Statements of Faith

The Bible   Trinity   God   Jesus Christ   Holy Spirit  
Salvation   The Church   Baptism   The Lord's Supper   Stewardship  

The Bible:  The Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God's revelation of Himself to man. A miracle of inspiration and preservation, it is the ultimate written authority for mankind and is inerrant in its purpose and intent. Its purpose is to teach, correct, and train us to become the people God wants us to be1.  The Bible is active, having the power to change lives and influence our thoughts, attitudes, and actions2.

12 Tim. 3:16;  2Heb. 4:12

The Trinity:  God is revealed to us as Three in One - Father, Son and Holy Spirit1 - each having distinct personal characteristics, but without division of nature, essence or being2.   1Matt. 28:19;  21 John 5:7

God:  There is but one Holy1 God, the I AM2. He is the Almighty3, All-Knowing4, Eternal5, Living6 and Loving7 God. He is the Creator8, Judge9, Defender10, Preserver of heaven and earth11, Father12 of all creation; and to Him all creatures owe their obedience13 and love14.
1Rev.4:8;  2Ex. 3:14;  3Jer. 32:18-19;  4Ps. 147:5;  5Duet. 33:27;  6Josh. 3:10;
7John 3:16;  8Gen. 1:1;  9Ps. 96:10, 13;   10Ps. 94:22;  11Ps. 121;   12Matt. 23:9;
13Acts 5:29;   14Matt. 22:37-38

Jesus Christ:  Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God1, was conceived of the Holy Spirit2 and born of the virgin Mary3. He lived on earth totally in God's will4 and experienced every trial and temptation known to man5, yet never sinned6. He willingly gave His life as a sacrifice7 and was crucified on a cross8. His death made provision for the redemption of the world from sin9. He was raised on the third day10 and now sits at the right hand of God11 as the Mediator12 between God and man.
1Matt. 17:52Matt. 1:18;  3Isaiah 7:14;  4 John 10:37-38;  5Heb. 4:15;  6Cor. 5:21;
7John 10:15;  8Luke 23:33;  9Rom. 3:24;  10Luke 24:6-7;  11Mark 16:19;  121 Tim. 2:5

Holy Spirit:  God, as Holy Spirit, convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment1. The Holy Spirit lives within all who know Jesus Christ as Savior2, reveals God to us3, and intercedes4 on our behalf. The Holy Spirit comforts5, teaches6, guides7 and bestows spiritual gifts8 to enable us to better serve God.
1John 16:8-11; 2Rom. 8:11;  31 Cor. 2:10;  4Rom. 8:27;  5John 14:16, 26;  6John 14:16-26;
7John 16:13;  81 Cor. 12:4-11

Salvation:  The gift of salvation is God's means of restoring man's relationship to God which was broken by man's choice to sin1. Salvation is initiated by the Holy Spirit Who convicts a person of sin2 and affirms the truth of the gospel. By confession of personal sinfulness, the believer accepts by faith Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross as the only means of being reconciled to God. Christ died in the place of sinners3; therefore removing the ultimate consequences of sin4 and the state of alienation that exists between God and man5 allowing us, as believers, to be with Him for eternity. The believer's salvation is immediately accompanied by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit6 and the bestowal of a new nature and spiritual gift(s) which empowers the believer to live a life of obedience to God.
1Titus 3:5; 2John 16:8; 31 Peter 3:18; 4Rom. 6:23; 52 Cor. 5:18-19; 6John 16:13

The Church:  The Church is the spiritual body of believers in Christ, sanctified by God1, of which Jesus Christ is the head2. It functions locally as a group of believers in various stages of spiritual development, who have assembled themselves for the purpose of doing God's will3. Its purpose is to glorify and worship God in spirit and truth4; equipping believers to live obedient lives5; edifying one another through fellowship6; and evangelizing non-believers7.
1Eph. 5:25-27; 21 Col. 1:18; 31 Cor. 1:2; 4John 4:23,24; 5Col. 3:13,16; 6Phil. 2:1-2;
7Matt. 28:19-20

Baptism:  The ordinance of Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water1 in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit2. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life3, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus4.
1Acts 2:38; 2Matt. 28:19-20; 3Gal. 2:20; 4Romans 6:3-5

The Lord's Supper:  The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ who introduced and instituted the breaking of bread as the new covenant1. The bread represents Christ's flesh and the fruit of the vine represents His blood2 which was poured out for the forgiveness of sins3. It is commemorative of our Lord's death on the cross and is a memorial feast until His return4. The sharing of communion is practiced in fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ, and renews the bond of communion with God and one another5.
1Matt. 26:26-29; 2John 6:26-58; 3Matt. 26:26-29; 4Luke 22:17-20; 51 Cor. 10:16-17

Stewardship:  Christian stewardship is the responsible use of one's life, talents, time and material possessions for the sharing of the Gospel and Christian service1. Since each of these blessings comes from God, believers have the privilege and obligation2 to serve Him through faithful and prayerful support of His church, as we seek to meet the needs in our community, nation and world3.
11 Cor. 4:1-2, Gen. 1:28-30, Ps. 24:1, 1 Chr. 29:14; 2Deut. 8:17-18, 2 Cor. 8 & 9; 31 John 3:17

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