Statement of Faith
Adopted April 18, 2018
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are God's completed revelation. They were written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and are without error. The Bible is the only trustworthy, infallible and sufficient authority for all matters of doctrine, faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3:13-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21).
We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is equal in every divine quality and works in perfect unity with other members of the Trinity to bring about the sovereign purposes of God. (Matt. 28:19; John 1:1, 14, 18; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4 - 6).
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. In His very essence (Genesis 1:1; John 4:24; 1Chron. 29:10-13), God is self-existent, eternal and unchanging (Jeremiah 23:24; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 119:137). God is all- powerful and all-knowing and His perfect knowledge extends to all things past, present and future (Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 46:9,10; Heb. 4:13). Although God detests evil, He is longsuffering and compassionate toward sinful people (Psalm 116:5; Eph. 2:4-7), He involves Himself intimately in the affairs of mankind, He hears and answers prayer, and He saves from the eternal consequences of sin and death, all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:8-11; John 3:16; 1 Thess. 1:10).
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit with two inseparable natures, one human and one divine. (John 3:16; John 10:30; 1 John 5:20) We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. (Luke 1:31, 35) We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, His bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession before the Father for His people, and personal visible return to Earth (Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:37-39; Acts 1:9).
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. His ministry glorifies Jesus Christ and implements Christ's work of salvation (Acts 5:3,4; John 16: 8-10). We believe the Holy Spirit regenerates (Titus 3:5), baptizes (1 Cor. 12:13), seals (Eph.1:13), fills (Eph. 5:18) and indwells (1Cor. 6:19) all believers, securing them in Christ forever. He leads and empowers believers for godly living and service. Spiritual gifts are sovereignly given to all believers for the common good of the church. No particular sign gift signifies His baptism or filling, nor does any gift provide revelation beyond what has already been revealed in the Holy Scriptures (1 Cor. 12:7, 11).
We believe God directly created the first man and first woman, Adam and Eve, in His own image, free from sin, without any evolutionary processes. They were created to be male and female in biological gender, which is to be celebrated and embraced as God’s design. God created them as immortal, rational, and morally responsible. Mankind has been given the purpose to glorify God, enjoy His fellowship and accomplish His will on earth (Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7; Matthew 19:4). We believe Adam sinned, and as a result, all people are sinners by nature and choice, and are spiritually dead in their relationship to God. Because sin is rooted in the core of their being, they are totally incapable of being reconciled to God based upon their own merits. As sinners they stand in need of God's mercy and grace in order to be reconciled to Him. (Genesis 3; Rom. 5:12-21; 3:21-26; Eph. 2:1-10). We believe all people stand in need of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who alone can address their spiritually dead condition. We believe those who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, repent of their sin, and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are reconciled to God. We believe genuine saving faith should, and will be, evidenced by a life of dependence on God expressed through obedience to God by following what is revealed in His Word. This will show itself through righteous living, good works and love in action towards all (John 14:1-6; Romans 1:16-17; Titus 3:3_7; 2 Cor. 5:17-21). Marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman in a life-long commitment (Matt. 19:4-6). According to the teaching of the Bible, sexual relationships are to be exercised only within marriage between a husband and wife (1 Cor. 6:9-11; Rom.1:26-27). The Bible is clear in its teaching on the sanctity of all human life (Psalm 139; Jer. 1:5). Since all human life is sacred and a gift of God, and since life begins at conception, all human life from conception to death is deserving of respect, care, and protection.
We believe salvation is provided wholly by God's grace and received through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, (John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9). We believe God the Father, by His love and grace, was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself by giving His Son as the sinless, substitutionary sacrifice for sinful humanity. In the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, full payment was made for the sins of the world and God's perfect justice was satisfied (Col. 1:19-20; Heb. 10:12; 1John 2:1-2; Titus 3:5). We believe personal salvation is received in the person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ alone, apart from any human merit, deed, or ritual. God regenerates, redeems, justifies, forgives, and gives eternal life to those who come to Him. God's faithfulness guarantees the eternal security of all true believers (Romans 8:1; 1; John 5:13; John 6:47; John 10:27-30).
We believe the church of Jesus Christ, throughout the world, expresses itself in the local church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members (Col. 1:18,1 Cor. 12:13, 27, Rom. 12:4-5, Acts 2). We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ who have made a sincere and credible confession of faith and have associated together for worship, instruction, evangelism and service. Each believer has equal access to God and the responsibility to offer up the sacrificial gifts of self, praise, and possessions (1 Cor.1:2, Gal. 1:2, 1 Peter 2:5). We believe the ordinances of the local church are believer's baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper. We believe that although they are symbolic in nature their practice is important in the life of the Christian since they are acts of obedience, faith and communion with Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19, Acts19:3-5, 1 Cor.11:23-26). The leadership of the church is responsible and accountable first to Jesus Christ as the Chief Shepherd, then to the congregation, as servants, overseeing in love and humility. We believe only biblically qualified men are to serve in the position of pastor or deacon (Rom. 15:25-27, 1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Tim. 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-7). We also believe in the autonomy and interdependence of local churches, the mutual submission of believers to each other in love, the autonomy of church from the state (Matt. 22:15-22; Rom 13:1-7).
We believe a person's eternal destiny is forever sealed by his or her response, in this lifetime, to Christ and His blood shed on the cross. Believers will experience eternity in the presence of God in Heaven. Unbelievers will be in Hell, a place of suffering and loss, eternally separated from the presence of God (Luke 16:19-31; John 3:16; John 14:1-3; Matt.10:28). We believe in the pre-millennial, bodily return of Jesus Christ, including the Rapture, the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel, the resurrection and judgement of both believers and non-believers, and the consummation of Christ’s eternal kingdom in which we will live with Him throughout eternity (1 Thess.4:13-18; Rev. 20:1-2; Rev.21:1-4).