Statement of Faith

THE BIBLE

I believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God ( Matthew 5:18; 2Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible is inerrant in the original writings, God-breathed, and the complete and final authority for faith and practice (2Timothy 3:16-17). While still using the individual writing styles of the human authors, the Holy Spirit perfectly guided them to ensure they wrote precisely what He wanted written, without error or omission ( 2Peter 1:21).

GOD

I believe in one God, who is Creator of all (Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:16), who has revealed Himself in three distinct Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2Corinthians 13:14), yet who is one in being, essence, and glory ( John 10:30). God is eternal ( Psalm 90:2), infinite (1Timothy 1:17), and sovereign (Psalm 93:1). God is omniscient (Psalm 139:1-6), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-13), omnipotent ( Revelation 19:6), and unchanging ( Malachi 3:6), just ( Deuteronomy 32:4), and righteous ( Exodus 9:27). God is love ( 1 John 4:8), gracious (Ephesians 2:8), merciful ( 1Peter 1:3), and good ( Romans 8:28).

JESUS CHRIST

I believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is God incarnate, God in human form, the expressed image of the Father, who, without ceasing to be God, became man in order that He might demonstrate who God is and provide the means of salvation for humanity (Matthew 1:21; John 1:18; Colossians 1:15).
I believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23); that He is truly fully God and truly fully man (John 1:1, 14); that He lived a perfect, sinless life ( 1 John 3:5); that all His teachings are true ( John 14:6). I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all humanity (1 John 2:2) as a substitutionary sacrifice ( Isaiah 53:5-6). I hold that His death is sufficient to provide salvation for all who receive Him as Savior ( John 1:12; Acts 16:31).
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven in His glorified body ( Acts 1:9-10) and is now seated at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate ( Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).

THE HOLY SPIRIT

I believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit ( Acts 5:3-4). He regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5) and indwells believers ( Romans 8:9). He is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-14). He is the seal by whom the Father guarantees the salvation of believers unto the day of redemption ( Ephesians 1:13-14). He is the Divine Teacher who illumines believers’ hearts and minds as they study the Word of God ( 1 Corinthians 2:9-12).

ANGELS AND DEMONS

I believe in the reality and personality of angels. I believe that God created the angels to be His servants and messengers ( Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 148:2; Hebrews 1:14).
I believe in the existence and personality of Satan and demons. Satan is a fallen angel who led a group of angels in rebellion against God ( Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-15). He is the great enemy of God and man, and the demons are his servants in evil.

SALVATION

I believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross ( Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ’s death fully accomplished justification through faith and redemption from sin. Christ died in our place ( Romans 5:8-9) and bore our sins in His own body ( 1 Peter 2:24). On the third day after His death, Jesus physically rose again, demostrating His victory over sin and death ( Romans 14:9).
I believe salvation is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

THE CHURCH

I believe that the Church, the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all believers of this present age ( 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27). I believe in the ordinances of believer’s water baptism by immersion as a testimony to Christ and identification with Him, and the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of Christ’s death and shed blood ( Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

RESURRECTION

I believe that the souls of believers are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where they await their resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord ( Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Statement of Faith