Statement of Faith
Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible is the Word of God, originally and verbally inspired by God, and that it is the supreme and infallible authority in all matters of faith and life. It is totally sufficient and must not be added to, superseded, or changed by later tradition or revelation, or worldly wisdom.
(Numbers 23:16-19; Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 8:20, 28:13, 40:8; Nehemiah 8:8; John 1:1-14, 17:17; Acts 17:11; II Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; I Peter 1:3-4, 21, 23-25; II Peter 1:19-21)
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory, each possessing the attributes of Deity. We believe in God the Father as the Creator and Preserver of heaven and earth, infinite in wisdom and holiness, measureless in power. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of mankind; He hears and answers prayers; and He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
(Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4-5, 33:27; I Kings 8:23, 27; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalms 90:2, 102:27, 103:19; Matthew 5:48, 28:19; John 3:16, 4:24; Ephesians 1:11; I Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3; Hebrews 1:2-3, 11:3; I John 5:6-7)
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, as the living Word of God. We believe in His conception by the Holy Spirit and in His virgin birth. We believe in His sinless life, miracles, and teachings, His voluntary death on the Cross making atonement for the sin of the whole world through His shed blood and satisfying in His sacrifice the divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His continual, priestly intercession for His own, and in His visible and triumphant return to earth to consummate the eternal purpose and plan of God.
(Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:18-25, 24:29-31; Mark 16:19; John 1:1-14, 29, 5:22-23, 3:16, 8:58, 10:30, 11:25-26, 14:3-6; Acts 4:7, 12; Romans 5:6-10, 8:31-35; I Corinthians 14:3-4, 20-21; I Thessalonians 4:13-17, 5:9-10; I Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8, 10:9; I John 1:2, 2:1-2; Revelation 1:8, 21:1-4, 22:1-16)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, coming from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin and to convince the world of righteousness and judgment. The Holy Spirit reveals and glorifies Christ by drawing sinners to the redeeming work of Christ, regenerating and sanctifying all those who are indwelt by the Spirit. This indwelling of the Spirit in the life of each believer guide them into truth, fills them with the fruit of the Spirit enabling the believer to live a life pleasing to God, empowers them for ministry, and seals them for eternity.
(Matthew 7:16-19; John 6:13, 14:5-17, 15:26, 16:8-11; Acts 1:8, 2:38-39; Romans 6:3-6, 8:26, 12:4-8, 15:13, 16; I Corinthians 6:19-20, 12:1-13; II Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 1:13-14; II Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 9:14; I Peter 1:1-3)
Salvation of Mankind
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that all people are sinners by nature and by choice, falling short of God’s holy standard and breaking His commandments, and are thereby under God’s righteous judgment, incurring not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God. Yet God in His great mercy saves and gives new life to all who come to Him in repentance and faith, trusting in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross as our substitute, absorbing God’s wrath that should have come upon us. Because Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, whoever desires may come unto Jesus for forgiveness of sin and new life in Him. The work of God’s grace is not the work, in whole or in part, of human goodness or performance but is based solely on faith in the work of Christ on the cross, eternal life being a gift of God.
(Genesis 1:27, 2:15-17; Matthew 11:28, 25:46; John 1:12, 3:16, 4:6; Acts 3:19, 20:21; Romans 1:16-18, 3:10-12, 23, 6:23, 10:9, 13-19; Ephesians 1:13, 2:1-10, I John 2:2, 5:9-12; Revelation 22:17)
Heaven and Hell
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust. We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell and that those who place their faith, hope, and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord Jesus and those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from God.
(Psalm 9:17; Daniel 12:1-3; Matthew 5:3,22, 18:19, 24:31-34, 46; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18, 5:25-29; I Corinthians 14:34-45, 51-55; Hebrews 12:23; I Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11, 20:11-15)
The Second Coming
We believe in the personal and visible second coming of Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His millennial Kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, and in the final judgment of all before God’s throne.
(Matthew 16:27, 24:29-31; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:8-11; I Corinthians 15:20-28; I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; Titus 2:11-13; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:4-6, 21:1-4, 22:1-16)
We believe in the Church as a living, spiritual body in which Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated people are members. As a company of believers who have been buried with Christ in baptism and raised to new life, we believe that we have the responsibility to proclaim to a lost world their need to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and to recognize Him as Lord of their lives.
(Matthew 28:19; John 8:31-32; Acts 1:8; Romans 1:16-17, 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:16)
Attitude toward Government
We believe that the Church as a divinely ordained order must be free from interference by any political authority, thereby allowing the distinct functions and the fulfillment of its duties to be free from the dictation or patronage of civil authority. We believe that it is the responsibility of the Church, both corporately and individually, to obey the government as long as that does not violate Scripture or conscience and to pray for those who are in authority over us.
(Matthew 23:10; Acts 5:29; Romans 13:1-7; I Timothy 2:1-3; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13-14)
We believe that God has created man in His own image, and that He specifically created them male and female. He created them differently so as to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between a natural born male and a natural born female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. Therefore, we define marriage and family in accordance with the Bible, as consistent with the Old and New Testaments, as being between one man and one woman. All human sexuality is to be expressed and practiced in accordance with the Biblical model, designed to fulfill all the joys and disciplines of Biblically-ordained marriages. Human sexuality that practices same sex activity or marriage and sex outside of marriage between one and one woman is Biblically forbidden. God’s plan for our lives is to serve Him with our whole bodies, minds, and spirits.
(Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 19:4-6; John 4:16-18; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11, 19-20, 7:1-3, 8-9; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-7; I Timothy 1:9-11)