What We Believe
ABOUT THE BIBLE
We believe the Bible is God’s Holy Word. We believe that all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments were divinely inspired by God. Even though given through human personalities, the Bible is the perfect treasure of God. We believe the scriptures are inerrant and infallible in their original manuscript. The Bible is our full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice. The Bible has God as its author, salvation for its end and truth, without any mixture of error, for its subject matter.
We believe there is only one true and living God. He is Creator, Redeemer and Comforter. God is Holy and in Him there is no sin. God is sovereign and is constantly working out His plan in history. God reveals Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God the Father:
God the Father providentially cares for this universe. He is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-present. God is Father and Truth to all who are His children through faith in Jesus Christ.
God the Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ was the human form of God who came as a gift to mankind. We believe that Jesus was miraculously born of a virgin. He lived a life that was perfect and without sin. Through His death on the cross, He served as the atonement for our sins. He was our substitute: The One Who satisfied justice and salvation. Jesus Christ was raised bodily from the dead. He ascended personally and visibly to be with His Father. He is presently serving as our Mediator with God. Only through faith in Jesus Christ can one receive God’s salvation. Jesus Christ will, one day, return to this earth to bring human history to an end and fully complete God’s purpose for redemption.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God. The Holy Spirit breathed the Holy Scripture to holy men of God. The Holy Spirit exalts Jesus Christ. He convicts persons of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the only One Who conforms the believers into the likeness of Jesus Christ. He empowers the believer to live the Christ-life, to worship God, to evangelize the world and to serve others. The Holy Spirit makes this possible by indwelling the believer permanently at the point of salvation.
The central purpose of God is to bring sinful persons into fellowship with Him. The only way this can be accomplished is through repentance and faith. Repentance is turning from sin and turning to Jesus Christ. Faith is trusting Jesus Christ, and Him alone, for salvation. Salvation is a personal experience with Jesus Christ. Once a person has trusted Christ, the Lord continually works out His salvation in Him by making him more like Himself. Salvation will, one day, be culminated when we are in Heaven with Christ.
OUR FAITH AND PRACTICE
The Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We believe this Statement of Faith to be an accurate summary of what Scripture teaches us.