Taken from Willingdon Church Doctrinal Statement and C&MA Doctrinal Statement.
I believe in one God, infinitely perfect, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 44:6; Isaiah 45:5-6; Deut. 32:4; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19
I believe in God the Father, the Creator and Sustainer of this universe, who originally created humankind in His image.
Isaiah 44:6; Isaiah 45:5-6; Deut. 32:4; Gen.1:27
I believe in Jesus Christ, true God and true man, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect life, was crucified for our sins, rose from the dead and was exalted to the right hand of God. I believe Jesus will come again to establish His kingdom of righteousness and peace.
I believe that Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross redeemed humanity from the power of sin, death and eternal punishment.
Philippians 2:6-11; Hebrews 2:17; 4:14-15; Colossians 2:9; Matthew 1:18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; 1 John 2:2
I believe that the Holy Spirit convicts, guides, teaches, rebukes, indwells, empowers, comforts, intercedes, unites believers into one body, and glorifies Christ.
I believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and transforms every believer into the image of Christ. By the means of grace provided by Christ, the believer seeks to grow to maturity as this is expressed particularly in the “fruit of the Spirit.”
John 14:16-17; John 16:7-11; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12
Fall of Man
I believe that man was created in the image of God, sinless and in fellowship with God, with a free will to make moral choices. By sinning he brought death upon the whole human race. As a consequence, all people are sinful by nature, guilty before God and in need of forgiveness and restoration.
Genesis 1:27; Romans 8:8; 1 John 2:2; Rom. 3:23; Heb. 9:27
Salvation comes through faith in Christ
I believe that there is one God and Mediator between God and men, the Man Jesus Christ, who by his substitutionary death has redeemed humanity from the power of sin, death and eternal punishment.
I believe we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, and by faith alone. Those who repent receive forgiveness of sins and by the power of the Holy Spirit are born into the family of God, and, as faithful disciples, joyfully obey God’s Word.
Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb.9:27-28; 1 Jn. 1:9
Return of Christ
I believe that someday Christ will return visibly, personally and bodily. When Christ returns, the dead in Christ will be raised bodily and together with the living believers they will be bodily transformed, and they shall be forever with the Lord. In the end, all evil powers will be defeated and whereas the ungodly shall suffer eternal punishment, the saints shall enjoy eternal bliss in the presence of God.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 Matthew 24:14; Rev. 1:7; John 14:3
I believe that the destiny of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment, but that of the believer is everlasting joy and bliss.
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Rev. 21:4; Rev. 22:1-5
I believe that the church was established through Christ’s redemptive work in history, and that it is comprised of all who put their faith in Him and who are baptized by the Spirit into one body, regardless of nation, race or social class.
I believe that the Gospel is “the power of God unto salvation,” and that the command to make disciples of all nations is the primary task of the church. Every member of the church is called to participate in the mission of the church as he/she is enabled by God’s grace.
Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:10-12; Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2:41-47; Hebrews 10:25;
The Revelation of God
I believe that God has made His power and deity known in creation. He revealed Himself also in word and deed in the Old Testament. He revealed Himself supremely and finally in the Lord Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament.
Romans 1:20; 1 Cor. 1:21; Psalm 119:105
I believe that all Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God as men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit. I accept the entire Bible to be without error in the original writings, the infallible Word of God and the final, complete and authoritative guide for the faith and life of Christian discipleship.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
I believe that God through the Holy Spirit has endowed all His children with gifts for Christian ministries. All are called to use their gifts to build up the body of Christ and to glorify the Lord.
1 Cor. 12:1 1 Cor.12:8-10; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Peter 4:11
Women in Leadership
I believe that women can pastor women within a women’s ministry context.
Titus 2:3-5; Romans 16:1-2 (Phoebe); Acts 18:26 (Priscilla)
I believe that Christians should be baptized in water upon confession of their faith in Christ if they are old enough to understand the spiritual significance of this ordinance.
Mt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:2-6; Col. 2:12-13; 1 Pet. 3:21
Defining Purpose founder Kelly Rader is a published author, certified life coach and internationally sought after Christian keynote speaker for Women’s Ministry & Leadership Training conferences, events and retreats. Involved with Women’s Ministries leadership and training for close to 30 years, she’s dedicated to speaking to women and resourcing them to achieve their goals within the topics of relationships, marriage, parenting, family, divine purpose and Christian living. Kelly is happily married to David for over 27 years, and together have raised 3 wonderful children.