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No confession of faith is ever complete. The statements here are the core beliefs borne out by the book Restored by Grace.

The Word of God

All the books of the Old and New Testaments were written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The entire Bible alone is the Word of God. It has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct, and is the source of absolute truth. The books of the Scripture are to be interpreted according to their context and purpose and in reverent obedience to God.

The Trinity

There is one living and true God, eternally existent in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are one in essence and equal in every divine perfection. God discloses himself to humankind through his creation and has spoken in the words and events of redemptive history. This history is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word, who is made known to all people in the Scripture and by the Holy Spirit.


God created the world by his word alone and for his glory. He made man and woman in his own image, to govern the world and have fellowship with him. Tempted by Satan, they fell and rebelled against God. Being estranged from their Maker, yet responsible to him, they became subject to divine wrath, inwardly depraved and, apart from grace, incapable of returning to God.

God the Father

God the Father is personal and rational. He is infinite in power, in wisdom, and in his presence. He is perfect in goodness and love. He concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of each person. He hears and answers prayers. He saves people from sin and death and gives eternal life to all who come to him through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ

The only mediator between God and mankind is Christ Jesus, God's eternal son, who, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, fully shared and fulfilled humanity in a sinless life of perfect obedience. By his atoning death, he revealed the divine love and upheld divine justice, removing the guilt of those who repent of their sins and reconciling them to God. Having redeemed them from sin, he rose bodily from the grave on the third day, victorious over death and the power of darkness. He ascended into heaven where, at God's right hand, he intercedes for his people and rules as Lord over all.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. He indwells every believer in Christ, as an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

The Church

The universal church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. The Church is to offer acceptable worship to God and to serve him by preaching the gospel and making disciples of all nations, by tending the flock through the ministry of the word and sacraments and through daily pastoral care, by striving for social justice and by relieving human distress.

Christian Conduct

God graciously adopts the redeemed into his family and enables them to call him Father. As they are led by the Spirit, they grow in the knowledge of the Lord, freely keeping his commandments and endeavoring so to live in the world that all may see their good works and glorify God their Father in heaven.

The Last Things

God's redemptive purpose will be consummated by the visible and personal return of Christ to raise the dead, to judge all people, and to establish his glorious kingdom.

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