Statement of Faith

 

WE BELIEVE the Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative written Word of God. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the foundation upon which the church operates and are the basis for which the church is governed. As such, the Word of God supersedes any earthly law contrary to biblical principles. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3-4, 21)

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WE BELIEVE there is one true and living God, who created all things, upholds all things, and governs all things, eternally existing in three separate and distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The triune God is one in essence and three in person, existing in perfect unity and equality of glory, majesty, dominion, and power. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8; Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:1-12; Jude 1:25)

 

WE BELIEVE in the Person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, who is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 102:27; Jeremiah 32:17; Habakkuk 1:13; Matthew 6:6-13; Matthew 10:29-31; John 3:16; John 4:24; Romans 5:10-11; Romans 11:33; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3; 1 John 4:8)

 

WE BELIEVE in the Person of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is forever fully God from eternity and fully man from His incarnation. We affirm His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, teachings, substitutionary and atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven to the right hand of the Father, perpetual intercession for His people, and imminent return to Earth in power and glory to rule for a thousand years. (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 14; John 8:58; John 11:25; John 20:28; Acts 2:22; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 1:1-3; Revelation 1:8; Revelation 19:11-20:6)

 

WE BELIEVE in the Person of the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ. We affirm that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ at the time of regeneration as an abiding helper, comforter, teacher, and guide. We also affirm that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a separate and distinct experience than that of regeneration, occurring either simultaneous with or subsequent to salvation, which is evidenced by a greater dynamic in the Christian’s life enabling him or her to be a bolder and more effective witness of Christ. The ministry of the Holy Spirit includes the enabling of Spirit-filled believers to exercise any or all gifts of the Spirit listed in the New Testament according to God’s will. The supreme evidence of the Spirit-filled life is the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit. (Luke 11:13; John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:7, 8-11, 13; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:13-14, 26; Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22-23; Hebrews 9:14; Titus 3:5)

WE BELIEVE that all people are sinners by nature and choice, falling short of God’s holy standard and breaking His divine commandants. Because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, all people absolutely need regeneration by the Holy Spirit through faith alone in Jesus Christ – His shed blood, His atoning death on the cross, and the hope given by His resurrection from the dead – according to the grace of God. (John 3:16-19; Acts 3:19; Acts 20:21; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8-9; Ephesians 2:1-3, 8-10; Titus 3:5; 1 John 2:1-2)

 

WE BELIEVE in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost – the saved unto everlasting life in the presence of God and the lost unto eternal damnation in separation from God. We affirm there is a literal Heaven for those who place their faith in Jesus Christ and a literal Hell for those who reject Him. (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 22; Matthew 18:9; Matthew 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; John 5:28-29; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Revelation 14:9-11; Revelation 20:11-15)

 

WE BELIEVE the church is the Body of Christ, the universal body of all born again believers of which Jesus Christ is the head. (Rom 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 1:18)

 

WE BELIEVE in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church when all believers will meet the Lord in the air and be taken out of this world prior to the Great Tribulation that will come upon the whole Earth. (Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18; Romans 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; 2 Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10; Revelation 5:7-10; Revelation 7:13-14)

 

WE BELIEVE in the second coming of Jesus Christ with His saints to rule the Earth for a thousand years. Christ’s second coming will be a physical, visible return to Earth to establish His millennial kingdom. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11 – 20:15)

 

WE BELIEVE the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the church: the Lord’s Supper and water baptism. We affirm that communion is a memorial celebration open to all believers in Jesus Christ and that baptism is conducted by full immersion in water as an act of obedience. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Colossians 2:11-12)

 

WE BELIEVE God created people as male and female to complement and complete one another. We furthermore affirm God instituted monogamous marriage between a man and a woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. As such, all marriage should be consistent with God’s standards according to the Bible. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:24-28; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 18-20; 1 Corinthians 7:1-3, 8-9; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-7; 1 Timothy 1:9-11)