Summary of the Statement of Faith

Summary of the Statement of Faith

 

  1. Scripture: We teach that the sixty-six books of the Bible are God’s message of truth to us without error in all its parts.   It teaches us what we are to believe concerning God and those things that bring us into a proper relationship with Him. It is authoritative and is to be received and obeyed in its entirety.  It is the only standard by which we might know how to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

  1. God: we teach that God exists and the God of the Scriptures is the one living and true God who is an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all of His attributes, eternal, and unchanging.  It is this God who has created the Universe and all that is in it by the Word of His power, according His own purposes and for His glory and praise.  There are three distinct persons in the Godhead, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each equal in essence, power, purpose and each equally deserving of worship.

    • The Father is the creator and sustainer of all things by His power for His glory and its good.

    • The Son, Jesus Christ, is eternally co-equal with the Father and is also called the author of salvation.  He was sent to earth by the Father to live human body without losing any of His divine attributes.  Jesus was born to a virgin mother, lived a perfectly sinless life, was put to death on the cross, buried, and rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scripture.  He returned to heaven where is actively works with the Father on behalf of His people.  It is only by receiving the work of Jesus on our behalf that we may have a restored relationship with God.  He alone is the way to God.

    • We teach that the third person of the Godhead is the Holy Spirit who is coequal with the Father and the Son in personality, power, intellect and purpose.  The primary work of the Holy Spirit is to be the presence of God in the Life of God’s people and to show the glories of the Son to the World.  The Holy Spirit gifts and empowers God’s people for their work in the world.

  1. Man: we teach that Man, male and female, was directly and immediately created by God in His own image and likeness. Man was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self-determination, and moral responsibility to God.  The first couple acted in rebellion against God and by their sin all human beings have inherited a sin nature, which makes us incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from His grace. Without Divine intervention man is hopelessly lost.

  1. Salvation: We teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, through his moral perfection and the merit of His death on behalf of sinner.  In no way is salvation the result of human merit or work—or even human cooperation with God.  It is the gift of God to sinners.  Upon our repentance and belief in the death of Christ on our behalf for the forgiveness of sin God declares the sinner free from the guilt of sin, removes its pollution and breaks its power of sin over our lives.  By this gift of new life God restores the relationship with Himself that was broken by sin.  This new life gives us the ability to live for God and will be shown by changed behavior, mindset, and priorities. Those with this new life are called Christians

  1. The Church: We teach that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church.  The Church is made up of all Christians who have lived in all places and all times.  Jesus Christ is the supreme authority and head of the Church and has delegated the responsibility of leadership and governance to the elders and pastors of each local church.

  1. Marriage: We teach that marriage is a life-long union between one man and one woman that is intended to reflect the faithfulness of God to His people, the purity and holiness of His character, and the loyalty of the Church to Christ.  Marriage is a gift of God for the good of people, for the strengthening of culture and the continuation of the human race.

  1. Last things: We teach that at the end of the present age Christ will return to earth to gather the church to Himself, to judge the unrepentant, to grant rewards to the faithful, to reconcile all things to himself and rule over all his creation forever.  In addition we teach the bodily resurrection of all men, the believer to eternal bliss with the Savior, the unrepentant to judgment and eternal punishment.