We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful mankind (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our salvation through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Rom. 3:24; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).
Why this is important:
Jesus, the God-Man, is the unique revelation of God and the Savior of God’s children. He declares Himself to be the only way to the Father (John 14:6). Because Jesus is sinless, His death perfectly satisfied God’s justice and atoned for the sins of all who trust in Him.
This reality calls us to a life of mission to minister to those whom He sought (Is. 61:1-3). We see ourselves as deserving nothing yet receiving everything necessary to have a right relationship with the Father through the work of the Son. As Jesus initiates a relationship with us, so He calls us to initiate relationships with the lost. He demonstrated His love towards us while we were yet sinners, and this compels us to follow the same pattern and walk as He walked in the pursuit of the lost. Our motivation to love and serve the world and our desire to live a life worthy of the calling to which we were called comes from understanding the beauty of Jesus.