Articles of Faith

Our Articles of Faith are based on certain verses from the Bible that are relevant to this and other sites within the Christian Network. Please read them as these statements portray our beliefs.

What qualities do you want in a husband or wife? Why are spiritual qualities more important than physical appearance? What qualities should each of us develop (whether or not we are already married) that will make us a good husband or wife?

What does Esau's choice of wives tell us about his priorities? (See Genesis 26:34-35; 28:6-9.) What can we learn about Jacob from his efforts to marry? (See Genesis 28:1-5; 29:1-28. One thing we can learn is that marriage was very important to Jacob. He made a long journey to find a faithful woman to marry. He then worked for Laban for seven years before marrying Rachel and continued to work for him afterward.) How can we show that marrying in our faith is important to us?

President Howard W. Hunter said: "Let us plan for and teach and plead with our children to marry in the house of the Lord. Let us reaffirm more vigorously than we ever have in the past that it does matter where you marry and by what authority you are pronounced man and wife" (in Conference Report, Oct. 1994, 118; or Ensign, Nov. 1994, 88).

President Kimball continued: "Clearly, right marriage begins with right dating. A person generally marries someone from among those with whom he " socializes. Therefore, this warning comes with great emphasis. Do not take the chance of dating nonmembers, or members who are untrained and faithless. A girl may say, 'Oh, I do not intend to marry this person. It is just a "fun" date.' But one cannot afford to take a chance on falling in love with someone who may never accept the gospel. True, a small percentage have finally been baptized after marrying Church members. " They are our blessed minority. " But the majority did not join the Church and " friction, frustration and divorce marked a great many of their marriages" (The Miracle of Forgiveness, 241-42).

Article of Faith # 1

We believe in one true God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit infinite, eternal and co-existent in majesty, power, glory, and holiness, worthy of all honor, praise and worship as Creator and sustainer of all things in the Universe both visible and invisible.

Scriptures:

Colossians 1:16. “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”

Philippians 2:10-11. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Exodus 4:31. “And they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.”

Article of Faith # 2

We believe in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and His redemptive work on the cross. Jesus is the only source of salvation through belief in His finished work of death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. His offer of salvation as a free gift extends to all who call upon Him by faith.

Scriptures:

Romans 3:10, 23. “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one.” “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Romans 5:8. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 10:9-13. “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

John 3:16-18. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

Article of Faith # 3

We believe in the literal return of Jesus Christ to claim His own who belong to Him and to judge those who have actively and/or passively rejected him.

Scriptures:

John 14:1-6. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

1 Thessalonians 4:14-18. “We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”

2 Thessalonians 2. “Not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come.”

Article of Faith # 4

We believe that "the greatest between faith, hope and love is LOVE".

Scriptures:

I Corinthians 13:4-7. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

I Corinthians 13:13. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Article of Faith # 5

We believe in prayers.

Scriptures:

Psalm 25:16-21. "Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish. Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. See how my enemies have increased and how fiercely they hate me! Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you.”

Psalm 20:1-5. “May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans, succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.”

Article of Faith # 6

We believe in dating only with intention of a possible marriage. We DO NOT believe in sexual immorality; if you cannot keep your morality staying single, then you should marry.

Scriptures:

I Corinthians 6:18-20. "Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside of his body, but he who sins sexually, sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body".

I Corinthians 7:8-9. “Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. But if they can not control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”

Article of Faith #7

We believe in staying connected with the Church. Are you connected with your present Church?

Article of Faith #8

We believe in constant self-improvement. What does the word of God says about Anger, Arguing, Arrogance, Complaining, Fights, and Boasting? What do you do for self-improvement?

Scriptures:

Ephesians 4:31-32. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Philippians 2:14-16. “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life - in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.”

1 Corinthians 4:18-21. “Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you. But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?”

James 4:1-3. “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you can not have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

James 4:13-17. “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and does not do it, sins.”

Article of Faith #9

We believe in encouraging others by giving gifts and flowers and by being generous. We also believe in spiritual gifts of each individual and gifts that our heavenly father has given to us to be used for helping others.

Scriptures:

Romans 12:6-8. “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

1 Corinthians 12:7-11. “Now to each one the manifestation of the spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given the spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.”

Article of Faith #10

We believe in staying committed to your marriage and not divorce your spouse. We also believe in no sex prior to marriage.

Scriptures:

1 Corinthians 7:2-5. “But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”

1 Corinthians 7:8-10. “Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. But if they can not control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.”

1 Corinthians 7:27-28. “Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned.”

1 Corinthians 7:39. “A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.”

Mark 10:2, 6-9. “…Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?...At the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

Mark 10:11-12. “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”

Article of Faith #11

We believe in building our Christian teenagers’ foundation according to our creator. We believe in helping our teens to make friends, so that in the future they multiply through a Godly marriage.

Scriptures:

John 15:5-8. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers, such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

John 15:16-17. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.”

Luke l4:28-30. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.”

Article of Faith #12

We believe in predestination.

Scriptures:

Ephesians 1:11. “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”

Article of Faith #13

We believe that God is with you every step of the way and you will find what you are searching for in life, but in God’s timing, not yours.

Scriptures:

2 Peter 1:3-l0. “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall.”

Article of Faith #14

We believe that you ought to continuously re-think your expectations.

Scriptures:

Philippians 4:6-7. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:9, 11-13. “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” “…be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

Article of Faith #15

We believe the element of fear should never enter in the process of remarriage, making friends or companionship. We believe that whatever happens, fear shall not be in you.

Scriptures:

Matthew 10:26-28. "So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but can not kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell."

Philippians 1:27-30. "Whatever happens, conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come to see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved-and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.”

Philippians 2:34. "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus."

Romans 9:31. "What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?"

Article of Faith #16

We believe that the spirit that lives in you makes your hope every day.

Scriptures:

Romans 8:24-27. “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words can not express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”

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