Statement Of Faith
I. THE HOLY SCRIPTURE
We believe the Holy Scripture to be the verbally inspired Word of God in its entirety, sixty-six books composing the Old and New Testament, the final authority for faith and life, without error in the original writings and infallible (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Matthew 5:18; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 16:12-13).
II. THE TRIUNE OF GOD
We believe that there is but one true God, (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7, 1 Corinthians 8:4), an infinite, all knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14) - each equally deserving worship and obedience.
A. GOD THE FATHER
We believe that God the Father, the first person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things to His own purpose and grace (Psalm 145:8-9, 1 Corinthians 8:6). He is the creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9). As the only absolute and omnipotent ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36). His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with mankind. As Creator He is Father to all men (Ephesians 4:6), but He is Spiritual Father only to believers (Romans 8:14, 2 Corinthians 6:18). He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass (Ephesians 1:11). He continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events (1 Chronicles 29:11). In His sovereignty He is neither author nor approver of sin (Habakkuk 1:13; John 8:38-47), nor does He abridge the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures (1 Peter 1:17). He has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as His own (Ephesians 1:4-6); He saves from sin all those would come to Him; and He becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own (John 1:12; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 12:5-9).
B. GOD THE SON
We believe that eternal Son of God became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He, the Lord Jesus Christ, might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1-2,14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6-7)
We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His Death on the Cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25, 4:25; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 2:24, 1:3-5)
We believe that he ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate (Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-20)
C. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity; though omnipresent from all eternity, took up his abode in the world in a special sense on the day of the Pentecost according to the divine promise, dwells in every believer, and by His Baptism which occurs at conversion unites all believers to Christ in one body, and that He, as the Indwelling One, is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service (John 14:16-17, 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:12-13).
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved and thus of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12).
We believe that it is absolutely essential for man to be born again, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, in which he is no longer conformed to the world system but redirected to the things of the Spirit, in order to be saved and that the only way is to turn in genuine faith from the heart to Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. Salvation is wholly by God’s grace on the basis of Christ’s finished work on the cross, on His own merits not by human works (John 3:3-5; Titus 3:5-7; Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 1:23; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5; John 1:12-13; Romans 10:9-10).
We believe that a genuine believer will exhibit in their lives the character of Christlikeness, such as righteousness, holiness, and love (Titus 2:11-14; Matthew 7:20-23; John 13:35; 1 John 2:5-6, 3:14; Ephesians 2:10; James 2:17,26; Galatians 5:22-23).
V. THE CHURCH
We believe that the Church is a living and dynamic spiritual organism made up of all born again persons, which is the espoused bride and body of Christ who is its head (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2).
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 20:28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has left two ordinances to be observed on the Church in commemoration of His person and work. The one is baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The other is the partaking of the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41, 46; 16:33; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).
We believe the Scripture teaches that believers must commit to membership to a local church for the purposes of glorifying God by worshipping Him, fellowshipping with one another for mutual edification, growing together through the preaching and teaching of the Word, and fulfilling the Great Commission. (Ephesians 3:21; Acts 2:42, 46-47a; Ephesians 4:13-16; Matthew 28:18-20).
VI. LAST THINGS
We believe in the literal, physical, and personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ to establish the Messianic Kingdom on earth. (Isaiah 11:1-6, 32:1-20; 65:17-25; Psalm 2:6-9; Psalm 72; Daniel 7:13-14; Zechariah 14:9-11; Matthew 19:28).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:6,13). We believe believers will be rewarded according to their works and enter into a state of eternal glory in the presence of God in heaven, and He will reign with them forever (John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; Revelation 21,22). We believe that the unsaved will be judged (Romans 14:10-13), and will be committed to an eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:11-15).