Statement of Faith

The Bible – The Bible is the Word of God. The Holy Scriptures are inspired by God, (God-breathed), not only in the general sense, but in every word. The Bible is without error and infallible as originally given. Being the written revelation of God, it is the divine, final, and complete authority in all matters pertaining to mankind, salvation, and the church. (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:3-4,19-21; 1 Thess 2:13; Heb 4:12-13; Zech 7:12)

God – There is only one true God who exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are equal in divine perfection, coeternal, and execute distinct but harmonious offices. God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is Holy, sovereign, and personal. God knows all things, is everywhere present, and is all-powerful. God is love, gracious and merciful, and in everyway good. God is spirit, self-existent, and transcendent. Being the Creator of all things, it is in Him that we live and move and exist. (Gen 1:1; Ex 34:6-7; Lev 11:44; Isaiah 9:6; 44:8; 45:5; Jer 23:23-24; Dan 4:35; Matt 3:16-17; John 4:24; Acts 17:24-28; 2 Cor 13:14; 1 Tim 1:15-16; 1 Jn 3:20; 4:8; Rev 4:11)

God the Father – God the Father is the first person of the Trinity (Godhead) who orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace. His plans and purposes cannot be thwarted. He is faithful to all His promises, works all things together for good for those who love Him, and in His unfathomable grace gave His Son Christ Jesus for mankind’s redemption. It was He who sent His only begotten Son Christ Jesus to be the Savior of the World, and raised His Son from the dead, and glorified His Son, seating Him at His right hand. Recognizing the authority of God the Father, God the Son obeyed the Father in all things. It is also by God the Father that the Holy Spirit has come to dwell in us. God the Father, being the only Sovereign, upholds, governs and oversees all creation and creatures, for all exists for His glory. (Matt 6:25-32; 28:18; Mk 16:19; Lk 22:39-42; Jn 1:14; 3:16; 8:27-29; 11:42; 12:49-50; 17:18-23; 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:26-28; Acts 1:4; 2:22-24; 2:33; 3:13-15; 5:30-31; 10:39-41; 13:28-34; Rom 8:11; 11:36; 1 Cor 8:6; Gal 1:1; Eph 1:3-14, 18-23; 4:6; Phil 2:5-11; Col 3:1; 1 Thess 1:9-10; Heb 1:3; 2:9; 10:12; 1 Pet 1:20-21; 1 Jn 4:14)

God the Son – Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, fully God and fully man. As God incarnate He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He therefore lived a sinless life and perfectly fulfilled God’s law, imputing this righteousness to those who believe. He glorified God by saving mankind from their sin, taking sins upon Himself, dying on the cross under the punishment of God as the atoning sacrifice. Having raised from the dead, He ascended into heaven and is at the right hand of God where He ever lives to make intercession for His saints. Christ is the only means whereby mankind can be forgiven of their sins and their guilt removed. At the appointed time, He will return bodily in power and glory to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate His redemptive purpose. (Matt 5:17; Lk 1:26-33; 2:6-7; Jn 1:1-3; 5:22-29; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 17:31; Rom 3:21-26; 8:34; Col 1:15-18; 2 Thess 2:7-10; Heb 9:14; 1 Pet 2:21-24; 1 John 3:5)

God the Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is God, possessing all the characteristics and attributes thereof. The work of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to convict men in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate the sinner. The Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the body, indwells the believer, and guides the believer into all truth. He instructs and empowers the believer for godly living and service. He is the One who imparts spiritual gifts to the body as He wills for the edification of the body and for various works of ministry in the world. These gifts are to be earnestly desired and practiced in love. (Jn 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor 6:19; 12:7-13; Titus 3:4-6; 1 Jn 2:27)

The Creation – The creation (all material things, all mankind, and all angels), exist for the purpose of manifesting the glory of God. He created the physical universe (including mankind), in six literal days. God rules over the entire creation, being the rightful owner and proprietor thereof, bringing all things into conformity with the purpose of His will. (Gen 1:1-2:3; Ex 20:11; 1 Chr 29:11-13; Ps 148; Prov 16:4; Is 42:8-12; 1 Cor 8:6; Eph 1:9-11; Rev 4:11)

Man – Mankind, male and female, are distinct from all the other living creatures being created in the image of God. Therefore, mankind is of surpassing value before God, this being manifested in the price paid for his redemption, and when created by God was holy and good. Mankind is under God’s authority and is accountable to God for his actions, speech, thoughts and motives. (Gen 1:27; Ecc 12:13-14; Ezek 18:3-24; Lk 2:14; John 3:16; Rom 2:16; 3:19; Heb 4:12-13)

Sin – Mankind forfeited his original state of righteousness by willfully sinning against God. Sin is either a transgression of God’s law or His character. Beginning with Adam and Eve, all have sinned, bringing death (physical and spiritual) on the human race. God holds mankind accountable to pay the debt of their sins, death. Since mankind’s nature is corrupt, he naturally desires to do what is contrary to God’s will. Mankind is completely incapable of delivering himself, in whole or in part, from either his guilt or corrupt nature. In this condition, mankind is under God’s wrath and is liable to all of the miseries of this life, to death itself and to the pains of hell forever. (Gen 3:6; 8:21; Ezek 18:20; Ecc 12:13-14; Jer 17:9; Matt 25:46; Rom 3:9-12, 19-23; 5:12-21; 6:23; 7:7-13; 8:6-8; Eph 2:1-3; 2 Thess 1:8-10)

Salvation – God is Sovereign in all things, which includes the salvation of men. In eternity, God the Father, knowing that all men if left to themselves would reject Him, and coming under His judgment would die in their sin, by an act of His own will graciously determined to save a people for Himself. Being a free gift of God, salvation from sin is offered to all men, which God Himself provided by His grace (alone), through the granting of faith (alone), because of the redemptive work of His Son, Christ Jesus (alone), to His glory (alone). In its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. Regeneration is the divine act of God whereby the sinner is granted the capacities needed to repent and exercise saving faith. Justification is an act of God whereby He declares the sinner righteous based on the merits of Christ and imputes that perfect righteousness of Christ to the sinner. Sanctification is the work of God in which the believer cooperates with God in the practical outworking of his/her new birth. Glorification is the work of God, which is the consummation of one’s salvation whereby the believer is given a glorified, spiritual body that is immortal and no longer subject to sin. The believer lives in this state of glory thereafter, forever, world without end. (Jn 3:3-6, 14-21; 6:37, 44, 65; Rom 3:19-30; 8:28-30; Eph 1:4, 11\; 2:1-10; 3:10-11; Phil 1:29; 2:12-13; 1 Thess 4:3-8; 2 Tim 1:9-10; 2:25)

The Lordship of Christ – The Christian life has at its core the desire to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, being eager to always honor and please God. This is accomplished by the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer as they walk by faith. Christians are God’s instrument to lead others to a saving knowledge of Christ and to nurture and disciple them to maturity. Christians live always and continually striving against sin and by God’s grace are being transformed progressively into the image of Christ. Self-sacrificing love to God and others, humility, joy, the desire to seek peace, the ability to forgive others as Christ has forgiven them, are fruits which come from the true Christian’s life. Genuine faith will produce good works, although they in no way merit salvation. (Jn 20:28; Rom 6:12-23; 2 Cor 3:18; Gal 5:22-24; Phil 2:5-11; Col 1:10-12; 3:12-17; Heb 13:21; James 2:14-26; 2 Pet 1:5-9; 1 Jn 3:21-24)

Man’s Eternal Future – The Lord Jesus Christ will one day return visibly and bodily to the earth with His powerful angels and all mankind will be resurrected and face God’s judgment. The present heaven and earth will be destroyed and a new heaven and earth created. Those who have not been saved will be eternally damned for their sins in the lake of fire, the penalty demanded by divine justice for sin. Those who have been saved will live eternally in the presence of God, worshipping and enjoying Him. (Matt 24:29-31; 25:31-46; Jn 5:28-29; Rom 6:23; 2 Thess 1:7-10; Heb 9:27; 2 Pet 3:10-13; Rev 20:12-15)

The Ordinances – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the church which we observe. Christian baptism by immersion is the public testimony of a believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and his union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is also a sign of fellowship and identification with the visible Body of Christ. The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of His death until He comes, and should be always preceded by solemn self-examination, private confession of sin, and the need for divine grace.  (Matt 26:17-30; Mk 14:12-26; Lk 22:1-23; Acts 2:38-42; 8:36-39; Rom 6:1-11; 1 Cor 11:20-34)

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