Statement of Faith

The Bible

We believe that God reveals Himself through the creation, preservation, and government of the universe. We believe that God makes Himself more clearly and fully known through the Scriptures, which are the only inerrant and infallible Word of God, our ultimate and final authoritative rule for faith and practice. The Bible is made up of the 66 books of the canon of Scripture, including Genesis through Revelation. (Rom. 1: 19-20; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

The Trinity

We believe that there is but one living and true God, eternally existent in three Persons of one power, substance, and eternity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is perfectly wise, the overflowing fountain of all good. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. In all things He is limited by nothing other than His own nature and character. (Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; 1 Chron. 29: 11-12; Matt. 28:19; John 10:30, 37-38)

Creation

We believe the Triune God alone existed from eternity past and in His wisdom decided to create the universe without the use of pre-existent material. God spoke and all came into existence in six literal days. (Gen. 1:1-31; Ex. 20:11)

Men and Women

We believe that God purposely created mankind in two genders, male and female, and He created each gender to be objectively distinct from the other, though equal in their reflection of His image. (Gen. 1:26-27)

We believe that God established marriage between one man and one woman to reflect the relationship of Christ with His Church, and to be the basic unit of human society. We believe that the word “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in an exclusive union, as determined by the Scriptures. (Gen. 2:18-25; Matt. 19:4; 1 Cor. 7:1-5)

Original Sin

We believe that our first father, Adam, was made from the dust of the ground and formed after God’s image and likeness, which was good, righteous, and holy. Because of Adam’s subsequent sin, all mankind is in a state of rebellion against God. For the salvation of such lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary. (Gen. 1:26-31, 2:7; Rom. 5:12-14; John 3:3-8; Rom. 8:1-8)

Jesus Christ

We believe in the true deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, such that two distinct natures, divine and human, were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion. We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Col. 1:15-20, 2:9; Matt. 1:18-25; Heb. 4:15; John 2:23; Col. 1:21-23 1 John 1:7; 1 Cor. 15:3-8; Acts 1:6-11; Luke 21:27)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is by God’s grace through faith alone, and that faith without works is dead. (Eph. 1:3-11, 2:8-9; Jas. 2:14-26)

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, as the Spirit of Christ within us enables us to do freely and cheerfully what the will of God revealed in Scripture requires to be done. (Rom. 8:1-11; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; John 14:21)

Judgement

We believe God has appointed a day when He will judge the world in righteousness through Jesus Christ. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved to the resurrection of life, and those who are lost to the resurrection of damnation. (Matt. 25:31-46; Heb. 9:27; John 5:28-29)

Unity of the Church

We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. All who are united to Christ as Head of the Church are united to one another in love, and have communion in each other’s gifts and graces. (John 17:20-23)

Value of Human Life

We believe that God created all human life with inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefor called to defend, protect, and value all human life as determined by the Scriptures. (Psalm 139)