Statement of Faith

We believe:

1. That the Bible, consisting of sixty-six books of the Old Testament and the New Testament, is the inerrant Word of God, the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Jude 3)

2. That there is one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; Luke 3:21-22)

3. That the Lord Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:18, 3:16; Phil. 2:5-11)

4. That man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that as a consequence, all mankind is declared by God to have inherited a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word, and deed. (Gen. 1:26-27, 2:16-17, 3:6-19; Rom. 3:10-23, 7:18, 11:32; Gal. 3:22)

5. That the Lord Jesus Christ died as a substitutionary and complete sacrifice for the sins of the world, and that only those who believe in Him are saved, and this on the basis of His shed blood. (Rom. 3:24-28, 5:8-10; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; 1 John 2:1-2)

6. That the Lord Jesus Christ arose from the dead; that He ascended into heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of the Father as Head of the Church. (John 20:1-19; Acts 1:9-11; Eph. 1:20-23; Heb. 1:3)

7. That both the believer and the unbeliever will also be resurrected: the saved unto everlasting bliss; the lost unto everlasting and conscious punishment. (1 Cor. 15:1-50; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:11-15, 21:22)

8. That on the sole condition of grace through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, men are born again by the Holy Spirit; that at regeneration, all believers in this age are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, in the Body of Christ, and sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. (Rom. 3:24-28, 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:30)

9. That sanctification, which is separation unto God, is threefold: positionally, the believer was sanctified at his conversion by virtue of his union with Christ; progressively, he is continually being sanctified through the Word as he walks in the Spirit, thereby overcoming the lusts of the flesh and producing the fruit of the Spirit; ultimately, he will be completely conformed to the image of Christ when he sees Him face to face. (John 17:17; Eph. 5:26; Col. 3:1-4; Heb. 10:14; 1John 3:1-3)

10. That the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth personally, visibly, and bodily, to receive unto Himself His Church. (John 14:3; Acts 1:10-11; Eph. 1:22-23; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14; Heb. 9:28; Phil. 3:20-21