This BPC Statement of Faith is adapted from The Dubuque Declaration which was adopted in 1983 by the Board of Directors of United Church People for Biblical Witness.
- We confess our faith in the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We confess that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man. Because of our sin and estrangement from God, at the Father’s bidding the Son of God took on flesh. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, He became like us in all things apart from sin. He died on the cross to atone for our sins and reconcile us to God and on the third day rose bodily from the dead. He is the sole head of the church, the Lord and Savior of us all, and will one day return in glory, power, and judgment to usher in the kingdom of God in its fullness.
- We believe that the Christian Holy Scriptures were written by the human authors under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that the Scriptures are an inerrant account of God’s dealings with mankind, and that the Scriptures are the final authoritative Word of God for all people concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind. All other sources of knowledge stand under the judgment of the Word of God.
- We affirm that the central content of the Scriptures is the gospel of reconciliation and redemption through the atoning sacrifice of Christ and his glorious resurrection from the grave. The good news is that we are saved by the grace of God alone, the grace revealed and fulfilled in the life and death of Jesus Christ, which is received only by faith. Yet this faith does not remain alone but gives rise to works of piety, mercy, and justice in the lives of Christians. The Holy Spirit, who spoke through the prophets and apostles, calls us today, as in the past, to seek justice and peace for all races, peoples, and nations.
- We confess as our own the faith embodied in the great ecumenical and Reformation creeds and confessions, finding them in basic conformity with the teaching of the Holy Scriptures.
- We confess that the mission of the church is to bear witness to God’s law and gospel in our words and deeds. We are sent into the world as disciples of Christ to glorify God in every area of life and to bring all peoples into unforced submission to the Lordship of Christ, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We seek to obey this commission in the full assurance that our Lord and Savior is with us always, even to the end of the age.
- We believe that our commitment to follow the teachings of the Holy Scriptures compels us to assert that all human life from conception to natural death is sacred and is created by God in His image, and that we are called to defend, protect, and value all human life.
- Because God has specifically ordained marriage in the Scriptures and defined it as the covenant between one man, one woman, and God himself; we will only recognize, solemnize, and host marriages between a man and a woman who desire to publicly bear witness to the fact that they are created male and female in the image of God and are seeking God’s blessing on their marriage (Gen 1: 27-28).