STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in the rapture of the Church, in Christ’s second coming, and in His glorious thousand year rule on the earth. We believe that God created the entire universe out of nothing for the purpose of displaying His glory, for the everlasting joy of His precious possession, the redeemed from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. God created Adam from the dust of the ground and Eve from his side. He created them male and female equally in the image of God. These two historic persons are the ancestors of the entire human race. They were appointed different and complementary roles in marriage as a picture of Christ and the church. God provided for their every need and for their great enjoyment in the garden, asking of them only the joyous obedience that comes from faith.
We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original blessedness for himself and all his progeny by falling into sin through Satan’s temptation. As a result, all human beings are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect of their being and condemned finally and irrevocably to death apart from God’s own gracious intervention. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to God under whose just and holy wrath we stand; the only hope of all human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and restore us to Himself.
We believe that salvation, attested in all Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ is applied to His people by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and as the Paraclete, is present with and in believers. By the Spirit’s agency, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God’s family; they participate in the divine nature and receive His sovereignty distributed gifts. The Holy Spirit is, Himself the down payment of the promised inheritance and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe the church is the fellowship of all who have become children of God, through faith in Christ and have been knit together by the Holy Spirit into one body of which the Lord Jesus is the head. The church is given the mandate by the Lord Jesus Christ and is under obligation to demonstrate and proclaim the wholeness of the gospel and its implications to every people. The universal church manifests itself in local assemblies, in which believers covenant together to glorify God through hearing the Word proclaimed, engaging in corporate worship, practicing the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, building up each other’s faith, holding each other accountable to the obedience of faith, relieving the poor, and spreading the gospel. In these local assemblies each believer should find a ministry appropriate for his Spirit-bestowed gifts.
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord by which those who have repented and come to faith display their union with Christ in His death and resurrection by being immersed in water in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism signifies our belonging to the new people of God, our union with Christ’s death and resurrection, and our being cleansed from the pollution of sin. The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the Lord in which believers eat bread, signifying Christ’s body given for His people, and drink the cup, signifying the New Covenant in Christ’s blood; both elements picture the believer’s need to feed on Christ, rather than on the things of this world. This ordinance is done in remembrance and hopeful expectation of the return of the Lord, proclaiming His death until He comes.
We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit enter the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God, already present but not fully realized, is the exercise of God’s sovereignty in the world toward the eventual redemption of all creation. The Kingdom of God is an invasive power that plunders Satan’s dark kingdom and regenerates and renovates through repentance and faith the lives of individuals rescued from that kingdom. It therefore inevitably establishes a new community of human life together under God.
We believe that the Great Commission given by Christ to make disciples of all nations is binding on His church until the end of the age. The task is to proclaim the gospel to every tribe and tongue and people and nation, baptizing and teaching those who believe, and gathering them into local assemblies to continue the spread of the gospel especially among their own people, thereby bringing joy to the nations, and worship and praise to God.
We believe, Jesus Christ will return to this earth personally, visibly, physically, and suddenly in power and great glory. He will usher in His kingdom, judging the living and the dead. He will assign those who suppressed the truth in unrighteousness to everlasting, conscious misery. But the righteous will dwell in the redeemed creation in resurrected and glorified bodies, living lives free of sorrow and pain. The righteous will experience ever-increasing happiness and ever deeper worship, as God displays to them more and more of His infinite and inexhaustible greatness and glory.