Statement of Faith
The following is to be considered as fundamental, the basis on which this church was founded, and represents the official teaching of the church.
1. We believe in the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments as being the verbally inspired Word of God, completely inerrant in the original writings, and totally sufficient in themselves as our authority for faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:21, Matthew 5:18)
2. We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are all equally God. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19)
3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life as true God and true man, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension and personal return in power and glory. (John 1:1-3, Philippians 2:5-11)
4. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, on His return to heaven, sent the Holy Spirit to take His place and to bring into being the church, the Body of Christ; that His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ; that He convicts the unbeliever of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He regenerates sinners; that He baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ, sealing them unto the day of redemption; that He indwells, empowers and instructs believers. (John 16:7-14, I Corinthians 12:12-14, Romans 8:9, Ephesians 1:13-14)
5. We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; that all are born with a sinful nature and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility become accountable to God for their sin. (Genesis 1:26, Romans 5:12)
6. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins as a representative and a substitution sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood. (Romans 3:21-24, 5:6-8)
7. We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ and in His present life in heaven for us as High Priest and Advocate and Head of the Church. (I Corinthians 15:3-16, Hebrews 4:14-16, I John 2:1, Colossians 1:18)
8. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved into everlasting life, and they that are lost unto everlasting torment. (Philippians 3:20-21, Revelation 20:11-15)
9. We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, pre-millennial, and the imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (I Thessalonians 4:16-18, Titus 2:11-13, I John 3:1-3)
10. We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, thereby becoming sons of God, a relationship in which they are eternally secure. (John 1:12, Titus 3:5, Romans 8:28-39)
11. We believe that the Lord Jesus instituted the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper to be observed by all believers until His return. Baptism by immersion shall be the mode taught and practiced by this church. (Matthew 28:19-20, I Corinthians 11:23-32)
We recognize that differences exist among professing Christians regarding certain areas of biblical doctrine. In some areas where biblical teaching is central, clear, and consistent, there is no room for disagreement. Other areas do not demand universal allegiance for the Christians to live and work together in love and unity. In those areas, individual Christians may, rightly, hold strong convictions. But such convictions should not divide them from those of varying viewpoints. When such convictions are held as central, the result is often a wrongful emphasis dividing Christians and distorting the witness of the church.
We understand statements 1-8 to be central to biblical teaching and consistent with the historical understanding of the church. Statements 9-11 are the foundation upon which this church was built, but it is recognized that in these areas legitimate differences in understanding exist between Christians. While we believe they are rooted in and consistent with Scripture, their central emphasis is easily distorted. Neither their teaching nor that of other varying viewpoints should be a cause of division within the Body of Christ.