Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Statement of Faith

1. The Bible is inspired by God and is the only infallible, authoritative Word of God (2Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12; John 20:31).

2. There is One God eternally existent in Three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; 1 John 5:7; 2Cor. 13:14).

3. Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1-2, 14) who came in the flesh through the virgin birth, (Isaiah 7:14; Matt. 1:23); lived a sinless life (Heb. 4:15); performed miracles (John 2:11, Luke 1:1-4); died for the sins of the world (Rom. 3:23-26; 1Cor. 15:3; Col. 1:14; 1 John 1:7; Hebrews 10:19); bodily rose from the dead (Matt. 28:6; Rom. 1:4; 8:1); ascended to Heaven and intercedes for us with the Father (Luke 24:50-51, 1 John 2:1-2; Heb. 7:25); will return in power and glory to judge all creation and to establish an eternal kingdom (Acts 1:11; Titus 2:13; Rev. 1:7; 11:15; Php. 2:9-11).

4. Man and woman were created in the image of God, were tempted by Satan, rebelled and sinned and experienced spiritual and physical death. As a result, all people are born with a sinful nature and, apart from Jesus Christ are eternally lost. (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:18-19; 6:10-19; Mark 7:20-23; Rev. 12:9; 1 Peter 5:8).

5. A person becomes a Christian by personally receiving Jesus Christ as an act of faith, a willful commitment to trust and follow Him. All who believe are assured that Christ comes into their life (Rev. 3:20); sins are forgiven (Col. 1:14; 2:13-15); the believer becomes a child of God (John 1:12); a new life with Christ begins (2Cor. 5:17; John 10:10); and eternity in Heaven is assured (John 11:25-26; 17:3; 2Cor. 5:1-10; 1Th. 4:13-18). Salvation is a gift from God (Eph. 2:8-10).

6. The Holy Spirit indwells the Christian and is actively ministering in the world today enabling and empowering the living of a life pleasing to God; He gives gifts to every believer for building up the Body of Christ (the Church) (Rom. 8:9; 1Cor. 6:19; 12:1-14; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 5:18; Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Peter 4:1-10).

7. All people will be resurrected, the Christian to everlasting life in Heaven and eternal rewards; the non-Christian to everlasting death in Hell and eternal punishment (John 5:24-29; 1Cor. 15:20-28; Rev. 20:11-15).

8. There is a spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ; many churches but one Lord (Eph. 4:4). The Church is made up of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ and is to give praise to God, buildup believers and proclaim the Gospel (Matt. 16:16-18; 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 1Pt. 2:9-10; Rev. 1:4-8).