Statement of Faith
This statement of faith has its source in the Bible and is in total agreement with the foundational principles of the doctrines of Christ.
- The Scripture/Bible. The Scripture is God’s irreplaceable revelation to mankind, the inspired, infallible Word of God (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). As such, it is the supreme and final authority and without error in what it teaches and affirms. No other writings are vested with such divine authority (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1: 20-21)
- God. There is only ONE true God and creator of all (Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:16). He exists eternally (Psalm 90:2) as three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14). Each personally distinct (Ephesians 4:5-6, Gen. 1:26, Matthew 3:16-17) yet fully God, one in being, essence, and glory (John 10:30). God is eternal (Psalm 90:2), infinite (1 Timothy 1:17), and sovereign (Psalm 93:1). God is omniscient (Psalm 139:1-6), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-13), omnipotent (Revelation 19:6), and unchanging (Malachi 3:6). God is holy (Isaiah 6:3), just (Deuteronomy 32:4), and righteous (Exodus 9:27). God is love (1 John 4:8), gracious (Ephesians 2:8), merciful (1 Peter 1:3), and good (Romans 8:28)
- Jesus Christ (John 1: 1-4; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:1-5). Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:30-35), born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:30-35). He was God in human flesh, lived a sinless human life, yet, freely took upon himself our sins by dying in our place and on our behalf (John 19:30-35). He rose bodily (John 20:25-29, Luke 24:36-40), victorious over death. He ascended to Heaven and is at the right hand of the Father as the believer’s advocate and mediator (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Matthew 29-30). Some day, he will return to fulfill the eternal plan of God (Matthew 1:21; John 1:18; Colossians 1:15). The redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides divine healing for the body and salvation for the soul of everyone that believes (1 Peter 2: 24; Acts 3: 16, Acts 9: 32 – 35).
- The Holy Spirit/Ghost. The Holy Spirit (personality-Acts 5:3-4), the third Person of the trinity, convicts the world of sin and gives new life to those who trust in Jesus. The Spirit indwells all believers (Romans 8:9) and is ultimately sovereign in the distribution of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:11). The Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who illumines believers’ hearts and minds as they study the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12). He is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-14) thus when an individual receives the Holy Ghost, s/he receives divine enablement for Christian service and witness (Acts 1: 8; 2:4; 3:1 – 26; 4:5 – 12). I believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost (Romans 15: 16; 1 Corinthians 6:11).
- Angels. We believe in the reality and personality of angels. They are messengers of God and ministering spirits sent out to serve (Hebrews 1:14).
- Satan and Demons. The existence of Satan and demons is real. Satan is a fallen angel who led a group of angels in rebellion against God (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-15). He is the great enemy of God and man, and the demons are his servants in evil. He and his demons will be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
- Sin. Every human being, regardless of race, gender, social class, or intellectual ability, is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and for communion with God. Because of Adam’s fall, a sinful nature is inherited (Romans 3:23) and the communion was broken and all of humanity separated from God, the source of all life. Humanity is utterly unable to remedy this fallen state (Ephesians 2:1-5, 12).
- Salvation. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no man cometh unto the father except through him (John 14:6). Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift (Ephesians 2:8-9) that is received by repentance and faith in Christ and his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. The regeneration by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God is essential for personal salvation
(Titus 2:5, John 3:3-5, Ephesians 5:25-27). Christ died in our place (Romans 5:8-9) and bore our sins in His own body (1 Peter 2:24). Due to the greatness, sufficiency, and perfection of Christ’s sacrifice, all those who have truly received Christ as Savior are eternally secure in salvation, kept by God’s power, and sealed in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24). Just as good works cannot earn salvation, neither does it need good works to be maintained or sustained. Good works and changed lives are the inevitable results of salvation (James 2). We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin is repentance and faith in the precious blood of Jesus
(Acts 3:19; Luke 24:47; Ephesians 1:7). Christ’s death fully accomplished justification through faith and redemption from sin therefore I believe salvation is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
- The Church. All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27). Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines. The rapture of the church and the Second coming of Christ will come
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Matthew 29-30). The ordinances of believer’s water baptism by immersion is a testimony to Christ and identification with Him, and the Lord’s Supper is in remembrance of Christ’s death and the shedding of his blood (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Through the church, believers are to be taught to obey the Lord and to testify concerning their faith in Christ as Savior and to honor Him by holy living. The Great Commission as the primary mission of the Church. It is the obligation of all believers to witness, by word and life, to the truths of God’s Word. The gospel of the grace of God is to be preached to the whole world (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20)
- Judgment and Things to Come. There will be a final resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the former to eternal life and the latter to eternal judgment.
(Revelations 20: 11 – 15; 1 Corinthians 15: 12 – 23). We will experience blessed hope (Titus 2:13), the personal and imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His saints (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). There will be a visible and bodily return of Christ to the earth with His saints to establish His promised millennial kingdom (Zechariah 14:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6). Therefore, the physical resurrection of all men—the saints to everlasting joy and bliss on the New Earth, and the wicked to eternal punishment in the lake of fire is to come (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13). The souls of believers are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where they await their resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). The souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until their resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15)