Statement of Faith

Bible

We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the divinely inspired and only authoritative Word of God; supreme and final in its authority in matters of faith and practice.

God

We believe that there is one true God subsisting in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the same in essence and equal in power and glory.

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He is co-equal with the Father. I believe the Bible record of His virgin birth, sinless life, words, works, vicarious death, bodily resurrection and ascension and promise of His personal return.

 

We believe that God the Holy Spirit as revealed in the Bible is a person co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father, and God the Son. The Holy Spirit brings an awareness of guilt, brings about the new birth, and indwells the believer that he or she may lead a godly life. The Holy Spirit strengthens faith, brings comfort and peace in time of sorrow and distress, and enlightens our hearts and minds to understand and apply the truth in Christ and the Bible.

 

Sin & Salvation

We believe that mankind was created innocent and in the image of God but that he/she sinned and thereby brought upon himself/herself and all his/her posterity not only physical death but also spiritual death, which results in eternal separation from the presence of God.

 

We believe that the eternal salvation of lost and sinful mankind comes only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit, which is the result of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of the whole world and in whom we have redemption through His blood.

 

We believe that the Christian life is lived by trust in Christ and fellowship with Him. The Christian life manifests itself in service to God and service to fellow men and women. It is summed up in the two great commandments: to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength; and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

 

We believe that eternal life begins here in this world when one comes into a transforming, saving relationship with God through regeneration by the Holy Spirit, and that at death the souls of the regenerated enter into the presence of Christ, there to await the resurrection of the body.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily, visibly and personally to establish His millennial Kingdom. He will judge the living and the dead, and will effect a final separation of the redeemed and the lost, assigning unbelievers to eternal punishment and believers to eternal joy.

Family

We believe God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

We believe marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.

We believer the husband and the wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. A husband has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband, just as the church willingly submits to the leadership of Christ. She, being in the image of God, as is her husband, and thus being equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

We believe children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage and to teach them by consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on Biblical Truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents (Ephesians 5).

We do not view homosexuality as a legitimate alternative lifestyle. Homosexuality is a choice that is against God’s natural order (Romans 1:26-27).

Homosexuality is a sin that can be forgiven and from which a person can be delivered (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).