Statement Of Faith

Herewith is David Paul Kirkpatrick’s Statement of Faith:

I believe in one God, the Creator and Lord of the Universe, the co-equal eternal Trinity : Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death on the cross, rose bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven where, as truly God and truly man, He is the only mediator between God and man.I believe that the Bible is God’s authoritative and inspired Word. It is without error in all its teachings, including creation, history, its own origins, and salvation. Christians must submit to its divine authority, both individually and corporately, in all manners of belief and conduct, which is demonstrated by true righteous living. I believe that all people are lost sinners and cannot realize the Kingdom of God except by undergoing a new spiritual birth. Justification is by grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ. It comes as God’s gift to man and cannot be earned through merit.I believe in one holy, universal, and apostolic Church. Its calling is to worship and witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the Gospel among all nations and demonstrating its commitment to the cultural mandate by compassionate service to the needs of all human beings, and promoting righteousness and justice.I believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit for the individual’s new birth and growth to spiritual maturity, and for the Church’s constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, power, and mission.I believe that Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return in glory to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion. God will fully manifest His kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and new earth, in which He will be glorified forever, and exclude all evil, suffering, and death.