A Statement of Faith
We accept the Bible, including the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, as the written Word of God. The Bible is an essential and infallible record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. It leads us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe the Scriptures are verbally inspired by God. Therefore, as originally given, the Bible is free of error in all it teaches
(II Tim.3:16-17; Heb.1:1-2; II Pet.1:20-21).
We believe the Scriptures are the authoritative and normative rule and guide of all Christian life, practice, and doctrine. They are totally sufficient and must not be added to, superseded, or changed by later tradition, extra-biblical revelation, or worldly wisdom. Each book is to be interpreted according to its context and purpose and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through it in living power. All believers are exhorted to study the Scriptures and diligently apply them to their lives.
(Prov.30:6; Deut.4:2; Rev.22:19).
GOD THE FATHER
We believe that God the Father, the first person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace. God the Father is Creator of all things. By His Word and for His glory, He freely and supernaturally created the world out of nothing. Through the same Word He daily sustains all His creatures. He alone rules over all the universe. His plans and purposes cannot be thwarted. He is faithful to every promise, works all things together for good to those who love Him, and in His unfathomable grace gave his Son Jesus Christ for mankind’s redemption. He made man for fellowship with Himself, and intended that all creation should live to the praise of His glory.
(Ps.145:8-9; Gen.1:1-31, Eph.3:9; I Ch.29:11).
GOD THE SON
We believe that Jesus Christ, is the second person of the Trinity. He was always with God and is God. He was always with God in eternity past. He is fully God possessing all the attributes of God.
(John. 1:1-2; Phil.2:5-8; Col.2:9)
We believe that through Him all things came into being and were created. He sustains all of creation. Jesus is eternal, therefore existed before all of creation.
We believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (John.3:16). He was the eternal Word made flesh (John.1:14) and supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35, Isa.7:14). We believe that He reveals the true nature of God to us as the very image of God.
We believe He is the only Savior for the sins of the world, having shed his blood and died a vicarious death on Calvary’s cross. By His death in our place, He removed our guilt and reconciled us to God. Having redeemed us from sin, the third day he rose bodily from the grave, victorious over death and the powers of darkness. The reality of His physical resurrection was proved by appearances to His disciples.
(Jn.10:15; Rom.3:24-25; 5:8; Eph.1:7; I Pet. 2:24).
We believe He ascended into heaven where, at God’s right hand, He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord over all. He is the Head of his body, the Church, and should be adored, loved, served, and obeyed by all.
(Acts 1:9-10; Rom.8:34; Heb.7:25; 9:24; I John 2:1)
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person, eternal, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John.16:8-11). Through the proclamation of the gospel He supernaturally draws the unredeemed to regeneration (Titus.3:5), to sanctification (1Cor.6:11), and bringing that person into union with Christ and the body of Christ (Rom.8:9-11).
We believe the Holy Spirit indwells all believers permanently at salvation in Jesus Christ upon belief, baptizes them into the body of Christ (1Cor.12:12-14; Eph.4:4-5), bestows spiritual gifts for service (Rom.8:6-8; 1Cor.12:11; 1Pet.4:10-11), and seals them until the day of redemption (2 Cor.1:22; Eph.1:13-14; 4:30).
We believe the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides and instructs all believers in all matters of truth (John.16:13) for all of life.
THE NATURE OF MAN
We believe that God created man – male and female – in His own image and likeness, free of sin(Gen.1:26-27). Created in God’s image mankind was uniquely set apart to worship God. As the crown of creation man was created to glorify God, and has the capacity to uniquely reflect the character of God.
We believe in the sovereign plan of God that Adam was tempted by Satan. Adam rebelled and chose to disobey God bringing sin, death, and condemnation upon all people of all ages (Gen.3:1-6). Therefore, all of mankind is inherently sinful by nature (Rom.3:23), and became separated from God. All human beings, therefore are totally depraved by nature and by choice, living under the dominion of sin and Satan. Mankind is alienated from God, lost, without defense or excuse, and subject to God’s wrath. Mankind in himself cannot remedy his situation and is in desperate need of a Savior – Jesus Christ (Rom.3:10-20, 22, 5:12; Rom.1:18, 32; Eph.2:1-3,12).
We believe that the Church is defined as the body of Christ, with Jesus as its head, and is comprised of all believers of this present age in the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus embracing all the redeemed called by God, born of the Spirit, and justified by faith (Eph.1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:6; 4:11-15; 5:23).
We believe the Church is called to meet regularly for worship (Acts.14:27; 20:17; 28-32), edification (Matt.18:15-18), equipping (II Tim.3:17), fellowship (Col.3:12-17), and correction so that God is glorified (I Cor.10:31), the Gospel is communicated (II Tim.4:2), and believers come to maturity (Col.1:28; Heb.10:24-25; I Tim.3:1-13).
We believe that baptism (Matt.28:19; Rom.6:1-5) and the Lord’s Supper (I Cor. 11:23-24) are prescribed practices for the Church that are for believers only. Baptism, by immersion following conversion (Acts. 8:26-39), is a testimony portraying the believer’s union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Being a church ordinance, it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and the Lord’s Supper.
We believe that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper so that we will remember and proclaim His death until He comes again. We believe that The Lord’s Supper is to be observed by those who are genuine followers of Christ. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of Christ’s blood on our behalf until He comes and should be preceded by a careful self-examination (I Cor.11:23-29; Matt. 26:26-29).
GOD IS TRIUNE
We believe in one Triune God: infinite, eternal, almighty, and perfect in holiness, truth, and love. We believe in the unity of the Godhead. There are three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three persons are co-existent, co-equal, co-eternal, and are each truly God.
We believe in One God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – all equally deserving worship, honor, and praise. This is the foundation of Christian faith and life.
(Deut.6:4; Isa.45:5-7; II Cor. 13:14; John 17:5).
ANGELS AND SATAN
We believe that God created spiritual beings called angels before He created the earth (Job.38:4-7) and were given different positions of authority (Col.1:16). Angels were created to worship God as His servants and messengers (Ps.103:20-21; Luke. 2:9-14), to serve and minister to the saints (Heb.1:14), and carry out His purposes (Matt.18:10; Rev.5:11-12).
We believe that Satan became proud and rebelled against God (Eze.28:17). Satan incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his Creator (Isa. 14:12-17; Eze.28:11-19), by taking numerous angels with him in his fall (Matt.25:41; Rev.12:1-14), and by introducing sin to the human race by his temptation (Gen3:1-15).
We believe that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Isa. 14:13-14; Matt.4:1-11; Rev.12:9-10). He is the prince of this world who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom.16:20) and shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Isa. 14:12-17, Eze.28:11-19; Matt.25:41; Rev.20:10).
SALVATION – MAN’S RESPONSE TO GOD
We believe that salvation is a gift from God by His grace alone, based on the redemptive work of Christ alone, that gives man the free ability to choose, trust, and believe that Jesus Christ is Savior, and that is by faith alone, not by works or personal merit (John.3:16; Rom.3:1:16; 3: 24-26; Titus.2:11-14; Eph.2:8-10).
We believe the gospel is only effectual to those who genuinely admits sin in their lives (Rom.3:23) We believe that sin is what separates us from God (Rom.6:23).We believe Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as our substitute through His sacrificial death and bodily resurrection (1Cor.15:3-4; 20-22). We believe that God made a way for sinners to come into relationship with Him by believing in His Son Jesus Christ (Rom.5:8).We believe that there is nothing that we can do apart from God to come into relationship with God, but it is only through faith in Jesus Christ that we can be saved (Eph.2:8-9).We believe that all one has to do is respond to God by asking Him to come and save us from our sin (Rom.10:9).
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are always secure in our Lord Jesus Christ forever; yet we must not live recklessly; rather we are to live by the Spirit of God (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom.8:1-2; 38-39; 1Cor.1:4-8; Phil.1:6; II Thess.1:10; I Pet.1:5).
We believe that as a new creation in Christ (Gal.2:20) that we have the awesome responsibility to live as a new person who has been set free from the dominion of sin (Rom.6:1-14). We believe that all believers are empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a life of obedience to the Savior.
We believe that as we submit in obedience to God we also recognize that this new life is an ongoing battle for obedience (Eph.6:12) and that we ought to give hold to instruction given to us by those who teach us (I Th.5:12). We are to live in peace with one another (I Th. 5:13), warn those who have become idle or lack diligence in their faith, encourage the timid, help the weak in daily struggles of life, and be patient with everyone as our Lord is patient with us (I Th.5:14).
We believe that as believers of one family we ought to seek kindness and reconciliation (I Th. 5:15), be joyful in all circumstances (I Th.5:16; Phil.2:17-18; 3:1; 4:4-7), pray without ceasing (I Th.5:17; Eph.6:18; Jas.5:16), so that persistent and regular prayer is a way of life. We believe that at the heart of Christian living there must be the spirit of thankfulness (I Th.5:18; Eph.1:16-19; II Th.1:3) as we recognize all that Jesus has done for us.
We believe in the power of the Holy Spirt and the effect it has on our lives, so we desire not to quench the Spirit in any way, but rather listen to His leading in our lives as He directs our paths (I Th.5:19). We believe that the Word of God is the prophetic utterance of our age and it is our desire to listen to accurate teaching that leads us along our journey of life (I Th.5:20; I Tim.1:18). We also believe that as responsible believers that we are to examine and test everything carefully to know the truth, and hold on to all that is good (I Th. 5:21; Acts.17:10-11). We believe that as we hold to the good truths of God’s word that we must also be on guard against all false teachings and all evils that would guide us astray from the truth (I Th. 5:22).
We believe that the physical death involves no loss of our immaterial consciousness (Rev.6:9-11), that there is separation of soul and body (Jas.2:26) and the soul of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ (Luke 23:43; 2Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23). We believe that for the redeemed that separation will continue until the Rapture (1Thess. 4:13-17) which initiates the first resurrection (Rev.20:4-6), when our soul and body will be reunited to be glorified forever with our Lord (1Cor. 15:35-44, 50-54; Phil.3:21).
We believe the Consummation of all things includes the visible (Mark 14:61-62), personal (Acts 1:9-11), and glorious (1Thess.5:2-3), return of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe the bodily resurrection of all, saved to eternal life (John 6:39; Rom.8:10-11,19-23; 2Cor.4:14), and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Dan.12:2; John 5:29; Rev.20:13-15).
We believe the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ before the seven-year tribulation (I Thess.4:16; Ti.2:13). We believe that immediately following the removal of the church from the earth (John 14:1-3; I Thess.4:13-18) the righteous judgments of God will be poured out upon and unbelieving world (Jer.30:7; Da.9:27; 12:1; II Thess. 2:7-12; Rev.16). We believe that these judgments will culminate by the return of Christ in glory upon the earth (Matt. 24:27-31; 25:31-46; II Thess. 2:7-12).
We believe the Church, who is the Bride of Christ will be in the presence of God forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise, glory, and honor. We believe that we shall experience the fulfillment of all creation and the whole earth shall proclaim the magnificent glory of God (Isa.65:17; Rev.21:1-7; 2Pet.3:13).
“The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will extol Him.”
– Exodus 15:2