Our Beliefs: Statement of Faith
We believe in GOD There is but one living and true God, the maker and preserver of all things. In the unity of this Godhead, there are three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God was himself in Jesus Christ who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, He was truly God and truly human. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, equal in deity, majesty and power. The Holy Spirit brings conviction and transformation and pours out His gifts to build and increase the church.
We believe in the AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES The Bible, Old and New Testament, is God’s written Word, uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit. It bears unerring witness to Jesus Christ, the living Word. The Bible has authority over all human life and teaches the truth about God, His creation, His people, His one and only Son and the destiny of humankind.
We believe we are CREATED BY GOD God created human beings in His own image, innocent, morally free and responsible to choose between good and evil, right and wrong. By the sin of Adam, humans as the offspring of Adam are corrupted in their very nature so that from birth they are inclined to sin. God’s law for all human life, personal and social, is expressed in two divine commands: Love the Lord God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. All people as created by Him and in His image have the same inherent rights regardless of gender, race or color.
We believe in SALVATION through Jesus Christ Christ offered once and for all the one perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. No other satisfaction for sin is necessary; none other can atone. A new life and a right relationship with God are made possible through the redemptive acts of God in Jesus Christ.
We believe in the CHURCH The church is the people of God and is given life and power through the Holy Spirit. Worship, water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are commanded by Christ.
We believe in the KINGDOM OF GOD The kingdom of God is realized now as God’s reign is established in the hearts and lives of believers. The church, by its prayers, transformational lifestyle, proclamation of the message of God, and demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit, is the appointed instrument of God in building His kingdom on earth.
We believe in the RETURN OF CHRIST The return of Christ is certain and may occur at any moment, although it is not given us to know the hour. At His return He will fulfill all prophecies concerning His final triumph over all evil.
We believe in the RESURRECTION There will be a bodily resurrection from the dead of both the just and the unjust. God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness in accordance with the Bible and our deeds in this life. Our eternal destiny is determined by God’s grace and our response.