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The Statement of Faith of the Christian Teen Forums reflects the teachings of the Bible which has stood the test of history and experience. We specifically affirm the following doctrinal truths:

The Bible is God's Holy Word. It was written by men, inspired by God, and is without error in all that it intends to affirm. All Scripture is true and trustworthy. It is the sole authority for living and Christian beliefs. Psalm 119:105; Romans 15:4; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16.

There is only one living and true God. He is the Creator, Preserver, Redeemer, and Ruler of the universe. He is all places, all powerful, all knowing, and all good. He has revealed Himself to be faithful, holy, pure, loving, just, and merciful. God is one God, but exists in Trinity. He is eternally existent in three distinct Persons who are co-equal, co-eternal, and co-divine: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. None of these persons are the others, but each of the persons is God. Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 3:20

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He is fully God, and fully Man, of two distinct natures. He was born of the virgin Mary and lived a perfect, sinless life. Because He was without sin, He died on a cross to atone for the sins of all human beings. He was buried, He was bodily resurrected, and He ascended into heaven where He is currently enthroned at God's right hand as our Intercessor and the Lord of heaven and earth. He rules over the universe and will one day return literally to earth. Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 53:5-6; John 1:1-5; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:13

Man was created in the image and likeness of God by a sovereign, creative work of God. In the beginning, man was innocent of sin. But through Adam's disobedience, the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became separated from God. Thus by man's disobedience came both physical and spiritual death. Man is sinful in nature and choice, and by himself is unable to remedy his lost condition. Genesis 1:26-27; Isaiah 53:6; Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3

Those who repent of their sins and trust in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are spiritually new creations. They will receive the gift of eternal life. This salvation is acquired, as the apostle Paul says, "by grace, through faith, not of works, lest any man should boast," and is based entirely on the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross and His victorious resurrection. By God's will, the Lord Jesus will lose none of those who by faith are His, and they will inherit eternal life to know God and spend eternity with Him. Those who reject Jesus and die in their sins will instead face eternal condemnation. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

We recognize that Jesus has commanded for His Church the rite of baptism regarding union with Christ in His death and resurrection, and forgiveness of sins, following after the pattern set by Jesus and the apostles as they baptized and were baptized.
Matthew 3:15-17; Acts 2:36

The Church is the body of all believers who by faith are united with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ, and who gather for worship, service, fellowship, and spiritual growth. Jesus Christ is the spiritual head of His Church, and He has provided His Church for the advance of the kingdom of God, the evangelism of the world, and the spiritual edification of every believer by unity with other believers.
Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:27-29; Colossians 1:17-19

Every Christian should live for Christ and not for himself. By increasing obedience to the Word of God, believers should mature and become more like Jesus. Believers should live a holy life and not use their liberty in Christ as an occasion for sinful expression. Though we will continue to sin as Christians, we should strive to life a holy life free from sin, to exercise our spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ and be witnesses for Him. Every Christian also has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. We who trust in Christ can have assurance of salvation by the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Romans 13:13-14; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:14-16; Hebrews 7:19; Hebrews 7:19; Titus 2:11-15

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