Statement of Faith

1.   We believe that the original manuscripts of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are the completely perfect Word of God.  We further believe that inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility extend to every part of the Scriptures and to the very words of the original writings.  The Bible is God’s complete and final revelation of Himself to men, and that it is the supreme authority in all matters pertaining to Christian faith and life.  (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:20-21)

 

2.   We believe in one God, infinitely perfect, existing eternally and co-equally in three persons–God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  (Matt. 3:16-17)

 

3.   We believe that Jesus Christ ever existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the virgin Mary.  We believe Jesus Christ is, in one person, true God and true man.  We believe He lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins according to the Scriptures, arose bodily from the dead, ascended bodily into heaven, and is at the right hand of the Father where He now serves as our High Priest and Advocate. 

      (Isa. 48:12-17; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23, John 1:1-14; Luke 24:46; Heb. 4:14; I John 2:2; Heb. 8:1)

 

4.   We believe that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative, vicarious substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and resurrection from the dead.  We believe that our Lord ascended into heaven, that He is now seated at the right-hand of the Father, and that He is our high priest and divine advocate with the Father.  We believe that by His finished work on the cross and His unceasing ministry of intercession in glory, Jesus Christ has procured for every believer eternal redemption, eternal salvation and everlasting life.  (I Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 5:9; John 3:16;

      Mark 16:19; Heb. 9:12; Heb. 5:9; Heb. 7:25; II Cor. 5:21;

      I Pet. 2:24

 

5.   We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.  We believe He regenerates the sinner by the Word of God, that He permanently indwells the church and the body of each believer, that He seals, enlightens, instructs, and guides every born-again person, and that he is the efficient power for godly living, Christian service and spiritual worship.  We believe that all who receive, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ are at that time born again and at the same time baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ, which is His Church.  The Bible teaches no other baptism by the Holy Spirit, but teaches the believer’s daily need of cleansing and filling by the Holy Spirit.  (John 16:7-15; John 3:5-7; John 14:16, 17, 26: Eph. 4:30; I Cor. 12:

 

6.   We believe that Satan is a person, a fallen angel, who is the embodiment of all evil. He is the enemy of the triune God and of all mankind, soliciting the believer to sin, accusing him in the presence of God, and striving to keep the unbeliever from receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.  He will finally be consigned to the Lake of Fire forever.  (Isa. 14:12-15)

 

7.   We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God by His direct act and not from previously existing forms of life; that all men are descended from the historic Adam and Eve who were the first parents of the entire human race; that mankind sinned in Adam and thereby suffered not only physical death, but also spiritual death (which is separation in the case of those who reach moral responsibility) and became sinners in thought, word, and deed. (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 5:23; Rom.3:23)

 

8.   We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God for eternity.  (John 1:12; John 3:16; John 3:36; John 5:24; I Pet. 1:23)

 

9.   We believe the two ordinances that Christians are commanded to observe are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  While recognizing that water baptism has no saving merit, it is our conviction that after one is saved, water baptism is the next step in order to portray to the world the believer’s union with Christ.  It is our conviction that the Scriptural method of water baptism is immersion.  We believe that Jesus Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper to commemorate His death until He comes.  We further believe that water baptism by immersion is to be observed only one time and is a sign of identification and a testimony to newness of life, but the Lord’s Supper is to be observed often as a memorial of the broken body and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 6:4; I Cor. 11:23-33)

 

 

10. We believe in the blessed hope, which is the personal, pre-millennial, pre-tribulation and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which is also known as the Rapture of the Church.  We believe in the personal, visible and glorious return of Christ to the earth with His saints at the end of the Great Tribulation.  This phase of His coming is known as the Revelation of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ will then establish His millennial kingdom and will reign for one thousand years.

      (Tit. 2:13; I Thess. 4:13-18; John 14:3; Acts 1:11)

 

     a.   We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, both the just and the unjust, the saved to everlasting life and joy in the presence of the Lord and the unsaved to everlasting judgment and conscious punishment.  (Phil. 3:21; I Thess. 4:16;

           Rev. 20:5; Rev. 20:15; II Thess. 1:8-9)

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