Statement of Faith
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness" 2 Timothy 3:16
The Bible is God’s written revelation to man. Every word in the original writings of the Holy Scriptures (39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament) is inspired of God, infallible, and without error. To record His message to mankind, God used a process of dual authorship where the Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors that, through their individual personalities and unique styles of writing, they composed and recorded God’s Word to man in the exact words that He desired them to write. The words of Scripture concern issues of life and faith before God, as it is inspired by God, it therefore speaks with complete authority about every matter it addresses.
Whereas there may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but one true meaning of Scripture found through applying the literal grammatical-historical method of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.
Mark 13:31; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Corinthians 2:7-15; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; John 20:31; Isaiah 40:8; Luke 24:27; Matthew 4:4
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" Matthew 28:19
There is one living and true God infinite in all of His perfections eternally existing in The Godhead in three distinct fully divine persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, having exactly the same nature, attributes, and perfections; co-existent, co-equal and co-eternal. The Father is not the Son. The Son is not the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not the Father. Yet each Person in the Godhead is fully and completely God.
Genesis 1:1; John 10:30, 4:24; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6
GOD THE FATHER
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ..." 1 Peter 1:3
God the Father, the first Person of the Godhead, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace. He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption. He is the Father of Jesus Christ and all who believe in Christ unto salvation.
Psalm 145:8-9; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36; Psalm 2:7; Matthew 3:17; Luke 9:35; John 1:12; Galatians 3:26; 4:6; Ephesians 2:19; 3:15; 5:1
GOD THE SON
"but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name." John 20:31
God the Son, the second Person of the Godhead, eternally existing, became incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man, without diminishing any attribute of His Diety and sinless in His humanity. He was born of the virgin Mary. He died on the Cross as a substitute to pay the penalty for sin and physically rose again.
John 1:1, 14, 18; Matthew 1:21-23; Hebrews 1:6, 8; 1 John 5:20; 1 Timothy. 2:5; Acts 4:12; 13:38, 39; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:4, 5; 5:1
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
"Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." Ephesians 4:30
God the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement. He persuades sinners to repent and respond in faith to the Gospel. He regenerates, indwells, and empowers believers to live the Christian life, to understand the Scriptures, and to worship. He sanctifies, baptizes, reproves, guides, teaches, equips, gifts, and seals all true believers and enables believers to live in union with Christ and God the Father.
Matthew 28:19; Titus 3:5; Romans 8:9, 12-13; Ephesians 4:30; John 14:16, 17, 26; 15:26-27; I Corinthians 2:10-12; 3:16; 6:19; 12:13; II Corinthians 3: 6; Galatians 5:22-25; Acts 5:3-4
"Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—" Romans 5:12
Man was created in the image and likeness of God to bring Him glory and enjoy His fellowship, but in Adam all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men are sinners, hopelessly sinful in themselves, separated from God, apart from His saving grace.
Genesis 1:27; 9:6; 3:1-24; Isaiah 43:7; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11; Romans 5:12, 3:10-23; Ephesians 2:1
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
Through His immeasurable mercy and grace, God has provided the free gift of salvation to mankind. Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross and physical resurrection made atonement for sin and redemption possible for sinful man. By faith alone in Christ’s literal death, burial, and resurrection as the only payment for our sins past, present, and future, the repentant sinner is freed from the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and one day the very presence of sin. He/She is declared righteous, given eternal life, and reconciled to God as Father and becomes His child. All the redeemed, once saved, will never lose their salvation but are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
1 John 4:10; John 3:16; 5:24; Ephesians 1:7; 2:4-5; 8-10; Romans 3:25; 5:8-9; 6:23; 10-:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
"For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6
Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, a progressive sanctification occurs whereby the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like Christ.
Those redeemed are involved in a daily conflict—the new creation in Christ doing battle against the flesh and though this struggle stays with the believer all through this earthy life, he/she need not fret because the Holy Spirit does provide victory over sin. Through the presence and power of the Spirit’s indwelling and the continual use of the Spiritual disciplines, namely, Bible Study, worship, confession of sin, and prayer, this process of sanctification is carried on in the hearts of believers as he/she seeks to mortify the sinful appetites. The Holy Spirit empowers and equips those redeemed for Christian witness and service. God, in His infinite goodness and grace, uses believers through evangelism and discipleship to reconcile and transform people from all nations around the world back to Himself so that man can find ultimate happiness, meaning, and peace of conscience by glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.
Acts 20:32; Philippians 2:13; Titus 3:4-6; Galatians 5:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18; Matthew 28:19-20
"And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all." Ephesians 1:22-23
Those who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church of which Christ is the Head. This includes all the redeemed of all the ages, believers from among all peoples from every tribe, tongue, and nation. The Church exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and to make disciples through reaching the world with the Gospel of Christ. The local church is a gathering of believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel and devote themselves to teaching, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper and prayer.
Matthew 16:18-20; 18:15-20; Hebrews 13:17; Colossians 1:18; 2:10; Ephesians 4:12
"And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost." Revelation 21:5-6
God, in His own time will bring the world to its appropriate end. The consummation of all things includes the glorious future, physical and visible return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the translation of those alive in Christ, the final judgement, the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom, and the new heavens and the new earth. Those who suppressed the truth in unrighteousness will be consigned to endure everlasting punishment, and the righteous will enter into the everlasting joy of their Master in glorious bodies and will live and reign with Him forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory. Those united to Christ by faith can therefore have hope that all wrongs will be punished and that God’s people will ultimately abide with Him in eternal felicity.
John 6:39; 14:1-6; Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 2:6-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:4-6, 11-15; 21; John 17:3