Marriage, Family and Sexuality

a.) Humanity and Gender - We affirm all men and women are created in the image of God; are of equal worth before God yet distinct in role and function; and masculinity and femininity are not aspects of the fallen order to be overcome but part of what God declared from the beginning to be very good. We deny any person is insignificant; that gender is a product of environment, nurture, culture, or neutral; or that gender can/should be rejected, altered, or changed.

Genesis 1:27, 31; 3:1-15; Romans1:16, 3:23; Hebrews 13:4

b.) Marriage - We affirm, as taught in the Old Testament, New Testament and by Jesus, marriage is a God created and ordained one flesh covenantal union between one man and one woman, who cleave to one another sexually, emotionally, and relationally; for the benefit of society, the glory of God and the re-enactment of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We deny that any redefinition of marriage (i.e. civil union) by government, culture or individuals is consistent with God’s design for marriage or will be recognized as a biblical marriage by this church.

Gen 1:26,27; Matt 5:30-33, 19:4-9, Mark 10:6-9; Eph 5:22-32; Heb 13:1-5

c.) Sex - We affirm God created sex to be good for God’s glory; the mutual benefit of a man and woman in biblical marriage, the purpose of procreation; and all sexual activity outside of biblical marriage (fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bestiality, incest, pornography) is sin; a product of the fall; part of our predisposed sin nature; and contrary to God’s design. We deny freedom from sexual sin is possible by the mere will of man or impossible by the power of the Spirit.

Lev 18:22, 20:13; Rom 1:26-28; 1 Cor 6:17-20, 7:2; 1 Tim 1:8-11; Heb 13:1-5; Jude 1:5-8

d.) Family - We affirm the family was created and designed by God, imaging his relationship with people; is the foundational institution of society composed of persons related to one another through biblical marriage, blood and/or adoption; that the biblical pattern and ideal is one father, one mother, united in biblical marriage, and any children; that children should honor, obey, and submit to parents for this is pleasing to the Lord; and parents are to lovingly care for, teach and bring up children in the knowledge and fear of Christ. We deny the God ordained construction of a family can be culturally or civically redefined and that any abuse of children (verbal, sexual, physical, psychological, or emotional) is pleasing to God or reflects his loving character.

Gen 1:26-28, Ex 20:12; Deut 6:6,7; Psalm 127:3-5; Prov 22:6; Eph 6:1-4; Col 3:20; 1 Tim 5:8; 2 Tim 1:5; Titus 1:6, 2:4  

e.) Divorce - We affirm marriage is for life, marital reconciliation should be pursued (even after divorce) for God’s glory, the benefit of the family, and the gospel of Jesus Christ; and divorce is sin. We deny a marriage ending in divorce is ever pleasing to God; displays his character and the gospel; is ever beyond the hope of reconciliation; is worse than others sins; or is unforgivable.

Gen 1:26-28; Deut 24:1-4,; Mal 2:16; Matt 5:30-33,19:4-9, Mark 10:2-12; Rom 7:2; 1 Cor 6:17-20, 7:10-15

f.) Abortion - We affirm children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing from God; have dignity, value, and worth; are created in God’s image; and abortion is the killing of children, a rejection of God’s design and character, and is sin. We deny terminating the life of an unborn child is pleasing to God, is worse than other sins, or that it is an unforgivable sin, beyond the mercy and grace of Jesus.

Gen 4:8-11; Ex 2:15-20; 20:13; Psalm 139:13-16; Matt 19:14

g.) Sexual Sin And The Gospel - We affirm every person, regardless of sin, must be shown compassion, love, kindness, and dignity as one created in God’s image; can be redeemed, restored and freed by God from sexual sin through repentance and faith in the gospel of Jesus, receiving mercy, forgiveness and salvation; and who is a follower of Jesus has the power of the Spirit to reject temptations of sin and walk in obedience. We deny hateful and harassing behavior, attitudes or speech directed towards a person in sexual sin is in accordance with scripture, the doctrines of this church, and the heart of God; that sexual sin is worse than others sins; that sexual sin is un-forgivable; that temptation is sin; or that sinful sexual temptation is impossible to reject for a follower of Jesus.

Gen 2:4-24; 3:1-15, Rom 1:18-32, 1 Cor 6:9-20, 10:12-14, 1 Tim1:8-11, Heb 4:14-16, James 5:15-16, 1 Peter 1:14–16; 1 John 1:6-10

h.) Sexuality And The Church - We affirm that the Bible’s teaching on marriage, family, divorce or sexual sin are authoritative; anyone wishing to be in/maintain membership, to be in/maintain employment or serve as a volunteer in this church must be in agreement with our statement of faith and pursue obedience and conformity to God’s standards for sexuality, marriage and the family; and confronting anyone in sexual sin with an invitation to repent, turn from their sin and believe the gospel is loving, kind and compassionate. We deny that the Bible’s teaching on marriage, family, or sexual sin are not relevant today; anyone living in sexual sin is a member in good standing of this church; and sharing the truth revealed in God’s word regarding marriage, family divorce or sexuality or inviting others to repent and believe the gospel is unkind, hateful or bigoted speech.

We affirm the pastor(s) of this church are not to conduct or participate in any marriage ceremony that violates their conscience or the biblical standards of marriage. We deny the use of our facility for the performance, celebration or activities of marital unions not in conformity to the biblical standards of marriage or to anyone who is not a member of this church.

Rom 1:18-32; 1 Cor 5:1-13; 2 Tim 4:1-5; Heb 13:4)