Faith Affirmations

1.   Richland would affirm belief in one living and true God, both holy and loving, eternal, unlimited in power, wisdom, and goodness, the creator and preserver of all things.  Within this unity, there are three persons of one essential nature, power and eternity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

2.   Richland would affirm belief that Jesus Christ the Son suffered on the cross that He died but rose again on the third day and now sits at the Father’s right hand until He returns to judge every person on the last day.

3.   Richland would affirm belief in the Holy Spirit and the third person of the Godhead who comes to dwell within believers, sanctifying (conforming them more to the image of Jesus Christ) them and guiding them into all truth.

4.   Richland would affirm that all persons are created in the image of God but because of Adam’s sin, inherit original sin which corrupts our nature and causes us to live in rebellion to God.

5.   Richland would affirm belief that the 66 books of the Bible are the inspired and infallibly written Word of God and contain all truth necessary to salvation.

6.   Richland would affirm belief that all men who repent of their sin and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ are justified by faith.

7.   Richland would affirm belief that Jesus Christ ordained two sacraments, the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.

8.   Richland would affirm that Jesus declared the two greatest commandments to be ‘. . . You shall love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength’ and ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ (Mark 12:30-31).  We would further affirm that a Christian is called to live for the Glory of God and wellbeing of his fellow man by living out his/her life of faith by the power and strength of the indwelling Holy Spirit.


9.  Richland would affirm belief that Jesus Christ will return to earth a second time.  Heaven, with its eternal glory and blessedness of God’s presence, is the final home of those who have trusted Jesus Christ alone as Savior.  Hell, with its everlasting misery and separation from God, is the final home of those who neglect this great salvation offered by Jesus Christ.