Statement of Faith

  1. The Scriptures
    We believe that the Holy Scriptures, the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, are the divinely-revealed, verbally-inspired, inerrant and authoritative Word of God and as such are the only source and norm of doctrine and life in the church.     (John 10:35, II Tim. 3:15-17, II Pet. 1:20,21)
    1. The Nature of God
      We believe there is one true God (the Triune God), the Creator and Preserver of all things, who is eternally self-existent showing Himself to us in three distinct persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are equal in power and glory, identical in nature and having precisely the same attributes.     (Deut. 6:4, Num. 6:22-27, Matt. 3:16,17; 28:19, I Cor. 8:5,6, II Cor. 13:14, Heb. 1:3, I Pet. 1:2)
      1. Mankind has a Fallen and Sinful Nature
        We believe in the total depravity of human nature, that although man was created in the image of God he was tempted by Satan and fell into sin, that as a consequence of Adam's sin all men are born sinners and are separated from God.     (Ps. 51.5, Is. 53:6, Rom. 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; 7:18,1 Cor. 2:14)
        1. We are saved through Christ
          We believe in the gospel of salvation, which is the good news that God in His grace has provided forgiveness of sins through the finished work of Jesus as a free gift to all who will repent and believe.     (John 1:12; 3:16, Rom. 6:23; 10:9,10, Eph. 2:8,9)
          1. We Must be Born Again
            We believe in the necessity of the new birth, of being born again into the Kingdom of God by the work of the Holy Spirit whereby the message of salvation is personally applied to the human heart through the power of God's Word.     (John 3:5-8; 16:7-15, Titus 3:5, I Pet. 1:21-23)
            1. We believe in God the Father
                • That He is the Creator of all things visible and invisible, who sustains and governs the whole created order by His wise and holy providence.     (Gen. 1:1, Ps. 33:6-11, Acts 17:24-27, Rom. 11:33-36, Heb. 11:3)
                • That in Him all authority resides and from Him all authority is derived.     (Matt. 28:18, John 5:26,27, Rom. 13:1,2, Eph. 4:6)
                • That out of His fatherly compassion He provided salvation for all human beings through the reconciling work of His Son, Jesus Christ.     (John 3:16, II Cor. 5:19)
                • That He demonstrates His love for those who become His children by guarding, instructing and disciplining them and providing for all their needs.     (Ps. 91, Matt. 6:25-34, John 10:27-30, Gal. 4:6,7, Heb. 12:5-11)
                1. We believe in God the Son (our Lord Jesus Christ)
                    • That He is true God begotten of the Father from eternity (John 1:1-5,14, Rom. 9:5, Col. 1:15-17; 2:9) and also true man born of the Virgin Mary, who emptied Himself of the right to act as God and lived a sinless and obedient life as the sin-bearer of all mankind.     (Is. 7:14, Matt. 1:23, Rom. 5:19, Gal. 4:4,5, Phil. 2:5-8, Heb. 4:15)
                    • That during His earthly ministry He performed signs, wonders and miracles through the power of the Holy Spirit.     (Luke 4:18-21, Acts 10:38, Heb. 2:4)
                    • That by His sacrificial death on the Cross and the shedding of His precious blood He made full atonement for the sins of all mankind wherein God reconciled the world to Himself.      (Acts 4:12, I Cor. 15:3, II Cor. 5:18-21, Eph 1:7,8, Col. 1:14, Heb. 9:11-15,22)
                    • That God physically raised Him from the dead on the third day as Victor over sin, death and the devil.  (Luke 24:1-7, I Cor. 15:1-8,20,55-57, Heb. 2:14,15)
                    • That He physically ascended into heaven where He intercedes and advocates for the saints at the right hand of the Father. (Acts 1:9-11, Rom. 8:34, Heb. 1:3; 7:25; 9:24)
                    • That He will physically return to earth at the close of the age in power and great glory to gather His church unto Himself and destroy the world and its works.     (Mark 14:61,62, Acts 1:11; 17:31, I Cor. 15:51,52, I Thes. 4:13-18, II Pet. 3:8-15, Rev. 1:7)
                    • That He is the same yesterday and today and forever.      (Heb. 13:8)
                    1. We believe in God the Holy Spirit
                        • That He is truly God, one with the Father and the Son (Acts 5:3,4, I Pet. 4:14) having been sent by them to accomplish His ministry on earth as the Lord and Giver of Life.     (John 14:26; 15:26, Acts 1:4; 2:17; 2:33)
                        • That as the Spirit of Life He regenerates (converts, saves) all true believers convicting them of sin (John 16:8, Acts 2:37), revealing Jesus as their personal Savior (John 15:26; 16:13) and imparting saving faith to their hearts.     (Luke 24:30-35, I Cor 12:3, Eph 2:8,9)
                        • That as the Sanctifier He indwells all true believers (John 14:17, Rom. 8:9) imparting a new nature (Col. 3:10), sealing their salvation with an inner witness (Rom. 8:16,17, Eph. 4:30), putting to death the sin nature (Rom. 8:1,2,13) and producing the ninefold fruit of the Spirit which manifests the character of Christ. (Gal. 5:22,23)
                        • That as the Counselor He leads and guides the church into all truth continually revealing the fullness of the Word of God in order to edify, admonish, heal, encourage, instruct, unify and mature the body of Christ. (John 14:26; 16:13-16, I Cor. 2:9-16, Eph 1:7-18, II Tim. 3:16,17, I John 2:20,27)
                        1. We believe in the baptism with the Holy Spirit
                            • That Jesus, our ascended Lord, is the Baptizer who offers this important ministry throughout the church age.     (Matt. 3:11, John 1:33, Acts 2:33)
                            • That this foundational Christian experience releases supernatural power for ministry through the charismatic gifts of speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, working of miracles, gifts of healing, faith, a word of wisdom, a word of knowledge and discerning of spirits.     (Mark 16:17, John 14:12, Acts 1:8, I Cor. 12:7-11, Heb. 2:4)
                            • That this promised blessing is intended for those who already have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord.     (Luke 24:49, John 7:37-39, Acts 1:4,5; 2:1-4; 8:14-17)
                            • That this power encounter is triggered by a prayer of faith with or without the laying on of hands (Luke 3:21,22; 11:13, Acts 1:14; 9:17) and is usually confirmed with speaking in tongues.     (Acts 2:4; 19:6, I Cor. 14:4,5) 
                            1. Divine Healing
                              We believe that divine healing is included in the atonement (Is. 53:4,5, Matt. 8:16,17) and can be imparted by the laying on of hands (Mark 16:17), a prayer of faith (James 5:14-16), anointing with oil (Mark 6:13) or a command of faith in Jesus' name.     (Acts 3:6,16)
                              1. Water Baptism
                                We believe in Water Baptism (usually by immersion) for all true believers in order to seal and declare their identification with Christ. (Matt. 28:19, Acts 2:38, Rom. 6:3-7) We believe that the children of believing parents should be dedicated to the Lord rather than baptized.     (Matt. 19:13-15, I Cor. 7:14)
                                1. The Lord's Supper
                                  We believe the Lord's Supper is to be celebrated as a participation in the Lord's body and blood under elements of bread and wine (I Cor. 10:16) and that a worthy communing requires a repentant heart towards God and a sincere desire to live in peace and harmony with the body of Christ.     (I Cor. 11:27-30)
                                  1. The Unity of the Body of Christ
                                    We believe the true church is comprised of all people who through saving faith are united in the body of Christ of which Jesus is the Head (I Cor. 12:13, Gal. 3:26-29, Eph. 2:14-18) and that every believer and every believing local congregation should reach out to the larger body of Christ and visibly manifest the unity that is ours in Christ.     (John 17:20-23, Eph. 4:1-6)
                                    1. Church Government
                                        • We believe in a theocratic rather than a democratic form of local church government where Jesus, through Spirit-given revelation, governs through apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers and elders.       (Ps. 127:1, Acts 15:28; 20:28, Eph. 4:11-16)
                                        • We believe that the offices of apostle, pastor and elder are reserved for men.     (I Tim 2:12)
                                        • We believe that God’s preference is for his churches to be independent bodies rather than joining denomination and that we should obey God rather than men.  (Acts 5:29; Galations 1:10)
                                        1. The Local Church

                                            We believe that the local church, as an expression of the New Testament priesthood, should be a functioning body where every member is equipped and released into fruitful ministry.     (John 15:8, Rom. 12:1-8, I Cor. 12:7-31, I Pet. 2:9; 4:7-11)

                                            1. The Gospel of Christ
                                              We believe in vigorously evangelizing the lost at home and abroad according to the Great Commission.     (Matt. 9:37; 28:18-20, Acts 1:8)
                                              1. The Resurrection
                                                We believe that when Jesus returns He will physically resurrect and personally judge all mankind. The believers will receive glorified bodies and be taken to heaven to enjoy eternal life. The unbelievers will be consigned to everlasting condemnation.     (Matt. 25:34,41,46, John 5:28,29, Acts 10:42; 17:31, II Cor. 5:10, Phil. 3:20,21, Heb. 9:27, Rev. 20:11-15)
                                                1. The Creeds
                                                  We believe, with the rest of orthodox Christianity, that the Nicene and Apostles Creeds are accurate summaries of the Christian faith.