In making the following declaration of faith, we seek to speak to the essentials of the faith only. We recognize that there are many doctrines that are important that are not addressed in this declaration. We hold that though they may indeed be important, they are not essential. Our position is that on matters of essentials there must be unity. On matters of non essentials there must be freedom. Freedom to hear, move, and grow as the Spirit of God leads without fear of ridicule or condemnation from others that hold to a differing position on the non essential doctrine. According to the teaching of our Lord Jesus in all matters there must be Love.
We believe in the one true and living God, the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, and Ruler of all. He is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, and reveals Himself to us as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God the Father; God, as Father, reigns over all of His creation with providential care. He is all-powerful, all-loving, all-knowing, and all-wise. He is fatherly in attitude to all mankind, but is Father indeed, to those who have become children of God through Jesus Christ, who will deliver them into the Father’s hands.
God the Son; We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. He did indeed accomplish this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless, substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgment against sin. After substantiating the accomplishment of that redemption and justification by His bodily resurrection from the grave, He ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He intercedes on behalf of those who have placed their trust in Him.
God the Holy Spirit; We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. That He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead. That He baptizes all believers into the one true Church, which is the Body of Christ. That He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of final redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon them, fills and controls those who are yielding to Him. Every believer is called to live in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit so that they will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, but will bear fruit to the glory of God.
We believe that man was created by and in the image of God. We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, by a direct act.
Even though man was created in the image of God, he fell into sin and is lost. This is true of all mankind, and except a man be born again by the Holy Spirit, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.
Satan - The Devil
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin, and the reason for the fall of Mankind. We believe that the devil is destined to the judgment of an eternal punishment in the lake of fire.
Atonement For Sin
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a substitutionary sacrifice and that all who trust in Him are redeemed by His shed blood. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ and in His ascension into heaven. He is our High Priest and Advocate.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace. It cannot be gained or made more secure by meritorious works, but is freely bestowed upon all who put their faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary. All who place their trust in Jesus are forgiven of their sins and reborn into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.
The Christian Walk
We believe that we all have a Holy calling to walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of the Holy Spirit within us in order that we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. The flesh is never fully eradicated in this life. Individuals must choose to keep the flesh in subjection to Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit or it will surely manifest it’s presence in life and dishonor our Lord.
We believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God”. We understand this to mean that the whole Bible is inspired by God. We believe that this Divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of Scripture. We believe that the whole Bible is therefore, without error. We believe that all Scripture centers around the Lord Jesus Christ in His person, work, and in His first and second coming. Therefore, no portion of the Old Testament is properly read or understood until it leads to Christ. We believe also that all Scripture was designed for our practical instruction.
The Great Commission
Until the return of Jesus, it is the Christian’s duty and privilege to seek the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission and to minister in His Name to a lost and needy world. We are to be instruments of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit ministers redemption and reconciliation to the world.