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Statement of Faith

The precious truths we affirm together.


|  We believe that... 

  • The Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, was written by men under the inspiration of God

  • It is fully true, complete, sufficient, authoritative, and without error in all that it says

  • It is and always will be the true center of Christian unity and the highest authority in all matters of faith, conduct, and doctrine


|  We believe that... 

  • There is one true and living God, the creator and sovereign ruler of heaven and earth

  • This one God has existed for all of eternity as three distinct yet inseparable persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

  • Each member of the Trinity is equally divine, of the same substance, with distinct but harmonious roles in the great work of redemption


|  We believe that... 

  • God created Adam & Eve in his image, perfectly holy, as male and female

  • Therefore, every person of every race and worldview possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love

  • In choosing to rebel against God, Adam & Eve fell from their sinless state and were corrupted by a sin nature which is passed down to all of humanity

  • As a result, all people are sinful by nature and choice, fully deserving eternal separation from God in hell


|  We believe that... 

  • Jesus is both fully human and fully divine, yet without sin

  • He perfectly fulfilled God’s law by his personal obedience

  • He made full atonement for our sins by dying on the cross

  • He rose bodily from the grave in victory over sin, and ascended into heaven

  • Salvation is entirely on the basis of grace, given through the mediation of Jesus Christ


|  We believe that... 

  • To be justified is to be declared righteous, or to be made right with God

  • Justification is granted without consideration of any good works, but by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone

  • Through justification, Christ’s perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us by God

  • Justification includes the forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life


|  We believe that... 

  • To be regenerated is to be spiritually made alive or born again

  • To be truly redeemed and reconciled with God, we must be regenerated

  • Regeneration is brought about by the Holy Spirit, in connection with the divine truth of God’s word

  • Regeneration results in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and secures our voluntary obedience to the gospel

  • True regeneration is always marked by repentance, faith and newness of life


|  We believe that... 

  • Repentance and faith are both essential to true conversion

  • They are brought about within us by the regenerating Spirit of God

  • Being deeply convinced of our guilt before God, we turn to him, confessing our sin and asking for his mercy

  • At the very same time, we wholeheartedly receive Jesus Christ as Lord, relying on him alone as our only and all-sufficient Savior


|  We believe that... 

  • Sanctification is the lifelong process by which a Christian grows up into Christlike holiness

  • Sanctification is a progressive work that begins at regeneration

  • Sanctification takes place within us by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit through the ongoing use of ordinary means, especially: the Word of God, self-reflection, self-denial, church fellowship, and prayer


|  We believe that... 

  • Only those who are true believers will endure to the end

  • Their persevering faith in Christ is what distinguishes them from false converts

  • All true believers are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation


|  We believe that... 

  • The Church is the gathered people of God redeemed by faith in Christ, from all places and all times

  • This one Church is expressed here on earth as the collection of all true local churches

  • A true local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel

  • A church’s two biblical officers are elders and deacons, whose qualifications and responsibilities are given in 1 Timothy and Titus

  • Christ has sent his Church into the world to make disciples of all nations


|  We believe that... 

  • Baptism is the immersion of a believer into water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

  • Baptism is a public display of a person’s faith in the crucified and risen Christ, as well as their death to sin and resurrection to new life in him

  • Being commanded by Christ himself, baptism is required for church membership

  • The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience in which the Church eats the bread and drinks the cup, remembering Christ’s death, anticipating his second coming, and celebrating their union in him


|  We believe that... 

  • God has ordained the family as the social foundation of human society, composed of people related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption

  • Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime

  • Husbands and wives are of equal dignity and worth before God, both being created in his image

  • A husband is to love his wife sacrificially, as Christ loved the church, and has a God-given responsibility to lead and protect his family

  • A wife is to submit herself graciously and thoughtfully to the servant leadership of her husband, as his essential helper in leading their household and nurturing the next generation

  • Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord


|  We believe that... 

  • God has appointed civil government for the interests and good order of society

  • Government leaders are to be prayed for and respected

  • Church & state should remain separate, allowing each person to freely practice their faith according to their conscience

  • All people are ultimately accountable to God and must not be constrained to obey laws that clearly violate his will as revealed in Scripture


|  We believe that... 

  • In the end, Christ will return bodily, raising the dead to final judgment

  • This judgment will forever establish the state of all people in either heaven or hell

  • God will renew his creation, bringing about a new heaven and a new earth where his redeemed people will enjoy eternal life and intimacy with him

  • God’s glory will be restored to its rightful place for all of eternity, at the very center of all things

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