STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe there is one true God, eternally existing in three distinct persons – the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Triune God is all knowing, all powerful, present in all places at all times, and unchanging. He is perfectly holy, wise, faithful, loving, patient, merciful and grace giving toward all that has been created.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 103:8; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 1:1-2, 14:6-7; Acts 5:3-4, Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 5:7)
We believe that God created all things. We believe mankind was created in the image of God. Because of the introduction of sin into the world by the rebellion of man, all of creation looks to the final day of redemption wherein history is fulfilled in Jesus Christ and a new creation is realized.
(Genesis 1:1, 1:27; Isaiah 45:12; Romans 8:18-23; Colossians 1:16; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-2)
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, inerrant in its original form and infallible as the standard for life. It is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. When interpreted in context and according to purpose, the Word of God gives life to those who are willingly obedient to its message.
(Psalm 19:7-10, 119:105; Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 24:44-45; John 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:1-2; 1 Peter 1:24-25; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 3:16)
We believe in Jesus Christ as the only Son of God and the only way to heaven. He lived in heaven pre-existent with the Father and chose to come to earth, born of the virgin Mary, fully God and fully man. He is the perfect reflection of God the Father to mankind. Having lived a sinless life, He died for the redemption of sinners, rose from the dead, giving mankind victory over sin and death, and ascended into heaven to intercede for His people.
(Matthew 1:20; Mark 10:45; Luke 24:46; John 1:1-2, 14, 3:16, 14:6; Colossians 1:13-15, 2:13-15; Hebrews 2:17, 7:24-25; 1 John 3:5, 4:9-10)
We believe all human beings have sinned and are sinful in nature. Sin is offensive to God and has separated man from fellowship with Him. Because sin tramples on God's glory and offends His infinitely holy character, it merits a holy, infinite response of God's wrath towards sinners.
(Isaiah 59:1-2; Matthew 25:46; Romans 3:10-12, 3:23, 5:12; Colossians 1:21)
We believe a person is saved from God's wrath and receives eternal life at the time of his or her repentance and faith in Christ. Repentance involves confession of and turning from sin. Faith is personal confidence and trust in the saving work of Jesus on behalf of mankind through His sacrificial death and resurrection. Salvation cannot be achieved by kind deeds or good works, but only by grace, through faith, which is the gift of God.
(Matthew 1:21; John 1:11–14; 3:18, 36; 5:24; Acts 17:30-31; Romans 3: 23-25, 4:3–25, 5:8-10; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:7, 2:1-9; Hebrews 2:17; 11:1)
We believe in the universal church of Jesus Christ and the local expression of its nature, which is called by Him to make disciples and to love one another, and so promote grace that will cause the world to see and know the only true God.
(Matthew 28:18-20; John 13:35; Acts 14:23; Romans 13:10; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 1:22–23, 2:19–22; Revelation 5:9)
Return of Christ
We believe in the personal second coming of Jesus Christ as Lord of Lords and King of Kings to consummate history and establish a new heaven and new earth. We believe in the final judgment wherein the wicked will be separated from the righteous, the wicked to eternal damnation and the righteous to the fullness of eternal life. Also, the righteous will reap rewards according to their deeds done on earth.
(Matthew 16:27; Matthew 25:31; 1 Timothy 6:14b-15; 2 Peter 3:7-9; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-2; Revelation 22:12)
We believe that the Christian life begins with salvation and continues as a lifelong journey of gradual spiritual growth and transformation into the likeness of Jesus through obedience to the teachings of the Word of God, beginning with baptism as a first step of obedience. This lifelong journey of spiritual growth also includes cooperating with the work of the indwelling Holy Spirit, discovering and using spiritual gifts, and listening to the counsel of other believers in the Body of Christ – the Church.
(Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 9:9, 12:15, 13:10, 19:20; John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:3)
We believe that marriage is sacred and created by God to mirror His image and character in the world. Marriage is exclusively defined by the spiritual unity of one biological man and one biological woman. This marriage relationship is God’s gift to humanity as the ordained setting for intimate companionship, sexual expression and procreation of the human race. As a man loves his wife as Jesus loves the church and a woman respects her husband as the church respects Jesus, the image and character of God are displayed to the world. We are therefore called to defend, protect and value marriage as only that between one biological man and one biological woman.
(Genesis 1:26-28, 2:18-24; Ephesians 5:21-33)
Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Every person of every race is of the utmost value to God and must therefore be extended dignity and respect. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including all pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect and value all human life.
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139:13-17; Jeremiah 1:4-5, Acts 17:26–31)