Statement of Faith
1. That the Bible, comprised of both Old and New Testaments, is the fully inspired, only infallible, authoritative Word of God. It is without error in the original writings, having been written by men under the influence of the Holy Spirit. The Bible, also called the Scriptures, is the complete revelation of God's will for the salvation of men and the supreme authority in all matters pertaining to the Christian life: doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in conduct pleasing to God, thoroughly equipping the followers of Jesus Christ in every good work to which God calls them.
(II Peter 1:21; II Peter 3:16; II Timothy 3: 15-17)
2. That there is one God, eternally existing in three persons, known as the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each fulfilling different offices yet having the same attributes and perfections.
(Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17; Luke 3:22; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26, 15:26; Acts 1:4-5, 2:33, 10:38; II Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 2:18; Hebrews 9:14; I Peter 1:2)
3. That God created all things by the word of His mouth and that all three persons of the Trinity were fully involved in the creation of the universe.
(Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1-3; II Corinthians 4:6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:2)
4. That God the Father is an infinite, personal Spirit, who concerns Himself mercifully and justly in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and condemnation all who call upon Him through Jesus Christ.
(John 4:24; Romans 9:15-24; I John 5:14-15; Romans 3: 21-26; Romans 10:12-13; John 5:24; John 3:17-18; Acts 10:43)
5. That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, God the Father's one and only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; that He lived a sinless life, that He performed miracles, and that His death was the substitutionary atonement for sin; that He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where He is now seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for His people; that He will personally and visibly return to earth in power and glory to judge all men and to establish His Kingdom.
(Matthew 1: 18-23; John 1:1-3; Luke 1: 26-35; I John 2:22, 4:2-3; Hebrews 4:15, 2:17, 7:25-27, 10:12-14, 1:3; Acts 1:9; Romans 8:27; I John 2:1-2; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Revelation 1:7, 22:12; I Thessalonians 1:7-10; Acts 10:42)
6. That the Holy Spirit has been sent from the Father to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ; to convict men of sin and to regenerate the believing sinner; to indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer in Jesus for godly living and service, producing within him the fruit of the Spirit and equipping him with spiritual gifts for ministry within the Church, the Body of Christ.
(John 14:26, 16:7-15; Romans 8:10-11; Galatians 5:22-23; I Corinthians 12:7; I Peter 4:10-11; Ephesians 4:4-16)
7. That God personally created man in His own image; that man willfully sinned; consequently, every person is a sinner by nature and by choice, is totally depraved and unable to redeem himself, and is, therefore, under condemnation.
(Genesis 1:26-27, 2:16-17, 3:6; Romans 3:10-20, 3:23, 5:12-16; John 3:18, 36; Jeremiah 17:9-10)
8. That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only basis for salvation for all who believe, and that those who receive Jesus Christ by grace through faith are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, becoming children of God and receiving the free gift of Christ's perfect righteousness, thereby obtaining eternal life.
(Acts 4:12; I John 1:9; Romans 4:22-25; Romans 5:17, 6:23; John 1:11; Ephesians 2:4-9; I Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 9:14; John 6:63)
9. That a Christian lives for the glory of God and for the well-being of his fellow man, even at his own expense and inconvenience, compelled by the love of Christ to share the Gospel with others and to live in a manner worthy of his high calling by God; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions, and that he should pursue for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ, that is, to become like Jesus, reflecting His character qualities and separating himself from all worldly and sinful practices; that he should look forward to the imminent return of Christ, and that this "Blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
(II Corinthians 5:14-15; Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 1:10; Luke 14:26-33, 19:12-27; Ephesians 4:13-15; Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; Titus 2:11-14; II Peter 11-13; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1)
10. That there exists a spirit of evil, called the devil or Satan, who, together with the other fallen angels, called demons, who followed his leadership in rebellion against God, carries on organized opposition to the Kingdom of God; that he continually tempts men to disobey God through lies and deceit, attempts to keep them from hearing and understanding the Gospel, accuses them before God, and seeks the demise of mankind; that he was defeated through Christ's death and resurrection; and that he will be judged by Jesus Christ, will suffer ultimate and total defeat, and will be cast into the lake of fire.
(Genesis 3:1-5; Matthew 4:1-10; John 8:44, 12:31; II Corinthians 4:4; II Thessalonians 2:9-10; Revelation 9:11, 12:10-13, 20:10)
11. That the dead will be resurrected bodily at the coming of the Lord and that all men will face judgment; that the believer will receive rewards for the deeds done in the body and live in eternal joy with the Lord and the unbeliever will face the wrath of God and be consigned to endless conscious suffering.
(Revelation 20:11-15, 12:8, 22:14-15; Romans 2:4-16; I Corinthians 3:12-15, 15:12-23, 51-55; I Thessalonians 4:14-18; II Thessalonians 1:3-10; II Corinthians 4:16-5:11; I Peter 4:5; Luke 16:19-31;)
12. That God's design for marriage is one man and one woman, united for life, so long as they both shall live; that Christ is the head of the man and the man is the head of the woman; that the husband is to love his wife and lead her spiritually as Christ loved and sanctifies the Church, and the wife is to honor her husband and willingly submit to him as to the Lord.
(Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; Malachi 2:13-16; I Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; Titus 2:5)
13. That God designed the family as the primary environment for discipleship; that the parents are to lovingly nurture, discipline, and instruct their children, teaching them all the ways and commands of the Lord, and the children are to honor and obey their parents.
(Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Psalm 78:4-7; Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3: 20)
14. That the Church is the Body of Christ here on earth, made up of all true believers in Jesus Christ; that God has given gifts to the Church through the Holy Spirit to minister His grace to one another and to further His Kingdom on the earth.
(Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:4-16; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 12:7, 11-14, 27)