Statement of Faith

What we believe
Bible:
We believe in the absolute authority, accuracy and inerrancy of the 66 books of the Bible, its full verbal inspiration of the original manuscripts and its all-sufficiency and final authority as the Christian's rule of faith and practice (Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah 40:8; II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19-21).


God:
We believe that there is but one God, the Creator, Preserver and Ruler of all things, who is perfect in holiness, and in love, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power, and who reveals Himself to us as three distinct entities, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Nehemiah 9:6; I Chronicles 29:11, 12; Exodus 15:11; I John 4:8b; Matthew 28:19).

Jesus Christ:
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and that He is sinless true God, and true man, and is the only mediator between God and man (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:35; John 1:1, 12, 14; John 12:45; 14:9; I Timothy 2:5).

Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son, and of the same substance and nature; that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment; that He bears witness to the church; that He is the agent of the new birth; and that at conversion He baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ; and that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies and helps the believer, indwelling every true child of God (John 16:8-11, 3:3-7; Ephesians 1:13; II Corinthians 13:14;John 14:16-17; Romans 8:14-27; I Corinthians 12:12, 13).


Humanity:
We believe that humanity, male and female is sacred in God’s eyes and was created by Him, in His image and for His glory, to exercise dominion over the earth and to enjoy a relationship with Him forever.  Every human being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life. After sin entered the world, humans still possess the image of God, though tainted by sin.  God’s will for humanity is that they love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love their neighbors as themselves.

Family:
In God’s design for humanity, life begins at fertilization.  He established the institution of family through the union of one man and one woman in marriage covenant for life.  His design for continuance of humanity is through the procreation and discipleship of children within the marriage union.  Marriage is to be an example of the relationship between Jesus Christ and His Church. (Genesis 1:26-31;2:7, 22; 5:1-2; 9:6: Psalm 100:3; Ecclesiastes 3:17; 12:14, Jeremiah 17:10; Genesis 5:1; 9:6; Ecclesiastes 7:20 Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18; Psalm 51:5, 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5; Genesis 2:23024; Matthew 19:4-6, Genesis 1:27-28; 9:1; Ephesians 5:22-32)


Justification:
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, that all who believe on him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.
(I Corinthians 15:3,4; Revelation 1:5).

Salvation:
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not of works, and that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit, thereby becoming children of God. We believe in the eternal security of the believer.
(Ephesians 2:8,9; John 3:3,7; 1:12; 10:27-29; Romans 8:14-17).

Resurrection - Jesus Christ:
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven and in His present ministry there for us as High Priest and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-11; I John 2:1-2; Matthew 28:5-7).

Resurrection - Man:
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just, the bodily resurrection of the unjust, the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. (I Corinthians 15:20-24; Revelation 20:12-15; II Corinthians 5:8).

Angels- Satan:
We believe God created angels as spirit-beings possessing power and intellect, to worship and serve Him and to minister to believers. Satan is a fallen angel who masquerades as an angel of light. The scope of Satan’s power is subject to God’s will. By subjecting Adam and Eve to temptation and sin, Satan has extended his rebellion against God, which he continues by deceit, seduction, and destruction. While Satan and his demons are powerful, they are subject to Christ’s authority and judgment. Satan and his demons have been defeated for eternity by Jesus Christ through His death on the cross and victorious resurrection, sealing their everlasting damnation. At the time of final judgment, they will be consigned to eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire. (Matt. 4:10; II Cor. 11:4; Job 1:6-7,12; Phil. 2:10; James 4:7; John 12:31, 14:30; Rev. 20:10)

Local Church, Baptism:
We believe that the local church is the local expression of the Body of Christ and is a voluntary association of baptized believers equal in rank and privilege, subject to the Word of God, and independent of any external ecclesiastical control whatsoever. We believe that God's Word commands every believer to be baptized by immersion in water. Though baptism has no saving merit, it does show forth in solemn and beautiful symbolism the believer's faith in and union with the crucified, buried, and risen Savior. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:38; Acts 18:8; Romans 6:3-5).

Lord's Supper:
We believe that the Lord's Supper is a provision of bread and the cup which are symbolical of Christ's broken body and shed blood; that the Lord's Supper is partaken of by saved individuals in commemoration of the suffering and death of their Lord and in anticipation of His soon coming again; that its observance is to be preceded by faithful self-examination. (Luke 22:19,20; I Corinthians 11:23-30).

The Future:
We believe in the personal, visible, imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His church in His coming in Glory with the believers to set up His millennial kingdom upon the earth followed by an eternal kingdom on a new heaven and earth. The saved will forever be in His presence and fellowship while the unsaved will forever be separated from God and His fellowship.
(I Corinthians 15:4; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; I John 2:1,2; I Thessalonians 4:13-17, Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-15, 21:1-8).