CORE BELIEFS (STATEMENT OF FAITH)
There is one true God, eternally existing in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are one God; He is the creator of all things and is therefore worthy of all glory; He governs and sustains all things. God is perfect in love, holiness, goodness, wisdom, justice, and mercy. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and unchangeable. (Gen. 1:1; Jn. 10:30, 4:24; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14, Hebrews 9:14).
Every word in the original manuscripts of the Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testaments) is inspired by God and without error. The Bible is the infallible, perfect Word of the living God. The entire Bible is useful for teaching, rebuking, and correcting in righteousness so that the people of God may be equipped for every good work. God has revealed himself to us through his son, Jesus Christ, who is the visible image of the invisible God, the holy scriptures, and through all of creation itself. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet.1:20-21; Romans 15:4, 1 Cor. 2:13)
The Word of God is the foundation upon which this church operates and is the basis for which this church is governed. God’s Word then, supersedes man’s word including any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:21)
The Eternal Son of God became incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man, having been born of the virgin Mary. Jesus (Lord, Messiah, Redeemer). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was fully God and fully man, and lived a sinless life. He is the Truth. He died for the sins of mankind, was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven. Jesus is Lord of all, High Priest, Intercessor, and Mediator. (John 1:1,14,18; Matt. 1:21-23; Heb. 1:6,8; 1 John 5:20; 1 Tim. 2:5)
Humans, both male and female, were created in God’s image and likeness for His glory. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and appointed as caretakers of the rest of God’s creations. Due to the disobedience of Adam and Eve, all mankind fell into sin and out of fellowship with God. The result is that all mankind are sinners, totally depraved, hopelessly incapable of salvation in themselves, apart from the grace of God. (Gen. 1:27, 9:6; Rom. 5:12, 3:23; Eph. 2:1, 2:8-10)
Salvation is received by faith alone in Christ alone, who died as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and then rose again. Jesus Christ came to this world to reconcile us with God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead after three days in the tomb. He now offers as a free gift eternal life to all who believe and follow Christ as their Lord and Savior. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone, and God regenerates those who repent of sin by the Holy Spirit.
Eternal salvation can never be attained by one’s own efforts at moral improvement. Jesus paid it all. We receive salvation by grace, fully paid for by the blood of Christ, by trusting Him alone as the only One who can forgive our sin and save us from sin’s penalty, namely, eternity in hell. (John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24; 8:24; Acts 4:12; 13:38,39; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 3:24; 4:4-5; 5:1; Rev. 21:6; 22:17)
The Church is meant to be the visible body of Christ, sent into the world to glorify God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church, comprised of all true believers of this present age, is also the bride of Christ waiting expectantly for Him to return. The local assembly or gathering of believers meets regularly for worship, study, communion, prayer, and fellowship. (Acts 2:42; Eph. 1:22,23; 5:24,25,30; 1 Cor. 12:12,13,27) Two primary ordinances of the local church are baptism and the Lord’s supper. (Matt. 28:19,20; Mk. 16:15,16; Acts 8:12,36-38; 9:18; 10:47; 1 Cor. 1:16; 11:23-26)
Resurrection & Return of Christ
Because Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, He is physically returning one day receive believers, His saints, to Himself (the rapture). Jesus will then return to the earth in power and glory to rescue Israel and judge both the living and the dead. He will usher in the fullness of God’s kingdom on earth which will consummate history and the eternal plan of God. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ then, is His personal, visible return to earth and the establishment of His millennial kingdom, including the final judgment, eternal blessing of the righteous, and endless suffering of the wicked away from the Lord’s presence. (1 Cor. 15:3-8, Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Zechariah 14:4-9, John 14:1-3, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, Titus 2:11-13, Revelation 3:10-11, 19:11-16, 20:11-15)
The covenant of God-ordained, natural marriage is exclusively the legal union of one man and one woman. Therefore, all sexual activities and relationships outside divine order are in conflict with the teachings of the Bible and true Church. Examples include adultery, fornication, incest, polygamy, homosexuality, prostitution, transgender ideology (efforts to alter one’s gender), bisexuality, cross-dressing, pedophilia, pornography, lust, rape, and bestiality. God designed marriage as the place for the expression of human sexuality. Sex within marriage has both relational and spiritual benefits. (Ephesians 5:22–27, Genesis 2:18, Hebrews 13:4, Matthew 19:4–6, Colossians 3:18, 1 Peter 3:7, Genesis 2:23–24, Isaiah 62:5, 1 Corinthians 7:2–5)
Imago Dei, Abortion,
Every single human life was made in the image of God and is both unique and valuable. All human beings regardless of race, creed, or capability are worthy of dignity, respect, and love. Life begins at the moment of conception, and each person bears God’s image regardless of their size, level of development, environment, or their degree of dependency (S.L.E.D.). Bible-believing Christians must oppose abortion, the slaughter of pre-born babies, stand for all human life, and rescue the most vulnerable made in God’s image. (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:13-16, Judges 16:17, Exodus 20:13, Deuteronomy 27:25, Job 31:15, 1 Cor. 6:19, Psalm 127:3, Matthew 1:18)