STATEMENT OF FAITH

We, Genesis Church, believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake, he was crucified, suffered death and was buried. On the third day, he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy universal and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

We expound our Christian faith in more detail in these categories:
God
We believe that there is One God who, in a special way, exists eternally in Three distinct Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but the Three are One in essence. We believe that God is a Spirit; He is the Creator who created all visible and invisible things out of nothing.

Jesus Christ
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, the Savior of all people, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, true God and true Man. We believe that Christ died for our sins, was buried and bodily rose again on the third day, and physically appeared to His disciples. We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven where He is exalted at the right hand of the Father. We believe that Christ is personally and bodily coming again in glory to judge all people and to reveal His Kingdom in fullness.

Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is God, the Third Person of the Trinity; He convicts people's hearts and brings them to repentance; He indwells those who confess that Jesus is Lord; He gives gifts to the Church. We believe that the gifts of the Spirit, such as healing, prophesy, speaking in other tongues, and others, are manifested in the Church today as they did in the Early Church; the spiritual gifts are given to various members of the Church to build up the Body of Christ.

Mankind
We believe that first humans, Adam and Eve, were created by God in His image and were originally innocent, but rebelled against God's will and fell into sin. All of their descendants inherit the sinful nature, which hinders them to be fully human, which is to reflect God’s image.

Salvation
We believe that salvation of people comes from God by grace based on the Calvary sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sins of mankind; a person receives salvation through repentance before God by believing the good news and practicing the teaching of Jesus Christ that is recorded in the 27 books of the New Testament.

Sanctification
We believe in the responsibility of every believer to embody the Christian message by doing good works, which form our spiritual being and confirm our salvation. We believe that God calls us to live in holiness and in His will, which we are able to fulfill only with the help of the Holy Spirit and through growing in the knowledge of God.

Church
We believe in the universality and the locality of the Church. The universal Church is the Body of Christ, His Bride, consisting of a multitude of Christians from different traditions, denominations, languages and cultures. The local church is an active cell in the body; every Christian must be planted in a local church for fellowship and service. We believe in the Great Commission for the Church to spread the Gospel and to manifest the Kingdom of God by works of social justice.

Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Scriptures—the Old and New Testaments—are inspired by God, and by Holy Spirit’s revelation they authoritatively witness to the God who revealed Himself in Jesus Christ. We believe that the biblical narrative shapes the faith and lives of Christians, as well as the mission of the Church.

Sacraments
We believe that all who have repented and who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are required to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by means of full immersion into water, according to the commandment of Jesus Christ. In water baptism, believers proclaim to the world their death to sin and resurrection with Christ to the new life. We believe that the Eucharist (Communion), consisting of bread and wine, symbolizes unity of the Church, reminds us about Christ’s sufferings and death, and proclaims His Second Coming; all baptized believers in Christ must participate in the Eucharist “until He comes.”

Church Authority
We believe that Church authority is instituted by God and given to individuals who are endowed by the Spirit for ministry; church members must be respectful and obedient to the authoritative ministers who faithfully take care of God's people.

Biblical Definition of Marriage
We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman instituted by and publicly entered into before God (“Biblical Definition of Marriage”). Because of the longstanding importance of the Biblical Definition of Marriage to humans and their relationships and communities, and, most importantly, the fact that God has ordained that marriage be between one man and one woman, as clearly conveyed in God’s inerrant Scriptures, including for example in Matthew 19:4-6 where in speaking about marriage Jesus referred to the fact that “he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,” the Church hereby creates this policy, which shall be known as the “Marriage Policy.” Under this Church’s Marriage Policy, the Biblical Definition of Marriage is the only definition of marriage that will be recognized or accepted. No elder, officer, employee, servant, agent, or any person, corporation, organization, or entity under the direction or control of this Church shall commit any act or omission or make any decision whatever that would be inconsistent with, or that could be perceived by any person to be inconsistent with, full support of this Church’s Marriage Policy and strict adherence to the Biblical Definition of Marriage rather than any alternative to the Biblical Definition of Marriage. This Church’s Marriage Policy specifically prohibits acts or omissions including but not limited to permitting any Church assets or property, whether real property, personal property, intangible property, or any property or asset of any kind that is subject to the direction or control of the Church, to be used in any manner that would be or could be perceived by any person to be inconsistent with this Church’s Marriage Policy or the Biblical Definition of Marriage, including but not limited to permitting any church facilities to be used by any person, organization, corporation, or group that would or might use such facilities to convey, intentionally or by implication, what might be perceived as a favorable impression about any definition of marriage other than the Biblical Definition of Marriage.

Homosexuality
There is a distinction between one who would identify him/herself as a homosexual, as opposed to one who practices homosexuality. God loves the sinner, but He hates the sinful activity. Rom. 1:18-32; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; &:17; 1 Tim. 1:9-11. Therefore, any person who comes from this sexual background is welcome in the church, so long as he/she chooses to not engage in this practice
and actively seeks a changed life by the power of the risen Lord. He/she cannot be a member until he/she can declare victory over this sin by his/her reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ, being cleansed by His shed blood, and the miracle working, enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

Altering One’s Sexuality
[Transgender – Transsexual – Transvestite]: We believe that any person having had, or is planning to have, modifications to his/her sexual organs resulting in the reclassification of his/her gender; or those unhappy with their sexual identity, who modify their standards of dress, attempt to take on the appearance of the opposite sex, are loved of God just as any other person. But,
as regards their involvement with or membership in this church, the following stipulations shall apply:
If a person has surgically altered his/her body, which God has sovereignly created, he/she must be brought to a place of recognition of having offended God by his/her actions. The same applies for those who, by their manner of dress, attempt to deceive themselves and others as regards to their gender. To qualify for membership, they must experience and confess repentance, [The evidence or fruit of] to their pastor and church Board of Elders. The members of the Board of Elders in turn, having heard their confession of repentance and abiding faith in God for His assistance in their being an over-comer and in their quest for victory over this sin, shall agree to ‘cover in love’ such revelation, and not disclose anything regarding their past actions with the exception of informing future new Elders in the church and on the Board of Elders;
Any person once identified as transsexual or transvestite may continue to attend only so long as the Senior Pastor feels there is progress being made in bringing him/her to repentance. He/she will not be permitted to hold office, or any position of leadership in the church; If anyone who has had his/her body surgically altered desires to pursue membership in the Church, he/she must agree in writing to maintain a life of celibacy, for the sake of the avoidance of confusion; If he/she is already involved in a ‘Married’ relationship, and has experienced a surgical change in his/her sexual identity, other than that directed by the medical profession prior to his/her age of puberty, or having corrected that surgery upon discovery as an adult, he/she is required to agree to immediately cease all such relations, separate, and obtain an annulment.

No marriage ceremony, commitment ceremony, or sanctions of any kind between transsexual or transvestite individuals will be permitted in the Church at any time. All provisions of subsection a) through e) shall apply; Any current church member who expresses a determination to have a surgical procedure to change his/her sexual identity shall be subject to church discipline.

Refusal of individuals to adhere to beliefs made above is not deemed as an indictment condemning the person to a life without the love of God, or a pronouncement against God’s love of such individuals. Any person who comes from this background is welcome in the church so long as he/she chooses to live as a celibate person and actively seeks to live a changed life by the power of
the risen Lord. He/she cannot be a member until he/she can declare victory over this sin by his/her reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ, and acknowledge being cleansed by His shed blood and the miracle working, enabling power of the Holy Spirit. Psalms 10:3,4; Psalms 24: 3,4; Jer 2:21, & 17:9; Rom. 1:18-32; Eph 4:17-24; Heb. 3:7-14; 1 Cor 6:8 & 9; 1 Cor. 6:9.

We believe this Church’s Marriage Policy, Policy on Homosexuality and Altering One’s Sexuality, is based upon God’s will for human life as conveyed to us through the Holy Scriptures upon which this Church has been founded and anchored, and this Marriage Policy shall not be subject to change through popular vote; referendum; prevailing opinion of members or the general public; influence of or interpretation by any government authority, agency, or official action; or legal developments on the local, state, or federal level.