Trails End Log Church

Statement of Faith

The Holy Scriptures:

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God… true, immutable, steadfast and unchangeable. It is the final authority for our life and faith in Jesus Christ. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17)

The Eternal Godhead:

We believe that God is triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Three are coexistent, coeternal and equal in divine perfection. (1 John 5:7, 2 Corinthians 13:14)

Father (God): He is the living and true God, perfect in love and all His ways, and Creator of all creation and man. (Genesis l, 2)

Jesus Christ: He was God’s only begotten Son. People can restore their sinful broken relationship with God and be assured of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ alone. (John 3:16, Romans 6:23, 1 John 1:9)

The Holy Spirit: Christ dwells within our hearts through the Holy Spirit. As we are led by the Spirit, we grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:14, 2 Peter 3:18)

The Fall of Man:

We believe that man, created in the image of God, by voluntary disobedience fell into the depths of sin and iniquity, bequeathing sin’s nature and consequences to all humanity, with their accompanying loss of intended meaning and purpose. (Genesis 1:27, Romans 5:12)

The Plan of Redemption:

We believe that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, took our place and with His life’s blood purchased the pardon for all who believe in Him. (John 3:16, Titus 2:14)

Salvation Through Grace:

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly through grace by the Son of God who, by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature; that being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, yet without sin, He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven. No human righteousness or merit can contribute to our receiving God’s Jove and favor. (Ephesians 2:8, John 3:16, Philippians 2:16 & 17, Hebrews 7:25. Colossians 2:9, Hebrews 2:18, Isaiah 53:4 & 5)

Repentance and Acceptance:

We believe that, upon sincere repentance and a whole-hearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God through Jesus’ sacrificial death. (Romans 10:6-10, 1 John 1:9)

The New Birth:

We believe that the change that takes place in people at conversion is a very real one, that having received righteousness in Christ and having received of His Spirit, people will have new desires, interests and pursuits in life. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20, John 3:3)

Daily Christian Life:

We believe that it is the will of God that those who have been born again grow in sanctification, become partakers of His holiness, and daily grow stronger in the faith, power, prayer, love, and service (2 Corinthians 7:l)

Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:

We believe that being baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is an essential response to Jesus’ command, testifying to His lordship as Christ and King. (Romans 6:4) We believe in observing the Lord’s Supper, receiving the broken bread and the fruit of the vine with joy and faith as we partake anew of the life and triumph of Christ’s cross. (l Corinthians 11:24-26)

Baptism of the Holy Spirit:

We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit empowers believers to exalt Jesus, to live lives of holiness, and to be witnesses of God’s saving grace. We expect the Spirit’s incoming to be after the same manner as that in which He came upon believers in the days of the Early Church. (Acts 1: 5,8; 2:4)

The Spirit Filled Life:

We believe that it is the will of God that believers walk in the Spirit moment by moment, serving the Lord and living lives of patience, love truth, sincerity and prayer. (Ephesians 4:30-32, Galatians 5:16, 25)

The Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit:

We believe that the Holy Spirit bestows enabling ministry gifts upon believers, and that these gifts will build up the Body of Christ through edification and evangelism (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). As evidence of a Spirit-filled life, believers should show spiritual “fruit”: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22-25).

Evangelism:

We believe that soul winning is the mandate of Christ to the church on earth. (James 5;20, Mark 16: 15)

Tithing and Offerings:

We believe that tithing and offerings are ordained of God to sustain His ministry, spread the Gospel and release personal blessing. (Malachi 3:10, l Corinthians 16:1,2)

February 2021