We believe that there is only one living and true God, who exists in three distinct persons - God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
These three, the Trinity, are equal in essence and distinct in function.
The first person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to His purpose and pleasure.
He has created humanity to bring Him glory and honor, through His grace. While He is transcendent, He is also actively involved in His creation - offering an eternal relationship with us through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The second person of the trinity is both the eternal Son of God and virgin-born son of man.
Fully God, fully man, Jesus surrendered nothing of His deity during His earthly life. His sinless, sacrificial offering on the cross atoned for all of humanity’s sins, for all time. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His physical ascension, and His visible return back to earth to establish His earthly kingdom.
The third person of the trinity executes the will of God in this world through people, by leading, guiding, filling, teaching, and convicting.
The Holy Spirit is not merely an impersonal force, but a person, displaying the qualities of personhood (intellect, emotion, and will). He equips a believer upon conversion by giving him/her gifts to be used for the building up of the church, and by bearing fruit through his/her obedient life.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the only sufficient sacrifice, offering the atonement of sins for all mankind through His death, burial, and resurrection.
While salvation is available to all, it is only experienced by those who respond to His gracious gift by faith. For those who do respond, we are regenerated and baptized by the Holy Spirit, given a new nature and placed into the universal body of Christ, making us eternally secure in Him. As a result of our new relationship with God through His Son Jesus, we are now called to a life of submission to the Holy Spirit, bearing spiritual fruit, and walking in good works that God has prepared beforehand for us to do.
We believe that every word in the original writing is inspired by God and is without error.
The Word of God reveals God’s nature and is for all of humanity. It is to be the foundation of faith and practice. We affirm that while the Scriptures are accurate in all matters, they were never given to be an end in themselves, but rather a means to a relationship with God. Because of this, the authority and teaching of Scripture will have a preeminent place in the church.
All who have placed their faith in God through His son Jesus Christ are a part of the universal body of believers known as the church.
The placement of the believer into the universal church requires an association of the believer with other followers of Christ in a local assembly. The purpose of the local church is to lead people to Christ and to bring them to maturity in Christ. The members of the local church are to live their lives in humble submission to other Spirit-led believers, and to the God-appointed leaders of the church. Canvas Church operates autonomously, led by Jesus Christ who gives direction as the head of the body.