Our Christian faith is central to who we are and it motivates every aspect of our work. We subscribe to the following historic Christian beliefs:
- The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments being by divine inspiration are the Word of God, and the final and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
- In the Scriptures God reveals Himself as the living and true God, Creator of all things. Perfect in love and righteous in all ways this one God exists eternally as a Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- God made man in His image. Because of man’s disobedience, humanity is incapable of a right relationship to God apart from the free gift of forgiveness and new life given by God, through Jesus Christ, as an act of God’s grace.
- The only Mediator between God and man is Jesus Christ, God’s eternal Son, Who as man fully shared and fulfilled our humanity in a life of perfect obedience, and as God lived a holy and perfect life.
- By His death, Jesus Christ revealed the divine love and upheld divine justice, removing our guilt and reconciling us to God. Having risen from the dead and ascended into heaven, He rules as Lord over all and intercedes for us as our great High Priest.
- The Holy Spirit, through the proclamation of the Gospel, renews our hearts, persuading us to repent of our sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. The same Spirit leads us to trust in divine mercy, whereby we are forgiven all our sins, justified by faith through the merit of Christ our Savior, adopted into God’s family as His children, and enabled to live in the world that men may see our good works and glorify our Father Who is in heaven.
- God by His Word and Spirit calls sinful men into the fellowship of Christ’s body, the Church. Thus He created the one holy, community of Christians, united in the bonds of love, endowed with the gifts of the Spirit, and summoned by Christ to preach the gospel and to administer the sacraments, to relieve human need and to strive for social justice.
- God’s redemptive purpose will be consummated by the physical return of Christ to raise the dead, judge all men, and establish His glorious kingdom. Those who are apart from Christ will face the eternal judgment of God, but the righteous shall enjoy eternal life