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Statement of Faith

Our Faith

What We Believe

Statement of Faith

The Holy Scripture

We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible, irrevocable and complete Word of God. (2 Tim. 3:16,17)

The Eternal Godhead

We believe God is Triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the three in one. (1 John 5:7)

The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that by voluntary disobedience he fell from perfection. (Rom. 5:12)

Basis of Salvation

We believe that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, signing the pardon of all who believe in Him and confess Jesus Christ as their Lord. (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8, Rom. 10:9-10)

Salvation through Grace

We believe that before salvation we have no righteousness of our own and must come to God through the righteousness of Christ. (Eph. 2:8)

Repentance and Acceptance

We believe that upon sincere repentance and a wholehearted acceptance of Christ as Lord, we are justified before God. (1 John 1:9)

The New Birth

We believe that the change which takes place in the heart and life at conversion is a literal one and is the result of being born of the Spirit of God. (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 2:20; John 3:5-7)

Daily Christian Life

We believe that it is the will of God that we live a sanctified and holy life, growing constantly in the Faith. (Heb. 6:1)

Water Baptism

We believe that baptism by immersion in water is an outward sign of the inward work of salvation. (Matt. 28:19)

The Lord’s Supper

We believe in the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper by the symbolic use of the bread and the juice of the vine. (1 Cor. 11:28)

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is to endure the believer with power, and that His empowering is after the same manner as in Bible days. (Acts 1:8; 2:4)

The Spirit-Filled Life

We believe that it is the will of God that we walk in the Spirit continually. (Rom. 8:1-2; 14-16)

The Gifts and the Fruit of the Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit has gifts to bestow upon the Christian and that we should show spiritual fruit as evidence of a Spirit-filled life. (1 Cor. 12:1-11; Gal. 5:22-23; Rom. 12:6-8; Eph. 4:11-13)

Moderation and Balance

We believe that all truth must be balanced with other scriptural truth in order to avoid any extreme or fanaticism and that moderation should show forth in our daily walk as a believer. (Phil. 4:5)

Divine Healing

We believe that divine healing is the provision of Christ to heal the sick in response to the exercise of faith, the prayer of faith, the prayer of agreement, anointing with oil, the gifts of healing or the laying on of hands. We believe that this provision of Christ is for everyone today. (1 Peter 2:24; Matt. 8:17; 18:18-19; James 5:14-16; 1 Cor. 2:9; Mark 16:15-18; Matt. 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33)

The Second Coming

We believe that the Second Coming of Christ is literal and inevitable. (1 Thess. 4:16-17)

Church Membership

We believe it is our sacred duty to identify and actively participate with the local and visible church of Christ. (Acts 16:5; Heb. 10:25)

Civil Government

We believe that the laws of the land should be upheld at all times except in matters opposed to the Word of God. (Rom. 13:1-5)

The Final Judgment

We believe that all shall stand one day before God in final judgment, and there receive eternal reward or eternal judgment. (2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11-13)

Heaven

We believe that heaven is a literal place, eternally existent. (John 14:2; Rev. 7:15-17)

Hell

We believe that hell is a literal place of eternal torment for all who reject the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rev. 20:10,15)

Evangelism

We believe that soul-winning is the Great Commission given to the Church. (James 5:20; Mark 16:15; 2 Cor. 5:18-21)

Tithes and Offerings

We believe that the method ordained of God for the support and spread of His cause is by the giving of tithes and free-will offerings. (Mal. 3:10; 2 Cor. 9:7; Heb. 7:8)

Worship

We believe that “acceptable” and “true” worship is prescribed by God Himself in His Word. This embodies individual and corporate expressions of praise and thanksgiving and reverence in holiness. (John 4:24; Psalm 150)

Church Government

We believe in church government to ensure order, and we believe in loyalty to those acting in rightful authority as they lead us in the Lord. (1 Peter 5:1-5; Rom. 13)

Unity, Understanding, and Love

We believe that in essentials there must be unity, in non-essentials — understanding, and in all things – love.

Marriage

We hold the state of marriage to be an expression of a Biblical standard and the union between a man and a woman. Violations of this sacred trust include areas such as fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender, and cohabitation prior to marriage. (Gen. 1:27, 2:24; Matt. 19:4-5; Rom. 12:1, 2, 26 and 27; I Cor. 6:9-10; Eph. 5:3)