Statement of Faith
The Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is fully and verbally inspired by God, without error in the original manuscripts and so is entirely trustworthy. It is God's truth which is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice.
John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21.
God is the one and only true God who eternally exists in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are equally and fully God. They have the same perfect nature and attributes. Each person of the Godhead is worthy of the same worship, confidence and obedience.
Genesis 1; Palms 2; Psalm 8; John 14:26; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:14
God the Father.
God the Father is the source of all that exists. He sent God the Son into world to save sinners. He raised Jesus from the dead, exalted Him and together with Him has sent the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1; John 3:16; 14:26; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Peter 1:21; 1 John 2:14.
God the Son.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He became God incarnate as Jesus the Messiah. He is the express image of the Father. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. He was crucified, raised bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven where He reigns as King and serves as our High Priest and Advocate.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1, 14; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 1:3; 7:25; Revelation 22:12-13.
God the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is truly God, divine, eternal, personal, and sovereign, a participant in creation and the author of Scriptures. He convicts the world, and restrains the progress of evil. At the moment of salvation He regenerates, baptizes, indwells, gifts, counsels/helps and empowers the believer for Christ-like living and service.
Genesis 1:2; Matthew 28:19-20; John 14:16-17; 16:8-15; Acts 4:25; 5:3-4; Romans 8:9-14; 1 Corinthians 12:11, 13; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 3:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:7; Titus 3:5-6; Hebrews 9:14; 10:15; 1 Peter 1:10-11; 2 Peter 1:20-21.
God created angels as spiritual beings who were righteous and had freedom of choice. Resulting from Satan's fall, both righteous and unrighteous angels exist. All angels have supernatural powers subject to God's sovereign purposes. Righteous angels are ministering spirits or messengers of God. Many angels rebelled against God under the leadership of Satan and are active in their opposition to God, His purposes and people, even though defeated. Satan and all the fallen angels will be committed forever to the lake of fire where they will be tormented forever.
Job 1 - 2; Matthew 13:41, 18:10; 25:41; Ephesians 6:12; Hebrews 2:7, 14; 2:14-15; 1 Peter 3:22; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 20:10.
Human beings were created by an immediate act of God in His image. The first humans, Adam and Eve, voluntarily and consciously disobeyed God's command and so fell. Every aspect of their human nature became sinful and corrupt. Thus, being spiritually dead, they became subject to physical death and the power of Satan. The image of God is distorted in all humanity, with the exception of Jesus, as we inherit a sinful nature at conception. Therefore we are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God and under His condemnation.
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3:6; Psalms 51:5; John 3:36; Romans 3:9-10; Romans 5:12-14; Ephesians 2:1-3.
Sin in the universe began with Satan's rebellion. It began in man with Adam's sin. The Bible speaks of imputed sin, inherited sin and personal sin. Sin's results include a curse upon the earth, upon Satan; mankind being spiritually separated from God and physically limited. Sin brings death to Satan and his angels and to those who die without Christ.
Genesis 3; Psalm 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28; Matthew 25; Romans 3:9-10; 5:12-21; 6:6-7; 8:3-11; James 4:17.
Salvation is accomplished solely by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was made to be sin and died in our place as an acceptable sacrifice to God. His atoning death is sufficient for all and effective for every person who repents and believes in Him, resulting in being reconciled with God. Salvation is by divine grace alone, through faith alone, through Jesus Christ alone. Salvation with respect to the past is being saved from the penalty of sin; with respect to the present is being saved from the power of sin; with respect to the future is being saved from the presence of sin. This salvation which includes our new birth and eternal inheritance is kept by God's power. It is therefore impossible for the saved to lose their salvation.
John 5:24; 10:27-30; 17:17-19;Romans 5:1, 6-10; 8:28-39; 9:19-24; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 1:5-8; 2:7-9; 3:8-11; 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 18-19; 2 Peter 2:24.
The church began at Pentecost and consists of all regenerate believers who are united by the Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the Head. Local assemblies of believers are visible representations of the Church that are united and gather for worship, teaching of the Scriptures, fellowship and care, observance of the ordinances of water baptism and communion, to administer discipline, and outreach to those who are not saved. The ordinances are not a means of salvation but a testimony of the gospel.
Matthew 16:17-18; 28:19-20; Luke 22:14-20; Acts 2; Romans 6:3; 1 Corinthians 5; 11:17-34; 12:13; 2 Corinthians 2:5-11.
At a time known only to God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily and in glory, receive His own, and establish His earthly thousand year reign. God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world. The unsaved will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer eternal conscious punishment. The saved of all ages will be forever with the Lord. God will rule over His Kingdom in the new heaven and the new earth for all eternity.
Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:26; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:7; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 14:11; 20:1-15; 21:1; 22:1-5.