Because Resurrection Church is a community of faith, our beliefs play a vital role in defining and explaining who we are. To help you better understand us, we are including both a traditional Statement of Faith which outlines our basic theological convictions, as well as a Statement of Ministry Values which outlines our key commitments and explains how we seek to apply our Statement of Faith in the daily living of our lives.
Statement of Faith
We believe that the Holy Scriptures, the sixty-six canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, are the divinely-revealed, inspired, inerrant and authoritative Word of God and as such are the only rule and norm of doctrine and life in the church (John 10:35; II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:20-21).
We believe there is one true God, the Creator and Preserver of all things, Who is eternally self-existent, revealing Himself in the three distinct persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Who are equal in power and glory, identical in nature, and having the same attributes (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; I Corinthians 8:5-6; II Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:3; I Peter 1:2).
We believe salvation is a work of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:3), Who takes the Word of God and applies it to the heart of man, so that, whoever confesses with his mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in his heart that God raised Him from the dead, shall be saved (Romans 10:8-13) and granted the gift of eternal life in the everlasting kingdom of God (John 3:16).
We believe the New Testament teaches that water baptism is mandated for all believers (Mark 16:16; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3-13), and that, along with the baptism (infilling) of the Holy Spirit, the operation of spiritual giftings is a part of the normal Christian life (Acts 1:5,8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-10).
We believe all human life is sacred, created by God in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27) and is, therefore, of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We believe we are called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Psalm 139).
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). As a result, we believe that rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within. We further believe that, according to God’s design as revealed in the Bible, the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe God ordained for sexual intimacy to occur exclusively between a man and a woman who are married to each other (I Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4) and has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside the bounds of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe all forms of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, and bisexual conduct) are sinful and offensive to God (Matthew 15:18-20; I Corinthians 6:9-10).
We believe the Lord's Supper is to be celebrated frequently and that it is a participation in the Lord's body and blood under the elements of bread and wine, (I Corinthians 10:16) intended for all who have been baptized, and that a worthy communing requires a repentant heart towards God and a sincere desire to live in peace and harmony with the body of Christ (I Corinthians 11:27-30).
We believe Jesus is the Head of the church and, through Spirit-given revelation, governs through the elders (Psalm 127:1; Acts 15:28; 20:28; Ephesians 4:11-16). Thus, while we believe (as indicated in Paragraph A of this Confession of Faith) that the Bible itself, as the inspired and inerrant written Word of God, is the sole and final source of all we believe, for the purposes of this local church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Elders is the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
We believe that all the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church are sound and beneficial statements and expositions of the Word of God, to wit: the three Ecumenical Creeds (the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed), the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Large Catechism of Luther, the Small Catechism of Luther, and the Formula of Concord.