Statement of Faith

THE SCRIPTURES   

The Bible, in its original languages, is inerrant, infallible, God-breathed and useful for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. 

Deuteronomy 4:1-9, Psalm 19:7-11; Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 24:44-47; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17;  Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21

 

ONE TRUE GOD 

There is one true and living God. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is the Creator of heaven and earth, glorious and holy, worthy of all possible honor, trust, and love.  God eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct attributes, but without division in nature, essence or being.

Genesis 1; Exodus 3:14-15, 6:2-7; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; John 1:1-5; John 4:24; John 17:3

 

GOD THE FATHER

God as Father reigns with loving and sovereign care over all of His creation and throughout the stream of human history, according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father in truth to those who become His children through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His interaction with all mankind.

Exodus 3:14-15, 6:2-3; 1 Chronicles 29:10-13; Psalms 68:5; Malachi 1:6, 2:10; Matthew 6:7-15; John 10:25-30; Romans 8:15-17; 1 Corinthians 8:6

 

GOD THE SON

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, in His sacrificial and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His second coming. 

2 Samuel 7:12-16; Psalm 2; Isaiah 7:14; Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:15; John 1:1-5,9-14; John 10:25-30, 14:6; Ephesians 1:7-10, 18-23; Colossians 1:13-20; Hebrews 1:1-3, 4:14-16 

 

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian can find new life, no longer living according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. The Holy Spirit bestows spiritual gifts on each one in order to equip for ministry and edify the church.  The faithful work to which the church is called can only be accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit’s operation in the lives of the church body.

Genesis 1:2; Joel 2:28-32; John 3:5-8, 16:7-15; Romans 8:9-17, 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 12:27-28; Galatians 5:16-25

 

CREATION 

Based on Genesis 1, God “created the heavens and the earth” and man “good.” God has made himself known to us through his Son, through Scripture, and in Creation. We believe that in God’s creation of man and woman, His design for marriage is a holy union between a man and woman alone.  We also reject the theory of evolution.

Genesis 1:1-31, 2:24; Psalm 8, 19, 24:1-2, 33:6-9; John 1:1-3; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-4, 11:3

 

PURPOSE IN HUMANITY 

God has created man and woman to bear his image and rule his world (have dominion over the earth), commissioning us to be faithful stewards of His creation. God created man and woman innocent of sin. Satan deceived them and by their free choice, they sinned against God, bringing sin into the world. This entrance of sin corrupted the earth and man, and “God subjected it to futility,” with a promise that the Seed of Eve, Jesus, would crush the head of the serpent, Satan, and overturn this futility, restoring the earth and man through the return of the promised Messiah.

Genesis 1:26-30, 3:15;  Psalm 8:4-9, 139:13-16; Romans 8:18-25; 1 Corinthians 8:6

 

THE WAY OF SALVATION 

Salvation is a gift of God, received upon belief and personal faith in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for sin. We believe this salvation is by grace through faith, “knowing that a person is not justified by works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus.” In Christ, there is redemption, regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. The gift of the Holy Spirit is given as the seal of the promise of eternal life. 

Isaiah 53; John 1:1-13, 3:14-21,36,5:24,17:3; Acts 4:12; Romans 1:16-18, 3:23-26, 5:6-21, 6:23; 8:28-30;  1Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 1:20-22; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 1:13-14

 

THE CHURCH

The Body and Bride of Christ are made up of believers in this present age. The local church is the assembly of professing believers in Jesus Christ who join together for worship, study of the Scripture, fellowship, to be equipped for Christian service, and for fulfilling the Great Commission. The Body of Christ comes together to share in the Lord’s Supper, as Jesus did observing the Passover, breaking the bread as His body and sharing the cup as His blood, so that we would remember the work of Christ and proclaim His death until He comes again. We believe that baptism is a response to salvation and a picture of our identity with Christ in His death and resurrection.

Matthew 25:35-40, 26:17-29, 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-39,42; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 

Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 10:23-25; Revelation 19:5-9

 

END TIMES 

In the future, at the sound of the Trumpet, we believe Jesus Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. We await His second coming as the rightful end and hope of this gospel, restoring earth and man to God’s original purposes, and His vindication as the One True God. 

Isaiah 9:6-7; Ezekiel 36:22-28, 37:1-28; Joel 2:28-32; Micah 4:1-5; Matthew 24; Romans 8:18-25; 

1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:11; Revelation 20:11-15, 21:1-27, 22:1-21