CREATION OF MAN. I believe that God created mankind—male and female—directly and immediately on the sixth day of creation (Gen. 1:26-27). He spoke them into being, first forming Man from the dust of the newly-created earth, breathing life and spirit into him (Gen. 2:7); then forming Woman out of Man’s side (Gen. 2:22-23). Mankind is both material and immaterial, possessing body, soul, and spirit (Job 32:8, 1 Thess. 5:23, Heb. 4:12). I believe that Man and Woman alike are created in the image of God as spiritual, personal, and relational beings, designed to glorify the Creator by loving him and each other (Matt. 22:37-40), ruling the creation (Gen. 1:28), and reflecting the image of God in the whole of creation, both natural and supernatural (Eph. 3:10).

MALE/FEMALE. I believe men and women were created equal in essence, personhood, and nature (Gen. 1:27); they are equal in spiritual standing as sinners (Gen. 3:16-19) and as believers (Gal. 3:27-28, 1 Pet. 3:7); and they are equal in gifting from the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:4-7, 1 Pet. 4:10-11). Nonetheless, I believe that men and women have been graced by God with distinct roles in the home and in the Church (Eph. 5:22-23)—a reflection of the image of the triune God, in whom the three Divine Persons each has a unique role, though co-equal and co-participants in many aspects of Divine prerogative (e.g., creation).

THE NATURE OF MAN. Mankind was created sinless (Gen. 1:31) but with freedom—though not permission—to choose between good and evil (Gen. 2:16). Adam and Eve both chose evil, and in their choice, brought sin and death to all mankind (Rom. 5:12); thus, all mankind is sinful (Isa. 53:6, Rom. 3:23) and destined for judgment (Heb. 9:27). Sin has marred—but not removed—the image of God in mankind; it is tarnished, yet is being transformed in the lives of believers through Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:29, 2 Cor. 3:18, Col. 3:10). This transformation will be completed at the resurrection (1 Cor. 15:49).

RACIAL EQUALITY. I believe that just as men and women were created equal, so all races are equal (Gal. 3:28), are equally image-bearers of God, are equal beneficiaries of God’s blessing (Gen. 12:3), and are equal participants in the grace of salvation and eternal life (John 3:16, Rev. 7:9-10).

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