FRI Statement of Faith
Family Renewal Initiative is founded upon the Scriptures which reveal the triune God and His redemptive Gospel. All members of the board, staff, and host family applicants in domestic custody arrangements indicate their personal agreement with Family Renewal Initiative’s Statement of Faith.
We believe that the sovereign, triune God created the world out of nothing and sustains His creation. The heavens and earth are His handiwork. He made man and woman in His image and likeness as the crown of creation. All creation reflects His greatness and power.
We believe that God created the family, giving Adam (man) and Eve (woman) the responsibility to conceive, bear and nurture children. As the creator of life, God Himself begins each human life at conception and gives to each person, as His image bearer, meaning, dignity and value.
We believe and agree to uphold by our personal lifestyle choices that the Bible defines marriage as a covenant instituted by God for one man and one woman in a lifelong commitment.
We believe that sin entered the world and mankind when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sought to be independent of Him. As a result of this Fall, all people are estranged from God and live in a world permeated by sin.
We believe that God, by His grace, provides redemption, restoration, and renewal in Jesus Christ for all who repent and believe. As Savior, Jesus takes away the sins of the world. Jesus is the only one in whom we are called to put our hope for forgiveness of sin and for reconciliation with God and with one another.
We believe that in all matters of faith and life, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the only infallible and final authority. The Scriptures point us with full reliability to Jesus, God’s Son. The Scriptures tell us that we receive forgiveness of sins by faith in Jesus Christ, and that God provides salvation by grace alone for those who repent and believe.
We believe that forgiveness comes through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, who was made flesh, took our place in death, rose from the dead, and is now in glory with the Father interceding and praying for His people.
We believe that the Holy Spirit, lovingly calls, redeems, and adopts regenerate believers into God’s family, the Church and that, in gratitude for God’s saving love in Christ, we are called to live a life of faithfulness and obedience according to the Scriptures, and in local church assembly. He equips and empowers us in ministry, including preserving and renewing Biblical family relationships.
We believe that Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, is presently directing God’s work of making all things new.
We believe that the Christian Church, as the community of believers, has an obligation to protect, preserve, and enhance life as fully as possible for each person, born and unborn, from the beginning to the end of life. As Christians we are called to a life of faith into an ongoing ministry until that mission is completed by the coming of the Kingdom in its fullness. The Holy Spirit empowers us to fulfill that calling.