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We believe the human person, both male and female, is the special creation of God, made in his image for his glory. Humanity was created that we might enjoy God, take delight in him, and worship him. Humans are unique in God’s creation by having both a material body and an immaterial soul/spirit. Each person has an intellect and a will. Each person exists as a moral creature and is accountable before God. Humanity has been tasked by God with responsible stewardship of the earth’s physical resources. Humanity was created to be relational and to commune with each other as families and as friends. Since all human persons contain the image of God, we must promote the dignity and sanctity of all human life. Therefore, every person from conception to the elderly, regardless of their abilities and resources, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect, love, and mercy.

The first man and woman were created innocent of sin but rebelled against God and thus introduced sin into the human race. Ever since, people are born with a sinful nature. Only God’s grace in Christ can restore people to a right relationship with God. Men and women are equal in the sight of God, receive giftedness from God, and have clearly defined roles in the institution of the family and the local church that complement each other and reflect the glory of our Triune God. God’s good design to make male and female biologically distinct promotes human flourishing and affirms a proper self–conception of gender.

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman exclusively in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband is to be the head of the wife, which entails loving, Christ-like leadership. The wife is to respect her husband and to submit to him willingly as unto the Lord. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing from the Lord. They are to obey their parents in the Lord. Parents are to raise their children in the nurture and instruction of the Lord. The Bible opposes any sin that destroys the family. This includes all forms of sexual immorality, such as fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. (Genesis 1:26–30; 2:5–7, 15–25; Deuteronomy 6:4–9; Joshua 24:15; Matthew 19:3–9; Romans 1:19–32; 3:10–18, 23; 1 Corinthians 1:21–31; Ephesians 2:1–22; 5:21–6:3; Colossians 1:21–22; 3:9–11)

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