What We Believe

Statement of Faith

God
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory. (Isaiah 43:10) (Isaiah 44:6)

Bible
We believe that the bible is God’s inspired Word, complete and without error.  We believe it is the supreme and final authority in all matters of belief and conduct.  Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan.  In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath, Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.  (Romans 3:23-25) (Eph. 2:8-9) (Gal. 2:16)

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ- Israel’s promised Messiah- was conceived through the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and died on the cross as a payment for the sins of man.  After three days He rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God and acts as the only mediator for all men. (Matt. 1:18) (1 Cor. 15:3-5) (1 Tim. 2:5)

The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins.  His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation(Romans 6:23) (Romans 10:9)

Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ.  He convicts the world of its guilt.  He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God.  He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service. (John 14:16-17) (Romans 8:26-27)

The Church
We believe that the true Church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone.  They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head.  The true Church is manifest in local Churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers.  The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel.  Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the Church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. (Acts 10:47-48) (1 Cor. 11:23-29)

Christian Living
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose.  God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed.  With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil.  In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed. (Matt 28:18-20)

Marriage
We believe marriage is between one man and one women. (Gen. 2:23-24)

Christ’s Return
We believe in the personal, bodily, and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy, and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly-living, sacrificial services and energetic mission.  (1 Thes. 4: 16-17)

Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ.  We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.  (John 14:2-4,6) (Matt. 25:41,46) (1 Thes. 4:16-17)

Scripture References:

  • “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”    2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,  “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.  Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.  Isaiah 43:10
  • “This is what the Lord says— Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.   Isaiah 44:6
  • “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit…”  Matthew 1:18
  • “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.”  1 Cor. 15: 3-5
  •  “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man1 Christ Jesus,”  1 Timothy 2:5
  • “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.”  John 14: 16-17
  • “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”  Romans 8:26-27
  • “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.  So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ…”  Acts 10: 47-48
  • For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread,  and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”  “So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.  Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.”  1 Corinthians 11:23-29
  • “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood….”  Romans 3: 23-25
  • “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-  not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9
  •  “know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in[a] Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.”  Gal. 2:16
  • “The man said,“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”  That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”  Genesis 2:23-24
  • “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Romans 6:23
  • “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Romans 10:9
  • “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. . . . Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  John 14: 2-4,6
  • “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: . . . And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”  Matthew 25: 41, 46
  •  “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”  1 Thes. 4: 16-17
  • “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ ”  Matt 28:18-20
  • “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”  Matt. 24:44