Statement of Faith
1. God is the creator and sustainer of all of life. He is a God of compassion, mercy and grace. He is as holy, just, and unchangeable. He is the Sovereign over all people and nations, and the one to whom all are accountable. We believe God is self- existent and reveals Himself as the Trinity (three persons yet one God) - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, co-equal in essence, authority, power, and glory. Genesis 1; John 1:1-5; John 14:16-18 & 23; Romans 11:36
2. The Bible is the fully inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original autographs. II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:16-21; Hebrews 4:12
3. Jesus Christ is God in flesh. We believe in His virgin birth, His death for all, His bodily resurrection, His current ministry of intercession, His personal return for His people and His kingdom. We are pre-millennial and pre-tribulational in our understanding of His return. Matthew 1:22, 23; John 1:1-4; 10:30; I Corinthians 15:3, 4; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 24:29-31; Revelation 20:4-6
4. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin; regenerates those who believe in Christ; seals and permanently indwells believers; gifts (enables) believers for serving; guides Christians in truth; empowers believers in a walk of faith; always seeks to exalt Christ. John 16:7-15; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; I Corinthians 12
5. Mankind was created in the image of God but by his own choice rebelled against God. As a result of this rebellion in sin, every person is born spiritually dead, separated from God, and in need of redemption. The one who dies as an unbeliever is eternally separated from God. Genesis 1:26, 27; Genesis 3; John 3:18, 19; Romans 3:9-23; Romans 5:12-14; Revelation 20:11-15.
6. Salvation for eternal life is a free gift of God by grace, apart from good works, undeserved, received by faith, and believers are eternally secure. John 1:12, 3:16-18, 5:24, 10:28, 11:25-26; Romans 5:6-11, 11:6; Ephesians 1:13,14; Ephesians 2:8.9; I John 5:13 and Romans 8:1, 31-39.
7. The New Testament church is composed of all those who have believed in Christ for eternal life. It includes believers from all languages, races, ethnic groups and economic backgrounds. It is called the 'body of Christ', 'the building of God', 'the family of God'. We called to be one in Him. Christ is the head (ultimate authority and guide) of the church. I Corinthians 12:12-14, 27; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:14-22; Colossians 1:15-18; Revelation 5:9.
8. That baptism and the Lord's Supper are two essential ordinances of the church. Neither of these contributes to a person's salvation. Both are steps of obedience for those who are believers in Christ. Baptism is an outward identification with Christ as Savior and a commitment to follow Him as His disciple. The Lord's Supper is a regular remembrance of the cost of His forgiveness and an ongoing practice of accountability. We practice baptism by immersion as the fullest picture of the death burial and resurrection of Christ. (Matt.28:19, 20; Romans 6:1-6; I Cor. 11:23-34)
9. The purpose of the church is:
- To learn to live all of life in relationship to Christ, in worship of Him, for the glory of God - proclaiming His excellence (Romans 12:1, 2; I Corinthians 10:31; I Peter 2:4, 5, 9, 10).
- To learn to love Him with all our heart, mind and soul; to love our neighbor as our own self; to love our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ; to love our family; to love our enemies (Matthew 22:37-40; John 15:9-13; Matthew5:43-48; Ephesians 5:22-6:4).
- To equip believers for ministry and maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16).
- To share Christ with those around us and around the world who do not know Him. (Matthew 28:19, 20; John 20:21)