Statement of Faith

We believe that the Bible is the complete revelation from God to man.  We believe it was uniquely, verbally, and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error in the original manuscripts.  We accept the Bible in its entirety, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as the sufficient and final authority for guiding man to faith in God and then to walk in victory.  2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13, 10:11; John 19:35; Revelation 22:18-19

We believe that there is one true and living God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Each of these Persons possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and thus the characteristics of personality. This triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all.  Matthew 18:19; John 10:30; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14.

We believe that God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, is the functional head of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.  Genesis 1:1-26; Matthew 6:9; 2 Corinthians 1:3; 1 John 3:1

We believe that Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became fully man without ceasing to be fully God, through His miraculous conception and virgin birth.  He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute.  He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died.  He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, as the Advocate of those who trust Him for salvation.  Matthew 1:16, 20, 23; Luke 1:34; Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 15; 1 Peter 2:5-9; 1 John 2:1

We believe that Jesus Christ will come again, personally, visibly, and bodily to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.  We further believe that His return is imminent.  Acts 1:10-11; John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 22:20

We believe that God the Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to mankind.  He convicts and draws sinners to Christ.  From the moment of spiritual birth, He imparts new life to them, and seals them until the day of redemption.  He is the source and power for all acceptable worship and imparts a diversity of enabling gifts for service.  He enlightens us to understand the infallible Word and seeks to occupy us with Christ alone.  Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:18; Titus 3:5

We believe that man was originally created in the image of God and that man sinned by disobeying God and thus was alienated from His Father/Creator.  Fallen man’s nature is corrupted and he is thus totally unable to please God.  He is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.  Man cannot see nor enter the Kingdom of God until He is born again.  Genesis 1:26-27; John 3:3, 6-7; Romans 1:18, 3:20, 5:12, 7:21-25; Ephesians 2:1; Titus 3:5-6

We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ, is composed of all persons living and dead who have been joined to Christ through faith in His atonement.  Every true believer is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. We believe the Scriptures affirm that the local church is a God-ordained instrument for worship, discipline, spiritual edification, and encouragement and the assembling together for these purposes should not be forsaken by Christians.  1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 2:15-16, 19-22, 4:1-3; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:25

We believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, and that the physical second coming of Christ with His saints to rule on the earth will be personal, pre-millennial, and visible.

We believe that the believer, upon physical death, enters immediately into conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing.  John 12:26; 1 Corinthians 15:22ff; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 1:23

We believe that the unbeliever, upon physical death, enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from God and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation.  Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:12; Revelation 20:11-15

We believe that all believers are commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to disciple people from every nation.  Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47-48

We believe that the highest of the created angels, Lucifer, aspiring to displace God, fell from heaven, became Satan, and caused man’s fall into sin, thus introducing sin into the entire human race.  His objective today is to thwart the plan of God, deceive, if possible, the whole world, and create confusion among believers.  We believe that through the sacrifice of Christ, Satan is a defeated enemy who will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.  Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 25:41; Ephesians 6:11-12; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9-10

We reject:

“5-Point Calvinism” or “TULIP” represented in Reformed soteriology and eschatology, i.e., a fatalistic Calvinistic view that leaves no room for human free will in receiving salvation.

Specifically, we reject:

– the belief that Jesus’ atonement was limited in its extent. Instead, we believe that He died for all unrighteous people and that any perceived limitation rests in one’s free decision not to personally apply Christ’s finished work.

– the assertion that God’s wooing grace cannot be resisted or that He has elected some people to go to hell. Instead we believe that anyone who wills to come to Christ may do so freely as a result of the Holy Spirit’s conviction and wooing persuasion of the heart.

Any psychology and philosophy which is contrary to Scripture and is in substance “according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ”.

The “Emergent Church” movement insofar as it departs from the historic orthodox Christian doctrines in favor of postmodernism.

“Positive confession,” (e.g. the Faith Movement, that views faith as a force that can create one’s own reality or that God can be commanded to heal or work miracles according to man’s will and faith).

The belief that true Christians can be demon possessed and are helpless against the craft and wiles of the Devil.

Human prophecy that supersedes, or is contrary to, the Scriptures.

“Open Theism” or “Freewill Theism” which reduces God’s timeless, unchanging, and dynamic nature and exhaustive foreknowledge of future free decisions to creaturely modes of being and operation.

The over-emphasis of spiritual gifts, and experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of Biblical teaching.