Statement of Faith

About the Bible: Psalm 119:105; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21

The Bible is the divine inspired Word of God.  Through it we know God’s mind and heart.  It was written by human authors; guided supernaturally by the Holy Spirit.  It is the only infallible source of truth and manual for Christian belief and living.  There are no other writings similarly inspired by God.

About God: Genesis 1:1-26; Acts 17:24; Colossians 1:16

We believe that there is one true God, eternally existing in three persons (the Trinity)- God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Each person of the Trinity possesses equally every divine perfection, working together for the redemption of the world.  In the beginning God created the world out of nothing and by His power He continues to sustain His creation.

About Jesus Christ: Matthew 1:18, 22-23; John 1:1-5; John 12:27; Philippians 2:6-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Hebrews 4:14-15

We believe Jesus is the Son of God, as revealed in the Bible.  He assumed human nature and was born miraculously of a virgin.  He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.   On the third day, He arose from the dead, victorious over sin and death.  He ascended to the Father and will return to earth someday to reign as Lord of all the earth.

About the Holy Spirit: John 14:26; John 16:24; Romans 8:30; I Corinthians 12:7; Galatians 5:25; II Timothy 3:16

The Holy Spirit is present in the world and in the lives of all who have trusted Jesus for their salvation.  This is evident in the fruit and gifts of the Spirit in a believer’s life.  We depend expectantly on the Spirit’s power to reveal the truth of Scripture, restoring our nature into the image of God and enabling us to lead a life of Christ-like character.  The Holy Spirit, co-equal with God the Father and God the Son, gives to each believer gifts for the building up of the Church.  As believers, we seek to give ourselves to His control daily.

About Human BeingsGenesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 3:23

Humanity is the crown of God’s creation, made in the spiritual image of God, created with the potential for good.  Yet humanity, wanting to be the same as God, defied Him, choosing to go our own independent way and was thus alienated from God.  This fall from a relationship with God took place at the beginning of human history with Adam and Eve and to this day, everyone has suffered the consequences and requires the saving grace of God for restoration.

About Salvation: John 14:6; Romans 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9

The purpose of the coming of Christ was the salvation of humanity.  As human beings we cannot make up for our sin by being good or earning acceptance with God.  We are eternally corrupted in our natures because of sin that alienates us from God.  Only by trusting in Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from the penalty of our sin and find our way back to God.

We were created to live forever and we will live forever either apart from God (which the Bible calls Hell) or in an eternal union with Him (which the Bible calls Heaven).  When we choose to turn from our rebellion and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved and receive the gift of life eternal.  This begins the moment we receive Jesus into our lives by faith.

About the Church: Matthew 28:19; John 15:1-8; I Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:23

We believe in the Church, a living spiritual Body of which Christ is the head and all true believers are a part.  To honor Christ, the Church is to be a ministry of encouragement to others, striving to be unified at all times.  Further, the church is to be faithful to use its Spiritual gifts for the benefit of the Body.  The Church has been described to be like a great hall where there are many doors opening to many rooms.  The rooms are the many Christian denominations, but all are a part of the universal great hall “The Church”.  In each room there are furnishings that give substance and meaning to that room; these are the individual Churches.  In these local Churches, believers gather to hear the Word of God communicated, celebrate the presence of God, are educated as the people of God, and demonstrate the love of God.

About Missions: Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8

We believe our God is a missionary God and has called us to be a missionary people.  We were made for a mission.  We believe the church exists for those who are not yet in it.  Jesus came to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10) and said, “as the Father sent me so I send you” (John 20:21).  Jesus made His mission the model for the church’s mission.  The church is to be a sent people, a missionary Church, taking and one that enables the Gospel to be presented to the ends of the earth.

About Prayer: Ephesians 6:18-20

We believe the foundation of our ministry is centered on prayer.  We believe prayer is not what we can get from God but it is to be an intimate and personal relationship with the living God.