Core Values

Statement of Faith

 

 PREAMBLE

We believe that these statements are true from the totality of Scripture. The references cited are non-exhaustive but are a sampling of what the Scripture teaches.

1.     GOD’S WORD

We believe that the Bible is the complete, written Word of God, sixty-six books in the Old and New Testaments, that each and every word in the original manuscripts was inspired by God, and therefore completely without error. It is authoritative, living, active, relevant, and unchanging (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Romans 15:4;Hebrews 4:12)

2.     GODHEAD

We believe in one God who eternally exists as the Godhead or Trinity consisting of three Persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19). We believe God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are fully divine and are distinct persons. The three persons of the Trinity are co-equal, co-eternal, one in essence and power and united in action and will (John 10:29-30; Hebrews 1:1-3).

a.     God, the Father

We believe that God the Father is a divine, eternal person, having a will of His own.  He initiates the work of creation(Genesis 1:1, 26), redemption and judgment (Ephesians 1:3-6) We believe that God is Father of all humanity through creation and a spiritual Father to those who believe (Romans 8:14; 1 John 3:1; 1 John 5:1-2).

b.    Jesus Christ, the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, having a will of his own. He came as the Messiah establishing the Kingdom of God. He was born of the virgin Mary (John 1:1-2, 14; Matthew 1:18-23), lived a sinless life and died for our sins (Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Peter 3:18) He arose bodily from the dead on the third day and ascended into Heaven to the right hand of the Father (1 Corinthians 15:3-20Acts 1:9-11).  He has prepared a place for us as our High Priest and is coming again for His Church, at which point He will judge all humanity (John 14:1-6; Hebrews 10:10-14; 2 Corinthians 5:10;Matthew 25:31-46)

c.     The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is an equal member of the Holy Trinity, fully divine and having a will of his own (Romans 8:26). The Spirit makes the reality of sin, the need for righteousness, and the coming judgment apparent to humanity. The Spirit helps the believer to understand God’s truth and to know God’s will (John 16:7-15). The believer is filled and sealed by the Holy Spirit, bringing comfort, guidance, assurance, spiritual gifts, and the power of God (Acts 1:8, Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 12:4-11, 12:13; Titus 3:5-7).

3.     HUMANITY

We believe that all people are created in God’s own image (Genesis 1:26-28), but from the time of Adam’s rebellion (Genesis 3:1-24) all human beings are now born with a sinful nature, resulting in spiritual and physical death(Romans 5:12, 6:23), unable to save themselves (Romans 3:9-25).

4.     SIN

We believe that sin is the breaking of any part of God’s revealed standard.21   Since Adam’s rebellion sin nature will continue to be passed down (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:1-10;Romans 5:12). Every human being is thus born a sinner, causing any intimate relationship with God to be severed, leading to separation from Him (Romans 3:23, 6:23;Galatians 6:7-8; Revelation 21:8). 

5.     SALVATION

We believe that salvation is the free gift of God brought to us by His grace and received by personal faith in Christ alone (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9).Christ died as a sinless substitute for the forgiveness of sins, rising again from the dead for people of all ages and times (1 Peter 1:17-21; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 1:7).Salvation is apart from any sacraments, good works, or human merit (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8-9). All who receive this salvation are freed from the ultimate result of sin and are spiritually born into permanent membership in the family of God (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 8:38-39).

 

 

 

a.     Justification

We believe that those who have trusted Christ for salvation are justified by faith alone, in that they are no longer judged for their sins (Romans 5:1-2), since Christ stands in the sinner’s place (Romans 4:25).  They no longer have to receive the punishment of spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God (Romans 3:1-26).

b.    Sanctification

We believe that those who have trusted Christ for salvation are sanctified (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4), in that through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:16), they are being renewed in their minds and hearts and are transformed into the likeness of Christ (1 John 3:2).  This is the promise of God for the believer’s life and it will be accomplished (1 Corinthians 6:11).

c.     Glorification

We believe that those who have trusted Christ for salvation are glorified, in that even though they experience the death of their mortal bodies, they will stand before God, and they will be complete (Romans 8:30).  The work of salvation will have been accomplished, and their likeness will perfectly mirror that of Christ (1 John 3:2).  Believers will then be in perfect harmony with God and will enjoy his presence for eternity (Revelation 21:1-4).

d.    Assurance

We believe that those who have trusted Christ for salvation can be assured that this gift, and work of God, cannot be interrupted by anyone or anything (Romans 8:38-39).  Those who believe are brought into the family of God (John 10:27-29).  Their lives are transferred from darkness to light, from the flesh of the world to God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).  The inheritance promised to those who believe is guaranteed and evidenced by the Holy Spirit that indwells each believer (Ephesians 1:14).

6.     THE CHURCH

We believe that all believers are members of the Body of Christ, the Church, which Christ is building (Matthew 16:18). This Body is present on earth in local churches where believers should assemble for teaching, fellowship, prayer, and ministry where each believer is practicing their spiritual gift(s) (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:24-25; Colossians 3:16). This local church observes the symbolic practices of believer baptism and communion (Matthew 28:19-20; John 13:1-17). Our body of believers is led by a team of God appointed Elders, who in submission to Christ seek to shepherd the Body in accordance with God’s Word (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2-3).

7.     SPIRITUAL FORCES

We believe that there is a spiritual battle taking place and that Christians are involved in this battle (Ephesians 6:12). We believe that angels were originally created as holy creatures, but now exist as fallen angels called demons and un-fallen angels (Psalm 148:2-5; Jude 1:6).  Satan is a fallen angel who with other demonic faces who oppose the One True God (Job 1:6; Luke 10:8). Satan and his demons have already been defeated and will be punished by being cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14-15).

8.     FUTURE LIFE

We believe in the blessed hope of the imminent return of the Christ for His Church in his second coming when Christ and a resurrection of the dead where calls his own to Himself and judges those who have rejected him (1 Thessalonians 4:17; Titus 2:13). We believe the Biblical description of an eternal state of punishment for the unsaved in hell and an eternal state of blessing for the saved in heaven (Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:11-15; John 14:1-3)  

9.     THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

We believe that every believer is to pursue a life of righteousness and good works, to exhibit the fruit and fullness of the Spirit (Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:16-23; Ephesians 2:8-10), and to fulfill the Great Commission in making disciples of every nation (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).

10.  GOVERNING AUTHORITIES & THE FAMILY

We believe that along with the institution of the church God has established the institutions of government and the family (1 Peter 2:13-17).  In relation to the government we believe that Christians are to be subject to the rulers and authorities that God has placed over them and are to obey those authorities in all things unless it requires direct disobedience to God (Romans 13:1-7; Mark 12:13-17). We believe that God has established the family and has given equal value but specific roles to husbands, wives, and children (Ephesians 5:21-33, Ephesians 6:4Exodus 20:12).