Member Statement of Faith
7.1 Member Affirmation of Faith
I . The Triune God
We believe that God has eternally existed as one true God in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in harmonious relationship, purpose and will yet distinct in their respective roles in creation, providence and redemption. He is all wise, all powerful, all knowing, all perfection, all righteousness, all good, all merciful. He is true and complete Love. God created all things and all things exist by Him and for Him and through Him for His good pleasure and purposes.
Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1, 3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19, 20; Ephesians 4:5, 6
II. God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully and purposefully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; John 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1,2; 1 Timothy 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6
III. Jesus Christ, God the Son
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, that is, of the same substance and expression of the Father, and conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, His perfect life despite being in all ways human, yet without sin, His prophecies, miracles and teachings. We believe in His satisfactory, acceptable and substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for and presence with His people, and personal visible return to earth.
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; Romans 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; Romans 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16
IV. The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit sent forth by the Father to glorify the Son. We believe that His work is to convict of sin, righteousness, judgment, regeneration and sanctification. We believe He indwells everyone who trusts in Christ, and helps them make progress in overcoming sin and in becoming more like Jesus Christ in thought, deed, and love for God the Father.
John 14:16,17,26; John 15:26,27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26
V. The Word of God
We believe that the Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the infallible Word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit through holy men and without error in the original manuscripts. We believe the Bible is the supreme and final authority in testing all claims about what is true and right. The Bible illuminates and instructs in all matters of salvation and a life pleasing to God. It is God's Word generally to a fallen world and specifically to His people and speaks both plainly and in mystery yet understandable by any indwelt by His Spirit.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; II Peter 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 14:37; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 14:26; John 16:13-14; John 17:17; John 20:31; Acts 20:32; Matthew 22:29, 43-44; Matthew 24:35; Numbers 23:19; Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 12:6; Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2
VI. The Human Condition, Salvation and Sanctification
We believe that man was created by God in His own image and for His glory. We believe that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory thus incurring physical, spiritual, and eternal separation from God. We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, thereby deserving judgment and condemnation.
We believe that only those who trust Jesus Christ as their Savior, by virtue of His atoning death on the cross are justified, delivered from condemnation, and receive eternal life.
We believe that this new life leads to a turning from sin and a desire to please God. Such a life of faith is by grace, leads to holiness and good works. The overall desire of the Christian is to delight in Christ and in so doing display to a broken and fallen world the richness, goodness and blessings of living in and for God.
Genesis 1:26-7; Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; Matthew 13:44; John 1:13; John 3:14; John 3:16; John 5:24; John 5:30; John 7:13; John 8:12; John 10:26; John 17:3; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; Romans 5:19; Phil 3:7-8; I John 1:9; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:11; Romans 8:1; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; Hebrews 3:12-14; Hebrews 6:11-12; Hebrews 10:39; Romans 3:28
VII. The Church and Ordinances
We believe in one holy, universal Church made up of all who trust Jesus Christ as Savior. We believe that God calls us to unite with other believers to treasure, praise and glorify Him together, to grow in our love and knowledge of Him, and to stir each other up to good works. We believe that Christians should earnestly desire to share this treasure with others in humility, mercy, truth and love. We believe in the priesthood of the saints whereby every believer has direct access to the throne of grace through Christ alone, our High Priest.
Christ has instituted two ordinances for the Church: baptism and His supper. Baptism is a public demonstration and confession of faith in Christ and does so in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit before witnesses of such. The Lord's Supper signifies that a believer in Christ is identified specially and wholly with the Church of Jesus Christ as being bought, cleansed and nourished by Him in newness of life.
Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 15:36, 41; Acts 16:5; I Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4,10,11; Hebrews 10:24-25; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
VIII. The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth, the subjugation of all His enemies and the establishment of His kingdom as Sovereign. We believe in the resurrection of the body and the final judgment of all people, leading to the eternal happiness of the righteous in the Lord’s presence, and the eternal separation of the wicked from the presence of the Lord.
Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15-8; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5l I Corinthians 15:1-58; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:11-15
IX. Marriage and Human Sexuality
We believe that marriage is an institution ordained by God and is between one man and one woman. It is not lawful for any man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband, at the same time. It is the duty of Christians to marry in the Lord. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other and that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Therefore, any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexual conduct, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, any use of pornography, or any attempt to change one’s sex, is against the design of God and is therefore sin.