Statement of Faith

"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."
1 Peter 3:15

The Scripture

The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. It was uniquely, verbally, and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and was written without error in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in faith and life at every age. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 24:25-27; 1 Corinthians 14:37; Romans 15:4)

God

There is but one God, infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love, Creator of the universe, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—each of whom possesses all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.  
(Deuteronomy 4:35,39, 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Ephesians 4:6; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1; John 8:58; John 10:30; John 14:9; John 14:16-18, 23; John 15:26)

Man

God created man in His own image, and man as he was originally created, was innocent before God. But man chose to sin by disobeying God, and therefore was alienated from his Creator and came under divine condemnation. Thus all human beings are born with a corrupted nature and without spiritual life and are totally incapable of pleasing God in and of themselves. (Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 43:27; Isaiah 59:2; Romans 5:16,18; Romans 8:8)

Jesus Christ

God the Father, by His own choice and out of love for sinful men and women, sent Jesus Christ into the world to reconcile sinners to Himself. Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He was God in the flesh, both true God and true man. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and voluntarily suffered and died as our substitute to pay the penalty for our sins, thus satisfying God’s justice and accomplishing salvation for all those who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He bodily ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, makes intercession for His own. He has all authority and all His words are true. He will return to earth personally, visibly, and bodily to judge all men and establish His kingdom. (Matthew 1:20,23; 1 John 3:5; Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:15-21; Hebrews 4:15; John 1:1-2,14; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18; John 17:2; John 8:40, 45; John 18:37;John 14:6; Hebrews 9:28; Matthew 16:27; Revelation 19:11-15)

Salvation

Men and women are freed from the penalty for their sins not as a result, in whole or in part, of their own works, goodness, or religious ceremony, but by the undeserved grace of God alone. God declares righteous all who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation and receive Him as Lord.  For the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.  (Ephesians 2:8-10; Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Titus 3:5)

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ, to convict men and women of their sins, and to impart new life to all who place their faith in Christ. He indwells believers from the moment of spiritual birth, seals them until the day of redemption, empowers them to live a life pleasing to God, and distributes gifts to every believer as He chooses for the edification of the body.  
(John 15:26; John 16:14; John 16:8-11; John 3:3-8; Titus 3:5-6; John 7:37-39; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Romans 8:9; Acts 11:17; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 3:2-3; Ephesians 4:30; 2 Corinthians 1:22; John 14:16; Romans 8:23; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:14-21; 2 Corinthians 3:5-6, 18; Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

Assurance of Salvation

All who are born again of the Spirit can be fully assured of their eternal life from the very moment they put their faith in Christ as Savior and Lord. This assurance is not based on any kind of human merit, but upon Christ’s complete payment for our sins, and upon the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who is the deposit guaranteeing our inheritance and is evidenced by tangible fruit in the lives of believers. (John 10:14-15, 27-29; Ephesians 1:13-14; John 5:24; 1 John 5:11-13; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Romans 8:38-39; Jeremiah 32:40; Galatians 5:22-23; John 15:8; Matthew 7:20; John 13:35)

Life After Death

When an individual accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior, they are spiritually reborn. At physical death, the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord reuniting them in Gods presence. (Luke 16:19-31, Luke 23:43, Philippians 1:21-24, 1Thessalonians 5:9-10, 2 Corinthians 5:8, - living not asleep Luke 9:28-36, Rev.4:10 – 11; 6:9-11, 7:4-17) 
Believers await the resurrection of their bodies to everlasting glory and blessings and unbelievers await the resurrection of their bodies to everlasting suffering, judgment, and condemnation. (1 Cor. 15:42-58, 1 John 3:1-3, Daniel 12:1-4, Rev. 20:11-15, Matthew 25:31-46)

Baptism and the Lord's Supper

Jesus Christ has instructed those who believe in Him to be baptized in water as a symbol of their new birth in Christ and becoming part of the body of believers. Baptism is for those who have personally believed in Christ. Our usual practice is to baptize by immersion. The Lord also instituted the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of His suffering, death, and resurrection for those who have professed Christ as Savior. Neither baptism nor the Lord’s Supper has any merit in helping a person obtain eternal life.  (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:12; 36-38; Acts 18:8; Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 20:7; Acts 2:42-44; 1 Corinthians 10:15-17; 1 Corinthians 11:17-29)

The Church

All true believers make up the church worldwide and should assemble together in local churches for worship, prayer, fellowship, and teaching, in order to become conformed to the image of Christ and to become equipped to carry out the ‘Great Commission’ that Christ gave His followers in Matthew 28:19-20. (John 17:14-23; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Acts 2:42-47)