Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel Statement of Faith with Biblical References

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Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel is an ecumenical, non-denominational, Christian church that gathers for worship, the preaching and teaching of Gods Word, and Christian fellowship. Our mission is to glorify God and to proclaim to all that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.

Our chapel is unique in that we do not have membership. We welcome all who would like to worship with us. Our affiliates represent a variety of Christian backgrounds, yet we all are on a journey to know God’s Truth.

God’s Word teaches:

There is one God(1), eternally existent(2) as Father, Son and Holy Spirit(3), our Creator(4), Redeemer (5) and Sustainer(6).

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    • Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
    • John 10:30 I and the Father are one.
    • 1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
    • Ephesians 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
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    • Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
    • Jeremiah 10:10a But Yahweh is the true God; He is the living God and eternal King.
    • 1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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    • Matthew 3:16-17 16 After Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on Him. 17And there came a voice from heaven: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!
    • Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
    • 2 Corinthians 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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    • Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
    • Psalm 102:25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
    • John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
    • Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
    • Colossians 1:15-18 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
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    • Psalm 34:22 The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned. Psalm 130:7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
    • John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
    • Colossians 1:13-14 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
    • Colossians 1:19-20 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
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    • Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
    • Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
    • Hebrews 1:2-3 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
    • Romans 15:16 He (God) gave me (Paul) the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
    • II Thessalonians 2:13 But we ought to thank God for you, …because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
    • I Peter 1:1,2 To God’s elect …who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ … .

 

The Holy Bible of the Old and New Testaments is the divinely inspired and in- fallible Word of God(1) which speaks with final authority concerning truth(2) and reveals His love for the world(3).

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    • 2 Samuel 22:31 “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
    • Matthew 5:18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
    • 1 Thessalonians 2:13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
    •  2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
    • 2 Peter 1:21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
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    • John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
    • John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
    • John 18:37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
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    • Deuteronomy 7:12 – 13a 12 If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors. 13 He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. 
    • Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
    • John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

Mankind’s sin separated all from God(1). To restore this relationship, God by His grace sent His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ(2), who was born of the Virgin Mary(3), lived a sinless life(4), died on the cross for the sins of all(5), was buried(6), rose from the dead(7), ascended into heaven(8) where He reigns in power with the Father(9) and will come again(10).

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    • Psalm 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
    • Romans 3:23 …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
    • Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    • Ephesians 2:12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
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    • Ephesians 2:4-5 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
    • Ephesians 2:8 -9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works so that no one can boast.
    • John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    • John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
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    • Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
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    • 1 John 3:5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
    • Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
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    • 1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
    • Romans 4:25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
    • ​​1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
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    • Luke 23:52-53 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.
    • Matthew 27:59-60 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.
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    • Matthew 28:6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
    • 1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
    • Luke 4:6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.
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    • Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
    • Luke 24:50-51 50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.
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    • Romans 8:34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died— more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
    • Revelation 11:15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
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    • John 14:1-3 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
    • Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
    • Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
    • Revelation 1:7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.

Repentance of sin(1) and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior(2) is the only way that assures believers of their forgiveness of sins(3), indwelling of the Holy Spirit(4), complete restoration, and eternal life with Him(5).

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    • Isaiah 30:15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.
    • Luke 5:31 31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
    • Luke 24:46-47 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
    • Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
    • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
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    • Romans 10:9-10 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
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    • Matthew 26:28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
    • Acts 10:43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
    • 2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God
    • Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
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    • Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
    • Joel 2:28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—
    • 1 Corinthians 3:16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
    • 1 Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
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    • Psalm 23:3a he refreshes my soul.
    • John 3:14-15 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
    • John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
    • John 17:20-22 20 My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one-
    • Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
    • Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
    • I Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.

As Jesus Christ’s followers we are His body, the church(1). Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit: therefore, we are to honor God with our bodies(2).

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    • 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
    • 1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
    • Ephesians 1:22-23 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
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    • I Corinthians 6:9-11,13b-16,18-20 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers not men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards not slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God. 13b The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
    • Romans 1:26-28 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.
    • Galatians 5:16-21 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each oth- er, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
    • Ephesians 5:3-5 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-such a person is an idolater-has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
    • Colossians 3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
    • 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable,
    • I Peter 1: 14-16 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Baptism is an outward sign of the inward work of Jesus Christ(1).

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    • Ezekiel 36: 25-27 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
    • Matthew 3:6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
    • Matthew 3:11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
    • Matthew 28:19-20 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
    • Acts 2:41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
    • Romans 6:4-5 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.

 

The Lord’s Supper is a remembrance of Jesus Christ’s death upon the cross and the shedding of His blood for the forgiveness of sins(1).

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    • John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
    • John 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
    • John 6:53 – 56 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.
    • 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.
    • I Corinthians 11:23-27 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.
    • Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
    • Hebrews 9:22 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

 

God wonderfully and immutably creates each person biologically as either male or female. These two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God(1), thus each person is loved and valued by Him from conception(2) to death(3)

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    • Genesis 1:26-27 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
    • Genesis 2:7 7 Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
    • Genesis 5:1b-2 When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created.
    • Matthew 19:4 “Haven’t you read,” he (Jesus) replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’
    • Mark 10:5b-6 5b Jesus replied. 6 But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female’.
    • Luke 12: 6-7 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
    • John 1:3-4 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
    • Romans 1:20 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
    • Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared In advance for us to do.
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    • Psalm 51:5-6 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desire faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
    • Psalm 127:3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, off spring a reward from him.
    • Psalm 139:13-16 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.14 I Praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
    • Isaiah 49:1 1 Listen to me, you islands, hear this, you distant nations, Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
    • Jeremiah 1:5 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
    • Matthew 19:14 14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
    • Luke 1:41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled With the Holy Spirit.
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    • Job 14:5 5 A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.
    • Job 30:23 23 I know you will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living.
    • Hebrews 9:27 27 Just as people are destined to die once and after that to face judgment.

 

Marriage was created by God as a covenant between one man and one woman in a single exclusive union(1), reflecting Christ’s relationship with His church(2).

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    • Genesis 2:18-24 18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” 19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’, for she was taken out of man.”24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
    • Genesis 4:25-5:2 25 Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him. 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of the LORD. 5:1 This is the written account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind he made them in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created.
    • Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.
    • Ecclesiastes 9:9 Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.
    • Malachi 2:14-15 You ask, “Why?” It is because the LORD is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. 15 Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.
    • I Corinthians 7:2-5 2 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each mans should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marriage duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
    • Hebrews 13:4 4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
    • Mark 10:6-9 6 But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female’ 7 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.
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    • Ephesians 5:21-33 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his Body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church-30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh”. 32 This is a profound mystery_=-But I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect the husband.

 

We are commanded to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves(1) by showing compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity to every person(2).

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    • Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
    • Mark 12:29-31 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
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    • Leviticus 19:18 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
    • John 13:34-35 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
    • Romans 13:8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except for the continuing debt to love one another, for who- ever loves others has fulfilled the law.
    • Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithful- ness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
    • Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God for- gave you.
    • Colossians 3:12-14 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
    • 1 Peter 2:17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
    • 1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us.

(All scriptural references in this document are from the NIV translation.)

 

This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Holy Bible as the divinely in- spired and infallible Word of God speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the prop- er conduct of mankind and is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel (EAMC)doctrine, practice, and policy, the Governing Body of EAMC is the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s application.

 

August 22, 2022