Listening to Abba: Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

The Bible is God's Word (2 Tim. 3:16) 
The Bible is our ultimate authority and compass for living. God breathed the words of the Old and New Testament into the hearts of the authors, who through their own personalities, recorded them without error. We read the Bible as normally as we read any book, and we believe all of it and work to apply it in all areas of life.


God is Three In One (Matt. 28:20)
God is Three Persons but He is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each an uncreated person, one in essence, equal in power and glory.

Jesus is God’s Son and Our Savior (Matt. 1:18-23; Acts 2:36; Eph.1:15-23)
Jesus is fully God and fully human except without sin. His sinless life, death in our place and bodily resurrection paid for our sins. He ascended back to heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God waiting to return.

Man is Wonderful but Sinful (Gen.1:26-27; Rom. 3:10-18)
God created man to reflect Him, to relate with Him and and one another and to rule earth for Him. God gave us incredible gifts, abilities and worth. But Adam chose to rebel and now every person is spiritually corrupt and relationally broken, helpless to remedy our corrupt condition. We do many wonderful things, but we are unacceptable to God in our rebellious state.

Rescue Is By Grace Alone Through Faith Alone in Jesus Alone (Romans 3:21-26)
God freely removes our guilt, makes us righteous and unconditionally accepts us when we trust in Jesus. Faith is a personal persuasion, apart from our works, that the death and resurrection of Jesus has delivered us from God’s wrath and provided our rescue. God cannot lie and guarantees in Scripture that His rescue is eternal and unchanging.

The Holy Spirit Lives Inside of Us (Eph.1:13-14; Acts 1:8)
The Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us when we trust Jesus. He teaches us to love, makes our character more like that of Jesus and empowers us to share the good news about Jesus with those who do not yet believe in Him.

We Live by Relationship Rather Than Rules (John 17:1-3; Eph. 1:3-23)
When we trust Jesus, God joins us to Him and is as delighted with us as He is Jesus. He establishes a growing relationship with us that starts to make us like Jesus from the inside out. We learn to live by God’s kindness and goodness rather than by rule keeping. Life becomes our quest to know Him and to make Him known.

The Church is the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:11-16)
The church is baptized believers in Jesus who are His body on earth. The mission of the church is to connect with the unconvinced everywhere so that we can help them become life long followers of Christ.

Christ’s Kingdom is Our Destiny (Heb. 12:28-29; Rev.19:11-22:6)

The Bible says that Jesus will rule over an eternal kingdom on earth. He left us here to train to reign with Him in that kingdom. Our present sufferings, opportunities and responsibilities all help develop us to be future rulers. Jesus will come in the air and take His followers to be with Him and to reward them. He will then judge the unbelievers on earth for seven years. After that He will return to earth with His people and rule for 1,000 years. When that kingdom ends, Jesus will resurrect and judge all the unbelieving dead. They will all be condemned to eternity in Hell. He will then make a new heaven and a new earth where He and His people shall reign forever.