This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our Christian faith. The Bible itself is the complete and final source of what we believe.
Statement of Faith
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God, but written by human authors. We believe that it is inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the complete and final authority in our Christian faith and for all areas of life.
We believe that God eternally exists in three Persons—the Father, the Son and the
Holy Spirit-and that these three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of the same worship, reverence and obedience.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Genesis 1:26-27, 3:22; Psalm 45:6-7, 90:2; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2).
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image; that they sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that, as a result of Adam's sin, all human beings are now born with a sinful nature and without His intervention are eternally separated from God.
We believe Jesus, the eternal Son of God, took upon Himself the form of a man by means of the virgin birth, lived a sinless life, yet retained His absolute deity, being at the same time fully God and fully man.
Atonement for Sin
We believe that atonement for sin was made by the sacrificial and substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on our behalf.
That the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him and put their trust in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and resurrection back to life.
We believe that when Jesus was crucified, He also rose again from the dead and ascended back into heaven to be with God the Father where He acts as our High Priest and Advocate.
We believe in the blessed hope of the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We believe salvation is the gift of God by grace alone and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that this faith is manifested in works which are pleasing to God. That all who by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.
(John 1:12, 3:16, 14:6; Titus 3:4-7; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-9; Hebrews 10:10-12; I John 5:11-13)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells everyone who puts their trust in Jesus and that He gives spiritual life to all who believe, enables them to understand biblical truth, empowers them for godly living, and equips them for service and to be a witness of God’s work and kingdom. We believe that all who trust in Jesus receive the gift of the Holy Spirit at the time of belief.
(John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16-17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18)
Sacraments of the Church
We believe that the Sacraments of the church, by the command of Jesus Christ, are Water Baptism and the Lord's Supper, both of which are administered to those who have professed faith in Christ.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:36-41; Ephesians 1:13-14 & Exodus 12; John 6:35; Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-23; Acts 2: 46; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe People will exist eternally, with or without God. Those who die without receiving God’s forgiveness for sin through faith in Jesus Christ will be separated from God for eternity. And those who have received forgiveness for sin by trusting Christ for their forgiveness will spend eternity with Him in Heaven
(John 3:16-17, 4:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-17; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15)
In addition to Essential Beliefs, we have liberty in Non-Essential Beliefs.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”
“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13:2
We affirm that the doctrines of the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the bodily resurrection, the atoning work of Christ on the cross, and salvation by grace through faith make up the essential, distinctive nature of Christianity. We also affirm that God’s Word to us, the Bible is our absolute authority and guide for life and that it is without error in whole and in part as it was originally given. In regards to these essential doctrines there can be no conflicting opinions of those who call themselves true followers of Christ.
However, we do acknowledge that there are non-salvation related teachings found in the Scriptures which are important, but not critical to the follower of Christ as it relates to our salvation. Some of these doctrines include the specific functions of women in ministry, the exact timing and nature of the rapture, extent and use of certain spiritual gifts, the relationship between election and free-will in salvation, the style and form of baptism, etc. While our church will be diligent to establish positions as it relates to these non-essentials we will not allow these peripheral doctrines to cause division within the church. We will accept into our body those who have differing views on the non-essential doctrines, but will not allow those of a different opinion to fracture the church. While we celebrate diversity along all lines (racial, gender and theological), we will ultimately pursue the unity of the church.
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