STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Word of God
The Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, alone is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and having supreme authority in all matters of faith and life.
There is One living and true God, eternally existing in three Persons. They are equal in every divine perfection, and They execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
God the Father
God the Father is the infinite, eternal and almighty personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love, and is the first Person of the Trinity. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people, He hears and answers prayers, and He saves from sin and death all who come to Him in repentance and faith through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and is the second Person of the Trinity. He was miraculously born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and performed miracles. We affirm His incarnation, teachings, substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and His personal, visible return to earth. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God the Father and humanity.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity and is sent from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. At the moment of salvation the Holy Spirit, as the abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide, indwells every believer in Christ and endows each believer with spiritual gifts for ministry to the family of God and the world.
The central purpose of God’s revelation in the Bible is to call all people into awareness of their sin, the availability of God’s marvelous grace, and the need for repentance and faith that results in complete forgiveness and fellowship with God. All people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under the judgment of God. Those who call on the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness, believe in His resurrection and receive Him as their Savior are granted salvation, forgiveness of their sin and are regenerated by the Holy Spirit into a new life in Christ. This act of salvation is based solely on the grace and mercy of God and is not the result of human deeds or goodness.
Jesus Christ will bodily return to earth and set up His Kingdom. All of the dead will be raised. Everyone who has ever lived will stand before a judgment. Only those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior while living will enter this Kingdom. We will live eternally with God in heaven. Those who rejected God’s free offer of salvation in Jesus Christ will be separated from God forever in hell.
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is not a completion of Salvation but is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Baptism symbolizes the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life. It is a testimony to his/her faith in the final resurrection of the dead. It is a church ordinance, and therefore a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.