Statement of Faith
The Holy Bible
We believe that the holy scriptures were given by the inspiration of God; that there can be no appeal from them to any other authority whatsoever; that they are fully sufficient to make one wise unto salvation through faith that is in Jesus Christ; that the Holy Spirit who inspired the scriptures must ever be their true interpreter as he works through the disciplined and dedicated minds of those within his Church; that any professed guidance that is contrary to these scriptures must be counted as a delusion.
We believe in one God, revealed through the holy Bible in the person of Jesus Christ; that he is both the creator and preserver of all things visible and invisible; that he alone is worthy of worship—honor, glory, dominion, praise, and thanksgiving—both now and forevermore; and that in the unity of the Godhead there exist three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, inseparable in divinity, power, glory, and eternity.
We believe Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; that he is the express image of the invisible God; and that he combines within himself both the nature of God and the nature of man in one perfect, indivisible personality—the God-man.
We believe that he was crucified as an atonement for the sins of the whole world, making provision whereby man could find the forgiveness of sins, the power for a new life, and be brought back into a perfect relationship with the Father.
We believe that he arose from the dead, ascended to the right hand of God, makes intercession for us, and that He will come to earth again to receive his Church unto himself and to judge the world in righteousness.
We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Godhead, proceeding from both Father and Son, but equal with them in authority, power, and glory; that he convicts the world of sin, imparts life to the penitent believer, sanctifies the child of God, and enables one by his indwelling presence to love God supremely.
We believe that God created man in his own image; that he enjoyed unbroken fellowship with his Maker; and that his whole life centered in the person of God. We believe that man fell from this original state by an act of transgression; that in this fall man suffered the immediate loss of his perfect relationship to God, making self the center of his life; and that in this act he suffered immediate spiritual death. In this disposition to sin all men are born. We own no principle inherent naturally in man by which he may be saved, except by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ as a provision for all mankind.
We believe that by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and by the direct and immediate agency of the Holy Spirit, man may be recovered from his fallen state through divine enlightenment, forgiveness of sin, regeneration and sanctification of his affections, and the final glorification of his body; that in this life man may love God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength; that he may live in victory over sin and enjoy unbroken fellowship with his Father; and that once more his whole life may center in and revolve around his Creator and Father.
We believe that the experience of sanctification is the work of God's grace by which the affections of men are purified and exalted to a supreme love for God, and the believer is empowered to witness to the living Christ. This is accomplished by the baptism with the Holy Spirit in the life of a dedicated and believing child of God; that this is both an act in which the heart is cleansed from an imperfect relationship and state, and a process in which the life is continuously disciplined into paths of holiness.
We believe that all those persons who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior are born again into his kingdom by the Holy Spirit, and that these constitute the Church universal of Jesus Christ. This Church we believe to be spiritual in nature, universal in scope, holy in character, and redemptive in her life and purpose.
We believe that wherever two or three are gathered together in the name of Christ, he is truly present in the person of the Holy Spirit and that such an assembly is a local church, the visible expression of his body, and the Church universal.
We believe that every believer must relate himself to the local and visible body of Christ being fitly framed together with others into a holy temple in the Lord and built together for a habitation of his Spirit.
We believe that in the Church, the believer is committed to both the worship and the work of God; that this work involves not only personal righteousness as the fruit of a new life, but the ministry of evangelism and teaching; that in this commission of Christ every believer is involved in the stewardship of the kingdom, and that it is fulfilled only by faithful service in and through the fellowship of his Church; and that this work is to be worldwide in scope and continuous until Christ comes again, when he calls the Church unto himself. We believe that all Christians are called upon to witness by word and by deed within a sinful world, not returning evil for evil, but in Christlikeness demonstrating love, forgiveness, and the way of peace.
We believe that in the fellowship of his body, the Holy Spirit gives to every member a gift to be exercised for the mutual advantage of every member in the body, and for the influence of the Church upon those outside; that the ministry is such a gift given to certain ones whom God calls and ordains for a special service of leadership in his Church; that this service may be that of pastoring, teaching, evangelizing, or administration.
We believe in the doctrine of Christian liberty, and that this liberty is to be granted in all areas that are not essential to one's final salvation. While we recognize that among God's children there are differences of faith and practice, due to our imperfection, we must look forward to the time when we shall all come into a greater unity of the faith. Until then, we believe that in essentials there must be unity, that in nonessentials there must be liberty, but in all things there must be charity.
We believe that both Christian baptism and communion are spiritual realities beyond the mere physical and outward ordinances; that baptism is an inward receiving of the Holy Spirit in which he becomes Lord over all—guiding, cleansing, empowering, and in general, representing God to us in immediate experience; that communion is the daily receiving and realization of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; that this communion is dependent not only upon the condition of the believer walking daily in the light of Christ, but in the historic act of Christ on Calvary as his body was broken and blood shed once and for all for us; that Christ thus becomes a daily, personal, spiritual reality known immediately in Christian experience; and that through him and his baptism God and divine realities are known experientially and immediately.
Resurrection and Judgment
We believe in the second coming of Christ: that at his coming the dead shall be resurrected, some to everlasting glory and others to everlasting shame; that we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ to receive recompense for the things done in the flesh; that the judgment of the blessed shall be unto heaven, and the judgment of the lost unto hell; that the punishment of the wicked and the blessedness of the righteous shall be everlasting; that this judgment is in the hands of our compassionate Redeemer, who does all things after the counsel of his wisdom, love, and holiness.