Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

GOD’S WORD: THE BIBLE
We believethat the Bible is theinfallible Word of God.It is inerrantin the original manuscripts and our singular authority in all matters of faith,doctrineand Christian living. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21)

GOD’S NATURE AND EXISTENCE
We believein one God,eternally existing as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.(Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,3; 4:24; Acts 5:3, 4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4: 4-6; II Corinthians 13:14)

God the Father
We believein God the Father, aninfinite, personal spirit, who is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love.We believe that God concerns Himselfmercifully in the affairs ofpeople, that Hehears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come toHim through Jesus Christ. (John 3:16, 17; John 4:24; John 17:5)

God the Son – Jesus Christ
We believein Jesus Christ,God’s only Son, being fully God and fully man, conceived by the Holy Spirit andborn of the virgin Mary. We believe in Hissinless life, His miracles andteachings, substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension intoHeaven, perpetual intercession for Hispeople, and personal, visible return toearth.
(Isaiah 7:14; John 1:14; Philippians 2: 5-11; Hebrews 1:2, 3:1; I John 1:7)

God the Holy Spirit
We believein the HolySpirit, coexistent with the Father and Son, sent to convict the world in regardto sin, righteousness and judgment, and toregenerate, sanctify and empower allwho believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells everybeliever in Christ, and that the HolySpirit is our abiding helper, teacher andguide. He equips believerswith gifts both natural and supernatural for thebuilding up of the church and thefurthering of God’s kingdom. (John 14:26; John 16: 7-15; Romans 8: 14-17; I Corinthians 12: 7-11; Ephesians 1:13, 14)

GOD’S CREATION
We believeGod created theuniverse and all that is in it. In His graciousness He created man and woman inHis image, but they chose to sin.In sodoing they incurred not onlyphysical death, but also spiritualdeath, which is separation from God. We believe that all humans since Adam arebornwith a sinful nature and become sinners in thought, word anddeed, and,apart from Christ, they remain in spiritual separation from God. (Genesis 1-3; Romans 3: 23-25; 5: 12-18; I John 1:8; Jeremiah 17:9)

GOD’S PROVISION OF GRACE
We believesinful man would haveremained in a state of guilt and separation from God, but God, in His grace,love and mercy sent Jesus Christ as anatoning sacrifice to pay ourdebt, adebt we could not pay. We further believe that all who trust God fully and whocome by grace through faith to asaving acceptance of the person and work ofthe Lord JesusChrist are born again by the Holy Spirit.In this we move from a state ofseparation fromGod to a state of sonship, becoming children of God, and thusheirs of His kingdom. (Isaiah 53: Matthew 20: 28; John 1: 12-13, 3: 3-5, 3:16; Romans 3: 24-26, 5: 1-8; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2: 8-9)

GOD’S PEOPLE : THE CHURCH
We believethat there isone true church universal, comprised of all people who acknowledge Jesus Christas their personal Savior and Lord andinnumerable local manifestations ofthelarger body. The scriptures commanded the local church to devote itself toworship, prayer, and the teaching ofthe Word, seeking to present the gospel toall in order to makethem disciples and followers of Christ. Scripture alsocommands believers to be devotedto fellowship and authentic community life,leading and serving one another through thediscovery and use of theirspiritual gifts and the faithful stewardship of all that they are and have,seeking to reach full maturity in Christ.

We further believe that Christiansshould livefor the Glory of God andthe well being of others. Theirconduct should be exemplary before the world. The Church, united and living inChrist, is the visible representation ofGod’sKingdom on earth. (Mark 1: 9-10; Acts 2: 40-47; Romans 12: 4-6, 12: 4-6; Ephesians 2: 19-22; 4: 12-16; Hebrews 10: 24-25; Galatians 3:28)

GOD’S ORDINANCES FOR THE CHURCH
Believers who are walking in fellowship by bothChrist’s commands and example should participate in regular observances of theLord’s Supper,remembering His death andresurrection until His return.Likewise, new believers[who are of the age of reason?],upon their profession of faith, should follow Christin the act ofbaptism. We follow the NewTestament practice and example ofbaptism by immersion for those confessing Christ as Lord and Savior. It is animportant celebration and public testimony of their new life in Christ. (I Corinthians 11:23-26, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2-38)

GOD’S IMMINENT RETURN
We believein the personaland visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment ofHis kingdom. We believe in the bodilyresurrection of the just and the unjust:the just to everlasting joy with God and the unjust to everlasting punishment,separated from God. (Matthews 25: 31-46; John 5: 28-29; I Corinthians 15: II Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20: 11-15; I Thessalonians 4: 16-17)