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Statement of Faith

There are many wonderful teachings in the Bible over which Christian scholars have different understandings and interpretations. This Statement of Faith is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all that is important to believers. SDCH’s statement of Faith only includes those truths which are essential to the belief of all true Christians (Ephesians 4:4-6) and distinguish true believers from non-believers. Doctrinal issues should not hinder our common faith in Jesus Christ through which we are bound.

We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired Word of God. It is the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. (Psalms 12:6; 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21;)

We believe in one true God, the Creator of heaven and earth and Ruler of all. He is eternally existent in three persons, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-5; 2 Corinthians 13:14 )

We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God who, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life. He offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by shedding His blood and dying on the cross. He was buried and on the third day rose again to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God. He will return again to judge the living from the dead and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

We believe The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, the ability to understand spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. (John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13)

We believe man was created in the image of God but through Adam’s sin, death entered the world and humans were separated from God and left in a fallen and sinful condition. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 2:26-27; 3:6; 3:14-19; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-3 )

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace, not by our own works, and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. (John 3:16 Ephesians 2:8-10)

We believe that children belong to God, who has given the responsibility and authority for their training and education to their parents. (Proverbs 22:6; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:4)