Statement of Faith
What We Believe About God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Bible

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (2nd Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12)

Statement of Faith

What We Belive About Our Christian Faith

We believe that the entire Bible, both the Old and New testaments are the verbally inspired word of God. We believe that the Bible is sufficient and without error, trustworthy and the final authority for faith, doctrine, and the guide for how we are to conduct our life. We believe in the normal, literal, historical, grammatical, and consistent interpretation of the Bible as well as a dispensational understanding of God's progressive revelation. We believe that the Bible is God's special revelation to mankind regarding His plan of redemption and His interactions with humanity to bring about the culmination of His plan of redemption in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore, we believe all of scripture, both the Old and New Testaments testify of Jesus (2nd Timothy 3:16-17; 2nd Peter 1:20-25; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13; John 17:17, 1st John 5:9-12; Matthew 4:4). And that the culmination of God's plan of redemption is to bring all of creation under the lordship of Jesus Christ to the glory of God the Father.

We believe in the one true living God of the Bible. The God worshipped by Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We believe in the one Triune God, who eternally exists in three distinct Persons. The three distinct Persons of the Godhead include God the Father, God the Son (who is Jesus Christ) and God the Spirit (who is the Holy Spirit). They are all coequal and they act together in creation, providence and redemption. But they are distinct in their Persons and roles within the Godhead (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2nd Corinthians 13:14).

We believe that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and directs all things in creation, providence, and redemption. And that He reigns with sovereignty and providential care over all life and history in the created universe, and that He does so according to His own sovereign purpose and for His divine glory. (Isaiah 42:5-9; 1st Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 1:9-14) We believe God the Father has chosen all believers, those whom He would have as His own, from eternity past, before the foundations of the world were laid into place. And that no one can come to the Father except through the power of the Holy Spirit who draws them to Christ. And that by grace, for Jesus sake, God the Father has chosen us in Christ, to be conformed to the image of His son, before the foundations of the world was laid in place. And that out of His love for the elect, He has initiated salvation by sending His Son, and thereby becomes a Father to those who by faith accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. (1st John 4:9-10; John 3:16; John 1:12; Acts 16:31)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal, and divine Son of God, became man. And that Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary is the eternal God of Heaven. And that Jesus stepped out of eternity and took on humanity, thereby adding humanity to His divinity, in order to save us from our sins. Who, being fully God and fully man, revealed God to us through His sinless life, miracles and teaching. And that God's mercy and grace are extended to us through Him alone, and by faith alone. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the Cross of Calvary as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice in providing an unlimited atonement for the sins of the whole world. And that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He makes intercession for us as He fulfills the ministries of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate. (Matthew 4:23-24; John 14:9; Acts 1:9-10; Romans 3:24-25; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 2:9; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; 1st John 2:1-2; 1st Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1st Peter 1:3-5)

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is fully God and distinct from God the Father and God the Son. We believe He is the divine Person who convicts the world of sin, and the righteousness of Christ Jesus our Lord. We believe that it is the Holy Spirit who draws people to Jesus our Lord and Savior. And that He is the supernatural Agent in the regeneration of all believers, thereby baptizing them into the body of Christ, which is the church, at the moment of their justification through faith alone, in Jesus alone. And that it was the Holy Spirit, who inspired men to write the Scriptures and faithfully record God's revelation to us regarding His plan of redemption. We believe that it is the Holy Spirit who indwells and seals all believers at the moment of their salvation and keeps them unto the day of redemption. And that it is the Holy Spirit who works out God's process of spiritual growth in the hearts and minds of all believers, which we call "sanctification." We believe that it is the Holy Spirit who mediates the spiritual gifts that are given to us by Jesus. And that He is the divine Teacher who guides believers in all truth, and helps to illuminate our understanding of scripture in light of who Jesus is and what He has done for us. We believe it is the duty of all followers of Jesus to submit to His guidance (Acts 4:31; Romans 8:14; 1st Corinthians 2:10-13; Ephesians 5:18; 2nd Thessalonians 2:13; Galatians 5:16; 22-23; John 16:8-11; 2nd Corinthians 3:6; 1st Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).

We believe that along with the rest of creation, God created spiritual beings called angels. Their role is to serve God and to do His will. And that the holy angels are obedient spiritual beings ministering to all believers who are the heirs of salvation and they work to honor and glorify God as they carry out His will. We believe that certain angels, whom we call fallen angels, followed Satan in his rebellion against God and as a result fell from their exalted position. Because of their rebellion, their destiny in Hell has been sealed by Jesus' victory over sin and death, and until the day of His return, they wage a real spiritual war against God, the holy angels and all believers (Psalm 148:1-5; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:6-7; Hebrews 2:14; Hebrews 13-14; 1st Timothy 4:1; 1st Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:7-9; Revelation 20:10).

We believe that God created mankind in His own image, in order that we could have fellowship with Him. And that as the crown of His creation, mankind was given four basic responsibilities on the earth. These are to replenish the earth, to subdue the earth, to till and keep the earth and to exercise dominion. And as God's special creation each person is unique and possesses dignity and is worthy of love, respect and the hearing of the Gospel message. And we believe that through the temptation of Satan, Adam chose to disobey God, which in turn brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation. Through the fall of humanity, disharmony entered our world, resulting in humanities disharmony with self, with God, with others and with nature, resulting in a misuse of creation. Therefore, all people are born with a sinful nature and all people need to be reconciled back to God through faith alone, in Christ alone as God calls each person to Himself, through the work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. We believe we live in a fallen world where we have three enemies that work together to tempt us to rebel against God. These include our sin-nature which entices us with evil desires, the fallen world which is at enmity with God and Satan and those spiritual entities who followed him, who wage spiritual warfare against all believers and God. And that because of the fall sin, chaos, death, disease have entered our world, and that bad things happen as a result of the fallen nature of our world, our sin and the sin of others, as well as the result of the spiritual warfare that is waged around us. Nonetheless, everyone is personally responsible to God for their thoughts, their actions and their beliefs. And every person has the right to approach God directly through Jesus Christ, our only mediator (Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21; 8-22; Romans 3:9-18, 23; Psalm 139:13-17; Romans 14:12; 1st Timothy 2:5).

We believe salvation is redemption by Christ alone, through faith alone of the whole person from sin and death. And that our Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as the representative and substitutionary sacrifice for all people. We believe that Jesus was crucified on the Cross of Calvary, that He died and was buried and He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures; and that all who have repented of their sins and have put their trust in Him are saved by grace through faith on the basis of His shed blood. And that salvation is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as that person is united to Christ by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. And that with our salvation each believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit who works out God's process of sanctification in us, and it's the Holy Spirit who keeps us secure in Christ Jesus our Lord until the day of our glorification, when we go home to be with Jesus (2nd Timothy 1:9-10; 1st Thessalonians 5:23; John 1:12; 10:27-30; 1st Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 1:6-7; 1st Peter 1:5, 18-19; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1st Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 20:21).

We believe in the body of Christ, which is the church. And that according to the Scriptures the church is the "bride of Christ." And that the church is a spiritual entity made up of all born-again believers of this present age. This includes both Old Testament saints who believed God and by faith accepted His promises of the Messiah to come, as well as New Testament saints who accepted Jesus by faith. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures and that it is the responsibility of all believers to use their time, talents and resources to support themselves, their families, their local church, to help spread the Gospel, and to help those in need around them (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ established two ordinances within the body of Christ which is the church. These ordinances include believer's water baptism, practiced by immersion, and the Lord's Supper. Both of which are commanded by Jesus himself and observed as a memorial of His death and resurrection. We reject the teaching which denies that these ordinances are for practice in the Church today (1st Corinthians 11:23-24; Acts 8:35-37; 10:47-48; 1st Corinthians 1:14; Acts 8:12).

We believe in the literal interpretation of the Holy Scripture, and that they will ultimately lead one to believe in the "Blessed Hope," of which the Apostle Paul spoke about. That "Blessed Hope," is the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for those He calls His own, at the Rapture of the Church. And we believe in His subsequent return to the earth with His saints after the seven-year Tribulation to establish His Millennial Kingdom (1st Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 1st Thessalonians 1:10; 1st Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10).

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