Statement of Faith

THE BIBLE :

The Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore, wholly without error as orignially given of God.  (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:21)

 

THE ONE TRUE GOD

Existing eternally as three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  (Luke 3:22, Matthew 28:19, II Corinthians 13:14)

 

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST :

His preexistence and deity (John 1:1-3), incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14, Matthew 1:18-23); sinless life (Hebrews 4:15); substitutionary death (II Corinthians 5:21); bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43); ascension into heaven and present ministry (Hebrews 4:14-16); and coming again (Acts 1:11).

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT :

His personality (John 16:7-15); and deity (Acts 5:3-4); and His work in each believer; baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (I Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:9); and filling (Ephesians 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Ephesians 3:16, Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:22-23).

 

MAN :

His direct creation in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Genesis 3:1-24, Romans 5:12) and the necessity of the new birth of his salvation (John 3:3-5).

 

SALVATION :

A complete and eternal salvation by God’s grace along, recieved as the gift of God through a personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7, i Peter 1:18-19).

 

THE CHURCH :

We believe the local church is a congregation of immersed believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing ordinances of baptism and communion; for the purpose of worship, evangelization and instruction; that it is scriptural for such churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith for the furthering of the Gospel and the training of our children (Acts 2:41-42, I Corithians 11:2, Ephesians 1:22-23, Acts 20:17-28, Ephesians 4:11, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 5:23-24, Acts 15:13-18).

 

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE :

We believe in biblical separation from all worldly practices in wholehearted devotion for the cause of Christ as the only scriptural basis for a happy and useful Christian life. (I John 2:15-17, II Corinthians 6:14, I Corinthians 6:19).

 

SATAN :

His existence and personality as the great adversary of God and His people (Revelation 12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Revelation 20:10).

 

SECOND COMING :

The personal, visible and imminent return of Christ to remove His Church from the earth (I Thessalonians 4:16-17) before tribulation (I Thessalonians 1:10, Revelation 3:10), and afterward to descend with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Revelation 19:11-20:6).

 

FUTURE LIFE : The conscious existence of the dead (Philippians 1:21-23, Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Romans 14:10-12, II Corinthians 5:10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15), the eternal punishment of the lost (Matthew 25:46, Revelation 20:15).