Statement of Faith

The Word of God
The Bible is the Word of God.  It is true, authoritative, and sufficient for faith and livingPsalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21

The Trinity
There is one living and true God, eternally existing in three distinct, yet unified persons:  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4;
Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Isaiah 45:5-6; Isaiah 46:9-10; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:17-20; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5


God the Father
God the Father is infinite and personal, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of individuals, He hears and answers prayer, and He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Deuteronomy 6:4; Galatians 3:26; Hebrews 12:19; I John 1:5; Ephesians 2:4-5; Revelation 19:6; John 3:16-17

Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, and His teachings are true and useful today. Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; John 3:16; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3

Jesus Christ died as a substitute to pay the penalty for the sin of humanity. John 1:29; 10:1-18; John 3:16-17; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4;
1 Peter 3:18

Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead. Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53;
John 1:20-21:25; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34

Jesus Christ physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return. John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit was sent to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, He instructs and reminds believers of the teachings of Jesus, He gifts every believer with spiritual gifts to build up the Church, and He empowers believers to live lives victorious over sin. John 16:8-11; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 6:19;
I Peter 4:10; Ephesians 4:30; Galatians 5:16

 
Sin and Separation
We are, along with all humanity (except for Jesus Christ), by birth and action sinners, and our sin separates us from God, who is holy and sinless. Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12-21; 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3
 
Sin’s Consequences
The deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual. Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:19; Romans 5:12; 6:23; James 1:14-15.

Salvation and Regeneration
Those who confess and repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and brought back into right relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  Nothing we can do in and of ourselves can bring about our salvation; Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  There is no other way for a person to be reconciled to God and to live life as God created us to live—in right relationship with God, experiencing a full and abundant life. John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26;
1 Timothy 2:5-6

The Church
There is a universal Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. There is also a local Church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, service, and fellowship. God has given members of the local Church the primary task of taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:18;
I Corinthians 1:2; Matthew 18:18-20; Galatians 6:10

Christian Conduct
We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their time, money, and possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others full maturity in Christ. Matthew 22:37-39; Ephesians 4:1-3;
I Corinthians 10:24; Philippians 2:4; Romans 12:2: Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 12:13-21,48;
Luke 16:1-13

The Ordinances
Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and Communion. Baptism is a public profession of faith, which requires that the person being baptized have an understanding of the significance of participating in baptism. Communion was instituted by Christ for remembering His death. These two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 8:12, 10:4,18:8;
I Corinthians 11:23-26

The Last Things
Jesus Christ is going to return to earth and establish His kingdom. The bodies of all humans will be resurrected, and there will be a final judgment that will result in eternal life for those who are in Christ and eternal separation from God for those who die in their sins. Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:11-15

 

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