Statement of Faith
WE BELIEVE in the Holy Trinity; there is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
WE BELIEVE God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption, and final judgment.
WE BELIEVE the Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth, and is authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
WE BELIEVE since the fall (of Adam & Eve), the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that everyone is subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
WE BELIEVE the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son, is fully God. He was born of a virgin; His humanity is real and sinless; He died on the cross, was raised bodily from death, and is now reigning over heaven and earth.
WE BELIEVE sinful human beings are redeemed from the guilt, penalty, and power of sin only through the sacrificial death, once and for all time, of their representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between them and God.
WE BELIEVE those who trust in Christ are pardoned of all their sins and accepted in God’s sight only because of the righteousness of Christ credited to them. This justification is wholly God’s act of mercy and is not obtained by anyone’s own efforts.
WE BELIEVE water baptism by immersion is an essential act of obedience by those who put their faith in Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE the Holy Spirit alone makes the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, enabling them to turn to God from their sin and to trust in Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE the Holy Spirit lives in all those he has regenerated. He makes them increasingly like Christ in character and behavior.
WE BELIEVE that in addition to effecting regeneration and sanctification, the Holy Spirit also empowers believers for Christian witness and service. While all genuine believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit at conversion, the Bible teaches the importance of an ongoing, empowering work of the Holy Spirit often described as being filled with the Holy Spirit.
WE BELIEVE in the continuity of all the spiritual gifts. We find nothing in Scripture that suggests that these gifts have passed away or will pass away prior to Christ’s return. Rather, Scripture portrays these gifts as available to believers, imparted through the empowering work of the Holy Spirit and important to the mission of the Church.
WE BELIEVE the one, holy, universal Church is the Body of Christ to which all true believers belong.
WE BELIEVE the Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily to judge everyone, to execute God’s just condemnation on those who have not repented, and to receive the redeemed to eternal glory.
WE ACCEPT the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds as historic declarations of the faith for the Church.
WE BELIEVE that all aspects of life are to be lived for the Glory of God.