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Statement of Faith


The Bible


We believe that the Bible, as delivered in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God, inspired (breathed out) by Him and without error in the original manuscripts. We believe it was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that it constitutes the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of man, and that it is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:20-21; Mk. 13:31; Mt. 5:18; Jn. 10:35; 20:31; Acts 20:32).

God


We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons -the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; that these three are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption (Gen.1:1, 26; Dt. 4:35; Jn. 1:1-14; 4:24; Mt. 28:19; Ti. 2:13; Col. 1:13-17).

God the Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself with the affairs of men, that He answers prayer, that He saves from sin and death and accepts into His family all who come to Him in true faith through Jesus Christ (Mt. 23:9; Jn. 3:3, 16; 6:27; Eph. 1:3-5; I Pet.1:3; Rom. 8:14-17; Rev. 1:5-6).

God the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven. We believe that He ever intercedes for His people and that He will return personally, visibly and bodily to earth (Mt. 1:18-25; Lk. 1: 26-38; Jn. 1:1-4; 3:13; 20:28; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:14-21;I Pet. 2:21-24; Rom. 5:5-6; Heb. 4:14-16; 5:6-8; 7:25; 9:28; I Tim. 3:16).

God the Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who was sent forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, indwell and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit is an abiding helper, teacher, intercessor and guide (Jn. 3:3-7; 14:16-26; 15:26-27; Rom. 8:9, 26-27; I Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 12:13; Gal. 5:22-26).

Man


We believe that man was created in the image of God and originally existed in a state of righteousness and innocence. We believe that he sinned in direct violation of God’s revealed will thereby incurring physical and spiritual death. We believe that as a consequence every person is a sinner, both by nature and by his/her own acts and under penalty of eternal separation from God (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:17; 3:1-24; Rom. 3:9-23; 5:12-19; 6:23; Jer. 17:9; I Cor. 5:21-22; Eph. 2:1-3).

Salvation


We believe that man can do nothing to save himself, but that salvation is available to all solely on the basis of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We believe that all who repent of their sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, become new creatures and inherit eternal life, having been delivered eternally from condemnation and adopted into God’s family (Lev. 17:11; II Cor. 5:17-21; Rom. 5:6-9; 8:1; 10:9-13; Eph. 2:1-10; Jn. 1:12-13; 3:16; 5:24).

The Church


We believe that the universal church is made up of believers living between Pentecost and the rapture; that it is the body of Christ and includes all those who have been baptized into that body by the Holy Spirit. True believers are eligible for membership in the local church which is intended for corporate worship, fellowship and service and is the instrument of God’s will in the world. We believe every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs (Acts 2:42-47; 6:1-4; Eph. 2:15-16; 4:7-16; 5:29-30; I Cor. 12:13; Heb. 10:25; I Cor. 12:12-27).

The Ordinances


We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. We believe that baptism is for believers and, as administered by immersion, depicts the believer’s identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lord’s Supper was instituted as a commemoration of His death. While vitally important, these ordinances are not a means of salvation (Mt. 18:18-20; Acts 10:47-48; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 11:23-34).

Christian Conduct


We believe that a true believer will live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow man. We believe 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 and for others the full stature of maturity in Christ. We believe that a true believer will progress toward these goals (I Cor. 10:31; Rom. 12:1-3; Heb. 12:1-2; I Jn. 2:3-6, 19-20; Jn. 14:15-24; II Cor. 9:6-9; Col. 1:9-10).

Future Things


We believe in the imminent, personal, and pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ and that this “blessed hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. We believe in the ultimate bodily resurrection of the dead, of believers to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord and of unbelievers to judgment and everlasting punishment (I Th. 4:13-18; Phil. 3:20; Mt. 24:15-21, 41-46; Jn. 14:1-6; Dan. 12:2-3; Rev. 20:7-15; 21:1-22).