Statement of Faith

Scripture

We believe the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments to be the verbal, plenary inspiration of God, without error in the original writings, and of supreme and final authority for our faith and life. (Psalm 19:7-11; Matt. 5:18; I Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 2 Pet. 3:15-16)


The Godhead

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; Gen. 1:26; Matt. 28:19; John 1:1,14; 10:30; 17:22; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13-14; Heb. 1:1-3; Col. 1:15-20)


God - The Father

We believe that God the Father is sovereign, eternal, holy, changeless, just, omnipotent, omniscent, and omnipresent. He is also personally faithful, loving, merciful and kind to man, yet He is righteous in His wrath. These qualities are made visible in creation, in redemption, in His dealings with the nations of the world, (primarily Israel), and in the judgment to come. (I Chron. 29:11; Deut. 7:7; Psalm 139:1-10; 63:6; Lam. 3:21-24; Mal. 3:6; Isa. 6:3; John 3:16; Rom. 3:23; Heb. 1:3; Gen. l:l; Rom. 1:18-20; Rev. 4:1-11; 20:11-15; Heb. 1:1-3)


Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, that He is true God and true man, and Lord of all. (Matt. 1:18-25; John 1:1-14; Heb. 1:1-3; Col. 2:9; I Pet. 3:15; Phil. 2:11)


Holy Spirit

We believe in the person and the deity of the Holy Spirit, that He came forth from God to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; to regenerate; to indwell; to sanctify; to empower; to enable for ministry; to comfort; and to instruct those who believe in Jesus Christ. (Acts 5:3-4; John 16:4-15; Rom. 8:1-2, 26-27; Titus 3:5-7; I Cor. 12:4-11)


Man and Sin

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also spiritual death (which is separation from God); and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, demonstrated in thought, word and deed. (Gen. 1:26; 3:1-24; Rom. 1:18-32; 3:10-24; 5:12-14; 6:33; Eph. 2:1-3)


Salvation

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died in our place, according to the Scriptures, as the only satisfactory substitution to make atonement for our sins. He took upon Himself the penalty for our sin so that all who are born again of the Holy Spirit, believe in Him, receive the gift of His grace and are justified before God, thereby becoming children of God. (John 3:1-18; Acts 4:12; Rom. 5:1-9; II Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; I Pet. 1:18-19; I John 2:2)


Resurrection and Exaltation of Christ

We believe that Jesus was raised bodily from the dead, that he ascended into heaven and is now at the right hand of the Father interceding in our behalf as our High Priest and Advocate. (Acts 1:9; I Cor. 15:12-28; Heb. 4:14-16; 9:24; I John 2:1)


The Church (Universal)

We believe that all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit belong to the one true church - the Body of Christ. (I Cor. 12:13, 27; Eph. 1:22-23; 2:19-22)


The Church (Local)

We believe that the local church is the visible expression of the spiritual, universal Body of Christ. Its membership is composed of regenerated and baptized believers who bear witness together of Christ and minister one to another as they are enabled by the Holy Spirit. (I Cor. 1:1; 12:1-31)


Satan

We believe in the person and reality of Satan and his angels (demons). (Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; John 8:44; Rev. 12:9-10; 20:7-10)


Heaven and Hell

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all mankind, the everlasting reward of the saved who will be with God eternally; and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the unsaved who will be separated from God eternally. (Matt. 25: 3 1-46; John 5:24-29; Acts 24:14-15; II Cor. 5:1-4; Rev. 20:1-15; 21:1-4)


Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the personal, premillenial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Matt. 24:36-42; Acts 1:10-11; I Cor. 15:15-55; I Thess. 4:13-18; James 5:8-9)

Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working… Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. .


John 5:17,19

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