Statement of Faith

 

The Bible

The Bible is God’s message to mankind. Men divinely guided by the Holy Spirit wrote it. God is its author, salvation is its purpose, and truth without any mixture of error is its substance. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, it is the foundation of Christian unity, and serves as the supreme authority guiding all human conduct. (Exodus 24:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12)
 

God

There is only one living and true God. He is all knowing, all-powerful, perfect, spiritual, personal, the Creator of the universe, the only salvation for mankind, and Ruler of all. To Him we owe the highest level of love and obedience. God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19-20)
 

God the Father

God as Father reigns over His universe, His creatures, and controls human history according to His purposes. He is all-powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth and attitude to those who become His children through faith in Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:1; Romans 8:14-15)
 

God the Son

As the Son of God, Christ is equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. In His incarnation, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross according to the Father’s will. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. (Matthew 16:16; John 1:1-18; 17:1-5; Hebrews 1:1-2)
 

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the fully divine Spirit of God who inspired different men to write the Bible. Today, through illumination He enables men to understand truth while always exalting Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, brings every believer into the Body of Christ, cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which believers serve God through His local church. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will secure the salvation of all believers. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in knowledge, service, and worship. (Genesis 1:2; Isaiah 61:1-3; John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 12:8)
 

Mankind

People are made in the image of God and are the supreme object of God’s creation. All of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. Sin separates people from God and results in physical and spiritual death. Only the grace of God can bring people into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill God’s creative purpose. (Genesis 1:26-30; Psalm 8:3-6; Acts 17:26-31)
 

Human Sexuality

We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female. Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9.
 

Salvation

Salvation is God’s gift. We can never compensate for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and surrender our life to Jesus in faith, we are saved. In a general sense salvation includes becoming a new individual, acquiring a new relationship with God, fulfilling a divine purpose, and eventually dwelling with God for all eternity. (John 10:9; Romans 8:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-22; Titus 2:11-14)
 

Eternal Security

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 forfeit your salvation or have it taken away. God’s power maintains salvation, not the self-effort of the Christian. It is God’s grace and keeping power that gives us this security. (John 10:27-29; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 4:30)
 

Eternity

People were created to live forever. Individuals will exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally in union with Him is an aspect of eternal life. To be eternally separated from God is an aspect of Hell. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (Matthew 25:31-46)
 

Evangelism

It is the duty and privilege of every believer and church to endeavor to make disciples of all men everywhere. It is the command of Christ for every Christian to constantly seek opportunities for sharing the good news of Christ by personal effort and by all other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)
 

Education

Christianity is the faith of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ abide all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is, therefore, a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people. (Deuteronomy 6:1-10; Hosea 4:6; 2 Timothy 2:15)
 

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by their common faith and fellowship with Jesus. The local church observes two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The purposes of the church are fulfilled through the God-given spiritual gifts of its members. All members are ministers as they serve with the scriptural leaders of the church. As each member comprises the local church, so do all churches comprise the universal body of Christ. (Matthew 16:15-19; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4)
 

Christian Unity

To live in harmony with other believers is clearly the teaching of the New Testament. It is the responsibility of each believer to endeavor to live in fellowship with each member of the congregation. As members we recognize the authority and responsibility of the local church to exercise discipline in a compassionate and restorative way. It is the purpose of church discipline to ensure harmony among members, maintain order in its practices and promote reconciliation in the event of conflict. (Matthew 18:15-20; Ephesians 4:1-3)
 

Authority of Statement of Faith

The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the forgoing statement of faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding upon all.