SVCA IS A CHRISTIAN CHURCH
We are sinners saved by grace, beloved children of God, and a priesthood called by God. We firmly believe and uphold:
We believe the Bible is given by inspiration of God, and is infallible; it contains the revelation of God’s will and His perfect salvation for man; it is the ultimate authority and guiding principle for our Christian faith and living.
We believe God is the One and only true God and is the triune God who is personified as the Holy Father, the Holy Son, and the Holy Spirit respectively.
We believe the Holy Father, Almighty God, is the beginning and the end of all creation; all is of Him, by Him, and for Him.
We believe the Holy Son Jesus Christ is both true God and true Man. He was born by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary; He obeyed the will of the Father God and died on the cross as an atonement for sinners, the righteous substituted for the unrighteous so that because of His precious blood all who believe may be justified. According to the Scriptures Christ rose from the dead on the third day, thus destroying the devil who held the power of death; He ascended on high, led captivity captive, and is now seated on the right hand of the Father God. Christ is the sole Mediator between God and man, and only through Him may believers enter the presence of the Father. He will come again to establish His Kingdom of glory.
We believe the Holy Spirit is God. After His ascension Jesus Christ sent the Holy Spirit, as promised by the Father, to the world, who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; all who believe in Jesus Christ receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and are baptized by the Spirit into the Body of Christ; He is the Comforter for believers, who leads believers into the truth, and gives all spiritual gifts to build up the Church.
We believe humanity is fallen and sinful. The first man Adam, who was made in the image of God, had sinned and fallen into judgment; through him sin and death entered into himself and all his descendants. As a result, all man needs salvation for he cannot save himself from the punishment and dominion of sin.
We believe humans are saved by God's grace. God, out of His mercy and loving kindness, has prepared for man a savior Jesus Christ; through His redemption all who believe in Jesus Christ are justified by God and receive eternal life.
We believe salvation is only through Christ. Owing to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again; and a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely essential to salvation, and only those thus saved are children of God. We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Christ.
We believe eternity is how long we were created to exist with God. We will either be separated from Him by sin, or with Him through the forgiveness He freely offers in Jesus. To be separated from God eternally is hell. To be with Him eternally is heaven. (John 3:16; 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)
We believe the Church is the Body of Christ. Christ is the head of the Church, and the Church is the Body of Christ, the fullness of Him that fills all in all; all who are saved are baptized through one Spirit into one Body, worshiping and serving God according to the will of God and with the gifts received, testifying for Jesus Christ “the Word became flesh”, carrying out the Great Commission, living out the Great Commandment, building up the Body of Christ, until the return of Christ.
WHAT ABOUT MARRIAGE & SEXUAL IDENTITY?
Due to recent controversies, concerns and confusion in culture and churches our country, we think we need to clearly state our beliefs on these issues. We welcome all, we welcome dialogue, and we're always free to discuss with you in person our beliefs and how we came to them.
We believe and accept that marriage is according to the Bible the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of one biological man and one biological woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and a biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child.
We believe and accept the Bible's definition of sexual immorality as sexual acts outside of marriage which are prohibited as sinful. Consequently, we must resist and refrain from any and all sexual acts outside of marriage — including cohabitation, adultery, fornication, pornography, polygamy, polyamory, sologamy, or same-sex sexual acts. We don't discriminate - we believe "straight" sexual sins are just as serious and sinful as any other sexual sins.
We believe God designed and defines sexual identity. We believe, according to the Bible, that God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal personal dignity. Consequently, believers are to affirm their biological sex and refrain from any and all attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with their created predominant biological sex — including but not limited to elective sex-reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or non-binary “genderqueer” acts or conduct. We don't believe that the temptation or struggle with these identities are themselves elf sinful.
We believe God does not approve of same-sex acts or romantic relationships. We believe God created and ordered human sexuality to be between one man and one woman in a committed, covenantal marriage relationship. We believe the Bible is clear that same-sex acts are sinful and violate God's design for human sexuality. We believe that we must affirm the sexual complementarity of man and woman and resist the temptations to same-sex sexual attractions and refrain from any and all same-sex sexual acts or conduct, which are all intrinsically disordered, no matter how much the world sees them as loving, committed, and normal. Here too, we don't believe that the temptation or struggle with these attractions are themselves sinful.
We believe we are all fallen and all can be redeemed by Christ. We believe this includes our sexual redemption. We know that according to the Bible all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Through Christ, redemption, forgiveness, and spiritual cleansing is available for all sins, including all sexual ones.
We believe all are welcome in God's house. Though we might disagree with certain lifestyles, we as Christians will gladly welcome and treat with respect, compassion, and sensitivity anyone who comes into our community, including anyone who conducts or struggles with sexually immoral acts, sexual lifestyle issues, and sexual or gender identity.