Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

Concerning God

There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are equal in power and glory and executing
distinct and harmonious offices in the great work of creation and redemption.

Concerning Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and
born of the Virgin Mary, being God manifest in the flesh. He lived a life of
absolute sinlessness. He died upon the cross, the just for the unjust, as a
substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of
His shed blood.
He was buried and rose again from the dead on the third day and ascended
bodily into heaven. He accomplished a decisive victory over sin for His people
and established His Kingdom among men. He is now at the right hand of God
the Father. As our High Priest, He is interceding for us. As our Prophet, He is
now speaking to men through the Word. As our King, He is continuing to
establish His kingdom in us and in the world. The Lord Jesus Christ will return in
glory and triumph for the final judgment and the full realization of His Kingdom.

Concerning the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to seal, indwell, guide, teach, empower
the believer, and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.

Concerning the Scriptures

The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired
by God, written by men as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit, and are a
complete revelation of His will for men. They are the only and infallible authority
for Christian life and practice.

Concerning Man

Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God as a rational, moral
and spiritual being. He fell into sin through disobedience. This corrupted him
spiritually, intellectually, and physically, resulting in both spiritual and physical
death. All men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God,
and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the
cross. The punishment of those who do not know God and do not believe and
obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is everlasting destruction in hell and
separation from the presence of God. Those who believe in Jesus Christ have
eternal life and will live forever in the presence of God.

Concerning Salvation

Salvation has been provided by grace through Jesus Christ for all who believe.
Those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive
the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.

Concerning Sanctification

It is the will of God that all believers should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be
sanctified, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. They
should be separated from sin, the world and the works of the devil, and be fully
dedicated to the will of God. This is progressive experience wrought in the life of
the believer.

Concerning the Church

The Church consists of all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is
the Head of the Body, the Church. The local church is a body of believers in
Christ who are joined together for worship, fellowship and service.

Concerning the Last Days

When the great work of redemption has been completed, Christ will visibly and
bodily return to this earth in glory and triumph to judge the living and the dead.
The dead will be resurrected, the believing to everlasting life and the unbelieving
to eternal condemnation. The new heaven and the new earth will appear and the
Kingdom of God will be fully realized. This is the believer’s blessed hope which
is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.