Life in Sweet Abandon Statement of Faith
Mission: To encourage and equip single and single again women to live joyful and fulfilling lives with Christ through teaching and fellowship.
Scripture: We believe that the Bible in its entirety is the inspired Word of God written by men who were moved by the Holy Spirit and that the Bible is without error. We believe that Jesus is found in both the New and Old Testament.
One God: We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God the Father: We believe He is the Perfect Father. He is the Creator and was never created. He is completely loving, completely holy, completely just. We believe He loves us and He desires what is best for us. We believe God will cause all things to work together for the good of those who love Him. We believe God has permitted the perfect circumstances for every believer to have the best opportunity for coming into a deeper revelation of Christ within him.
Jesus, God the Son: We believe that Jesus is whom He says He is, God. We believe that He became flesh, being born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, abandoned Himself to His Father’s will to die on the cross as a perfect sacrifice, and was then resurrected and ascended into heaven. He did this so that all mankind might be reconciled to God and so that those who accept Christ as their savior will live eternally with Him. We believe that exactly Jesus lives through us as His life is expressed by His Holy Spirit. We believe that apart from Him we can do nothing. We believe the coming of Jesus was always the plan and that He was the Slain Lamb from the foundations of the world.
Holy Spirit: He is the third person of the Trinity. We receive the Holy Spirit at the point of our salvation when we accept Christ into our lives as our Savior. He is our helper, comforter, guide, and teacher. The Holy Spirit seals believers in Christ until the day of redemption. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Salvation: We believe that we have all sinned and that we are all in need of a savior. We believe that God wants all mankind to be saved. We believe that He provided a way of salvation though Jesus’ obedience as our substitutionary sacrifice on the cross and that this is the sole basis for the forgiveness of our sin. Salvation cannot be gained by man’s works or personal merit but it is a free gift that is received by placing our faith in the finished work of Christ. All who repent of their sins and receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are born again into eternal life and are placed into the family of God.
The Church/Community of Believers: We believe that believers are the body of Christ and that the world will know that we are His disciples by how we love one another. We believe that we are called to encourage one another, to build each other up, and to speak truth to one another in love which leads to maturity. We believe that our focus should be Jesus and not ourselves or each other. We believe that we, as a community of believers, serve as the hands and feet of Jesus to each other and to the world.
Prayer: We believe that the God of the universe makes Himself available for us to come to Him and ask for His help and guidance because He cares about our lives and what we are going through. It is a door that is always open for relationship and communication. We believe that prayer builds our faith and matures us.
Good and Bad: We believe that only God knows what the future holds and what is best for us. We believe that we don’t have the ability to discern what is good or bad because our perspective is tainted by the world view and our own experience with pain and struggles. We desire God’s perspective and know that He works all things out for our good. We believe His power is perfected in our weakness. We believe God permits what He could prevent. We believe certain things are learned in suffering that cannot be learned in comfort.