Statement of Faith

GOD.  The one true God has revealed Himself through His creation and the Bible as an intelligent, personal and spiritual Being. God is uncreated, self-existent, and all powerful. He has perfect knowledge of the past, present and future. The Godhead exists eternally as a Trinity, one God in three uncreated Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each Person is fully God and was involved in the creation of the world and is involved in God’s acts to redeem mankind. (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 19; Romans 1:18-20; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Galatians 4:6)

GOD THE FATHER.  God the Father, working with the Son and the Holy Spirit, created the universe out of nothing, and sovereignly directs all things to bring about His will. (John 6:27; 1 Peter 1:2)

GOD THE SON.  God the Son, in order to redeem mankind from its sins, remained fully God while becoming fully man, being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, but He bore all our sins and was crucified, buried, rose bodily from the dead and ascended to Heaven. Jesus Christ is currently seated at the right hand of God the Father as the one Mediator between God and man. He will return to this world to judge the living and the dead. (John 1; Colossians 1:15-20; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1; Titus 2:13)

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT.  The Holy Spirit is a fully divine and personal being who is equal with the Father and the Son. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and calls the sinner to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. The Spirit works and lives in each believer to bring them to spiritual maturity in Christ.  He gives spiritual gifts to every believer for the benefit of the church. (Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:16)

BIBLE.  The Holy Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the divinely inspired self-revelation of God to mankind. The Bible is true and without error in the original manuscripts, and is therefore the supreme authority in all that it teaches. The final guide to the interpretation of Scripture is Scripture itself. (Proverbs 30:5-6; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 5:17-18; John 10:35; John 17:17)

MAN.  God created man and woman in His own image, and crowned them as the jewel of creation. He gave them equal value and worth. Adam freely chose to rebel against God, and thereby death and judgment entered the world, with the result that all people inherit a sin nature and face God’s judgment. (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3; Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23; Jeremiah 17:9; Psalm 14:2-3; Romans 3:10; Romans 6:23)

SALVATION.  Man is unable to bring about his own salvation from sin and God’s judgment. By God’s grace alone, He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die sacrificially on a cross to offer us forgiveness for sin. Through His resurrection, Christ conquered death, offering to us eternal life. Because of this, we are able to become right with God through faith in Jesus Christ; there is no other way. Salvation is obtained when an individual receives Jesus Christ by faith alone, expressing repentance for sin, recognizing Christ’s death as full payment for sin, and accepting the risen Christ as Savior and Lord. Those who do not believe in Christ will receive everlasting punishment in hell, but believers will enjoy eternal life and peace with God in heaven. (John 3:16-18; Isaiah 53:5-6; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:9; Romans 10:13; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-9)

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