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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

Preamble

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.

Article I

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.

Article II

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.

Article III

God made man and woman in His image that He might have fellowship with us. Being estranged from God by

our disobedience,

we are, as sinful people, incapable of a right relationship to God apart from divine grace.

Article IV

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.

Article V

By His death in our place, Jesus revealed the divine love and upheld divine justice, removing our guilt and

reconciling

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.

Article VI

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.

Article VII

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.

Article VIII

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.

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