StatementofFaith


The Creeds

In unity with the historic Christian church, we believe and confess the Apostles', Nicene, and Chalcedonian Creeds as accurate representations of Scripture's teachings.


The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible is the authoritative Word of God.  It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26

 

The Trinity

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  These three are coequal and co-eternal.

1John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11

 

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, performed miracles, died on the cross for all people, and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory.

John 1:1,14, 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35, Isaiah 7:14


The Resurrection

Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross.

Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21

 

Regeneration

For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

John 6:44,65

 

Salvation

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection.  Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts.

Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22

 

Sanctification

Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us.  It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11

 

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be use in violation of biblical parameters.

Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10

 

The Church

The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ great commission.  Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23

 

The Sacraments

Water Baptism:  Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38

The Lord’s Supper:

A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice representing the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ are taken in remembrance of His sacrifice on the cross.

Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38, 10:47-48; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-25

 

New Heavens and New Earth

The new heavens and the new earth are the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; 2Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4

 

Hell

After living life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the fallen angels.

Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9, 20:12-15, 21:8

 

The Second Coming:  Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to the earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom.  This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.

Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7