WHAT WE BELIEVE

 
 

The need for a Statement of Faith is to make clear those foundational truths of our faith. This Statement is not intended to add anything to the Gospel as revealed in the New Testament, repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Statement of Faith

God – is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity). These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2)

Jesus Christ – is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Born of a virgin, without any subtraction of His deity, Jesus took on sinless humanity and lived a sinless human life. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again one day to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22, 23; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3, 4; 6:6; 7:4-6; 8:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14, 15)

The Holy Spirit – is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts as he sees fit. Christians are to yield to and trust the Holy Spirit to enable them to live holy, loving, and productive lives that bear much fruit and glorify God. (John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18)

The Bible – is God’s written word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth of God without any mixture of error. (Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1:13; 2 Peter 1:20, 21)

People – are created in the image of God and as the pinnacle of God’s creation we have intrinsic value and dignity. However, because of the fall, people are flawed image bearers, and sinners by nature and by choice, under condemnation, in desperate need of the salvation found in Jesus Christ alone. (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1,2; Romans 3:23; Acts 4:12)

Salvation – is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins when we trust Christ. We are saved from eternal judgement to be with Jesus forever. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and power of God that gives us this security. (John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5 John 14:6, 1:12; Romans 5:1; 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)
 
Gospel Transformation – We have a robust confidence in the truth of the Gospel not only to save,but when understood and believed , having the power to transform us into Christ-likeness. The agent of transformation is the Holy Spirit, the tool of transformation is the truth of the Gospel,and the context for transformation is community.