Statement of Faith

Our Statement of Faith

Section 1: The Bible

We believe the Old and New Testaments, which make up the Bible, are the word of God, unfailing and unchanging (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16 -17).We believe that as they were originally written, they are inerrant, and that as the literal word of God, they are the solid foundation upon which our faith and our daily lives are built (2 Timothy 3: 16-17). The Holy Spirit indwelling the authors, spoke through them using their own personalities yet holding true the message He intended to bring, making no mistakes and leaving nothing out (2 Peter 1:21).

Section 2: God

We believe in one God who is the Creator and the Sustainer of Creation (Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:16), who through three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians13:14), shows Himself to mankind, yet who still is the same one person in thought and in being (John 10:30). He has always and will always exist (Psalms 90:2), not bound by space or by time (1 Timothy 1:17). He is Lord of everything that exists (Psalms 93:1), all-knowing (Psalms 139:1-6), all present (Psalms 139: 7-13), and all powerful (Revelation 19:6). God is unchanging (Malachi 3:6), inherently holy (Isaiah 6:3) and full of justice (Deuteronomy 32: 4) and righteousness (Exodus 9:27). Love is an expression of God (1John 4:8) who is gracious (Ephesians 2:8) and merciful to us (1 Peter 1:3), always working for our good (Romans 8:28).

Section 3: Jesus Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God as He appeared in flesh, living with us on earth. Although in the form of man, yet still he expressed the complete essence of God. He came to humanity to show us who God is and to reveal the plan to bring salvation which would restore the relationship with Him that sin had marred ( Matthew 1:21; John 1:18; Colossians 1:15).

We believe that the Holy Spirit conceived the Lord Jesus, and that He was miraculously born of the Virgin Mary. He, being both true God and true man, lived a sinless life and his very nature was truth. His teachings, therefore, can be relied upon as the solid bedrock upon which our faith rests (Isaiah 14; Matthew 1:23). Through death on a cross, he fulfilled sin’s penalty for all men (Isaiah 53: 5-opening the door to salvation for all who believe in Him and acknowledge that He is their Savior (John 1:12; Acts 16:31). That shed blood alone restores our relationship to God (Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:7), and the proof of its power is in His resurrection, real and witnessed by many (Matthew 28:6; 1Peter 1:3).
We believe that, in His resurrected body, Jesus rose into Heaven (Acts 1:9-10) and was seated at God’s right hand. From that place, He pleads our case before the Almighty (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25) as our High Priest and Advocate.

Section 4: The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Godhood of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4) who, through His own personality, unique in His purpose and methods, lives within believers (Romans 8:9) after He has shown them the way to the renewal of their relationships with God the Father (Titus 3:5). Through Him, Christ baptizes all believers into the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 12:1-14), and in Him the Father gives them a guarantee of salvation until they see it for themselves at the day of their redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14). He is the Holy Teacher who opens the hearts and minds of believers as they study God’s word. (1 Corinthians 2: 9-12).
We believe that the Holy Spirit decides upon whom to lavish His spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:11). While He is able to empower anyone to do anything, we believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit no longer operate the way they once did, when they were necessary to propagate and protect the early church (1Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 2:20; 4:7-12).

Section 5: Angels & Demons

We believe Satan is a real being, with a personality, who was created by God to be angel and one of His messengers of light (Nehemiah 9:6; Psalms 148:2; Hebrews 1:14). Satan, rebellious and evil, led others of his kind to rebel against God. He is also mankind’s worst enemy, but he and all his servants will be punished forever in the Lake of Fire God has prepared for them (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

Section 6: Humanity

We believe that mankind was created by God, each person unique, and yet all created in His image and His likeness (Genesis 1:26-27). We believe that, through Adam, we inherited a sinful nature which we choose to exercise (Romans 3:23). That sin is so repulsive to God, He cannot look on it and it creates a great gulf of separation between God and man (Romans 6:23). There is absolutely nothing humanity can do on his own to change this (Ephesians 2:1-5; 12).

Section 7: Salvation

The death of Jesus on the cross, in our place, (Romans 5:8-9) and for our sins (1 Peter 2:24), purchased our salvation. The once-and-for-all sacrifice, this salvation, is a gift we could never earn, provided by God’s grace, (Ephesians 2:8-9) that we must accept by faith. Only the death of Christ could purchase the gift, only grace could give it and only by faith can we receive it. All our good intentions and deeds are the result of our receiving this gift of salvation, not the required payment for it. We believe that Christ’s sacrifice was great, and sufficient to keep those who have accepted it securely and eternally, sealed in Him forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1; 38-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24).Good works do not earn, nor do they sustain salvation. They, and changed lives, are only the inescapable proofs of salvation in our lives (James 2).

Section 8: The Church

We believe that the church— the Body of Christ-- is a living organism whose cells are all the believers living today (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27). We believe in the ordinance of baptism, through immersion in water, that marks the death of our old natures and identifies us with God, and in the Lord’s Supper, through which we remember his death and the blood He shed for us (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20). We believe that, in the church, believers are discipled and taught to know and obey God’s voice. Through the church they are given the opportunity not only to publicly attest to their faith in Christ, but to live it out to honor Him. We believe that the first directive of the church, given by Christ, is the Great Commission. The word of God is to be preached to the entire world not just in words, but in witness and in our living (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20).

Section 9: Things to Come

We believe that very soon Jesus Christ is coming back to rapture his saints (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) and that “every eye” will witness His return. This Blessed Hope (Titus 2:13) is offered to each man personally; Christ is coming for all his saints. We believe also that He will return bodily to earth one day, with those saints, when he will build the millennial kingdom he promised before He left. We believe that all men shall be physically resurrected, but the wicked will face a future of eternal suffering in the Lake of Fire instead of the glorious joy and eternal happiness He prepared for them on the New Earth ( Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:5-6; 12-13).

We believe that, at death, the souls of believers leave the body to be present with the Lord. They await the reunification of body, spirit and soul on the day when they are glorified with Christ (Luke 23:43; 2Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). We believe the ungodly are conscious after death, and in constant torment until their resurrections. At that time, when their bodies and souls are reunited, they will appear at the Great White Throne Judgment of God. After their sentence for their unbelief, they shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, where they shall remain eternally (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9: 43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 9: 7-9; Revelation 20: 11-15).
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