statement of faith
We Believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Peter 1:2; Matthew 28:19, John 10:30)
We Believe that God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth. By His word and for His glory, He freely and supernaturally created the world from nothing (Genesis 1). Through the same word, He daily sustains all of His creation. He rules over all and together with the Son and Holy Spirit, is the only Sovereign God. By His incredible grace He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem the world. He made all things for the praise of His glory and intends for mankind in particular, to live in fellowship with Him.
We Believe the Lord Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully Man (John 10:33), conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:34-35), and is sinlessly perfect (Hebrews 4:15; 7:26). As the spotless Lamb of God, His sacrificial death on the cross was both substitutionary and representative (1 Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9, 2 Corinthians 5:21). He rose bodily from the dead for our justification (John 11:25, 1 Corinthians 15:4) and ascended to The Father’s right hand (Mark 16:19), where He now ministers as our Great High Priest. He will come again to receive his own unto Himself and to reign in power and glory for all eternity (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11-13, Revelation 19:14-16).
We Believe the Holy Spirit is also fully God according to the Scriptures (Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 3:17). He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He draws the unredeemed to repentance and faith, and at salvation imparts new spiritual life to the believer, bringing that person into union with Christ and His bride, the church. The Holy Spirit sanctifies, seals, fills, guides, instructs, comforts, equips, empowers, permanently indwells at salvation, and bestows spiritual gifts to the believer for Christ-like living and service. (John 16:8; 13:15, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 1:22; 4:11-12, Romans 8:9-17; 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 3:16; 12:4-5; 11-13; 19, Galatians 5:25, Hebrews 2:1-4, 2 Corinthians 12:12)
We Believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative, and inerrant Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:21)
We Believe that as Christians, we are called to live on mission as a people sent by God into the world for the demonstration and proclamation of God’s love as made evident in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 John 4:16-17). We believe that the corporate gathering together of Christians is not optional (Hebrews 10:25) but necessary for growth and spiritual health.
We Believe that God created Mankind – Male and Female – in His own image and likeness, free of sin, to glorify Himself and enjoy His fellowship. Tempted by Satan, man freely chose to disobey God, bringing sin, death and condemnation to all mankind. All human beings, therefore, are born in sin both by nature and by choice. Alienated from God without defense or excuse and subject to God’s righteous wrath, all mankind is in desperate need of the Savior (Genesis 3:1-6, Romans 3:10-19, Romans 1:18; 32).
We Believe that salvation is found in Jesus Christ and Him alone (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). We believe that Jesus died for the sins of the world and that His free gift of salvation is offered to all mankind (1 John 2:2). We also believe that apart from God opening our blind eyes and loving us first, we would be lost and without hope (Ephesians 2:1-9; 1 John 4:19). Once our eyes have been opened to who God is and our great need for Him, mankind then has the responsibility to respond to the good news of Jesus (Joshua 24:15-24; Mark 4:20; John 3:11; John 12:48). Salvation is a gift to be received, and cannot be earned. Placing your faith in Jesus Christ is an act of faith that initiates spiritual new birth, a place in His family, purpose in this life, and residency with Him forever (John 1:12-13).