Statement of Faith

We believe that...

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, The Bible is God's Word to us. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because God inspires it, it is the truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)

We believe that the Godhead exists eternally in three persons - God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Genesis 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2)

We believe in God as the absolute and sole creator of the universe, and that creation was by a divine act, not through a process of evolution.

We believe that God, by His sovereign choice and out of love for people, sent Christ into the world to save sinners.

We believe that Jesus Christ in the flesh was both God and man, that He was born of a virgin, that He lived a sinless life in which He taught and did mighty works exactly as revealed in the four Gospels, that He was crucified, died as a substitute for our sin, and was raised from the dead, bodily, on the third day. Later, he ascended to the Father's right hand where He is head of the church and intercedes for believers. He is coming again, to set up His kingdom. (Matthew 1:18-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)

We believe that by Christ's shed blood, Jesus made a perfect atonement for sin,redeeming us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.

We believe that salvation, with its forgiveness of sins, its impartation of a new nature,Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from the penalty of sin. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved (receive salvation). Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose " your salvation, no matter what. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; John 10:28-29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

We believe that...

We believe that those who receive Christ become joint-heirs with Christ; at death the Christian's spirit departs to be with Christ, and at the rapture, the body will be raised to dwell forever with God.

We believe that it should be a goal of every Christian to grow in spiritual maturity through obedience to the Word of God and the indwelling Spirit.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God - The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need of Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we need to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)

We believe that in Eternity -People were created to exist forever. We will either eternally exist separated from God by sin, or, eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 3:16; John 14:3; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)

We believe that the Baptism and the Lord's Supper are important -Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in Jesus. In the same way He was crucified, buried, and rose again, baptism symbolizes our death to sin, burial of the old way of life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony of a new believer's faith in Christ, and is a result of salvation, not a requirement for salvation.

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience where baptized believers participate in remembering the sacrificial death of Jesus through the taking of the bread, (symbolizing His body) and the juice, (symbolizing His blood). Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 26:26-30; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)

We believe in "The Last Things" - God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unsaved people will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The saved, in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will live forever in Heaven with the Lord. Isaiah 2:4; Isaiah 11:9; Matthew 16:27; Matthew 18:8-9; Matthew 24:27, 30, 36, 44; John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, 35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27-28; Revelation 1:18; Revelation 3:11)