Our Statement of Faith
Scripture: The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God, His unique revelation to mankind. It is the supreme and final authority, without error.
Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 4:4, 24:35; Romans 15:4; I Corinthians 10:11, 14:36-37; II Timothy 3:15-17; I John 1:1-3.
God:There is only one God,existing eternally as three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each fully God yet each individually distinct from the other. God is the creator of everything.
Isaiah 45:21-22; Jeremiah 10:10; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19, 3:17; John 1:1-14, 10:30.
Sin: Everyone, regardless of race, gender, social class, or intellectual ability, is created in God’s image and for communion with God. But because of sin, that communion was broken and all of humanity was separated from God, the source of all life. Because of the fall, everyone deserves God’s judgment.
Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-24; Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Isaiah 53:6; Jeremiah 17:9;Mark 7:20-23; Romans 3:9-20; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3
Salvation: Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who will trust in him. Salvation cannot be earned through our own human effort or personal goodness. It is a gift that is received by repentance and faith in Christ and his death on the cross and resurrection from the grave.
John 1:11-13; 3:16-18, 36; 5:24; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 15:11; 20:21; Romans 10:9-10,13, 17; Ephesians 1:7; 1:12-14; 2:8-10; Titus 3:3-8; Hebrews 1:3; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 4:10
Christ: Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary — he was God in human flesh. He lived a sinless human life, yet willingly took upon himself our sins by dying in our place and on our behalf. He rose bodily, victorious over death. He ascended to Heaven and is at the right hand of the Father as the believer’s advocate and mediator. Some day, he will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1-14; Galatians 4:4; I Timothy 2:5.
Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and gives new life to those who trust in Jesus. He dwells in all believers and is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives. The Spirit gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve fellow believers and reach out to a lost and needy world.
Matt. 28:20; 1 Jn. 5:7; Heb. 9:14; Gen. 1:2; Job 33:4; Judges 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 1 Sam. 16:13; Jn. 14:26; 1 Cor. 2:11-13; 1 Pet. 1:10-12; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; Gen. 6:3; Jn. 16:7-11; Acts 1:8; Jn. 3:5-8; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Pet. 1:2; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12; Acts 13:1-4.
The Second Coming oc Chirst: The rapture of the church, then the seven year tribulation, and then the personal and visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth to establish His millennial kingdom.
Psalms 24; Isaiah 9;6-7, 24:22-23; Zechariah 14:4-11; John 14; Acts 1:10-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-13; Revelation 5-20.
Judgment: The final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence.
Luke 16:19-31, 24:35-44; John 5:28-29; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 3:11-15, 15; Revelation 20:11-15.
Church: All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines. The local church is a group of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, community with each other, and as a witness to the world.
Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:8, 2:41-42, 47; I Corinthians 1:2, 11:23-34, 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2; Hebrews 10:25.
SEPARATION FROM HERESY AND APOSTASY: We believe that the Bible requires separation from all forms of heresy and ecclesiastical apostasy. We are commanded to try them, mark them, rebuke them, have no fellowship with them, withdraw ourselves, receive them not, have no company with them, reject them, and separate ourselves from them. The Bible teaches that the course of the church age is characterized by increasing apostasy.
Rom. 16:17; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; 1 Thess. 3:6; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; 2 Tim. 3:5; Titus 3:10-11; 2 John 10-11; Rev. 18:4; 2 Timothy 3:1 - 4:6.