Statement of Beliefs
- the Scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient.
- there is only one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- all things exist for the glory of God.
- all humanity – Christ excluded – is sinful by both birth and action.
- the deserved penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death.
- Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human.
- Jesus Christ died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin.
- Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return.
- there will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Only those who turn from sin and to Jesus in faith and repentance will be raised to eternal reward. Those who do not turn from sin and to Jesus will be raised to eternal punishment.
- only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy.
We accept the Bible as God’s only, complete and full revelation of Himself to man. The 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament are infallible and without error. Through the study of the Bible a man can understand all that he needs to know concerning eternal salvation, his relationship to God in this life and God’s plan for the world. There is no additional revelation from God that a believer will receive or need in this life. Every truth in the Scripture is given for our benefit and by the application of the Bible to life, the believer can live to please God.
The Triune God
There is one God: sovereign, infinite, eternal, almighty and perfect in holiness, wisdom, truth and love. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-existent, co-equal and co-eternal. The Father is not the Son. The Son is not the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not the Father. Yet each is truly Deity. One God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is the foundation of Christian faith and life.
God the Father is an infinite spirit who works to accomplish the pleasure of His will in all things. He hears and answers prayer and saves from sin and eternal death all who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ. His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with mankind.
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and is fully man and fully God. He was virgin born, lived a sinless life and worked miracles. He is perfect in nature, teaching and obedience and is the only Savior for the sins of the world.
The Holy Spirit is a person with all of the attributes of Deity as both Father and Son. His work is to convict the world of sin, God’s righteous standard and the certainty of future judgment. All who believe are regenerated and adopted into the family of God. Further, He indwells, sanctifies, empowers and gifts believers for the service of God and is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
The Glory of God
The purpose for all that God does is His own glory. God is the Creator of all things, the earth and the entire universe solely for His glory. He created this universe out of nothing and continues to sustain it. God has a plan for this world that cannot be altered or overruled. He desires that every man live in fellowship with Himself. Every promise that He makes will be kept and every circumstance will work for the good of those who love Him.
Adam and Eve were created in the image of God and free of sin. When Adam willfully sinned against God, the entire human race that proceeded from him became spiritually dead in sin. Every person since Adam and Eve, except for Jesus Christ, is a sinner by nature and by choice.
Adam’s sin brought death into the world and all are born under the wrath of God. Death is both physical and spiritual. Spiritual death is separation from God and those who do not receive by faith the remedy God provided in Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire.
In eternity past and before the creation of the world, Jesus Christ existed in spirit as both the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus entered this world through the virgin birth and from conception is both fully God and fully man. The purpose for His coming into the world is to redeem man, reveal God and rule over God’s kingdom.
The Sacrificial Substitute
The penalty God demands for sin is death. Jesus voluntarily shed His blood on the cross as our substitute and His death fully satisfied the just demands of God for sin. In the cross, God shows his great love and amazing grace. The believing sinner is freed from the punishment, power, and in Heaven, the very presence of sin.
The resurrection of Jesus
Three days after Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, He rose bodily from the grave and was seen alive by many witnesses. Jesus ascended into Heaven where He now intercedes for believers in the presence of the Father awaiting His personal return to the earth to establish His millennial kingdom.
Every person will one day stand before God.
At death, the soul of every believer is separated from his body, immediately enters the presence of God and remains in perfect fellowship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The body remains on earth until the Rapture when the believer receives a body that is like Christ’s glorified body. Body and soul are then reunited to enjoy the pleasures of God forever.
The souls of unbelievers experience punishment until the resurrection of the unsaved when soul and body is reunited. Then Christ will pronounce their deserved judgment and they will be cast into the Lake of Fire and cut off from the Life of God forever.
Salvation is the free gift of God offered to man only because of His grace and mercy. The only way of salvation is to turn to Jesus Christ repenting of sin and come by faith in His death and resurrection. Whoever comes to Jesus this way is forgiven of their sins, declared righteous by God and adopted by the Father into His family. The gift of everlasting life belongs to the believer and he is assured that this life will never be taken away.