The basis for our faith is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Lord and Savior of the world and God’s written Word, the Bible.
We believe that embracing what God said allows us to live in freedom, joy, and purpose.
— Statement of Faith, Holy Scripture
[Christ] returned to heaven to the right hand of the Father, where He is preparing a perfect place for those who receive His gift of salvation and is interceding on their behalf.
— Statement of Faith, The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
Statement of Faith
Camp Thurman is not associated with any one church body or denomination. However, there are core beliefs that are important for our staff to agree with in order for our ministry to be most effective. Here are the foundational beliefs of Camp Thurman:
The basis for our faith is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Lord and Savior of the world and God’s written Word, the Bible. We believe that embracing what God said allows us to live in freedom, joy, and purpose.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, unfailing, steadfast Word of God. Written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, God gave the words of the Bible through human personalities. The essential beliefs of the Christian faith and eternal truth have been recorded and preserved in His Word. The Bible reveals the character of God and His will for the behavior of men and women today and throughout the history of the world (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The Triune Godhead
Though God created mankind upright and perfect (Genesis 2:25), because of the fall of Adam (Genesis 3:22-24), man’s nature is inclined towards and guilty of the sin of Adam and Eve our first-parents (Romans 5:12).
We believe that this original corruption of man’s nature, coupled with each individual’s willful sin, makes all of mankind guilty before God (Romans 3:23) apart from the mercy and forgiveness of the Father (Ephesians 1:7) offered by the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:4-10). Man is unable to save himself or choose to follow God without the work of the Holy Spirit (John 6:44, 65). Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can the human race be reconciled to God (John 16:8).
We believe that one day, at a time appointed by the Father (Galatians 4:2), Christ will return to judge the world in righteousness (Acts 17:31; Matthew 25:31-32). Those who have placed their faith and repentance in Him for the remission of sins will be physically resurrected into a perfect, sinless state to enjoy in God’s goodness and everlasting reign forever (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Romans 8:17).
We believe that God has established in His Word a sexual ethic that is unchanging as reflective of God’s perfect character (Hebrews 13:8; Psalm 102:25-27). This includes marriage as defined by God in the revelation of His Word as being between one man and one woman (Mark 10:6; Genesis 2:24). We believe that any other sexual activity outside this covenant of marriage is sinful and explicitly forbidden (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Colossians 3:5).
The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
We believe God the Father sent His Son, Jesus, to be born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18, 25), to grow to manhood while teaching and healing His fellow humans, suffer and give up His life on the cross (Hebrews 9:15-22), to be buried and then literally and physically rise from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). He returned to heaven to the right hand of the Father, where He is preparing a perfect place for those who receive His gift of salvation and is interceding on their behalf (Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1).
We believe that the person of Jesus Christ is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, sharing in one nature and being with the Godhead (John 8:58). Upon Christ’s incarnation, He took upon Himself the nature of man and all that nature entails (Hebrews 2:7), including the ability to be tempted and to suffer just as man is tempted and suffers—yet was without sin.
We believe because of His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), death for the sins of mankind, and His glorious resurrection, Jesus has made the way for men and women to experience forgiveness of sins (John 3:16; John 5:24; Titus 3:3-7) and live eternally with Him through repentance and receiving by faith the free gift of God found only in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9:27-28).
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” (John 14:6)