Statement of Faith

Bible

We believe that the bible, consisting of 66 books, is the inspired word of God, written by men under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It represents God truths for man to live by. The word of God represents the highest authority truth. Through the help of the Holy Spirit we can receive the word of God in to our hearts and be changed to be more like Jesus as we choose to live it out. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Tim. 1:13; Ps 119:105, 160; Ps 12:6; Prov. 30:5)

God

We believe in God as the only one true God who is eternal in nature existing in three persons who are equal, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is supreme in all ways having all his character always in harmony so that no one facet of His person detracts from another. He is the creator and rightful ruler of the universe and thus is the only true source of truth and righteous judgment. God is the only true object of man’s worship and has revealed His person and love for man that man may know and relate to him. (2 Cor. 13:14; Isa. 37:16; 1 Jn. 4:7-8; Matt. 28:19; Gen. 1:1; Ps 90:2; Matt. 3:16-17; Deu. 6:4; Jn 17:3)

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus is the Son of God who was born of a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is both fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life and did many miracles and showed and taught us how to live. He was killed and rose in body to life after three days. Through this act he has paid for all of man’s sin. He returned to heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for believers. In the person of Christ Jesus we find the one who is able to restore the broken relationship between God and man by removing sin. Therefore he is the only means of salvation for man.  We expectantly await his return to finalize the manifestation of God’s kingdom. (Matt. 1:18-25; Heb. 4:15, Heb. 9:15-22; 1 Cor. 15:1-8; Acts 1:9-11; Heb. 9:27-28; Jn 10:28; Col. 1:15-20, Col. 2:9)

Holy Spirit

We believe that the person of the Holy Spirit is God and equal to the Father and the Son. When a person truly confesses faith in Jesus’ work on the cross the Holy Spirit is sent to abide with that person serving as a seal indicating true conversion but also working to preserve a person till Christ returns. The Holy Spirit provides comfort and power to live righteously. He also teaches us by giving us understanding of spiritual things that we can’t grasp such as the word of God. The Holy Spirit also aides us by convicting us of our sin and leading us to repentance. It is therefore vital that everyone learn to hear and yield their lives to His leading. (2 Cor. 3:17; Jn 16:7-13, Jn 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:12, 3:16; Eph. 1:13, Eph 5:1; Gal. 5:16, Gal. 5:25)

Man

We believe that man is God’s highest creation and made in His own image. In the beginning man was without sin and had an intimate relationship with God.  But man chose to rebel and live apart from God doing what he thought was right over what God said. Since this moment all men are born in to a condition of an attitude of disobedience to God; this is sin and it is what separates man from God. The restoration of harmony with God cannot be done by any works or ideas of man.  Man without having his sin taken away accumulates a debt that on judgment will condemn man to eternal separation from God in torment.

(Gen. 1:26-27, Gen. 2:7, Gen. 2:16, Gen. 3:6-7, Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 3:23, 1 Jn. 3:4; Rom. 3:10-12, Eph. 2:9, Rom. 6:23; Mk 7:23; Rev. 20:12; Isa 59:2)

Salvation

We believe that the salvation of man from the evil within his heart comes only through faith in Jesus Christ and the work of the cross. By faith a person believes that Jesus was born of the Spirit and lived without fault. He offered Himself as a sacrifice to pay for the sin of man so he was put to death and three days later was raised to life to die no more. A person by faith believes that Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection will forgive our sins by taking them on Himself thus paying our debt. Once a person genuinely believes they are given a new life in Christ. Our relationship with God is restored and we are eligible to be sons and daughters of God. We are to walk in an intimate relationship with God, hearing His voice and obeying Him. By this we grow to be more like Jesus and are prepared for His return and to spend eternity in paradise with Him. (Jn 1:4-5, Jn 1:12, Jn 1:29; Mk 16:16, Rom 6:23; Acts 4:12; Jn 3:16; Jn 3:17; Rom 1:17; Isa 59:2; Eph. 2:4-10; Jn 14:3, Jn 14:6)

Water Baptism

We believe that water baptism by immersion is a symbolic act that reflects a person’s faith in what Jesus Christ has done for them. It serves as a public declaration of what they say they believe. It doesn’t confer salvation as one must already be saved and showing a changed life but rather is a representation of the life and death of Christ Jesus and how that relates to a person.  Baptism is not required for salvation but it is a command which when done from the heart shows one’s love and obedience to God. (Col. 2:12; Acts 2:41; Eph. 2:8-9; Matt. 28:19-20)

Communion

We believe that Communion is a command given to help a believer remember the work of salvation on the cross. By taking the elements we are saying we are continuing to believe in the power of salvation in Christ Jesus. The elements used are representative of the body and blood of Christ Jesus that he shed for our salvation.  For Communion to be meaningful a person should already have surrendered their life to Christ and be in an intimate relationship with Him, repenting consistently. Communion therefore is not a way to be saved but way to honor God. (Matt. 26;26-30; Mk 14:22-26; Lk 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-29)