Statement of Faith

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are God’s completed revelation. They were written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and are without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the trustworthy and infallible authority in all matters of doctrine, faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3:13-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21).

The Trinity

We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is equal in every divine quality and works in perfect unity with other members of the Trinity to bring about the sovereign purposes of God. (Matt. 28:19; John 1:1, 14, 18; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4 – 6).

God the Father

We believe in God the Father, an eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. In His very essence (Genesis 1:1; John 4:24; 1Chron. 29:10-13), God is self-existent, eternal and unchanging (Jeremiah 23:24; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 119:137). God is all- powerful and all-knowing and His perfect knowledge extends to all things past, present and future (Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 46:9,10; Heb. 4:13). Although God detests evil, He is longsuffering and compassionate toward sinful people (Psalm 116:5; Eph. 2:4-7), He involves Himself intimately in the affairs of humans, He hears and answers prayer, and He saves from the eternal consequences of sin and death, all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:8-11; John 3:16; 1 Thess. 1:10).

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit with two inseparable natures, one human and one divine. (John 3:16; John 10:30; 1 John 5:20) We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. (Luke 1:31, 35) We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, His bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession before the Father for His people, and personal visible return to Earth (Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:37-39; Acts 1:9).

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit and in His distinct personality. He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. His ministry glorifies Jesus Christ and implements Christ’s work of salvation (Acts 5:3,4; John 16: 8-10). We believe the Holy Spirit regenerates (Titus 3:5), baptizes (1 Cor. 12:13), seals (Eph.1:13), fills (Eph. 5:18) and indwells (1Cor. 6:19) all believers, securing them in Christ forever. He leads and empowers believers for godly living and service. Spiritual gifts are sovereignly given to all believers for the common good of the church. No particular sign gift signifies His baptism or filling, nor does any gift provide authoritative revelation beyond what has already been revealed in the Holy Scriptures (1 Cor. 12:7, 11).

Humanity

We believe God directly created the first man and first woman, Adam and Eve, in His own image and free from sin. God created human beings as immortal, rational, and morally responsible. Humanity has been given the purpose to glorify God, enjoy His fellowship and accomplish His will on earth (Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7; Matthew 19:4). We believe Adam sinned, and as a result, all people are sinners by nature and choice, and are spiritually dead in their relationship to God. Because sin is rooted in the core of their being, they are totally incapable of being reconciled to God based upon their own merits. As sinners they stand in need of God’s mercy and grace in order to be reconciled to Him. (Genesis 3; Rom. 5:12-21; 3:21-26; Eph. 2:1-10). We believe all people stand in need of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who alone can address their spiritually dead condition. We believe those who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, repent of their sin, and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are reconciled to God. We believe genuine saving faith should, and will be, evidenced by a life of dependence on God expressed through obedience to God by following what is revealed in His Word. This will show itself through and righteous living, good works and love in action towards all (John 14:1-6; Romans 1:16-17; Titus 3:3_7; 2 Cor. 5:17-21). The Church recognizes marriage as exclusively the legal union of one man and one woman in a life-long commitment (Matt. 19:4-6). Sexual relationships are only to be exercised solely within marriage. Hence, sexual activities such as, but not limited to, adultery, fornication, incest, and homosexuality are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church (1 Cor. 6:9-11; Rom.1:26-27). The Bible is clear in its teaching on the sanctity of all human life (Psalm 139; Jer. 1:5). Since all human life is sacred and a gift of God and since life begins at conception, all human life from conception to death is deserving of respect, care, and protection.

Salvation

We believe salvation is provided wholly by God’s grace and received through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, (John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9).  We believe God the Father, by His love and grace, was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself by giving His Son as the sinless, substitutionary sacrifice for sinful humanity. In the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, full payment was made for the sins of the world and God’s perfect justice was satisfied (Col. 1:19-20; Heb. 10:12; 1John 2:1-2; Titus 3:5). We believe personal salvation is received through faith in the person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ alone, apart from any human merit, deed, or ritual. God regenerates, redeems, justifies forgives, and gives eternal life to those who come to Him in faith. God’s faithfulness guarantees the eternal security of all true believers (Romans 8:1; 1; John 5:13; John 6:47; John 10:27-30).

The Church

We believe the church of Jesus Christ, throughout the world, expresses itself in the local church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members (Col. 1:18,1 Cor. 12:13, 27, Rom. 12:4-5, Acts 2). We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ who have made a sincere and credible confession of faith and have associated for worship, instruction, evangelism and service. Each believer has equal access to God and the responsibility to offer up the sacrificial gifts of self, praise, and possessions (1 Cor.1:2, Gal. 1:2, 1 Peter 2:5). We believe the ordinances of the local church are believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that although they are symbolic in nature their practice is important in the life of the Christian since they are acts of obedience, faith and communion with Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19, Acts19:3-5, 1 Cor.11:23-26). The leadership of the church is responsible and accountable first to Jesus Christ as the Chief Shepherd, then to the congregation, as servants, overseeing in love and humility. We believe only biblically qualified men are to serve in the position of pastor or elder (Rom. 15:25-27, 1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Tim. 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-7). We also believe in the autonomy and interdependence of local churches, the mutual submission of believers to each other in love, the autonomy of church from the state (Matt. 22:15-22; Rom 13:1-7).

The Last Things

We believe a person’s eternal destiny is forever sealed by his or her acceptance or rejection, in this lifetime, of Christ and His work on the cross. Believers will experience eternity in the presence of God in Heaven. Unbelievers will be in Hell, a place of suffering and loss, eternally separated from the presence of God (Luke 16:19-31; John 3:16; John 14:1-3; Matt.10:28). We believe in the personal, visible return of Jesus Christ for His Church, to consummate His eternal kingdom where we will live with Him forever (1 Thess.4:13-18; Rev. 20:1-2; Rev.21:1-4).