Statement Of Faith
STATEMENT OF FAITH
What We Believe and Why We Believe It
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealing “I AM”, and has further revealed Himself as three persons in one (the Trinity) – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Exodus 3:13-15; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 40:10-31, 43:10; Matthew 28:19; John 14:9-10; 1 Timothy 6:14-16
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, revealing the will of God. It is totally and absolutely trustworthy in all that it says. Its pages are filled with wisdom, counsel, corrections, and encouragement for every aspect of our lives.
Psalms 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25
God needs nothing and no one. But because He is an ever giving, ever loving God, He created a beautiful world and a unique race of beings capable of ruling the world for His glory. We are that race, made in God’s likeness and given the freedom to choose, to know and to enjoy His presence and his love forever. God made the world for us, and He made us for His own good pleasure and eternal glory.
Genesis 1:26; Psalm 100:3, 119:73; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 43:7, Malachi 2:10
Adam and Eve were created good and holy, for God made them in His image and likeness. But when tempted by the devil to disobey God, they chose to believe the devil rather than their creator – and became sinners instead. Through their disobedience, sin entered the entire race – and we are all born sinners and enemies of God. The only hope we now have of restored fellowship with God is in Jesus Christ the Son of God, our savior and redeemer.
Genesis 1:27, 3:1-19; Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; 2 Corinthians 5:17
We believe that Jesus, the “second person of the Trinity”, is God and was with the Father eternally. He came from Heaven to Earth to save sinners and destroy the works of the devil. While He lived among us, He showed us the love, the will, and the character of God the Father. He became human, being conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary. Born like us, He loved a life just like ours (but without ever sinning), and willingly gave up His life on the cross as the supreme sacrifice for our sins. His blood was the payment for our sin-debt, opening the way to eternal life. He died, was buried, and rose from the grave on the third day. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father.
Matthew 1:18-25, 3:17; John 1:1-14, 18, 33-34, 3:16-18, 15-13; Acts 26:33; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Philiplians 2:5-11; 1 John 1:7, 2:2, 3:8; 1 Timothy 1:15
Salvation is found only in Jesus Christ. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost - and we are all lost in our sins without Him. Apart from Jesus, we are condemned to an eternity without God. It is in Christ alone that we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins, and adoption into the eternal family of God. Salvation was provided by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, but it is entirely up to us to accept and receive this salvation "by grace through faith". We do not deserve and cannot earn salvation - it is a free gift of God. To receive this gift, we must turn from our sins and surrender our lives to the will and word of God. We must trust and obey Jesus.
The inner proof of our salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit to our spirit that God is now our Father and we are his beloved children. The outward proof is a changed (and everchanging) life, lived in glad obedience to the will of God by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.
John 3:16-17, 10:9-10, 14:6; Luke 19:10; Acts 4:12; Romans 8:16, 29; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 4:5, 5:22-23; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8; Hebrews 2:11
The Holy Spirit, the "third person of the Trinity", is God with us and in us, an ever present help in all we do. It is the Holy Spirit who first speaks to our hearts and convinces us of our sinfulness and our need for salvation. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us new life when we call on God to save us. He leads us. He teaches us. He gives power to love and obey God. He opens our eyes to spiritual reality and eternal truth. Just as Jesus came to do the Father's will, now the Spirit is here to work in and through us to accomplish the will and purposes of Jesus on the earth.
John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:7-15; Romans 5:5; 2 Timothy 1:7
This experience is the promise of the Father, an in filling and overflowing of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is an experience of empowerment, endowment, and impartation, in which the Spirit of God gives and releases supernatural gifts in our lives. It is sometimes accompanied by the gift of tongues or prophetic utterance. The baptism in the Holy Spirit produces boldness and releases power for life and service to the Body of Christ and to the world around us. This was a gift for all of us - both then and now.
Joel 2:28-29; Mark 16:17; Luke 24:49; John 7:37-39; Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4, 10:44-46, 19:1-6; 1 Corinthians 12-14
Believers are commanded to follow Jesus our Lord by being baptized in water. Baptism by immersion is the privilege and witness of those who have turned away from their sins and have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. In baptism, we declare that we have died with Jesus, that our old life is buried, and that we have been raised with Jesus to walk in newness of life.
Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38, 8:36-38, 10:47-48, 16:14-15; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12
The scriptures teach a life of holiness and right-living. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to obey the Word of God and not be dominated by sin. It is God's will and plan to conform us to the image of His son Jesus. As we grow in our relationship with God, our thinking changes, our hearts are purified, our character is transformed, and we start to look more and more like our heavenly Father and His beloved Son.
Love is the bottom line of our bottom line. Jesus said that if we love Him, we will obey His commandments. And His number one commandment is that we love one another. Love is the calling card of the Christian; our hallmark, our heritage, our badge, the proof of our sonship with God, and our strongest weapon against Satan and sin. Without love, all our words and works are worthless. But when we love (and are commanded to love even our enemies!) Jesus promises that the world will sit up and take notice. He said that our love for each other will actually cause unbelievers to know that the Father sent his Son to save us all.
Matthew 5:43-48, 19:19, 22:37-39; John 13:34-35, 14:15, 15:12-17; Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 5:22; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 3:10-18, 4:11-12
The last commandment that Jesus gave His followers before ascending into heaven was this: "Go everywhere in the whole world, and tell everybody the good news of salvation. Challenge people of every nation to follow me. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. And teach them everything I've taught you. Miracles will happen as you go, and I will be with you always, even to the very end."
We are all called to be witnesses of the good news. We are all called to be ready to tell others about the hope that is in our hearts. Together, we must continually reach out to the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-18; John 17:18; 1 Peter 3:15
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