We believe that all persons are made in the image of God with a capacity to make moral choices, and given the responsibility to manage creation. God desires all human life to begin in families where husband and wife are covenanted together under God for life.
Image of God. God created males and females as his image-bearers. We are flesh and blood representatives on earth of the invisible God in heaven. Human beings are wonderfully complex creations of body, mind, will, emotions, and soul. As image-bearers of God, all people deserve respect and possess worth. The dignity and value we see in a person is based on God’s value, and not on the person’s quality of relationships, morality, spirituality, knowledge, or physical abilities.
Ge 1:26-28, 31; 2:7; 9:6; Ps 8:4-5; 139:13-16; Ac 10:28; Col 3:10-11; Jas 3:9-10
Moral choices. God created persons with the freedom of moral choice. Freedom of moral choice increases personal responsibility for faith and obedience, hope and work, love and compassion. However, human freedom is limited by the sovereign will of God. We are truly free when making choices in obedience to God and fulfilling God’s purposes. Honest relationships with God and others involve the risks and rewards of choices freely made. Human freedom is best expressed in love for God and neighbour.
Ge 2:15-17; Jos 24:14-15; Isa 1:16-20; Hab 2:4; Mk 12:30-31; Ro 12:1-2; Heb 11
Manage creation. The earth is the LORD’s. God’s creation is intended as a gift for all creatures, a home for people, a place of blessing, and a land of peace. God blessed Adam and Eve in the garden with food, space, and fertility. With the gift comes God’s call to be fruitful and responsible in creation. Obedience to God invites blessings on creation, but disobedience to God turns creation against us. As a result, we do good work, make wise decisions, and lead sensible lifestyles in expressing our thanks for God’s gracious gifts.
Gen 1:26; 2:4-25; 9:2; Nm 35:33-34; Deut 28; Lev 25; Ps 8:6-8; 24:1; Col 3:17
Family. God intended that marriage be a lifetime covenant where one man and one woman would leave their parents to form a stable, unified, and intimate relationship. God designed the family where parents would provide for the physical and spiritual needs of children. The family was designed for welcoming children, showing respect for elders, and blessing single persons. Parents are called to teach their children to know and serve God. Christians are called to live as brothers and sisters in the family of God, and especially to care for persons without family connections.
Gen 1:26-28; 2:18-25; Deut 6:6-9; Ps 127:3-5; Matt 19:3-9; 25:35-45; 1 Cor 7:32-35; Eph 5:21-33; Col 3:18-21; 1 Pet 5:5; 1 Tim 5:8
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