By Pastor Paul Clairville
I believe in God Almighty, Ruler, Sustainer, Guide and Judge of all life, who
creates and oversees all things no matter how large, no matter how small.
believe that God being all powerful, freely created the world in all of its
beauty through the power of God's Word. Into this world God placed man and
woman, both equal in relationship to each other and in relationship and
submission to Almighty God.
I believe however, that man and woman decided as
prideful creatures to break relationship with God and so to fall from grace into
the state of sin.
I believe that God freely draws to Himself all who would
trust in Him, in the power of salvation bought by the son, Jesus Christ. Who, in
the mystery that is God, was fully human and fully divine. Jesus Christ lived
with humankind, taught, loved, ate, drank, and died. After three days in the
glory of the resurrection He arose! Through our identification with Jesus' death
and resurrection we are created anew, radically altered in our soul and thus
changed in our nature. God's Word tells us that this transformation can only
take place through Christ altering our soul. This is not something that we do,
it is something that we bow to.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the sustainer of
life, who fills us with the power of God, illumines the Word, renews the people,
works for judgment and salvation, calls the people of God into fellowship, and
points toward God's absolute power and sovereignty. The Holy Spirit walks with
us in the ongoing process of orienting our lives to God's will.
I believe in
the Word of God as written and contained in the books of the Old and New
Testaments. The Word of God as scripture is the authoritative witness to the
revelation of God. The Bible is to be interpreted in the full light of God's
reconciling act of Christ, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and informed
by historical and cultural truths.
I believe that since the nature of the
trinity is community in perfect love, the reality of God among us will be seen
not primarily in right doctrines (important as they are) but in the Church
(imperfect as it is) which is God's called community of love and truth. The
Spirit gives believers in God the power to be Jesus' representatives. Speaking
the truth in love to all people, so that sometimes the Christian faith resembles
"spiritual chemotherapy." In the Church, God's people are baptized, celebrate at
the table, fellowship together, work for the reconciliation of the world, hold
one another accountable for right action and look with certain hope and joy
toward Christ's coming again to complete God's kingdom on earth. All of these
duties are done in the power of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God Almighty.
Happily married for
our Pastor and
his lovely wife,
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