pt 3:21).
We believe in the equality and essential dignity of men and women of all races and classes. We recognize that all persons are made in the image of God and are to reflect that image in the community of believers, in the home and in society. We believe in the family, celibate singleness and faithful heterosexual marriage as the patterns God designed for us (Gen 1:26-28; Gal 3:26-29).
We believe that God has called the church to proclaim the gospel to all nations. Part of that proclamation must include remembering the poor, widows and orphans, ministering to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. This ministry is an expression of the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ and is an essential part of the kingdom of God (Is 58:6-12, 61:1; Mt 28:18-20; Lk 4:18, 21:1-4; Gal 2:10; 1 Tim 6:8).
We believe in the literal second coming of Christ at the end of the age when He will return to the earth personally and visibly to consummate His kingdom. We also believe in and are praying for a great end-time harvest of souls (Ps 22:27-28; 1 Cor 15:20-28, 15:50-58; Phil 3:20-21; 1 Thes 4:13-5:11; Rev 7:9-14).