Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

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

GOD’S NATURE AND EXISTENCE
 We believe in 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 believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, who is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love.We believe that God concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 3:16, 17; John 4:24; John 17:5)

God the Son – Jesus Christ
 We believe in Jesus Christ,God’s only Son, being fully God and fully man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe in His sinless life, His miracles and teachings, substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into Heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth.
 (Isaiah 7:14; John 1:14; Philippians 2: 5-11; Hebrews 1:2, 3:1; I John 1:7)

God the Holy Spirit
 We believe in the Holy Spirit, coexistent with the Father and Son, sent to convict the world in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that the Holy Spirit is our abiding helper, teacher and guide. He equips believers with gifts both natural and supernatural for the building up of the church and the furthering 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 believe God created the universe and all that is in it. In His graciousness He created man and woman in His image, but they chose to sin.In so doing they incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. We believe that all humans since Adam are born with a sinful nature and become sinners in thought, word and deed, 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 believe sinful man would have remained in a state of guilt and separation from God, but God, in His grace,love and mercy sent Jesus Christ as an atoning sacrifice to pay our debt, a debt we could not pay. We further believe that all who trust God fully and who come by grace through faith to a saving acceptance of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit.In this we move from a state of separation from God to a state of son ship, becoming children of God, and thus heirs 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 believet hat there is one true church universal, comprised of all people who acknowledge Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord and innumerable local manifestations of the larger body. The scriptures commanded the local church to devote itself to worship, prayer, and the teaching of the Word, seeking to present the gospel to all in order to make them disciples and followers of Christ. Scripture also commands believers to be devoted to fellowship and authentic community life,leading and serving one another through the discovery and use of their spiritual gifts and the faithful stewardship of all that they are and have,seeking to reach full maturity in Christ.

 We further believe that Christians should live for the Glory of God and the well being of others. Their conduct should be exemplary before the world. The Church, united and living in Christ, is the visible representation of God’s Kingdom 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 both Christ’s commands and example should participate in regular observances of the Lord’s Supper,remembering His death and resurrection until His return.Likewise, new believers[who are of the age of reason?, upon their profession of faith, should follow Christ in the act of baptism. We follow the New Testament practice and example of baptism by immersion for those confessing Christ as Lord and Savior. It is an important 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 believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the bodily resurrection 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)