Camp Peniel’s Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice and is made up of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21, John 17:17, Matthew 5:18).
We believe in one personal and infinite God eternally existing in three equal persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Who have the same nature and attributes but Who are distinct in office and activity. (Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14).
We believe that all things in heaven and on earth were created by God and exist by His power and for His glory. (Genesis 1:1, Colossians 1:16-17).
We believe that every man is lost in sin apart from Christ and in need of a Savior. We believe that salvation is a gift of God and is received by man only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that man is justified by grace through faith alone, apart from works. (Acts 13:38-39, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 3:23-24).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God to man and redeem sinful man. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption and salvation is guaranteed by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (John 1:1, 14, 18; Romans 3:24-26, 4:25; Luke 1:35).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted at the right hand of God, where, as High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy for His people. (Hebrews 1:3, 3:1; 7:23-25; 1 John 2:1-2).
We believe that satan, by his own choice the enemy of God and of the people of God, is the originator of sin. We believe he led our first parents, Adam and Eve, into sin and now rules as the god of this world. Satan was judged at the cross and ultimately he will be cast into the lake of fire for eternity. (Isaiah 14:12-14, Genesis 3:1-19, Hebrew 2:14, Revelation 20:10).
We believe that God has established marriage as an exclusive relationship between one man and one woman, and that all intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise, is sin (Gen. 2:24-25; Ex. 20:14, 17, 22:19; Lev. 18:22-23, 20:13, 15-16; Matt. 19:4-6, 9; Rom 1:18-31; 1 Cor. 6:9-10, 15-20; 1 Tim. 1:8-11; Jude 7). We believe that God created the human race man and female and that all conduct with the intent to adopt a gender other than one’s birth gender is sin (Gen. 1:27; Deut. 22:5).
We believe that every Christian is called to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)