STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. Who is God
We believe/teach that the One and only true God has chosen to reveal Himself to humanity. He is the Creator and is Sovereign over all creation. God exists in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory—each eternally perfect and equally deserving worship and obedience.
2. Who is Jesus
We believe/teach that Jesus of Nazareth is the one true messiah, who came to earth in order to make it possible for humanity to once again have true fellowship with God. Jesus preexisted with the Father. He is the eternal Word who became flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus existed as fully God and fully human while here on Earth. He was crucified, suffered, bled and died. He was buried and three days later rose from the grave, victorious over death and the powers of darkness. Jesus is the only mediator between God and humanity. He is the God-given atonement for the sins of the world and there is salvation in Him and Him alone. He ascended into heaven and is currently at the right hand of the Father.
3. Who is Holy Spirit
We believe/teach that the Holy Spirit convicts men and women of sin, effectually draws them closer to God, and is the divine agent by whom all are born into the Kingdom of God. He indwells, enlightens, and empowers believers to live in union with Christ. The work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost when He came from the Father as promised by Christ to initiate and complete the building of the Body of Christ, which is His church.
4. What is the Bible
We believe/teach that the Bible, all sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament, is the inspired word of God. It is fully authoritative in our lives; the only absolutely trustworthy guide for a relationship with God, our faith and life.
5. What is Salvation
We believe/teach that God created human beings in His image—possessing personality, will, spirit, and a capacity to be in relationship with Him. However, through disobedience and rebellion to His Law, we earned the consequence of eternal death, both in spirit and in body. But, Jesus, the Son of God, willingly provided for us redemption from the execution of God’s righteous judgement by His substitutionary death on the cross and His subsequent resurrection. All disobedience (sin) has been forgiven, both past and future. What is required of us is faith in Jesus Christ and repentance unto life (Acts 20:21), with the diligent use of all the outward means of grace communicated to us through Scripture. “It is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.” We believe that baptism in water is a public and holy ordinance instituted by Christ wherein Christ and the benefits of the new covenant are represented, sealed, and applied to believers.
6. What is the Church
We believe/teach that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body, the Church, the Bride of Christ, of which Christ is the head. Together, we remember our Lord’s sacrifice through the taking and sharing of bread and wine, symbols of His suffering and death. We are being transformed by the Holy Spirit and the application of His Word—not conforming to the world. The Church is called to teach others about Jesus and His Way: to love and serve each other through joy and suffering according to our spiritual gifts, and to worship God in spirit and in truth.
7. What is our future
We believe/teach that as Jesus Christ ascended to the Father, so he will return personally, visibly, and in glory. Jesus’ return will mark the final judgement during which all men will be held accountable for their belief in Him. God will then fully establish his Kingdom and finish the new creation—a new heaven and a new earth from which all evil and evildoers, all suffering and death, will be excluded and in which God will be glorified forever.