Statement Of Faith
A. The Bible: We believe that the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is God’s infallible inerrant Word, written by men who were uniquely moved by the Holy Spirit, and that it is our sole authority in all matters. We affirm our belief in the verbal, complete, and equal inspiration of the Scriptures in their original writing.
B. God: We believe there is one God, Creator of heaven and earth, eternally existent in three persons:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-equal in power and glory; identical in their essential nature, attributes, and perfection.
1. God the Father is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power, and absolute in
sovereignty. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all come in Him through Jesus Christ.
2. God the Son, Jesus Christ, is God’s only begotten son born of virgin, lived a sinless life, and, being Himself true God and true man, atoned for the sins of the world by His substitutionary death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His high priestly intercession for His people, His Lordship, and His personal, visible, and pie-millennial return to the world according to His promise.
3. God the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement. He baptizes believers into the body of Christ and permanently indwells them at the time of regeneration. He is progressively sanctifying, instructing and empowering the believer for service and godly living, and preserving followers until Christ’s return.
C. Mankind: We believe that mankind was created in the image of God and was originally without sin. Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, all thereby incurred physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God. All human beings are born with a sinful nature, and are sinners by nature and by choice.
D. Salvation: We believe that mankind is saved from the eternal penalty of sin by believing in the Lord
Jesus Christ, who died for our sins as our representative and substitutionary sacrifice. All who believe in Him are justified by faith alone on the ground of His shed blood, and not by any works of ordinances of man.
E. The Church: We believe that the church is made up of every born again believer since Pentecost, regardless of race, sex, or national origin, and, prior to the Tribulation, will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. The local church is an organized body of immersed believers voluntarily associated together for teaching, fellowship, worship, prayer the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ throughout the World, and the observance of the Biblical ordinances (believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper).
F. Eternity: We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the believer and the non-believer. The saved will enjoy the wonders of God’s presence forever, and the lost will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
G. Satan: We believe that Satan is a person, a fallen angel, the author of sin, and the cause of the fall of man. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man. He will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
H. Spiritual Gifts: We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all of His gifts, and that the gifts of evangelists, pastors and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today, and that speaking in tongues and the working of the sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament scriptures were completed and their authority become established (I Corinthian 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12). We believe that God does hear and answer prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; I John 5:14-15).