Statement of Faith
1. God Wrote a Book – The Bible
The Bible was written by human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because the Bible was inspired by God, it is the absolute truth, contains no errors in the original manuscripts, and is applicable to all cultures and people.
2 Timothy 3:16-17- All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. [Additional scriptures at end]
2. God is One – Trinity
The Lord God is one. He exists as one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. Each member of the Trinity equally possesses all the attributes of God but often serve different functions.
Deuteronomy 6:4- Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 2 Corinthians 13:14- May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. [Additional scriptures at end]
3. God the Father
God the Father is best understood by his attributes. God is above all holy; He is magnificent, unique and distinct. He knows all things, is all powerful, and is ever present. He does not change, is absolutely sovereign and is both good and great. He is faithful, loving and compassionate, full of grace and mercy. But God the Father is also perfectly just and righteous, hating all evil and severe in his wrath.
Exodus 15:11- Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you — majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? [Additional scriptures at end]
4. God the Son
Jesus Christ was sent by the Father. He freely took upon himself the nature of man (he was completely human and completely God). He was without sin, honored the Father, and paid the price for our sin by His death. He arose from the dead and now reigns in heaven with the Father. He is in every way qualified and suitable to be an all sufficient Savior.
Philippians 2:9-11- Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father. [Additional scriptures at end]
5. God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit guides believers into truth, glorifies Christ. He convicts people of sin, God’s righteousness and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives spiritual gifts to believers, assures us of our salvation in Christ and makes us more like Him.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17- Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? [Additional scriptures at end]
Man was made in the image of God, holy and in wonderful fellowship with Him. By voluntary rebellion against God man fell from that holy state and lost fellowship with God. The consequences are that man is now unable to attain a right relationship with God by his own efforts. Mankind is now completely void of the holiness which is required by the law of God. We are completely given over to the gratifications of the world, Satan and our own sinful passions. We are, therefore, under condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse. The salvation God provided in Jesus Christ is man’s only hope.
Acts 17:26-28- From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. [Additional scriptures at end]
A. Salvation Provided
Jesus Christ died upon the cross and bore the wrath and punishment of God so that we would not have to (substitution). Jesus sacrifice for us (atonement) means that in Him our sins have been pardoned (forgiveness); we are declared righteous (justification); our relationship with God is restored (reconciliation); and we have been given the promise of eternal life. This salvation is a free gift made available to all by the grace of God and cannot be earned through our own efforts.
B. Salvation ReceivedSalvation requires hearing the Gospel accompanied by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. This supernatural work, called regeneration, produces repentance, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
[Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart brought about by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.][Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.]
C. Salvation Experienced
Growth in grace should continue throughout a saved person's life. The Biblical word for this is sanctification. Sanctification is the experience, beginning at the point of salvation, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him.
John 3:16-18- For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 2 Corinthians 5:17-Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! [Additional scriptures at end]
8. The Church - God's design for community
The church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ, to obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
Matthew 16:18- And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. [Additional scriptures at end]
9. Jesus is coming to earth again
The Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth, personally, bodily, and visibly to establish his reign in a kingdom that will never end. As the sovereign Lord, He will resurrect and judge all humanity.
Luke 21:27- At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. [Additional scriptures at end]
10. Eternity - Somewhere forever
Though all people will experience a physical death, we are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
1 John 5:11-12 - And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. [Additional scriptures at end]
Duet 4:1-2; Ps 119:11,89, 105; Is 40:8; Matt 22:29; John 16:13-15, 17:17; Rom 15:4; 2 Tim3:15-17; Heb 4:12; 1 Peter, 1:25
Duet 6:4; Matt 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Lk 1:35; John 5:21-23, 14:10, 16; Rom 8:9-11; 1 Cor 8:6; 2 Cor 13:14; James 2:19
Ex 3:14, 15:11; Num 23:19; Lev 11:44-45, 19:2; Duet 32:39-41; Ps 7:11, 11:4-6; Ecc 3:14-15; Is 46:9-10, 61:8; Mal 3:6; John 3:16, 4:24, 5:26; Acts 17:28; Rom 9:18, 11:22; Eph 1:11
Isa 7:14; Matt 1:18-23, 3:17, 8:29, 14:33, 16:16, 28:5-7; Lk 22:70, 24:46-47; John 1:1, 1:10-18, 10:30, 11:25-27, 17:1-5; Acts 1:9-11, 2:22-24, 7:55-56; Rom 1:3-4, Rom 3:23-24, 8:1-3, 10:4; 1 Cor 8:6; 2 Cor 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Phil 2:5-11; Col 1:15, 2:9; 1 Tim 2:5-6, 3:16
Gen 1:2; Ps 51:11; 139:7 ff.; Isa 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-29; Mark 1:10; Lk 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Rom 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Cor 3:16; Eph 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Rev 22:17
Gen 1:26-30; 2:7, 17-23; 3; Ps 8:3-6; 51:5; Ecc 2:11; Isa 64:6; Jer 17:5; John 3:14-15, 5:24; Acts 17:26-31; Rom 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14-25; 1 Cor 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22; Gal 3:10; Eph 2; Col 1:21-22; 3:9-11
Isa 1:18, 53:5-6, 55:7; Matt 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Lk 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:20-21; Rom 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18; 10:9-10,13, 13:11-14; 1 Cor 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Gal 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Eph 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-13; Phil 2:12-13; Col 1:9-22; 1 Thess 5:23-24; Titus 2:11-14; Heb 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Rev 3:20;
Matt 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Cor 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Eph 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Col 1:18; 3:15; 1 Tim 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Rev 21:2-3
Matt 24:26-31; Lk 21:27; Acts 1:11; Heb 10:37; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Titus 2:11–14; Rev 1:7-8, 19:11-20:6
John 3:16, 36; Rom 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Rev 20:1