Statement of Faith
The Word of God
The Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired, both functionally and intrinsically, according to the corresponding view of truth, establishing the Bible to be without error as to fact as well as purpose in the original manuscripts, written under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
There is one living and true God, eternally existing in three Persons who are co-equal in every Divine perfection. They execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of Creation, Providence and Redemption.
God the Father
God the Father is an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, He hears and answers prayer, and He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles and taught people. The Scriptures teach His substitutionary atoning death for the sins of all people, bodily resurrection for empowering of the new life of all who believe, ascension into Heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth. He is truly God and perfectly human.
The Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgement, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. Tthe Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. We believe He is God.
All are sinners by nature and by choice and are therefore under condemnation. All who acknowledge their sinfulness and trust in Jesus Christ's death as payment in full for their sins are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. They become a new creation in Christ Jesus but the old nature is not eradicated.
The universal church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members. God has laid upon the members of the church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. The purpose of the local church is to edify believers.
We believe in the personality and existence of Satan.
We live in anticipation of the pretribulational rapture of the church and the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth when He will establish His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgement, the eternal felicity of the justified and the endless suffering of the lost.
The Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as a public witness of their spiritual baptism by which the Holy Spirit places them in union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. The Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death and remembrance of His return. These two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of their fellow men. They should be faithful stewards of their possessions and their conduct should be a good testimony before the world. Each believer should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
Every human being has direct relations with God and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith. Each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. The church and state must therefore be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.