Statement of Faith
1. Concerning God –
A. We believe that God is love. He is sovereign, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, holy, immutable, just, eternal and good. He created the heavens and the world out of nothing and actively sustains it. We believe in the Trinity; that is, one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity.
B. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His pre-incarnate existence from eternity past as fully God, His virgin birth, His miracles, His sinless life, His voluntary atonement for the sins of men by dying on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own, and His personal return in power and glory. We believe that His death both satisfied divine justice and accomplished salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever.
C. We believe that the Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control are appropriated in the believer’s life by faith.
2. Concerning Man –
God made man and woman in His image and likeness as the crown of creation. He created the family, giving the man and woman the responsibility to conceive, bear and nurture children. As the creator of life, God Himself begins each human life at conception and gives to each person, as His image bearer, meaning, dignity and value. Sin entered the world by active choice when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sought to be independent of Him. As a result of this Fall, all people are alienated from their Creator, under divine condemnation and live in a world permeated by sin. Man’s nature is corrupted. He is totally unable to please God and in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
3. Concerning Salvation –
The salvation of man is wholly a work of God’s free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justified them in His sight. At physical death the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing. At physical death the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation.
4. Concerning the Bible –
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible Word of God. In all matters of faith and life, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the final authority. The Scriptures point us with full reliability to Jesus, God’s Son. The Scriptures tell us that we receive forgiveness of sins by faith in Jesus Christ, and that God provides salvation by grace alone for those who repent and believe
5. Concerning the Church –
A. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men who have been joined to Him through saving faith. We believe in the spiritual unity of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. B. God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement. C. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” As Christians, we are called to a life of faith into an ongoing ministry until that mission is completed by the coming of the Kingdom in its fullness. The Holy Spirit empowers us to fulfill that calling.