What we believe

Introduction

This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. The final responsibility for the interpretation of the Bible’s meaning and application in regard to the doctrine and practices of Voice of Christ Media Ministries rests with the Board of Directors.

The Bible

bible handsWe believe that the Bible is verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit; that it is inerrant in the original manuscripts; and that it is the infallible and authoritative Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13).

The Trinity

We believe that there is only one living and true God, eternally coexisting in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the same in substance and equal in power and glory (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:18 19; John 1:18; Ephesians 4:6).

We believe in the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His personal and bodily return to rapture the church and His return in power and glory to establish His kingdom upon the earth and complete His redemptive mission (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 14, 10:30, 14:9; Hebrews 1:1-4; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:20; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:20-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Peter 3:18).

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person of the Godhead; that He is the divine author of the Scriptures; that He convicts the world of sin; that He is the divine agent of regeneration; that He indwells and baptizes all believers into the body of Christ at the time of their conversion; and that He gives power to believers and makes them spiritually fruitful (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 16:8; Romans 8:9; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 1:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13; Galatians 5:22-23).

Salvation

We believe that man is born totally depraved, a sinner in thought, word and deed and that he absolutely needs to be saved (Genesis 3; Psalms 51:5; Romans 3:10-23, 5:12-14; Ephesians 2:4-9).

We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone on the ground of the vicarious death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ; that all who trust Christ as personal Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit; and all who have been truly born again have been given eternal life and shall never perish (Romans 3:23-26; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18 19; John 1:12, 10:27-29; Romans 6:23, 8:38-39; John 3:5-6; Titus 3:5).

We believe that both the righteous and the wicked will be bodily raised from the dead; that the redeemed in Christ will enjoy eternal blessedness in His presence forever; and that those who have not received Christ and His offer of salvation will suffer eternal punishment (John 6:39-40; Romans 8:11, 19-23; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 5:9; Revelation 22:4-5; Matthew 25:41; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Revelation 20:11-15).

The Church

We believe that all Christians are called to live Spirit-filled, obedient, fruitful lives (John 14:15; Romans 6:1-4; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 2:10, 5:18).

We believe that the universal church, the body of Christ, consists of all believers in Christ who are united together by the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all believers are called to faithfully worship God and serve one another within the fellowship of a local Bible-believing church (1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 4:1-6; Romans 12:1-8; Colossians 3:12-15; Hebrews 10:24-25).

Sanctity of Human Life

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image; that human life is of inestimable worth, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death; and that we are therefore called to value, defend, and protect all human life (Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 139).

Marriage, Gender and Sexuality

We believe that God in His original design created people as male and female (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of God’s sovereign and wise design for that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, for life, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25, Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:31).

We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other; that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman; and that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Genesis 2:24; 1 Corinthians 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Matthew 15:18-20; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8).

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ; that every person must be afforded love, kindness, respect, and dignity; and that hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 John 1:7-9; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31; Ephesians 4:31-5:2).

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