While Friends/Quakers do not stress a formal written creed, we do state the primary principles of our faith in order to make our central beliefs clear.
The Beliefs of Sugar Plain Friends Church which we consider as vital and life-giving are:
• About God
We believe in one sovereign and holy God expressed in three persons—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Isaiah 45:5, 53; Matthew 3:16-17; John 1:18, 3:16, 16:13-14; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Ephesians 4:6)
• About Jesus
We believe Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God. He is God’s only son who was crucified and resurrected from the dead as atonement for sin. He is the savior of the world.
(John 3:16, 10:30; Acts 4:12; Romans1:3-4, 6:23; Ephesians 5:2; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Peter 3:18)
• About the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit lives in every Christian and provides that person with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what pleases God.
(John 15:26, 16:5–15; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16)
• About the Bible
We believe the Bible is God’s word, inspired by the Holy Spirit, who is the ultimate and final authority for the church on all matters of faith and life.
(John 14:26, 20:31, Acts 15:28; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:18-21; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12)
• About Man
We believe that man was created by God, but that man willfully sinned and became separated from God, only to be reconciled through salvation and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
(Genesis 1:27; John 15:4; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23-24, 8:1-2)
• About Salvation
We believe salvation, or the forgiveness of sins, is a gift from God to man, received by faith, and comes only by God’s grace through the blood of Christ (his death on the cross).
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8–9; Titus 3:4–5)
• About the Church
We believe the Church is the gathering of those who have been called out of this world into fellowship with God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and the Church’s purpose is to be the visible expression of Jesus Christ in the world.
(Matthew 16:18; Acts 4:19; Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 3:14-17; 1 Peter 2:9)
• About the Ministry
We believe in the priesthood of all believers, each of whom may approach God directly without the aid of an ordained human priesthood.
(1 Cor. 12:7; 2 Cor. 5:17-20; Eph. 1:22; 1 Peter 2:9; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Rev. 1:6)
• About Sacraments
We believe inner communion and the baptism with the Holy Spirit are spiritual realities beyond outward symbols of bread, wine and water. They are expressed in a sacramental life lived out daily in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 3:11, 18:20; John 4:23-24, 6:35, 48-58; Acts 1:4-5, 11:15-16, 15:28-29; Romans 14:17; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:16, 20-22; 1 Peter 3:21-22)