STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Scriptures Inspired
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to men, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12).
The One True God
We believe in the eternal Godhead, the one true God who has revealed Himself as the self-existent, self-revealed “I AM,” and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association, by simultaneously existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, distinguishable yet indivisible. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isaiah 43:10, 11; Matthew 28:19).
Man’s Fall and Redemption
We believe in the creation, testing and fall of man; that he was created good and upright, according to God’s statement, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” Man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Christ Jesus, the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31; Genesis 3:17; Romans 5:12-21).
The Salvation of Man
We believe the Grace of God, which brings the gift of salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, wholly God and wholly man; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by grace, has become heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Romans 10:13-15; Luke 1:26-36; 24:47 John 1:14-19; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6).
Evidence of Salvation
We believe there is both inward and outward evidence of one’s salvation. The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life postured toward holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:7, 2 Timothy 1:9).
The Promise of the Spirit
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a real experience at/or subsequent to the experience of salvation. (Acts 2:1-4, 38-39; 10:44-46; Galatians 3:13-14).
The Process of Sanctification
We believe in the process of sanctification, that it is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word. By the power of the Holy Spirit we strive to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15, 16; 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24; 1 John 2:6).
We believe the church is the holy Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer is an integral part of the church, comprised of many local outposts in given localities and regions, and believers’ names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (I Thessalonians 2:4; Acts 15:22; Matthew 16:18; 18:15-20)
The Gifts of Ministry
We believe in the divinely called and appointed, and Scripturally ordained ministry gifts and offices provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose: (1) The equipping of the saints for the work of service, and (2) The edification of the Body of Christ (1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Mark 16:15, 20; Ephesians 4:11-13; Acts 6:3-6; Romans 16:1-2).
We believe in the God-defined covenant of marriage, that it is the uniting of one man and one woman in holy matrimony. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-2; Leviticus 18:22; Matthew 18:2-5; 19: 5-6; Mark 10:6-12; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Romans 1:18-32; Hebrews 13:4).
We believe deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of the believer to exercise (Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:16, 17; Mark 16:18; John 5:14).
The Blessed Hope
We believe the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the Lord, is imminent and is the blessed hope of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Romans 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52).
Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts, have believed on Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been released to walk with Him in the newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4).
The Lord’s Supper (Communion)
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in His suffering and death, and a celebration of His rising and His foretold return (John 6:48,51,53-57; Luke 22:19,20; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 Corinthians 11:25).