Statement of Faith

We affirm the Holy Bible as the complete, errorless, and inspired Word of God. The Bible is the ultimate authority for our beliefs. A summary of its teaching is as follows: 

 

1. God

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all-powerful and all-knowing. His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future. He is loving and cares especially about people. His desire is that all should trust Him for eternal life. To Him, we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

 

2. God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all people.

 

3. Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is eternally co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

4. The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is eternally co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. His primary role is to point people back to Jesus and the Bible. He gives all believers spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

5. The Bible

The Bible is literally God's Word to us. We recognize Genesis to Malachi and Matthew to Revelation, not including the Apocrypha, to be the only books collectively known as the Bible. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It alone is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. It is sufficient for our entire life. Our traditions, beliefs, and practices are under its authority even when culture or popular opinions disagree.

6. People

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme objects of God's creation. All life is sacred and of inestimable worth from conception through natural death regardless of condition, abilities, or stage of life.

God wonderfully and purposely creates people as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. “Marriage” has only one meaning; the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union as taught in the Bible. God intends sexual intimacy to be expressed only between a man and a woman who are married to each other.

Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us have chosen to do wrong. Consequently, all of us are marred by attitudes and actions of disobedience toward God called "sin". Sin distorts the image of God in each person. These attitudes and actions separate people from God resulting in spiritual and eternal death. They are the sources of many problems and destruction in our lives today.

7. Salvation

Salvation is God's free gift of eternal life and the forgiveness of sins that can only be received by faith. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty which is death. When we turn away from sin and a self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. We experience transformation, a new identity, adoption, cleansing, forgiveness, deliverance, freedom, empowerment, security, life, purpose, etc. Eternal life begins the moment someone turns from their sin and receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith.

           

8. Eternal Security

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation both now and for all eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and “keeping power” of God that gives us this security as his adopted sons and daughters.

9. Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation or eternally separated from God by sin. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life, experienced ultimately in Heaven. To be eternally separated from God by sin is Hell. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

10. The Church

A New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ: believer's baptism by immersion and Lord's Supper, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the offices of pastor and deacon are limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

 

God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin and seek His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Consequently, every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Malicious behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual regardless of beliefs or practices are wrong and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of The Church.

 

The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of people and is the sole and final source of all that we believe.

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