Statement of Faith

  1. We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life. (2 Timothy 3.16-17, 1 Thessalonians 2.13, 2 Peter 1.19-21)
  2. In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 13.14, Matthew 28.19, John 14.26 & 15.26, 1 Peter 1.2)
  3. That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is not only now our High Priest and Advocate (John 1.1-14, 1 Corinthians 15.3-4, Acts 4.10-12), but also the King over every authority in heaven and earth (Ephesians 1.20-23, etc.).
  4. That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men, regenerate sinners, and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service. (John 16.5-15; Titus 3.5)
  5. That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. (Genesis 1.27-31, Romans 5.12, Ephesians 2.1-5)
  6. That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and, thus become children of God. (Ephesians 1.7, Romans 3.24, Mark 10.45, 2 Corinthians 5.21, 1 Peter 3.18 & 2.24)
  7. That water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. (Matthew 5.17-18 & 28.19, 1 Corinthians 11.24-26)
  8. That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head. (John 3.5)
  9. That only those who are, thus, members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church. (John 3.5)
  10. That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church. (Ephesians 1.22 & 5.23-24)
  11. In the sure and certain bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ to judge the living and the dead and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. (Matthew 25.31-46, 1 Corinthians 5.10)
  12. In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. (1 Thessalonians 4.13-18, Acts 1.11, 2 Peter 3.10-13)