Statement of Faith

These are the theological principles we stand by:

 

The Bible

We believe that the Bible, contained in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God. It is the highest authority for the people of God, fully inspired and inerrant in the original manuscripts, true in all that it affirms when rightly interpreted.

God

We believe in one true God who has eternally existed in three persons. This God, existing as one being in three persons is called the trinity, made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We hold that this God is all powerful, all knowing, and all wise, having knowledge of the past, present, and future. Not one detail in the created order at any time, whether natural events or the choices of his creatures falls outside of this knowledge.

Humanity

We believe that men and women were made in the image of God through the historical persons known as Adam and Eve. We believe that though they were made without sin and were originally innocent, Adam and Eve rebelled against God and therefore passed both their guilt and resulting sinful nature onto the rest of the human race.

christian-313606_640Salvation

We believe that because God is both perfectly just, perfectly loving, and perfectly committed to the glory of his name, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to take on human nature and enter into human history. This happened through the miracle of his birth through the virgin girl named Mary.

Christ lived in perfect obedience to the law of God, died on the Roman cross as a substitutionary atonement for the sins of all who would put their faith in him, was buried, and after three days was raised from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and will one day return to judge the world.

We believe that one day, all those who have died before Christ’s return will rise again. Those who died with faith in Christ will reign with Christ for eternity. Those who died in unbelief will go away to a place of eternal conscious torment apart from God.

We believe that all those who have put their faith in Christ are born of God. The new birth is absolutely necessary for salvation. When one puts their faith in Christ, they are declared righteous before God, Christ’s righteousness being counted to them, and their sin being counted to Christ through his work on the cross. They are united with Christ, and the Holy Spirit indwells them, leading to a progressive and necessary increase in holy living.

The Church

We believe God has ordained that his people existing in the days preceding his Son’s return are to express their Christian lives in a visible institution known as the church.

It is through this institution that the people of God are to be led by elders who have met such qualifications as are laid out in scriptures like 1 Timothy and Titus. It is in this institution that the ordinances of baptism and communion are to be administered.

We believe that all the supernatural gifts that are outlined in such passages as 1 Corinthians 12-14 are a continued expression of the Holy Spirit in the life of God’s people today, though they are to be subject to the final authority of scripture.

The End Times

We believe that Christ will one day literally and physically return to the earth and cleanse it of all remaining sin and evil. He will then establish his eternal rule on the earth and the people of God will reign with him and worship him forever in a world without sin.