Statement of Faith

 

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The Trinity

We believe there is one true God. God has existed for all eternity in three distinct Persons. These three Persons are equal in every divine attribute. They are perfect in unity while they perform specific roles in creation, salvation and providence (Genesis 1:1-2,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Titus 2:13; Luke 12:10).

God the Father

We believe in God the Father. He is foremost King of Heaven. The Father is a personal, relational spirit. He is infinite in His being and perfect in every divine attribute, such as holiness, power, wisdom and love. He knows all that shall come to pass because He has ordained all that shall come to pass. Yet, He interacts graciously with men. He listens to prayers and answers them. God the Father saves all those who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ (Revelation 4:1-11; Matthew 6:9-10; 1 Kings 22:19; Daniel 7:9-10; Psalm 45:6; 93; 96; 97-99; 145; 1 Chronicles 29:10-12; Daniel 4:2-3; Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; I Peter 1:3).

God the Son 

We believe in Jesus Christ: God the Father’s eternally begotten Son, which means primarily that He is the preeminent King of Earth. He took on flesh when He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin. He lived a perfectly sinless life, during which He performed miracles and taught about the Kingdom of God. We trust in His substitutionary death, atoning for sin. We affirm His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven and His intercession for the Church (Isaiah 6:1; John 12:42; Ezekiel 1:26-28; John 12:12-15; Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 2:6; Revelation 19:16; John 1:1; 20:28-31; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9-10; 9:5; Matthew 1:18-25; 20:28; Luke 1:26-38; II Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:15-18; Hebrews 1:3).

God the Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who eternally proceeds from both the Father and the Son in order to convict the world. He regenerates (or converts) hearts by making them alive through faith in Jesus Christ. He sanctifies God’s people and He empowers them for the work of ministry while utilizing a variety of spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit permanently remains in the true believer as both Helper and Teacher (John 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19).

The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the very Word of God, breathed out and inspired by God. All Scripture is without error in the original manuscripts and was written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It has ultimate and supreme authority in and over all arenas of faith and life (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; Romans 10:17; II Peter 3:16).

Conversion / Regeneration

We believe God created man in His own image. Man sinned and, in doing so, mankind received the consequence of physical, spiritual and eternal death. As a result, all human beings are born with the sin curse. For this reason, Jesus called regeneration (or conversion) the “new birth.” It is nothing short of or more than a gracious and miraculous work of God. The evidence of this new birth is a life of obeying His word. Therefore, if we eventually stop holding firmly to God’s word, we prove that our “conversion” was not true (Genesis 1:26; 3:1-24; John 1:16; 3:3, 16; 1 Peter 1:3; I Corinthians 15:1-2; James 2:14-26; 1 John. 2:3-6; Jeremiah 17:9; II Corinthians 5:17).

Christian Life

We believe that a true follower of Christ lives with a passion to love God and to love people. The true believer strives always to pursue righteousness, to faithfully and selflessly manage belongings, and to imitate Christ Himself as he or she excels towards the full stature of maturity in Christ (I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 12:1-2; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; Ephesians 4:13).

The Church

We believe in the universal Church as the Bride of Christ. Christ is the Head of the Church and the members are only those who are truly regenerated (or converted). We also believe in the local church, consisting of believers in Jesus Christ and gathered for worship, fellowship, and service. God has given the universal Church (and the local church) the commission of bringing the Gospel to a lost world and discipling His people (Hebrews 10:23-25; Acts 1:8; 2:42; Ephesians 2:19-22; 5:19-21; Matthew 28:18-20).

The Sacraments

We believe that the King, Jesus Christ gave baptism and communion as two special practices to be observed by the Church. Baptism is the submersion of a believer in water after his or her conversion. Christ introduced communion at Passover as a memorial of His death until He returns to earth (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26).

The Return of the King

We believe in the imminent, personal and visible return of Christ to earth. We believe fully in the physical resurrection of the body and the final judgment, resulting both in the perpetual pleasure and blessing of the righteous as well as the eternal agony and conscious suffering of the wicked (Daniel 7:13-14; Acts 1:11; Hebrews 9:28; Mark 14:62; Matthew 16:27; John 14:3; Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 15:1-58; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15).