Statement of Faith
The Bible shows us in both the Old and New Testaments that God is both One and also Triune. (the Trinity) The revelation that comes from the Bible testifies that there is only one God, but that He is eternally existent in Three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
a. God the Father:
God the Father is the Creator and sustainer of all things. He created the universe in love to respond to Him. He created man in His own image for fellowship, and He calls man back to Himself through His Son Jesus Christ after the rebellion and the fall of man.
b. God the Son:
Jesus Christ is eternally God along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Everything that has been made was made through Him. For man’s redemption, Jesus left heaven and became a man through the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. From now on He is forever one Christ with two natures, both God and man in one person. Becoming a man did not alter His being God. We deny any doctrine which states that Jesus Christ is not fully God or fully man.
c. The Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is God. He is the giver of life and was active in the Old Testament. He was given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers Christians for service and witness, and He changes us into the image of Jesus Christ. He is present in every believer to release His fullness. Experiences with the Holy Spirit after salvation should be expected and welcomed as the normal Christian life.
We affirm that the Bible which contains the Old and New Testaments is alone the only infallible authority and inspired Word of God. Its authority is ultimate, final and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct.
The Bible declares that salvation is the free gift of God based upon the merits of Jesus Christ and it is to be received as a gift by faith. Salvation is received by faith through personal acceptance of Jesus, repentance from sin and a changed heart that He accomplishes through His grace. Salvation is a gift to be received and it is not according to works. Rather, salvation is evidenced by a changed life that includes good works that have been produced by faith. Salvation is based solely upon Christ and His substitutionary death. We deny any doctrine that states that any person can earn merit salvation, earn it, work for it, deserve it, or that salvation is available on any basis other than through faith in Christ.
4. The Christian Life
The Christian’s life is portrayed by the Bible as one of a balance between what one receives as a Christian at the new birth and what is imparted to us as we grow in faith and maturity. Therefore, God’s provision for His children is total and His promises for His children are sure, but the shortcomings of the individual and of the church are because of the still progressing sanctification (changing) of the saints. We all need God’s grace daily to walk out the life that was purchased for us through the blood of Jesus, and it is His grace which holds us and changes us into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.
5. The Church
The Church is the body of Christ and consists of all in every age who have received the Lord Jesus and have been called out of the world to proclaim the Gospel. The Church is a pillar and support of the Truth, the Bride of Christ and the community of the redeemed which is called to affect all aspects of life through the Gospel.
- The goal of the Church is to make disciples of all nations, and to help all who believe grow up and be complete before they meet their Maker.
- The Church is governed by God’s appointed leaders which are called “elders.”
- It is essential to the life of the Church that scriptural patterns of discipline be practiced and that oversight for Church discipline, individual and corporate, be exercised by the leadership of the Church.
- Every local church is to be autonomous and self-governing.
6. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
The Word of God commands the church to observe two perpetual ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first is baptism by immersion for believers. It is the outward confession of faith and salvation in an individual’s life. It is the testimony to all that the person has died to the old nature and that the person now belongs to Jesus. The second ordinance is the Lord’s Supper. This ordinance is to be observed to commemorate the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus and to proclaim His substitutionary death until He comes again.
7. Last Things
We believe in the bodily, personal, second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in His reign on earth and the final judgment of both saints and unbelievers, with the eternal status of each being determined by their relationship with Jesus Christ. Affirmed with the Bible is the final state of the New Heavens and the New Earth.
We believe that the family is one man married to one woman living in the grace of God.