Our Statement of Faith
1. The Bible provides guidance for practical as well as spiritual well-being. It tells us how we should live according to God. We believe that is the best life for everyone. The Bible shows what happens when men rebel against God, and what happens when they obey Him.
Psalms 119:105; John 5:39; 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
2. Various religions of the world worship a god. We worship the God described in the Protestant Bible who sent His only Son to earth to die for all mankind. He has many attributes - all-powerful, all-knowing, present everywhere, merciful, righteous. But His greatest is love. While we never will be able to fully comprehend everything about Him in this lifetime, what we can know is His love for us. He interacts with us as our Heavenly Father, as Jesus Christ who saved us, and as the Holy Spirit, our comforter and guide.
Genesis 1:26; 17:1 35:11; Deuteronomy 6:4; 7:9;;Job 34:21; Psalm 139; Isaiah 43:3, 44:6,24; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 6:8; Ephesians 2:4; Colossians 1:16; 2:91 John 4:8, 5:7; Revelations 19:6.
3. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life, was crucified, died and was raised from the dead in order that fallen man. He ascended to heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father until He returns to earth to be reunited with His Bride the Church, the New Jerusalem, the body of believers, of whom He is the Head.
Psalms 2:7; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17;11:27; 17:5; 27:50; 28:5-6, 9-10; Acts 22:3; Romans 1:3-4; 3:25-26; Ephesians 5:23; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Revelation 21:2-4,9.
4. God lives in all Christians as the Holy Spirit. He is a personal being distinct from God the Father and God the Son, yet part of God. His role is to illuminate truth to men, empower Christians, convict of sin, righteousness and judgment. He dwells within the Christian to encourage and build up. The Holy Spirit bestows spiritual gifts to Christians. He is the seal of the final redemption for all Christians.
Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 1 Cor 12:1, 4, 9: Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30.
5. Man was originally created by God without sin. By an act of disobedience toward God, sin was brought into the human race separating man from God. Only by accepting Jesus Christ as his Savior and repenting of his sin can man be restored to his original relationship with God.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; Matthew 1:21; Acts 4:8-12; Romans 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 5:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-21.
6. We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body and the final, eternal judgment of all souls who have lived - either to be with God or to endure suffering apart from God's presence.
Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 16:27; 19:28; Acts 1:11; Romans 8:18, 4:10; 1 Corinthians 5:42; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; Revelation 1:18; 3:11.
7. The sacrament of water baptism is an act of faith and obedience in which Christians are immersed in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It symbolizes the atoning work of Jesus Christ. In baptism, a Christian participates in the death, burial and resurrection into a walk of newness of life in Jesus Christ.
Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12.
8. The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament in which Christians partake of the elements of the bread and wine which represent the Lord Jesus Christ’s body and blood, broken and shed for our sins. We do so in remembrance of Him and His impending return.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 10:16-21; 11:23-29.
9. The church is the Body of Christ, both universal and local, and is composed of individuals who, through faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that Christ Jesus is the Head and Lord of the church. The mission of the church is worship, evangelism, discipleship and the nurturing and care of one another.
Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1.22-23; 2:19-22; 3:6; 4:15; Colossians 2:10.