Statement of Faith

SCRIPTURE I believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.

GOD I believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

JESUS CHRIST I believe Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  He died on a cross as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity according to the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures.  Further, He rose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, where He is at the present time at the right hand of the Majesty on High, the High Priest and Advocate of those individuals who have placed faith in Him.  He also, in the Person of the Holy Spirit, indwells each believer.  I believe in the personal future return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth.

HOLY SPIRIT I believe the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. During this present age, He convicts, regenerates, seals, indwells, guides, instructs, and empowers individuals for spiritual life and service.

MANKIND I believe man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and thereby became estranged from holy God.  It is only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit that salvation and spiritual life can be restored.

SALVATION I believe the shed blood of Jesus Christ is the only basis for justification before God, and that only those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Way to God and are born of the Holy Spirit become the spiritual children of God.

ORDINANCES I believe that water baptism and the Lord’s supper are ordinances to be observed by the followers of Jesus Christ during this age.  These ordinances are not to be regarded as a means of salvation or prerequisites for membership in God’s family or the local church.

THE CHURCH I believe the true Church is composed of all such persons who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit through saving faith in Jesus Christ, and are identified as and united together in the Body of Christ of which He is Lord and Head.

JUDGMENT I believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead.  Those individuals who have been given the Spirit of God while physically alive on earth will rise to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and those who did not receive God’s Spirit will rise to judgment and eternal separation from God.

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST I believe that the people of God are expected to become more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ through the practice of a sanctified lifestyle and, out of appreciation for Who He is and what He has done for humanity, are to make Him the focus and priority of life on earth.  Jesus Christ has commissioned His followers to proclaim the good news that reconciliation with God is available to everyone.