Statements of Faith
The Salt & Light Speech and Debate Club professes the following:
The Nicene Creed
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
being of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all thing were made.
For us and for our salvation;
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of Life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic [universal] and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come.
Salt & Light Statement of Faith
We believe the Holy Bible (Old and New Testaments) to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. The Holy Bible, as our sole written source of truth, is complete and altogether sufficient for Christian faith (belief) and practice (behavior). We believe that it is the only trustworthy testimony of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
We believe in the Trinity - that there is one and only one God, eternally existent in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are not only one in purpose but also one in essence (Is. 43:10-11; John 1: 1-2, 10:30, 37-38).
We believe in the full deity and the true humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 2:9), the Son of God and God the Son, Who, although eternally pre- and co-existent with the Father and the Spirit, took on Himself a human nature (although remaining sinless) through the virgin birth for the purpose of redeeming lost sinners through His death on the cross. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no person comes to God the Father but by Him [Christ] (John 14:6). Further, there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). We also believe in Christ’s literal bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory (Is. 7:14; Mt. 1:23; Luke 1:35; John 11:25; Acts 1:11; Heb. 4:15; Heb. 7:25; Rev. 19:11-16).
We believe that all people are sinners, beginning with Adam, (1 Cor. 15:22) and have fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23; Rom 3:19 Is. 59:2), and that the wages of sin are death (Rom 6:23) and eternity in hell (II Thess. 1:8-9). Salvation was purchased by Christ’s vicarious and atoning death through His innocent shed blood (Eph. 1:7). Christ is therefore our only mediator (1 Tim 2:5). We believe that we are saved from the guilt and penalty for sins by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ as personal Savior (John 3:3-6, 16-19; John 5:24; Rom 10:9, 13; 2 Cor. 5:17). Salvation is a free gift, wholly granted by Divine grace alone. There is nothing we can do to become worthy of or add to this all-sufficient gift; any and all of man’s works are ineffectual for salvation (Titus 3:5-6, Eph 2:8-9).
We believe that God lives in us, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, whereby the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (Gal 5:22-23; Eph. 5:18; Eph. 4:30; 1 Cor. 6:19-20).
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they who are saved, unto eternal life with God in a resurrected, perfected body, and they who are lost unto eternal punishment, in hell (John 5:28-29; Rev. 14:11).