Statement of Faith
Statement of Faith – PDF
Article 1. Scripture
We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of Scripture. By this we mean that the Holy Spirit inspired the thoughts and wording of the text while using the vocabulary and syntax available to the human author. The result is authoritative as to instruction, infallible as to truth, and inerrant as to facts which it teaches (1 Cor. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
Article 2. Godhead
We believe in one triune God, three in person and one in essence – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All members of the Godhead are equal in power, glory, attributes and perfections. (Matt. 28:19, 1 Pet. 1:2, Col. 2:8-9, 2 Cor 3:17)
Article 3. Person and Work of Jesus Christ
We believe that the second Person of the Godhead took on human flesh permanently without in any way ceasing to be the eternal God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and grew in normal human life, experiencing human death on the cross. He arose bodily on the third day and was seen by hundreds of people over the following 40 days, after which he ascended bodily into heaven where He is exalted at the right hand of the Father and where he exercises the ministry of High Priest, Intercessor, and Advocate (John 1:1-5, 14; Col. 2:8-9; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; 1 Jn. 2:1-2).
We believe that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross was a substitutionary atonement for our sins and that his resurrection from the dead assures his people of eternal, resurrection life (Luke 1:35; Rom. 3:24-25; 8:34; 1 Pet. 1:3-5).
We believe that Jesus Christ will return physically to this earth at the close of this age to judge the earth and establish His Kingdom (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
Article 4. Mankind
We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin became alienated from God. This alienation involved a change in man’s nature and destiny, producing both physical and spiritual death as a consequence of God’s judgment. Man is desperately in need of rescue from this condition of alienation and judgment (Gen. 1:25-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12-21; Eph. 2:1-3, 12).
Article 5. Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead. In the present age He indwells and anoints Christian believers, baptizing them into the Body of Christ and sealing them for the day of redemption. Every believer in Christ is commanded to be filled with the Spirit and to walk in the Spirit (Rom.8:9; 1 Cor.12:12-14; Gal.5:16-25; Eph.1:13-14; 5:18-20).
Article 6. Salvation
We believe that eternal salvation is a free gift bestowed by God in grace and received by man through vibrant faith in Christ Jesus. This true faith issues in works congruent with eternal life and the character of God. (Eph.2:8-10; Titus 2:11-14)
Article 7. The Church
We believe that the Church is a spiritual organism composed of all born-again believers in Jesus Christ irrespective of their social, denominational or cultural affiliations (Eph.1:22-23; 5:25-27; 1 Cor.12:12-14).
Article 8. The Eternal State
We believe in an eternal and irrevocable judgment of the lost and blessedness of the saved. These states are both conscious and everlasting (Mark 9:43-48; Rev.20:15; 22:3-5, 11).
We believe that as Christians it is our duty to think, speak and live in such a way as to fulfill the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) and the Great Commandment (Jn. 13:34-35). We realize that upon some points of doctrine not listed herein, there exists intramural debate among genuine Christians. We further realize that we serve a diverse body of believers with varying emphases and styles. Our desire is to promote Christian learning and ministry in an atmosphere of unity, mutual love, and loyalty to Christ. We seek to be gracious and tolerant where there is disagreement between theological perspectives.