STATEMENT OF FAITH
Scriptures: We believe that full and final authority rests in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, that they are the inspired revelation of God's truth to man, completely trustworthy and the only and sufficient rule for faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:19-21)
God: We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that these three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfection; and that all three are worthy of the same homage, confidence, and obedience. (Matthew 28:19-20; John 14:6-17; Colossians 1:13-19; Hebrews 1:1-3)
Men: We believe that man was originally created in the image of God to worship and serve God in His creation, that he fell from this high calling, and that through his sin man lost all spiritual life and became subject to the power of the devil. This fallen human nature has been transmitted to all men everywhere, with the exception of the man Christ Jesus, so that every child of Adam is alienated from God and is in need of saving grace.
(Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 8; Romans 1:18 and 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-3)
Son of God: We believe that the eternal Son of God became incarnate to reveal God to men and to reconcile men to God, that in historical fact He was born of the virgin Mary, lived on earth, was crucified and buried, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven. (John 1:1-14; Acts 2:22-36; Philippians 2:5-11)
Salvation: We believe that salvation for men has been provided by the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, who died as our substitute, shedding His blood for the remission of our sins. Salvation is received by faith, and those who trust Christ as Savior receive forgiveness and are born again, passing from spiritual death unto everlasting life.
(John 3:1-18; Romans 5:1-21; Ephesians 2:4-10; Colossians 1:11; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:18-23)
Church: We believe that the true Church is composed of all who are born again, that the Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into one Body, endowing the Church with the gifts needed for its work. We are, therefore, to rise above personal and sectarian differences and to maintain the unity of the Spirit in love and peace.
(Romans 12:4-19; I Corinthians 12:1-27; Ephesians 4:1-16)
Great Commission: We believe that the Church has the responsibility to carry out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, that is, to make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Romans 10:14-15)
Future: We believe in that blessed hope, the personal return of Christ for His Church. At death the redeemed enter into the presence of Christ and, after the resurrection of the body at His coming, they shall forever be with Him in His glory. Unbelievers after death await the final judgment when they shall be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord. (I. Corinthians 15:19-58; Philippians 1:20-23; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:11-15)