What We Believe (Statement of Faith)
1. The sole basis of our belief is the Bible composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. We believe that the Scriptures are inerrant (not liable to prove false or mistaken) and infallible (incapable of teaching deception) in the original manuscripts. They serve as the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice.
2. We believe that there is one true God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. God the Father is the One who designed and fulfills His plan of redemption through the Son. Scripture states that He is the Father of all creation, of Israel, of all believers, and of Christ the Son. He is the ultimate object of all praise, worship and glory. By His sovereign power He sustains His Creation.
3. We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son, though eternally co-existing with the Father, came into the world to become the Redeemer of all peoples. He was united forever with a human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He is true man and true God. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying, with His shed blood, divine justice concerning sin, and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. We believe in "that Blessed Hope", His personal, visible, premillenial and imminent return to earth to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
4. We believe that the Holy Spirit, omnipresent from all eternity, came into the world in a unique way on the day of Pentecost. He inspired God's chosen men to write the Scriptures. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them a recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them. At the point of salvation, He permanently indwells every believer becoming their source of assurance, strength and wisdom. He uniquely endows each and every believer with spiritual gifts for the edification of the body of Christ. He guides believers in understanding and applying the Scriptures. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible to live a life of Christ-like character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.
5. We believe that man was created by God in His own image, and therefore, like God is a personal, rational, and moral being. Originally created to have fellowship with God, man willfully disobeyed God and suffered the corruption of his nature, thus rendering him unable to please God, and incurred both physical death and spiritual death (separation from God). As a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are in need of the saving grace of God.
6. We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God, a relationship in which they are eternally secure walking in faith. He, Who cannot fail, will in the end present everyone of them faultless before the presence of His glory and conformed to the image of His Son.
7. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost along with Satan and the other fallen angels.
8. We believe that the Church, the body of Christ, is a spiritual organism composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Members of this body, in Scripture, are directed to associate themselves in autonomous local assemblies in order to worship, to receive instruction, to fellowship, to pray and to observe the ordinances. Two ordinances have been committed to the body of Christ - baptism and the Lord's Supper.
9. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as a public testimony of the believer's faith in the crucified, buried and risen Christ. It is also a public statement of desire to walk in the newness of life in Christ. The Lord's Supper was instituted by Jesus for the remembrance of His atoning death. These two ordinances are to be observed until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.