Statement of Faith

I. There is but one God, Yahweh (Jehovah; Ex. 3:13-14), who is manifested in three Persons, the Trinity. God the Father who created (Gen. 1:1-2:25), God the Son who saves (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13), and God the Holy Ghost who convicts men of all sin and righteousness and judgment (John 16:7-11).

A. God the Father loves and cares for His Creation. He is the sovereign King over Heaven and earth, holy, just, and righteous. He is the Father of those who have come to the knowledge of the truth and He cares for all their needs. He is also the Chastiser (the One who disciplines) His children. (1 John 4:8,16;

B. Jesus Christ is God the Son, the One and Only Begotten Son of God the Father. He and the Father are one (John 10:30). He always has been, He is, and He always will be. He was in the beginning with God and He was the Word through which God the Father created all things. He came to earth, conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of virgin birth. Jesus Christ is God incarnate (God in the flesh). He lived as a man, facing all the temptations of man, but yet He was sinless, not falling to the temptation sin. He died on the Cross, paying man’s sin debt to God the Father. He was buried in the tomb, but on the third day, He arose from the grave to become the cornerstone of the faith to all who would believe on Him. He is now alive and seated at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven where He is making intercession for His people and preparing a place for them. One day He will come again to receive His own to Himself so as they might spend all eternity with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven. (John 1:1-4, 3:16-17, 14:1-6; Luke 1:28-38, 2:1-20; Heb. 4:14-16; Ro. 5:6-8; Acts 10:40; 1 Cor. 15:4; Eph. 1:20; Heb. 8:1)

C. The Holy Ghost is also called the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of God. He is the third person of the Holy Trinity, no lesser or greater in standing then God the Father and God the Son. He is given to each believer at the time of their conversion or born again experience. He is the one who convicts men of their sin in life by leading them into the knowledge of the truth, their need of the Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the Comforter in times of trouble and distress in the life of the believer. He is the one Who leads us into all righteousness and the truth of the Scriptures and of the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 7:8, 14:16-16, 16:8-11, 13) –  (1 John 5:7) For there are three that bear witness in heave: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. (NKJV)

II.

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, without error, complete in every way. It was given by God by inspiration of the Holy Ghost to man to be written down for all to see, hear, and read. It is to be used as sound doctrine for all teaching, encouragement, rebuke, and the building up of God’s Church, the Body of Christ. It is to be the foundation and guide upon which the Christian basis all his or her life. It is to be used to lead and guide the lost to salvation and to the knowledge of the truth in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is to be used to bring God’s people to a closer, more intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and to spiritual maturity. (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; Romans 10:17)

III.

Man is the unique creation of God. Man was originally created to live in harmony and fellowship with God. But because of the original sin in the Garden of Eden by Adam, sin has been passed on from generation to generation. Because of sin man, from the time of Adam, has lived in a state of separation from the righteous, holy, and just God who created him. (Romans 3:10 & 23, 5:12, 17, 19)

IV.

There is only one way for man to be saved, brought back into a right relationship with God, free from sin. There is only one way to be forgiven of sin and be free from sins power and penalty. Salvation is through the blood of Jesus Christ shed on Calvary’s Cross for the redemption of sin. It is only by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, that man can be saved. Man must repent, turning from sin and self and turning to Jesus. Man must confess with his mouth and believe (have faith) in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and he will be saved (receive salvation). This is the born again experience. Jesus said, “…unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3, 16, 14:6; Eph. 2:8; Luke 13:5; Acts 3:19, 4:12; Ro. 10:9-13)

V.

Baptism is essential in the life of the believer. Baptism is to be by immersion. Baptism does not add to or take away from one’s salvation experience, but baptism is the believer’s public confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and their repentance of their sinfulness. Baptism is symbolic of and identifies the believer with the Lord’s death on the cross, burial in the tomb, and resurrection from the dead. As the believer stands in the water he is dead to sin, as he is immersed he is buried to his old sinful life, and as he is raised from the water to a new life in Christ. Baptism is also symbolizes the baptism of the believer by the Holy Spirit in the cleansing blood of Christ the day he accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior of his life. (Mark 16:16; Acts

VI.

The Lord’s Supper was instituted by the Lord Jesus Himself on the night of His betrayal in the upper room with His disciples. It is to be a constant reminder to the believer of the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross, giving Himself as a sacrificial Lamb by the shedding of whose blood we are forgiven of our sin and by whose stripes we are healed and made whole. The bread symbolizes His broken body and the wine the fruit of the grape, symbolizes His shed blood. We are to memorialize His sacrifice each time we partake of this most holy of ordinances and do so until our Lord comes again, at which time we will partake of the Supper with Him in His kingdom of Heaven. We should examine ourselves each time we partake of the Supper to be sure that we come to the Lord’s Table in a worthy manner, that is with no unconfused sin in our hearts or unforgiveness for our fellow man. ( Mt. 26:22-26; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-31; 1 Peter

VII.

The believer is to love the Lord Jesus with all his heart, and all his soul, and all his mind. He is to place the Lord Jesus first and foremost in his life, putting others second, and himself last. By doing so, he is showing his true faith in the Lord and His teachings. The believer is to follow the example set for him by the Lord Jesus Himself while He was here in this earth. The Lord Jesus Christ will reward those who have by faith placed Him first in their lives, obeyed His commands, and lived a life totally surrendered to His will and way. (Mt 22:37-40; Mark 10:28-30; Luke 10:27; 1 Peter 5:6; Ro. 14:12; 2 Cor. 5:10)

VIII.

The Church is the body of Christ with Him as its head. We are to serve the Lord Jesus by serving His body, the Church. We are to build up His Church by carrying out His Great Commission given to us in Matthew 28:18-20. As believers we are too continually encourage His Church with His Word, the Holy Bible. We are not to forsake the gathering together of ourselves as the Body of Christ. We are to use His Word as the foundation of our work and as our authority and guide in all matters pertaining to the Church and to our lives. We are to tithe (a tenth, 10%) of our income, our time, and our talents (these are the first fruits of our life) to His Church so as to carry out the daily functions of the Church, the work of the ministry, and to see to the needs of others.

IX.

The minister of the Lord, the one called by Jesus Christ to preach and teach His Holy Word, should always conduct his life in a Biblical manner, using the Lord Jesus Christ as their role model and guide. In everything he does, he should be an ambassador of Christ, an example to others in living a life of faith to the Lord Jesus. He should always be blameless before the Lord, fully pleasing Him by faith alone and submission to His will. He should walk daily by his faith in Jesus Christ and not by the sight of his earthly eyes. (Jeremiah 20:9; 1 Cor. 9:16-18; 2 Cor. 5:20; 2 Cor 5:7)

X.

We believe that marriage and the family are ordained as foundational institutions and principles of human society by God. The family unit is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a covenant commitment for life, whose vows can only be broken by death or adulterous situations. Sex, therefore, is a gift of God given to the husband and wife to be shared only between each other in the marriage covenant, for the mutual pleasure of both and for the propagation of the race. (Gen. 2:24; Mt. 5:32, 19:9; Mark 10:6-8; Ex. 20;14; Pr. 6:32; Gal. 5:19; Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5; 1 Cor. 6:9; Heb. 13:4)