Our Confession Of Faith
WE BELIEVE that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; and that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things.
(Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Hebrews 9:14).
WE BELIEVE that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice, and sufficient to guide us in every area of life and human need. The Word of God is the foundation upon which the church operates and the basis upon which the church is governed. We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures.
(Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:21).
WE BELIEVE in the person of God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ from sin and death.
(Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3).
WE BELIEVE in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His perpetual intercession for His people and His personal, visible return to earth.
(Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2; John 8:58; John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8).
WE BELIEVE in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Christ for ministry. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit.
(Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 15:13,16; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:16-17, 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 14).
WE BELIEVE that man was created in the image of God, to glorify God as a reflection of Him in His nature and attributes. We believe that marriage was instituted by God as an expression of His nature and attributes, and as such is exclusively the legal and spiritual union of one man and one woman. We therefore believe that legitimate Biblical sexual relations are exercised solely within the context of a permanent marriage between one man and one woman. We therefore believe that sexual activities such as, but not limited to, adultery, fornication, incest, polygamy, homosexuality, transgender, bisexuality, cross dressing, pedophilia and bestiality are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible. We further believe that lascivious behavior, the creation, viewing and/or distribution of pornography and efforts to alter one’s gender are incompatible with a true biblical witness. We believe that marriage was intended by God to be the permanent union of one man and one woman, and that divorce is permissible by God only in the case of abandonment by an unbelieving spouse or in the case of marital unfaithfulness.
(Genesis 1:26-27, Leviticus 18:22-23; Leviticus 20:13-15; Matthew 19:8-9; 1 Corinthians 7:10-15; 1 Corinthians 11:7)
WE BELIEVE that as a result of Adam’s fall, all people are sinners by nature and, therefore, are under condemnation; that God regenerates based upon faith by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.
(Acts 8:15-17; Titus 3:5).
WE BELIEVE in the universal church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all who are born again are members. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the church: (a) full immersion water baptism, and (b) the Lord’s Supper. We believe in the laying on of hands for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the ordination of pastors, elders, and deacons, and for the receiving of the perpetuity of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16; Acts 6:6, 8:17; 1 Timothy 4:14 ).
WE BELIEVE in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and in His return to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and the eternal blessing of the righteous and endless suffering of the wicked.
(Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20: 11-15, Matthew 5:3, 25:31-34; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:22, 18:9; Luke 12:5).
WE BELIEVE that the historic “Apostles’ Creed” is the embodiment of the fundamental facts of the Christian faith.