Statement of Faith
THE FATHER: We believe God the Father is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent and
omnipotent. God is absolutely holy, righteous, and just. His love and mercy were manifested in the atoning death of His only begotten Son on the cross.
1 John 3:24; Psalm 139:7-10; Matthew 19:26; 1 Peter 1:5-16; Zephaniah 3:5;
THE SON: We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His humanity, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious suffering and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His Ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.
THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit; that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He comes and lives in the lives of those who believe in and accept Christ as their Savior. He is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truth; and gives spiritual gifts to all believers. As we walk in and with the Spirit we bear the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit brings vital gifts into our lives for personal growth, ministry and service: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues.
Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 2:38-39, Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12; Acts 19:1-7, Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:11-12; John 16:8-13
THE SCRIPTURES: We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God. They are the supreme and final authority for faith and practice.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION: Mankind was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression fell, is separated from God, and the only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21
SALVATION: We believe that salvation is the gift of God by grace alone and is received through repentance and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His substitutionary death on the cross and resurrection. Assurance and evidence of God’s regenerating work will include the internal witness of the Holy Spirit and the external witness of a life being transformed.
2 Corinthians 5:21; James 2:17; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 1:12; Romans 5:8-9; 10:9-10; 12:2
HEAVEN AND HELL: We believe that heaven is the home of the saved for eternity, and that hell is reserved for the devil and his angels and all those whose names are not written in the Book of Life.
John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Revelation 20:10-15
THE CHURCH: We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ. It is not a building, but it is born again believers, built together into one family in Christ. The Church, as Christs’ Body, is God’s agent through which He carries out His will in the earth. The Church belongs to, and is to be governed by, the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the Head, the Architect, the Builder, the Cornerstone, the High Priest and the very Life of the local church.
1 Corinthians 1:1-2, 12:13, 14:26; Colossians 3:10-11; Acts 2:42-47
THE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION: We believe in the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep (died) in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain at the coming of the Lord and that this is the imminent and blessed hope of the believer.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
WATER BAPTISM: We believe that water baptism is commanded in the Scriptures. It is the unconditional giving up of ours lives to the Lord. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. They declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with him to walk in newness of life.
Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4
LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION): We believe that the tradition of Communion was instituted by the Lord Jesus at the Last Supper. Its purpose is to perpetually remind us of what Christ has done for us on the cross and provide regular opportunity for us to affirm and receive His cleansing and healing from our sin. Communion, consisting of the elements (bread and the fruit of the vine), is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ; a memorial of his suffering and death; and a prophecy of his second coming; and is encouraged for all believers “till he comes!”
2 Peter 1:4, 1 Corinthians 11:26