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Statement of Faith

We believe:

  • In one God, the sovereign, immutable, eternal God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and of all existence. Of whom, through whom, from whom and for whom all things exist, and to whom is due all honor, glory, worship, service, and obedience which He is pleased to require of man. He is omniscient, so that nothing is contingent or uncertain. He is most holy in His decrees, counsel, works and commands. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit — united, equal and perfect in all attributes, yet with varying functions. (Ge 1:1, Deut 6:4, 1 Cor 8:6, Ge 32:9, Rom 11:36, Rev 4:11, 1 Tim 6:15, Heb 4:13, Rom 11:33-34, Ps 147:5, Acts 15:18, Ez 11:5, Rev 15:12-15)
  • In the word for word inspiration of all the Scriptures in their original languages, as the inerrant and infallible Word of God. They are the ultimate, decisive and sufficient authority in all matters, and the New Testament Scriptures, representing the final revelation and counsel of God constitute the ultimate, decisive and sufficient counsel in all matters. We affirm that a confession of the full authority, infallibility, and inerrancy of Scripture is vital to a sound understanding of the Christian faith, and that such confession is necessary for an individual’s increasing conformity to the image of Christ. Further we believe that Scripture is of no private interpretation, and therefore has one sense which its divine author intended. (2 Tim 3:16, Ps 19:7-11, Heb 4:12)
  • That mankind after Adam’s fall is in a depraved state – sinners both in nature and by imputation, and as a result of that depravity, all men, as sinners, are self-willed, unwilling and unable to turn from sin. The will to respond to God’s grace is even beyond his ability; albeit his duty. (Ge 6:5, 8:21, Jer 13:23, 17:9, Ps 51:5, 58:3, Jn 6:43-44, 8:34, 15:5, Rom 1:21-25, 3:10-18, 6:16, 8:6-8, 1 Cor 2:14, 2 Cor 2:16, 3:5, Eph 2:1-2, Col 2:13, 2 Pet 2:19)
  • In Messiah, the Son, the Word made flesh, who died for our sins, was buried, and raised on the third day according to the Scriptures; whose atoning death, purchased redemption from sin and made efficacious propitiation for the sins of all who belong to Him; and in whom the same are justified, sanctified and glorified. (Jn 6:68, 69, Mt 16:10, Jn 1:4,49, 1 Cor 15:3-7, Rom 1:4, 3:25, Rom 8:29-30, 2 Cor 5:21)
  • That there is one way of salvation given to man. That it is by grace we are saved through faith, and this is a free gift, not attained by good works. That it is by God’s grace that He initiates His call to His children. In salvation, God delivers His children from the penalty and power of sin in restoring them to a right relationship with Himself. So it is by this same gift of faith and grace that we repent and believe, turning completely to Jesus, trusting Him with our lives and treasuring Him above all other things. (Jn 10:27, Jn 14:6, Acts 4:12, Tit 2:11, Eph 2:8,9, Is 65:1, Rom 10:20, Phil 2:13, Jn 3:27, 6:44, 1 Cor 4:7, Jn 1:12, Rom 1:5, 5:5, Phil 2:13, Tit 2:12, Col 2:6, Mt 13:46, Mt 10:37, Mt 19:24)
  • In the fellowship and unity of the true Body of Christ – the brotherhood of all who are truly born of the Spirit, as manifested by a love for God and each other, obedience to the Word of God, whereby his commands are not burdensome, a disciplined life, conformity to the image of Christ and not to the world, prayer, and fellowship. (Jn 17:16-23, 1 Cor 12:13,1 Jn 5:1-5)
  • In the separation from all pseudo-Christian cults (Latter Day Saints, Jehovah’s Witnesses, United Pentacostals, etc.), world religions (Islam, Catholicism, etc.), and professing Christian churches and para-church organizations that do not adhere to points 1 through 6 and 14. (2 Cor 6:17, 7:1, Rom 16:17, 2 Th 3:14-15, Eph 5:11, Gal 1:6-8, Col 2:8)
  • That Christ commissioned the church to make disciples of all nations teaching them to observe all that He commands. That those who repent and believe should be baptized by immersion in water as a symbol of cleansing from sin. (Mt 28:19, Acts 2:38)
  • That the church should regularly observe the communion of the Lord’s Table in remembrance of His broken body and shed blood, and as a time of introspection and personal repentance. (Lk 23:19-20, 1 Cor 11:23-28)
  • That Jesus is the Head of the church, and that no man can occupy that position. That He appoints and ordains a plurality of under-shepherds (pastors, elders or overseers) to direct, minister, teach His Word, and exercise discipline as necessary within the local church. (Acts 11:30, 14:23, 20:17-38, 21: 17-26, 1 Th 5:12,13, Phil 1:1, 1 Tim 3:1-7, 3:10, 4:14, 5:17-25, Tit 1:5-9, 1 Pet 5:1-5, Ja 5:13-15, Heb 13:17)
  • That God establishes unique gifts and roles to every member of His body for the general edification of the church, as He wills. That every member is different but equal, exercising different functions according to the gifts given them. This includes unique roles for men and women including but not limited to leadership and teaching roles which are solely for men. (Rom 12:4-8, 1 Cor 12:6-12, Eph 4:11-13, 1 Tim 2:12)
  • That God has not forgotten or replaced His calling and promises to national Israel and that He will literally bring them all to pass. (Rom 11:11, 25-29)
  • In the physical, literal, and historical return of Christ to the earth to save, restore, judge, usher in God’s Kingdom, and reign upon the throne of David. (Zech 12:10, Jn 14:1-4, 18-23, Acts 1:11, 1 Th 4:16-18, Heb 9:28)
  • In the physical, literal, and historical resurrection of the dead; the unsaved to the eternal punishment of hell, and the justified to everlasting fellowship with God, eternal life, joy, peace and heaven, where as Christ’s bride, we will serve Him and give Him unending praise, glory and honor. (Mt 10:28, 25:46, Mk 9:43-48,Jn 3:16,36, 5:29, 2 Th 1:8-10, Rev 20:10-15)