OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
In essentials – we have unity
“There is one Body and one Spirit . . there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all . . .” Eph. 4:4-6
In non-essentials beliefs – we have liberty
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters … Who are you to judge someone eles’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls … So then each of us will give an account of himself to God … So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” (Rom. 14:1, 4, 12, 22)
In all our beliefs – we show charity
“If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains – but have not love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Cor. 13:2 (Ph)
1. THE BIBLE – We believe that the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) is God’s inspired Word, without error in its original documents and is therefore absolutely trustworthy and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19- 21).
2. THE TRINITY – We believe that there is but one living and true God and that He exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all possessing the same nature and attributes, yet distinct in office and activity.
(Deut. 6:4; 1 Chr. 29:11-12; Matt. 28:19; Rom. 11:33; Rev. 4:11)
3. GOD, THE FATHER – We believe and teach that God the Father is Father over all creation (Acts 17:29), Father of the nation of Israel (Ex. 4:22), Father of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 3:17), and Father of believers in Christ Jesus (Gal. 3:26). We believe that God the Father as the absolute and highest ruler in the universe, He has supreme power over all things – creation, providence, and redemption.
(Job 1:6; Psa. 103:19; Romans 11:33)
4. JESUS CHRIST – We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, fully God and fully man, and who made atonement for the sins of the world by death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe in His bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven, His high priestly intercession for His people, and His personal visible return to the world according to His promise.
(Lk. 1:34-35; John 14:9; Rom. 3:24-26; 4:25; 1 Cor. 15:4, 20-24; Phil. 2:9-10; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 Thess. 4:13-17)
5. THE HOLY SPIRIT – We believe in the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and who regenerates, baptizes, indwells, seals, helps, teaches and sanctifies those who believe in Jesus Christ.
(Jn. 3:3-7; 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:11; 12:12-13; Eph. 1:13; Jn. 14:16)
6. MAN – We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin; and that as a result, all men are sinners by nature and by choice, totally separated from God and unable to please God or establish fellowship with Him apart from divine grace.
(Gen. 1:26; Rom. 3:23; 5:12, 19; Eph. 2:1-2; Titus 3:5-7)
7. SALVATION – We believe that salvation is based on the shed blood and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ and that it is received by grace through faith, not of works. We believe that those who receive by faith and trust in Jesus Christ as personal Savior will rejoice eternally in God’s presence, while those who do not will be eternally separated from God in conscious punishment.
(Matt. 13:40-43; John 1:12; 10:27-29; Rom. 8:28-39; Eph. 2:8-9)
8. THE CHURCH – We believe that the true church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the Head.
(Eph. 1:22; Col. 1:18)
9. THE ORDINANCES – We believe that the ordinances of the church, to be observed until Christ’s return, are baptism and the Lord’s Supper; which in themselves have no saving merit, but are symbolic of gospel truths.
(Matt. 28:19; Lk. 22:19-20; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 11:23-30)
10. THE END TIMES – We believe in the personal, bodily coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this blessed hope has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
(Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16-18; Titus 2:13-14)
11. SANCTIFICATION – We believe that sanctification is a setting apart unto God by the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. This sanctification is positional, progressive, and ultimate. Positionally it is already complete since the believer is in Christ and is set unto God as Christ is set apart unto God. Since he retains his sinful nature, however, there is need for progressive sanctification whereby the Christian grows in grace by the power of the Spirit. Ultimately, the child of God will be set apart from sin in his practice as he is now in his position in Christ when he is taken to be with Christ and shall be like Him.
(Jn. 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 5:25-27; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 10:10, 14; 12:10)
12. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BELIEVERS – We believe that all believers should seek to walk by the Spirit, separating themselves from worldly practices. We believe that it is the obligation of every believer to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the gospel to all the world. We believe it is the responsibility of all believers to remember the work of the Lord in prayer and support it with their means as the Lord has prospered them. We believe that every believer has a spiritual gift which should be exercised so that the body of Christ might be edified.
(Acts 1:8; Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 Cor. 12:14; 16:2; 2 Cor. 6:14; 7:1; 9:7; Eph. 4:11-16)
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