Our Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. The Bible is the ultimate and final authority for believers and the Church in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe in one eternal God who has revealed Himself in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). The Bible describes the character of God as good, loving, righteous, holy, just, merciful, faithful, kind, and perfect. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present.
We believe in the deity and humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in His virgin birth, and in His sinless life. We believe in His atoning death securing our pardon through His shed blood. We believe in His bodily resurrection and in His ascension to the right hand of the Father. We believe in His personal return in power and glory. (Colossians 1:15-20, Ephesians 1:3-14)
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God. He helps empower the believer to develop the character of Christ through the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and live every day in God’s will. Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:4. The Holy Spirit empowers believers for witness and gives gifts for service and ministry.
We believe that as a result of the fall of man into sin, people remain spiritually dead, morally depraved, separated from God and unable to attain right standing with God apart from Jesus Christ. Everyone has sinned and stands guilty before God. (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-10)
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. Salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace and is manifested through repentance from sin and faith in Christ. Through His work, not our own, we obtain the forgiveness of sins and are adopted into the family of God. We believe in eternal life, and that through belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, we spend eternity with the Lord in Heaven. We believe that in rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive eternal suffering in hell. (Matthew 25:31-46; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Ephesians 2:8-10)
God is Love and He loves all people. It is His desire to reach out to those who are poor, oppressed, widowed or orphaned, and to heal the brokenhearted. Psalm 68:5,6; 1 John 4:16. We believe this is the ministry of the Church. We believe that while the Church is made up of individual congregations, the true universal Church consist of all genuine believers and in the demonstration of that Church in local congregations. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences. (Ephesians 1:22)
Christ’s Second Coming
We believe in the second coming of Christ – physical and visible – to judge the living and the dead, receive His Church, and to consummate human history in the plan of God. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: the saved unto the resurrection of life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (2 Corinthians 5:1-10)