Statement of Faith
As a corporate body of believers, we believe:
A. that “all Scripture (the 66 books of the Old and the New Testaments) is inspired by God” and is inerrant and infallible in the original writings. As such, therefore, it is our final authority in faith and life.
B. that God eternally exists in three Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—and that these three persons are separate and distinct in personality but one in essence. There is an internal unity in the Godhead but in external distinction of function.
C. that Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He is the only begotten Son of God, “who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,” but instead emptied Himself and became man. He died on the cross to pay the penalty of man’s sins, thus providing the only way by which sinful men can be redeemed. He rose bodily from the dead three days after His crucifixion and has ascended to the right hand of the Father where He now serves as Mediator, Intercessor, and Advocate for believers.
D. that the Holy Spirit, who is co-equal and one in substance with God the Father and God the Son, is God. That, although omnipresent from all eternity, took up His abode in the world in a special sense on the day of Pentecost according to the divine promise. He dwells in every believer, guides and teaches the believer, and by His baptism which occurs at conversion, unites all believers to Christ in one body. He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment and He empowers the church to be an effective witness for Christ.
E. that God created man in His own image, but because the first man, Adam, sinned the whole human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became lost and condemned to die not only physically but spiritually, which is eternal separation from God. Man’s only hope of salvation is through a personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. And that, we who are true believers in Christ are now assured of eternal life that God promises to us in His Word.
F. that we are part of an invisible, universal Church, which is the Body of Christ, comprised of all true believers. That the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. And as a fellowship of believers in our locality, we meet for common worship of God, for edification and growth, for the observance of the Lord’s supper and baptism. And that it is also a fellowship through which the gospel is shared with other men.
G. that all men will be resurrected bodily, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. That our Lord Jesus will return literally, bodily, personally, to establish His kingdom, to receive us to Himself and to live forever with Him. Eagerly awaiting His imminent return. and realizing that when He comes, we will be like Him, we now keep our lives pure and clean, as the Holy Spirit enables us.