STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

The Bible

We believe the sixty-six (66) books of the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. When we say inspired and without error, we mean we believe this to be verbal, plenary, infallible, and inerrant throughout.

God the Father

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ is true and fully God and true and fully man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who is also man, with two distinct natures in one Person forever. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now sits as our High Priest and Advocate, and will return personally in his power and glory. We believe in the imminent, visible and bodily return of Christ to this earth to set up His kingdom and to judge the world in righteousness.

God the Holy Spirit

We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that he performs the miracle of new birth in an unbeliever, is responsible for the quickening from death into life and continuing of the work of sanctification in the believer, and indwells believers, enabling them to live a godly life. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

Mankind

We believe that man was created in the image of God but because of sin (through Adam), was alienated from God and is therefore lost. That alienation can be removed only by accepting, through faith, God’s gift of salvation which was made possible by Christ’s death.

 The Commission

We believe that Christ commanded the Church to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every person. Teaching all to repent and believe the good news of the gospel, for that is why He and we were placed upon this earth (Matt 16:15, Luke 4:43).

Substitutionary Death of Christ

We believe that the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ made atonement for the sin of the world and is complete and efficient for all who repent and believe. We believe His resurrection provides the only ground for justification and salvation for all who repent and believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ by grace through faith are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God and co-heirs with Christ.

Resurrection

We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, which insures the resurrection of all believers who have received God’s gift of eternal life. We believe in the resurrection and judgment of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that reject the gospel and are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

The Church

We believe that the true Church, the body of Christ, is composed of only those such persons who through personal faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, for whom He now makes intercession in heaven and for whom He will come again, and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is Lord and Head. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Eschatology

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. (John 5:28-29)

Regeneration

We understand and believe “regeneration” literally means a "new birth." In Matthew 19:28 the word is equivalent to the "restitution of all things" (Acts 3:21). In Titus 3:5 it denotes that change of heart elsewhere spoken of as a passing from death to life (1 John 3:14); becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17); being born again (John 3:5); a renewal of the mind (Romans 12:2); a resurrection from the dead (Eph. 2:6); a being quickened (Eph. 2:1,5). This change is ascribed to the Holy Spirit. It originates not with man but wholly with God (John 1:12,13; 1 John 2:29; 5:1,4). As to the nature of the change, it consists in the implanting of a new principle or disposition in the soul; the impartation of spiritual life to those who are by nature "dead in trespasses and sins." The necessity of such a change is emphatically affirmed in Scripture (John 3:3; Rom. 7:18; 8:7-9; 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1; 4:21-24).