Statement of Faith
Family Restoration Coalition fully affirms the fundamental tenets of the historic Christian faith, as articulated in the Nicene Creed:
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Additionally, we confess the following:
The Authority of Scripture. The Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the old and new testaments that has been recognized as the canon of scripture throughout Christian history, is the Holy Word of God, divinely inspired, authoritative and infallible for faith and life, revealing what is true and most essential to know about God, humanity, and our relationship to Him.
Human Nature. All people everywhere and for all time share in both the glory and curse of our first parents, Adam and Eve. We are made in God’s image, objects of His creative delight, recipients of His generative blessing and mandate, created to reflect God and enjoy relationship with Him and each other. We are also sinners, striving to equal or supplant God in knowledge and power, and worshipping vain idols rather than God the Creator. In our sinful state we are cursed and under judgement. If our sin is not atoned for, we are subject to God’s condemnation, which is an existence of suffering and separation from the goodness of God, in hell, forever.
God’s Work of Salvation. By God’s grace, He restores sinners. By Christ’s death on the cross, He transfers God’s wrath for sin onto Christ, and imputes Christ’s righteousness onto sinners. In Christ’s resurrection, those who are in Him are also resurrected. This work of salvation is entirely God’s grace. No one can achieve right standing with God apart from the way God has provided in Christ and under God’s enlivening work within them. The way to God is by faith in Christ, without which it is impossible to please God. Not all will believe, but to those who do, belong God’s promise, namely, release from the penalty, power, and presence of sin and a restored relationship with God to enjoy Him, together with His people, forever.
The role of the Church. The Church consists of all those throughout time who put their faith in Christ. It is corporate and unified in the Holy Spirit to worship and serve Christ, for whom it is the bride, and Christ the bridegroom. The church is God’s chosen instrument of gospel proclamation and service to the world, commissioned to preach the gospel to all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In the church believers find encouragement, strength, and wholeness, leading to their own Christian maturity, increased edification of the body of Christ, and the greater glorification of God.
Gender & Sexual Ethics. By God’s design, people are created male and female, with distinct, complementary gender. God instituted marriage as the union of one man to one woman for life. Marriage is the sole pattern revealed in scripture in which God blesses sexual oneness and child-bearing. Nevertheless, by God’s grace, there is no human situation, no matter how out-of-alignment from His design, that is beyond His restorative power.