Our Statement of Faith: What We Believe
THE WORD OF GOD
We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak.
We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that these are equal in every divine perfection and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son, and has precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe further that He is not only true God, but true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We also believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His priestly intercession on behalf of His people, His personal, visible, premillennial return from heaven.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, His personality and His work in regeneration, sanctification, and preservation (eternal security). His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and implement Christ’s work of redeeming the lost and empowering the believer for Godly living and service. We believe every Christian is baptized into Christ and sealed by the Holy Spirit at the moment of conversion. The Spirit’s baptism and subsequent filling ministry are distinct and not verified by any particular spiritual gift. The Holy Spirit imparts gifts to believers as He chooses but no gift in and of itself can be considered a sign of salvation or spirituality.
We believe God created man, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. We further believe man is a sinner by nature and choice and is therefore spiritually dead. We also believe that those who repent of sin and trust in Jesus as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We further believe that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, and was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received by man through faith; apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We further believe salvation results in righteous living, good works, and proper social concern.
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is Head. We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been immersed upon a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, for instruction, for evangelism, and for service. We believe the ordinances of the local church are believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper, a commemoration of the Lord’s death until He comes. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and the mutual submission of believers to each other in love.
We believe that the supreme task of every believer is to glorify God in his life, that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself the full stature of maturity in Christ.
SEPERATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
We believe that each local church is self-governing in function, and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. We further believe that every human being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life, and that each should be free to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost, the eternal existence of all men either in heaven or hell, in divine judgements, rewards, and punishments.