Statement of Faith

Doctrinal Statement

ABOUT GOD: We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 8:6)

ABOUT JESUS: We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human.  We believe that He was born of a virgin.  We believe that He lived a sinless life.  We believe that His miracles were true.  We also believe that He died in the place of sinners on a cross, that He was truly resurrected, and ascended back to heaven. (Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Peter 2:24-25; Luke 24; Hebrews 4:14-16; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 11:15-17; 20:4-6, 11-15)

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit. We believe He gives life, He sanctifies, He empowers and comforts all believers. We believe that it is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are born again, and that the work of the Spirit includes convicting us of sin and empowering us to be righteous. (Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 2:13; Matthew 28:19; Acts 2; John 3 and 16).

ABOUT THE SCRIPTURES: We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error in its original manuscripts. (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 119:89, 160; Isaiah 40:8)

ABOUT MANKIND: We believe that mankind was created in the image of God.  God gave Adam, the first man, specific commands that were to be obeyed.  Through his sinful disobedience to these commands, Adam and the whole human race were alienated from God. As a result, man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own effort (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10, 23; 5:12-20; John 3:3; Acts 13:38-39; John 3:16; Matthew 25:46; 2 Corinthians 5:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).

ABOUT SALVATION: We believe that man is saved only through repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ. We believe when we repent and express faith in this manner we are declared not guilty before God by His grace alone. We believe that baptism is not necessary for salvation but is an act of obedience (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:1-2; Romans 10: 9-10; Colossians 1:19-20; 1Corinthians 1:21).

ABOUT THE CHURCH: We believe the Church is the body of Jesus Christ, and it is composed of all true believers. We believe these local assemblies are also the church, for it is in these local assemblies that the work of the church is carried out. The present work of the Church is the worship of God, the loving and teaching of people, and making Him known to a lost world. We believe the purpose of the Church is to glorify God (Acts 2:41; 15:13-17; Ephesians 1:3-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

ABOUT CHRIST’S RETURN: We believe in the personal and bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ. His return will complete and establish the ongoing enjoyment of our salvation in His glorious Kingdom (1Thessalonians 4:13-17; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:11-13).

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