STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. The Scriptures
We believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, verbally inspired in the whole and in all the parts (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20–21).
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who created all things (Matthew 28:19–20; Acts 5:3–4; Hebrews 1:1–3; Genesis 1:1).
We believe in the literal historicity of Genesis, including God’s creation of the material universe in six literal days, a literal Adam and Eve as the parents of all mankind, a literal fall, and a universal flood (Exodus 20:9–11; Romans 5:12; 2 Peter 2:5).
We believe in the virgin birth, the sinless perfection, the bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven of Jesus Christ, and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate (Matthew 1:20–23; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 15:3–4; Acts 1:9; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:24-25).
We believe that God is eternal, immutable, unchangeable, and simple in His essence, whereby each of His attributes are equal and identical in essence. This means that God is not composite nor layered. All of God’s attributes or perfections are equal and identical in essence, whereby God’s character is such that He is loving, merciful, and just, yet God is wrathful and holy and opposes sin.
3. Man and the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that through his disobedience of God, he incurred both spiritual death (separation from God) and physical death as a consequence. Through Adam’s sin, man entered into a sinful state into which all people are born, consisting of the guilt of Adam’s first sin, and the corruption of man’s nature, such that man is wholly inclined to evil continually (Genesis 1:26–27; Romans 5:12–19; 7:15–21).
We believe that God created sinless, spiritual beings called angels to worship and serve Him (Colossians 1:16; Isaiah 6:3; Hebrews 1:14).
We believe that Satan and some of the angels became proud and were judged by God and that Satan now rules these fallen angels called demons (1 Timothy 3:6; Matthew 25:41; Ephesians 6:11–12; 2 Corinthians 4:4).
We believe in justification by God’s grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, according to the Scriptures, as the basis for one’s righteous standing before God. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified, born of the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God (Romans 5:8–9; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:24–26; John 3:3–6; John 1:12).
We believe those born again by the Spirit of God have eternal salvation and their salvation can never be lost or taken away (Romans 8:28–39; John 10:27–30; Romans 5:1–11).
6. The Church
We believe the Church is an elect company of believers baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body; its mission is to witness concerning its head, Jesus Christ, preaching the Gospel among all nations (Ephesians 1:3–4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Acts 1:8).
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the ordinances of the Church in this age (1 Corinthians 11:23–26; Acts 2:41).
We believe the Christian is not under the Law but that the grace of God is sufficient for the maintenance of a life of obedience to the Word of God (Romans 6:14; John 14:15; 2 Peter 3:18).
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells, seals, and gives spiritual gifts to every believer; and that He guides, fills, teaches, and enables every believer to do the will of God as the believer trusts and obeys the Spirit (Romans 8:9; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 12:7–11; Galatians 5:16–18; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 2:27).
7. Last Things
We believe in the personal,physical and visible return of Jesus Christ, the final judgment and eternal state. The dead in Christ, the righteous will be raised for eternal life in Heaven in glorified bodies, and the unrighteous shall be cast in Hell for eternal punishment. (1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Daniel 9:24–27; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10; Matthew 24:5–21; Revelation 6:1–19:21; Isaiah 11:1-10; Revelation 19:11–21; 20:1–3, 11–15; 21:1–22:5).