Statement of Faith
- We believe that the Bible was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Bible centers entirely on the person and work of Jesus Christ. We accept the Bible in its entirety, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments as the sufficient and final authority for guiding man to faith in Jesus Christ and new life in Him. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 5:39, 40: 1 Corinthians 2:13, 10:11, John 10:35; Peter 1:21).
- We believe that there is one true God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each of these possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and thus the characteristics of personality. (Matthew 18:19; John 10:30; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
- We believe that Jesus is God, the living Word, who became fully man without ceasing to be fully God, through His miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a sinless life and voluntarily took away the sins of the world by dying on the cross as a substitute. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died. He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, as the Advocate of those who trust Him for salvation. (Matthew 1:16, 20, 23; Luke 1:34; Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Peter 2:5-9; 1 John 2:1).
We believe that Jesus Christ will come again to the earth, personally, visibly and bodily, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. (Acts 1:10-11; John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17; Revelation 22:20).
- We believe that God the Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to mankind. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ. From the moment of spiritual birth He imparts new life to them, continually indwells them, and seals them until the day of redemption. He is the source and power for all acceptable worship and imparts a diversity of enabling gifts for service. He enlightens us to understand the infallible Word and seeks to occupy us with Christ alone. (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:18; Titus 3:5).
- We believe that man was originally created in the image of God. We believe that through sin man forfeited this original state and entered into a state of spiritual death. We believe all men are born spiritually dead, separated from the life of God. As a result, fallen man is corrupted and is thus totally unable to please God. He is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. Man cannot see nor enter the Kingdom of God until he is born again. (Genesis 1:26-27; John 3:3, 6-7; Romans 1:18, 3:20, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1; Titus 3:5-6).
- We believe that the salvation of man is wholly a work of God’s grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works, effort, or religious ceremony. We believe that through God’s work of grace, He makes alive those dead in sin—it is by grace that we have been saved through faith. We believe that God imparts the life of Jesus and imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for salvation and justifies them in His sight. Nothing can be added to the finished work of Christ. (John 3:16; Romans 3:24, 4:25, 6:23; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-8).
- We believe that Jesus' death on the cross ratified the New Covenant. This covenant, wholly defined by grace, replaces the law-based covenant given to Israel through Moses and fulfilled by Jesus himself. This covenant defines a new relationship with God, a new identity, a new way of life and a new purpose for us. It applies to everyone, both Jew and Gentile. It provides everything we need for our journey as believers in Christ. (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:7-13, 9:11-13; Hosea 1:10, 2:23; Romans 8:17, 9:25; 2 Peter 2:3, 4; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
- We believe the Church universal – the body of Jesus Christ – consists of every person who has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit through saving faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus reigns as Lord and Head over His church. We believe that God through the Holy Spirit has arranged and gifted each member for the building up of the church to carry out her eternal purpose of ministering reconciliation and life to the ends of the earth through the proclamation of the Gospel. (Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 1:18; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 18, 27; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Acts 1:8).
- We believe that the believer, upon physical death, enters immediately into conscious fellowship with the Lord and that at the return of the Lord, the physical body will be resurrected as a glorified body to everlasting glory and blessing. (John 12:26; 1 Corinthians 15:12; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 1:23).
We believe that the unbeliever, upon physical death, enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from God and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation. (Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:12; Revelation 20:11-15).
- We believe that the highest of the created angels, Lucifer, aspiring to displace God, fell from heaven, became Satan, and caused man’s fall into sin, thus introducing sin into the entire human race. His objective today is to thwart the plan of God, deceive, if possible, the whole world, and create confusion among believers. We believe that through the sacrifice of Christ, Satan is a defeated enemy who will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 24:41; Ephesians 6:11-12; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9-10, 19-20; 20:10; 21:8).