Statement of Faith
We unite ourselves as believers under the following statements of faith:
Section 1. We believe in one God, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is Creator of all things.
Section 2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came as a man born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life. By His death on the cross He paid the price that the sin of the lost demanded. There is no other name by which the lost may be saved. He bodily rose from the dead and has ascended to heaven.
Section 3. We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible were inspired by God, and as such, are without error in their original form. They provide the only reliable, infallible instruction for the practice of the Christian faith.
Section 4. We believe that all mankind is born separated from God and unable by himself to be reconciled. Reconciliation and salvation are obtained by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, “not by works lest anyone should boast”. Without the work of reconciliation and regeneration, a person will be eternally in a state of separation from God.
Section 5. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts and draws mankind to Christ. The Holy Spirit enables them to have saving faith and regenerates the believer, making a new creature in Christ. He indwells, guides, comforts, seals, and empowers believers to live the new life in Christ. The Holy Spirit baptizes believers into the Body of Christ and gives gifts to enable the Church to fulfill her mission.
Section 6. We believe in the bodily return of Christ Jesus to the earth, at which time he will complete God’s plan of history for the earth. This includes a final judgment when the righteous in Christ will be eternally united with God and the unrighteous, outside of Christ, will be eternally separated for punishment.
Section 7. We believe in the work of God’s Spirit to produce righteous works in the life of the believer. This will cause the believer to grow into the likeness of Christ and fill him with the power to live a Godly life, which will create a life that is a witness before the world.
Section 8. We believe water baptism to be a God-ordained practice which symbolizes the believer’s union in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The ordinance of The Lord’s Supper symbolizes the sharing of Christ’s divine nature and serves to remind the believer of the sacrifice that Christ made. Neither of these practices have power to save.