(Adapted and summarized from The Austin Stone Community Church’s Full Affirmation of Faith.)
The Bible is the Word of God
The Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
There is One True, Good, and Living God
There is one true, good, and living God who is of one substance, power, and eternal purpose yet eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
God Created All Things
God created all things visible and invisible for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness. Both Adam and Eve were created equally in the image of God and without sin.
Adam and Eve Sinned
Adam and Eve sinned in eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God.
God, by His providence and eternal counsel, chose some persons to life and salvation before the foundation of the world. Whoever comes by the drawing of God through the invoking of the Holy Spirit Jesus Christ will not cast out.
Lord Jesus Christ
Our Lord Jesus Christ, was fully God, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died a vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, rose in bodily form, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return personally in power and glory.
The Holy Spirit Empowers Spiritual Gifts
The Holy Spirit empowers spiritual gifts as God wills to His children. These gifts are designed to testify to the presence of the Kingdom and distributed to equip the saints for worship and ministry to build up the body of Jesus Christ.
The Church consists of all who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation and is the spiritual body of Christ. This includes all the redeemed of the ages: believers from among all peoples from every tribe, tongue, and nation.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are significant expressions of salvation, worship, and submission to God for the believer.
The call and holy privilege of every child of God and of all churches of Jesus Christ is to go and make disciples of the nations.
Heaven and Hell
Heaven is a real place of eternal blessedness prepared by God for those who have been saved by grace through the shed blood of Christ. We believe that Hell is a real place of eternal suffering for those whose names are not written in the book of life.
Return of the Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom.