Statement of Faith

The Word Of God

We teach that every word of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God, inerrant in the original documents, infallible, and the only authoritative rule of faith and practice.

The Trinity

We teach there is one true and living God existing eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and each is equally deserving of worship and obedience.

God the Father

We teach that the Father is the first person of the Trinity and creator of all. He is the absolute and omnipotent ruler of the universe, governing all things including Creation and redemption according to His eternal plan. His fatherhood defines His role in the Trinity and His relationship with mankind. He is spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth. He is perfect in holiness.

Jesus Christ

We teach that Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Trinity, equal with the Father in essence and attributes. He came into the world through the virgin birth, being conceived by the Holy Spirit.

We teach that He accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross and that His death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive. He rose from the dead on the third day and ascended to the Father where He is the mediator between God and man.

The Holy Spirit

We teach that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and possesses all the attributes of deity, being equal to the Father and Son.

We teach that He is first and foremost to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. In relation to the world He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. In relation to believers He regenerates, baptizes into the body of Christ, transforms them into the image of Christ, indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, administers spiritual gifts, and seals them unto the day of redemption. Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation.

We teach that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts for the perfecting of the saints today, and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles in the beginning days of the church were for the purpose of authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and were never intended to be characteristic of the lives of all believers at all times.

Man

We teach that man was created directly by God in His image. Although Adam was made perfect, he voluntarily transgressed God’s command. As the representative head of the human race, Adam’s sin condemned all men so that now all people are sinners by both nature and by choice. As a result of the Fall, all men have incurred God’s wrath and are incapable of saving themselves; therefore, the only hope for mankind is salvation through Jesus Christ.

Salvation

We teach that salvation is given by the grace of God and not on the basis of any work of man.  All who repent of their sins and by faith confess Jesus Christ as their Lord are justified on the basis of His life, death, and resurrection.

The Church

We teach that all who put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord are immediately made members of the universal church through the work of the Holy Spirit. Only the truly regenerate are members of the universal church. Since the local church is a reflection of the universal church, membership in the local church must be limited to those who are truly regenerate. The local church is a group of regenerate people who have united together for worship, fellowship, discipleship, prayer, the exercising of their spiritual gifts, and the observance of the ordinances of the church.

We teach that the local church is to operate under the biblical office of elder authority. As head of the church, Christ is the Chief Shepherd and He has entrusted the care of the local church to elders.

Christian Conduct

We teach that believers should be separated unto the Lord Jesus Christ and from all religious apostasy and worldly and sinful practices as is commanded by God. Out of deep gratitude for the undeserved grace of God, who is worthy of our total consecration, all the saved should live in such a manner as to demonstrate our adoring love to Him and so as not to bring reproach upon our Lord and Savior.

We teach that every Christian has been endowed with a gift or gifts from the Holy Spirit for the purpose of edifying the church. It is therefore the responsibility of every believer to intentionally exercise their spiritual gift(s).

The Last Things

We teach that the Lord’s return for His church will take place before the Tribulation and that the seven year Tribulation will precede a literal 1,000 year reign of Christ on the earth, followed by a final judgment against His enemies and then the eternal state.

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