Statement of Faith

  • We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testament are inspired by God, inerrant in the original transcription, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Timothy 3: 16-17, Matthew 5: 18; 2 Peter 1:20-2 1).

 

  • We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, 2, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1: 1,2, 10,14; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6).

 

  • We believe that Satan and his demons exist, and that heaven and hell are literal places. (Job 1: 6-7; Isaiah 14: 12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; Revelations 20: 10: Luke 8:26-36).

 

  • 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 (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; 6:23).

 

  • We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, God manifested in the flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary; that He is the true God and He was a true man (John 1: 1, 2,14; Luke 1:35).

 

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, in His substitutionary and redeeming death, paid the penalty for man’s sin through the shedding of His precious blood (I Peter 1: 18; 2:24; Acts 20:28; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His ascension into heaven, and that He is our present, personal High Priest. We believe in His personal, visible return for His church. (Acts 1: 11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

 

  • We believe that man is saved solely by grace through faith in the death of our Lord Jesus Christ as the payment of the judgment of God for man’s sin, and through faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ as the promise of eternal life; he is born again through the Holy Spirit, becomes a child of God and is eternally secure in his salvation. (Ephesians 2:8- 10; John 1:12; I Corinthians 15:20-23; Romans 4:23-25; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 5:11-13; John 6:38-40.)

 

  • We believe that the church of Jesus Christ is composed of only those who are saved.The mission of the church is to preach the Gospel to all of the world, and to bring the saints to full maturity equipping them for works of service (Ephesians 1: 22, 23; 4:10-16; Acts 14:27; 20:28- 32).

 

  • We believe in the Holy Spirit, in His personality, that He is God, that He indwells all believers fully, powerfully and completely at the moment of salvation, to do the will of the Father and that He endows believers with spiritual gifts for the edification of all the Church. (Genesis 1:2; John 16: 7-11; Acts 5:3,4; Romans 8:9, 12; I Corinthians 2:11,12; 1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14; II Corinthians 3:6).

 

  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost (John 5:28-29; 11:25, 26; Revelations 20:5, 6, 12, 13).

 

  • We believe that Jesus Christ gave to the church the institution of the Lord’s Supper to commemorate His death until He comes. We believe in the water immersion baptism representing the believer’s union with Christ in His death and resurrection as an outward sign of our faith in Him (I Corinthians 11:23-29; Romans 6:3-6).

 

  • We believe in three phases of the Christian Life, 1) Justification, which is the reality of redemption, fully and solely the work of God by Grace through Faith, (Matt.11:27; Ephesians 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3-4 2) Sanctification, which is the work of the believer in yielding our person to the power of the Holy Spirit by obedience to his leadership, (Philippians 2:12; Romans 8:12: John 14:21), and 3) Glorification with rewards, the ultimate eternal presence with God in Heaven after the resurrection of the believer following physical death. The justness of the enjoyment of this glory is proportional to the extent and depth in which our earthly life has been yielded to God’s leadership. (1 Corinthians 3:10-15; Hebrews 4:1, 11; 2 Peter 1:10-11).

 

  • We believe the present day gifts that our church body seeks to manifest are: wisdom, knowledge, exhortation, teaching, administration, ruling, mercy, giving, prophecy (preaching-not predicting), faith, discernment, and serving. Other supernatural gifts manifested in the early church, healings, prophesy (supernatural new revelation of God’s will) and tongues, served a vital role in the 1st Century church, and, while God can utilize these gifts within a believer today, at the present time, we follow the exhortation of the Apostle, Paul, and do not emphasize, or include the expression of these gifts in our body or services as a part of our public ministry.” (1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14; II Corinthians 3:6).