Statement of Faith
God: We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal,
existing in three equal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
Christ: We believe in the absolute and essential deity and humanity of
Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate
glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily
resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and return in
3. The Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit to be
the Third Person of the Godhead who convinces people of sin, of
righteousness and of judgment; who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates
and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ. All who believe in
Christ are born of the Spirit, sealed, anointed, indwelt, gifted and
baptized by the Holy Spirit. We also believe that the New Testament
distinguishes between being indwelt by the Spirit, which is true of all
believers, and being filled with the Spirit, which is the believerís
privilege and duty. There is one baptism by the Spirit, into the body of
Christ, but there are many fillings.
4. The Bible: We believe
the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as
originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments, were verbally
inspired by the Spirit of God and are therefore free from error; that
the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice
and is the true basis of Christian union.
5. Satan: We believe that Satan exists as an evil being, the originator of sin. and the arch-enemy of God and man.
Man: We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God;
that he sinned, becoming guilty and void of righteousness before God,
resulting in separation from God, thereby incurring spiritual and
Salvation: We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing
grace of God and that justification is by faith alone in the
all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We
believe that all who are born again are eternally secure. It is the
privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation
and to demonstrate their new life through spiritual growth.
Future Things: We believe in the glorious return of the Lord Jesus
Christ in person; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust;
in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed; and in the judgement and
eternal, conscious punishment of the unsaved.
9. The Local
Church: We believe that a local church is a company of believers who
have voluntarily come together and committed themselves to the ministry
of the Word, to the mutual edification of its members, to the
propagation of the faith and to the observance of the ordinances. We
believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely
awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ,
the Head of the Church.
10. Ordinances: We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament:
Baptism, which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby the
believer obeys Christís command and identifies with Christ in His death,
burial and resurrection;
b) The Lordís Supper, which is the
memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and
wine, which symbolize the Lordís body and shed blood, proclaiming His
death until He comes again.
11. The Church and State: We
believe in the entire separation of the church and state. We also
believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practice
and to propagate his beliefs.
12. The Lordís Day: We believe
that the first day of the week is the Lordís Day and that, in a special
sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual