UPIS

Statement of Faith


1) ON THE REVELATION OF SCRIPTURE

We believe that the Bible, consisting of the sixty-six (66) books of the Old and New Testaments, is verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, is inerrant in the original manuscripts, and is the infallible and authoritative Word of God. It is the complete, sufficient and final word of God to man and the only sufficient and certain rule of all saving knowledge. As such, it is to be believed, obeyed and trusted above all words of man.

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11, 89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

2) ON THE GODHEAD or TRINITY

We believe that there is only one living and true God. He eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the same in essence, equal in power and glory, without division. These three know, love and glorify one another. We believe that God, who is infinitely perfect, by His spoken Word and for His own glory, created the heavens and earth out of nothing.

Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 20:1ff.; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; Isaiah 45:21,22; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26;10:30, 38; 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:5,6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17.

3) ON GOD THE FATHER

We believe that God the Father loves the world, gave Christ to be its Savior and is the Father of all (and only all) who believe on Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

Isaiah 43:3; 64:8; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; John 1:12; 8:42-44;14:6-13; 17:1-8; Romans 8:14-15; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Hebrews 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 4:14.

4) ON GOD THE SON

We believe that God the Son became incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the Virgin Mary. He is truly God and truly man, and lived a perfect, sinless life. All His teachings and utterances are true.

We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, shed His blood and died for the sins of the whole world, according to the Scriptures, as a substitutionary sacrifice. He is the only mediator between God and man.

We believe that the crucified body of Christ was raised from the dead, according to the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and He sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53:1-12; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23- 26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21- 25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

5) ON GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person. He is the divine author of the Scriptures. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the divine agent of regeneration, and in this applies salvation to all God's people. He indwells all genuine believers, and baptizes them into the body of Christ, sealing them for salvation at the time of their conversion. The Holy Spirit enables the believer to understand the Scriptures. He empowers believers for godly living, and He equips them for witness and service. The evidence of the Holy Spirit's presence is seen in these works of the Spirit in the believer, not in the existence or expression of certain sign gifts.

Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18- 19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13- 14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 22:17.

6) ON THE ROLES OF MEN AND WOMEN

Both Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, equal before God as persons and distinct in their manhood and womanhood.

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments attest to the equally high value and dignity which God has attached to the distinct roles of men and women. While they are made to complement one another, they are not interchangeable in their God-given functions. Each has distinctive roles reflecting the loving relationship between Christ and the church. These distinctive roles are grounded in creation, wherein Adam’s headship was established by God before the Fall and was not a result of sin.

The distinctive Pastor / Elder role in the church, in particular, is given to godly men only. Both the Old and New Testament affirm this principle of male headship. However, we also affirm that both men and women receive calls to ministry in varied aspects, and both are used by God in amazing ways for the advancement of the kingdom of Christ. This call to ministry should always be based on biblical criteria which is the authority in the testing of any subjective sense of calling.

Gen 1:26-27, 2:16-18, 21-24; 3:1-19; 1 Cor 11:2-16; Gal 3:28,29; Eph 5:21-33; Col 3:18-19; 1 Tim 2:11-15; 3:1-13; Tit 1:5-9; 2:3-5; 1 Pet 3:1-7.

7) ON HUMANITY AND THE FALL

We believe that the human race was created in the image of God. Through the temptation of Satan, Adam sinned, and thereby fell from his original holiness and righteousness and incurred spiritual death (separation from God) as well as physical death. Consequently, all people are born with a sinful nature, which is enmity toward and alienation from God and His law. All people are totally corrupted in every aspect of their being (physically, mentally, volitionally, emotionally and spiritually), sinful in thought, word and deed, and absolutely, irrevocably condemned to death apart from God's own gracious intervention in His Son Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1:5; 8:3-6; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Matthew 16:26; John 3:18; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-19,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 8:14-18,29,30; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.

8) ON SATAN

We believe in the existence of Satan who as a created angel became the author of sin. He and evil angelic powers have all been judged by God in the death and resurrection of Christ due to their rebellion against God.

Genesis 3:1-15; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 4:1-11; Matthew 25:41; Romans 16:20; Revelation 12:1-14; Revelation 20:10.

9) ON SALVATION AND PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

We believe that salvation is not by works, but by God's free and special grace alone, through faith in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, our representative and substitute. On the cross He cancelled sin, appeased God's wrath and bore the full penalty of our sins, reconciling to God all those who believe. All who by faith trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit. There is no other way by which a person may be saved, for there is no name under heaven by which men may be saved. All who are truly born again have been given eternal life and shall never perish. Once a sinner has become a "new creature in Christ," he will never lose that new relationship in the family of God, but will persevere to the end. This relationship is based upon Christ's imputed righteousness and not his own, therefore it cannot be lost.

We believe that the gospel (the Good News) of Jesus Christ is not proclaimed if Christ is not proclaimed. Furthermore, the authentic Christ has not been proclaimed if His death and resurrection are not central, or if any addition of works is added to the message, or if this message of justification is presented merely as one choice among others. Additionally, the gospel is invalidated as such if its message is reduced to a simple belief in God or religious things. Without a trust in the saving work of Christ as our only hope for salvation, we remain condemned in our sins, and are to be pitied more than all others.

A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.

B. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God. In justification, the sinner receives the imputation of Christ's righteousness through faith. He does not become sinless. Instead, he does not have his sins counted against him.

C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life. Sanctification is a holy experience for those already regenerated by the Holy Spirit. It does not itself regenerate, cause salvation or establish any grounds of God's approval of that sinner.

D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 6:2-8; Exodus 20:3-17; Leviticus 6:2-5; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Jeremiah 33:15; Ezekiel 36:25,26; Psalm 101:5; Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 5:13-16,43-48; 16:21-26; 22:36-40; 25:35; 27:22-28:6; Mark 1:29-34; 2:3ff.; 10:21; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; 4:18-21; 10:27-37; 20:25; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:15-17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 12-14; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 5:9-10; 6:1-7, 19-20; 7:20-24; 10:23-11:1; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13, 26-28; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 6:5-9; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24- 28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 1:27; 2:8, 14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

10) ON THE CHURCH AND ITS ORDINANCES

We believe that the Lord Jesus is the head of the church, and that the church is the body of Jesus Christ and is a divinely established instrument for the worship of God, the growth of believers and evangelism of the lost. According to God's commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into churches. It is the responsibility of the members of the church to participate in making disciples of Jesus Christ from every people group and to live out their faith with justice and mercy. There are two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which are divinely enjoined upon all believers. They are without saving merit in themselves, but they provide an expression of faith regarding the believer's identification and fellowship with Christ. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water and is done in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is an act of obedience which symbolizes the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. It further symbolizes the believer's death to sin, and the resurrection to newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.

Each New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation. To each of these churches Christ has given the needed authority for administering order, discipline and worship. The biblical offices of the local church are elders/overseers and deacons. The titles of elder/overseer are interchangeable terms and refer to the same office in the Scriptures.

Exodus 19:5-6; Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18- 30, 37-43; 16:15-19; 18:15-20; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20; Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53; John 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3; 14:23, 27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 10:13-15; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14;11:17-24; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:1-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; 2 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 10:24-25; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10; 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 22:17.

11) ON THE RETURN OF CHRIST, THE RESURRECTION AND THE JUDGMENT

Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth at His appointed time and manner. The dead in Christ will be raised, and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, until they are cast into the Lake of Fire, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.


12) ON MISSIONS AND EVANGELISM

It is the mandate of all believers to make disciples of all nations. The missionary endeavor rests upon the very character of God Himself. From Genesis through Revelation it is God who is calling out sinners to Himself. God's divine and ultimate purpose in human affairs is to redeem man back to Himself, so that He would receive the worship due His name. In response to Jesus's last command to His disciples, it is therefore a necessity, a responsibility and a desired privilege of all those who have received new life in Christ to take this message of reconciliation to all nations.

Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-6; Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18- 30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20; Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53; John 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 3:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; Revelation 22:17.