STATEMENT OF FAITH

Scripture

  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God, without error in its original text, and is the final authority for faith and practice.

Nature of God

  • God is one, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • God the Father, as the first person in the trinity, is the beginning of activity and the fountain and wellspring of all things.
  • Jesus Christ is true God and true man; having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Father, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.
  • The active ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ: to convict, regenerate, indwell, guide, comfort, instruct, gift, and empower the believer for godly living and service.

Humanity

  • Every believer is a priest having been gifted to minister by the Holy Spirit.  Each believer has access to God through Jesus Christ and equal access to God’s truth in the Scriptures.
  • People were created in the image of God but willfully disobeyed and are separated from God. They are reconciled to God only through personal repentance, belief, and trust in Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death for sin, His burial, and His resurrection.

Nature of the Church

  • The Church is composed of all people who, through a saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit.  They are united together as the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is Lord and Head.
  • The local church is the visible expression of the Body of Christ, the true Church. The Lord has called believers to fellowship together in local, autonomous congregations to fulfill the mission of the Gospel.

Church Practices

  • The practices of the Church, while not essential for salvation, are spiritual and physical realities commanded by Christ.  They are intended to bind the Body of Christ together and to participate in the mystery of the Gospel.
  • Water baptism for believers is a physical expression of our spiritual cleansing from sin.  Baptism is an identification with Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and with His body the Church.
  • The Lord’s Supper is a remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice for us and is to be observed by believers as He commanded.  Believers must partake in a worthy manner and are nourished spiritually with the benefits Christ obtained through his death and resurrection.

Return of Jesus Christ

  • The physical return of our Lord Jesus Christ is imminent.  It is a source of mutual encouragement and provokes us to righteousness and service.
  • The living and the dead will be judged by God; the unbeliever to everlasting conscious punishment, the believer to everlasting joy with the Lord.