Statement Of Faith
The Holy Bible-We Believe the Bible!
We believe the Holy Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, written centuries ago, by men chosen by God. The Holy Bible is without error in its original manuscripts, is completely reliable as the final authority in all matters of doctrine and practice, and is centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
Trinity- We believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit!
There is one and only one living and true God. ...The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. (John1:1; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:26; Titus 2:13
God the Father- God the Father is our loving, just Heavenly Father, creator of all!
As the first person of the Trinity, the Father is source and ruler of all things and is fatherly in His relationship with creation in general and believers in particular. And although there is one eternal, all-powerful, all knowing, holy, just, loving true, and unchangeable God, in the unity of the one God, there are three divine persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - equal in power but distinct in roles. (Psalm 103:19; Mattew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2
The Lord Jesus Christ (God the Son) - We proclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord-the very God who came down in human flesh - the object of our worship and the subject of our praise.
As the second person of the Trinity, the Son reveals the Father. According to the Father's plan, the eternal Son humbled himself and became the incarnate, inseparably uniting undiminished deity with true humanity. As fully God and fully man, Jesus Christ, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died to pay in full the penalty for our sin, rose bodily and miraculously from the dead, ascended into heaven. Jesus sits at the right hand of God, making intersession for all believers and will come again in glory. (John 1:1-3, 14; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 1:1-3; 1 John 5:11-12
The Holy Spirit - We recognize the Holy Spirit as the third member of the Godhead who is incessantly at work convicting, convincing, and comforting.
As the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the personal agent of the Father and Son for revelation and regeneration. Though pervasively present and active in creation, the Holy Spirit specially dwells among God's people and uniquely indwells individual believers, giving them new life and empowering them for lives of personal holiness (John 14:26; Acts 1:5, 8; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; and Ephesians 1:13-14.)
The Sinfulness of Humanity - We confess that Adam's fall into sin left humanity without the hope of heaven apart from a new birth made possible by the Savior's substitutionary death and miraculous, bodily resurrection.
As a result of Adam's rebellion, all people have fallen under the curse of death. Unable and unwilling to please God, all humans are undeserving of His blessings, blinded to His truth, and dead in their sins - spiritually and, ultimately, physically. This state of judgment before the just and holy God is a condition that permeates every facet of human life and cannot be cured apart from the grace of God through Christ. (Genesis 3; Jeremiah 17:9; and Romans 3:10-18, 23; 5:12).
Salvation - We believe the offer of salvation is God's love-gift to all. Those who accept it by faith, apart from works, become new creatures in Christ.
Because fallen humans are unable to save themselves, God, according to His own sovereign mercy, acts to save those who come to Him by grace through faith. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer the penalty of death in place of condemned humanity. Simply through believing the good news that Christ died for his or her sins and then rose from the dead, a person can be forgiven of all sin, declared righteous by God, reborn into new life, and guaranteed eternal life with God. If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; Ephesians 1:4-12; 2:8-9; 1 John 1:9)
The Return of Christ - We anticipate our Lord's promised return, which could occur at any moment.
According to the Father's plan Jesus Christ will one day return in power to bring completion of salvation and rewards to believers and judgment and wrath to unbelievers. The Bible teaches that the years leading up to the judgment will be marked by increasing evil, but the actual time of the end is unknown. It could begin at any moment. Though the details of Christ's return are sometimes unclear, its reality is certain, and all believers are called to live holy lives in anticipation of His coming. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Hebrews 9:28; and Revelation 19:11-16)
Resurrection of Humanity - We are convinced that all who have died will be brought back from beyond--belivers to everlasting communion with God and unbelievers to everlasting separation from God.
Though a believer's spirit is ushered into the Lord's presence immediately upon physical death, the fullness of salvation awaits Christ's return, when He will resurrect believers in glorified bodies like His own immortal body which can never die. While all believers throughout history will enjoy eternal life in perfect paradisae, unbelievers will be resurrected to suffer eternal conscious punishment for their sins. (John 11:23-27; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; and Revelation 20:4-21:5)
The Body of Christ - We know the Lord is continuing to enlarge His family, the universal body of Christ, over which He rules as Head.
The body of Christ is the ever-enlarging universal church consisting of true believers in heaven and on earth over whom Jesus Christ reigns as Lord. Regardless of denomination, all true believers are spiritually baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ's body and are therefore spiritually united with Him and with one another. (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16; and 1 Peter 2:9-10)
The Family of God - We believe in the ministry of the local church.
The local church exists to proclaim God's truth, to administer the ordinances of Baptism and the Lords Supper, also known as Holy Communion, and to stimulate growth toward maturity, and to bring glory to God.
Believers are called to faithful membership in a visible, local congregation for the purpose of mutual encouragement and spiritual growth. As the family of God, a healthy local church is marked by God-glorifying worship, Scripture-centered teaching, intimate fellowship, and vivid expressions of the church's faith, hope, and love through evangelism, disciple-making, financial support, and service. (Acts 2:41-47; Philippians 2:1-4; and Hebrews 10:24-25)