KINGSPORT YOUNG LIFE
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Kingsport Young Life's Mission Statement
Give every teenager between the grades of six and twelve in the greater Kingsport area the chance to hear the gospel in a clear, attractive way in order that they might then decide to begin a relationship with God by following Jesus Christ.
Young Life’s Statement of Faith
We the members of the Young Life mission — trustees, staff, instructors at Young Life schools and volunteers — join
together in our affirmation of the following articles and our central purpose of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and
introducing adolescents everywhere to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments being given by divine inspiration, are the Word of God, the final
and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
In the Scriptures, God reveals Himself as the living and true God, Creator of all things. Perfect in love and righteous in
all His ways, this one God exists eternally as a Trinity of persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
God made man and woman in His image that He might have fellowship with us. Being estranged from God by
we are, as sinful people, incapable of a right relationship to God apart from divine grace.
The only Mediator between God and all human beings is Jesus Christ our Lord, God’s eternal Son, who as
man fully shared and fulfilled our humanity in a life of perfect obedience.
By His death in our place, Jesus revealed the divine love and upheld divine justice, removing our guilt and
us to God. Having risen bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, He rules as Lord over all
and intercedes for us as our great high priest.
The Holy Spirit, through the proclamation of the Gospel, renews our hearts, persuading us to repent of our sins
and confess Jesus as Lord. By the same Spirit, we are led to trust in divine mercy, whereby we are forgiven all
our sins, justified by faith through the merit of Christ our Savior, adopted into God’s family as His children and
enabled so to live in the world that all people may see our good works and the Gospel of grace at work in our lives
and glorify our Father who is in heaven.
God, by His Word and Spirit, calls us as sinful people into the fellowship of Christ’s body. Thus He creates
the one holy, catholic and apostolic church, united in the bonds of love, endowed with the gifts of the Spirit
and summoned by Christ to preach the Gospel and to administer the sacraments, to carry on the ministry of
reconciliation, to relieve human need and to strive for social justice.
God’s redemptive purpose will be consummated by the return of Christ to raise the dead, judge all people and
establish His glorious kingdom. Those who are apart from Christ shall be eternally separated from God’s presence,
but the redeemed shall live and reign with Him forever.