Articles of Faith
What We Believe ...
1. The Word of God
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, without error in concept or detail in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God's will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak.
2. The Trinity
We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; we believe that they are equal in every divine perfection and execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
3. The Father
We believe in God the Father: an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity. We believe He works everything in accordance with His perfect will though His sovereignty does not eliminate nor minimize human responsibility. God's foreknowledge is exhaustive and not dependent on human decisions and actions. We believe He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
4. Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is God's eternal Son, who has precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe further that He is not only true God, but true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We also believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His priestly intercession on behalf of His people, and His personal, physical return from heaven to establish His kingdom on earth.
5. Holy Spirit
We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, who was sent by God the Father to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. His ministry glorifies Jesus Christ and implements Christ's work of redemption. He regenerates, baptizes, seals and indwells all believers at the moment of salvation, securing them in Christ forever and empowering them for godly living and service. The ministry of the Spirit in the church does not need signs and wonders to verify it, nor does His work guarantee abundant wealth or life without illness, but is evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit in the building up of the body of Christ into Christ-likeness. The Spirit empowers, leads and gifts believers, but no gift is a sign of His baptism or filling nor do they provide extra-biblical revelation but all are for the common good.
We believe God originally created persons, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. Sin entered the world when Adam, representing us, disobeyed God. The effect is that all people are sinners by nature and choice, are spiritually dead, and in need of a Savior. We also believe that those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
We believe in salvation by grace through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ. We further believe that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, was purchased by Jesus Christ on the cross, and is received by faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God';s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We further believe salvation results in righteous living, good works, and proper social concern, culminating in
glorification in His presence in heaven.
8. The Church
We believe the universal Church, launched on the day of Pentecost, composed of all persons who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, is the spiritual body of Christ of which He is the head. The local church is made up of all who have made a credible confession of faith and are baptized by immersion for the purpose of publicly declaring their relationship with Jesus Christ. The local church practices the Lord's Supper for the purpose of remembering His death and burial, anticipating the return of Jesus Christ. The church is built into Christ-likeness through teaching the Word, prayer and worship in the context of an accountable community. While the local church is autonomous and congregational, we commit to biblical interdependence with other churches of like faith. Church leaders are responsible first to Jesus Christ and then to the congregation. It is good for every believer be an active part of a local church.
9. Separation of Church and State
We believe that each local church is self-governing in function and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. Also, our church does not endorse any political party or personality, nor do we open the pulpit for the promoting of political agendas. We further believe that every human being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life and that each one should be free to worship God according to the dictates of his or her conscience.
10. Last Things
We believe a person's eternal destiny is forever sealed by his or her acceptance or rejection of Christ and His work on the cross in this lifetime. Unbelievers will experience eternal separation from the presence of God in hell, a place of suffering and loss. Believers will experience eternity with God in heaven, a place of joyful worship and fellowship with the redeemed of all ages.