Statement of Faith
WE BELIEVE . . .
There is only one true God who is the eternal King, Creator and Redeemer of all that is. He is perfectly holy, just, loving and truthful. He is self-existent and has revealed himself as a Trinity, one being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 3:16-17; Luke 1:35; 1 John 5:7; Hebrews 3:7-11).
The Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son, the one and only Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary, and is God’s Anointed One, empowered by the Holy Spirit to inaugurate God’s Kingdom on earth. He lived a sinless life, was crucified for our sins, died, was buried, resurrected and ascended into heaven. He is now alive and dwells both in heaven with the Father and in his people on earth. He is “true God” and “true man” (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1,14,17,20:28; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5,3:16).
In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life and minister super-naturally. The baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 1:4-8 and 2:4 is poured out on believers that they might have God’s power to be His witnesses.
The Holy Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God (Romans 16:25-16; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21).
The church consists of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ. He gave his church the ordinances of Baptism and Communion. The Church exists to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ and further advance His kingdom by undoing the works of the enemy, preaching and living the good news of God’s love, discipling the nations, baptizing and teaching them to love and obey God (John 17:11, 20-21; Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23).
Humankind was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him yet we willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended. Because of this, sickness, death and judgment entered the world and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of sin. Our only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the son of God (Gen.1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Tutus 3:5; Hebrews 9:22).
The victorious redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides freedom from the power of the enemy – sin, lies, sickness and torment (John 1:29; Romans 3:10-12, 23 5:9; Colossians 1:20; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9).
Heaven and Hell
Heaven and hell are real places. There will be a resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting death (Matthew 5:13, 12, 20, 6:20, 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 9:27, 11:16; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).
In the ever-increasing government of God and in the Blessed Hope, which is the glorious visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to rule and reign with His overcoming bride – the church (Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7).