Statement of Faith
The Friends International Statement of Faith
The various clauses of this statement are intended to be consistent with the chief confessions of faith of the churches in the British Isles, such as The Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England and the Westminster Confession. All staff and Trustees of Friends International are required to agree with and sign this basis of faith on appointment, and thereafter at yearly intervals.
The basis of faith shall be the fundamental truths of Christianity, as revealed in Holy Scripture, including:
a) the unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead;
b) the sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement;
c) the divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct;
d) the universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the fall, rendering all subject to God’s wrath and condemnation;
e) the full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God; His virgin birth and His real and sinless humanity; His death on the cross, His bodily resurrection and His present reign in heaven and earth;
f) redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of our representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only Mediator between God and people;
g) justification as God’s act of undeserved mercy, in which sinners are pardoned all their sins, and accepted as righteous in God’s sight, only because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to them, this justification being received by faith alone;
h) the need for the Holy Spirit to make the work of Christ effective to the individual sinner, granting them repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ
i) the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all those thus regenerated, producing in them an increasing likeness to Christ in character and behaviour, and empowering them for their witness in the world;
j) the one holy universal Church, which is the Body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong;
k) the future personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge all people, executing God’s just condemnation on the impenitent and receiving the redeemed to eternal glory.