"Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." John 17:3
Statement of Faith

Bible

The Bible is the revealed Word of God, given by the Holy Spirit through chosen men and women, and so is fully inspired, authoritative, and the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice for the believer. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 4:12; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; 2 Pet. 1:21)

 

God

God exists eternally in three persons who are revealed in Scripture as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. While these three are one, each has special office and activity; God, the Father, is the source, support, and end of all things; God, the virgin-born Son, is the medium of revelation and redemption by virtue of His incarnation, life and death; God, the Holy Spirit, is the one who inspires divinely-chosen persons, reproves the world because of sin, regenerates and sanctifies the believer, and now represents the Son on earth. (Mt. 28:19; Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 15:24-28; Mt. 1:23; 1 Cor. 15:3; Mt. 28:6; Rom. 8:34; Jn. 16:7-11)

 

Creation

Creation is the act of God by which He brought the universe and all that it contains into existence; the universe is preserved by natural law which is an expression of God's will; at the same time, God's miraculous working is not excluded from nature, as a means of making known His plan and purpose according to the pleasure of His will. (Gen. 1:1; Neh.9:6; Ps. 102:25; Acts 14:15)

 

Humanity

Humanity was made in the image of God and originally sinless. Men and women are fallen in Adam, the head of the race, and are now by nature and choice sinners, living in revolt against their Creator, and are unable to escape from their sinful state on their own. (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21; 3:23; Heb. 9:27; Jam. 2:10; Ez. 18:4)

 

Person and Work of Christ

God's only way of reconciling sinful humanity to Himself is provided in the work of Christ, the incarnate Son, fully human and fully divine; in His sinless life, His sacrificial death on the cross, His resurrection, His ascension, and His present intercession, He reveals at the same time God's grace and His loving provision for His creatures. Humans are reconciled unto God only as they by faith appropriate for themselves the salvation provided in Christ. (Rom. 3:21-26; 1 Jn. 2:2; Heb. 9:14-15, 22; Heb. 7:24-27; Eph. 2:8,9; Isa. 53:6; Acts 16:31; Rev. 3:20; Rom. 10:10, 13; Jn. 6:47; Jn. 1:12)

 

Church

The Church is that universal and spiritual body which includes all the redeemed of which Christ the Redeemer is the head; the church in the local and visible sense is a group of believers, immersed on profession of faith in Christ, united under the direct, personal, un-delegated Lordship of Christ, voluntarily joined together for worship of God, empowered and gifted by the Holy Spirit for service to others, and for carrying out the work of the Great Commission as given by Christ. Each local church is an autonomous body under Christ, cooperating with other churches of like faith and order in the work of evangelizing the world and advancing the interests of the Kingdom of God. (Eph. 5:25; Col. 1:18; Mt. 16:18; Mt. 18:17; Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 12:4-31; 1 Cor. 14:4, 12, 26; Eph. 4:1-16; Mt. 28:19; Acts 1:8; Heb. 12:23)

 

Ordinances

The ordinances are two in number. Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, following confession of faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior; baptism symbolizes the death of the old life and the rising of the new. The Lord's Supper is a memorial instituted by Christ to be kept by believers as a symbol of His atoning death, and of Himself as the Bread of Life, the One through whom we have spiritual life and vitality. (Mt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Mt. 3:16; Acts 2:41; Mt. 26:26; Mk. 14:22; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 10:16; 11:23-32)

 

Return of Christ

The second advent of Christ is His personal return by which the present age will be terminated. The ultimate hope of the believer is not in history but in that great eschatological event by which the present age is brought to its conclusion. The culmination of history takes place in the final judgment in which the unredeemed will be punished through eternal separation from God, and the redeemed will enter into a state of eternal peace and righteousness with Him. (1 Thess. 4:16-18; Mt. 24:26-33; Mt. 25:46; Rev. 21:2-8)

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