OUR BELIEFS

Statement of Faith

 

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures, which consist of the 66 books (the Old and New Testaments), to be the only inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the manuscripts, infallible, and God-breathed.

(2 Timothy 3:16, 1:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)

 

The Triune God

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, coeternal in existence, co‐equal in nature, power, glory, and attributes.

(Genesis 1:1‐26, Deuteronomy 6.4, John 1:1‐3, Matthew 28:19, John 4:24, Romans 1:19‐20, 2 Corinthians 13.14, Ephesians 4:5‐6)

 

God the Father

We believe that God the Father is the Creator and sustainer of heaven and earth. By His word and for His glory, He freely and supernaturally created the world out of nothing, and through the same word he daily sustains all His creatures. He rules over all and is the only Sovereign. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving and all wise. He made man for fellowship with Himself and He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, adopting them as His children.

(Genesis 1:1, 31; Ephesians 3:9, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Deuteronomy 32:6, John 1:12, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:5)

 

Jesus Christ

We believe that Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

(Matthew 1:18‐25; Luke 1:26‐38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21‐23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6‐8; 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Timothy 3:16, 1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1, Matthew 16:27, Mark 14:62, Phil. 3:20, 1 Thessalonians 4:15, Titus 2:13, 1 Corinthians 15)

 

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

(John 14:15-18, John 16:13, Acts 1:8, John 16:7-11)

 

Man

We believe that human beings were created in the image of God, were tempted by Satan and sinned, and are therefore under God’s condemnation. As a consequence of Adam’s fall, we believe that humans are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ alone. 

(Genesis. 1:26, Genesis 3, Genesis 2:17, Eccl. 2:11, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10‐20, Romans 5:19, Ephesians 2:12)
 

Salvation

We believe in justification of the sinner, by grace, through faith, on the grounds of the death, and bodily resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe those given saving faith are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation, adopted, preserved and given eternal life.

(John 3:14; 5:24, John 8:12, Proverbs 28:13, 1 John 1:9, John 3:16, Ephesians 2.4‐9; John 1:12‐13, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 John 3.1, Gal 4.1‐7, Philippians 1.6, John 17.3, Romans 8:1)

 

The Church

We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifested in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

(Ephesians 2:19‐22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19‐21; Acts 2:42, 1 Corinthians 12:12,13; Colossians 1:18)

 

Christ’s Return  

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.
(Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15.)

 

 

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