Statement of Faith

The Bible
I believe that the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the revelation of God to mankind and is verbally and fully inspired by Him. I believe that the Bible is sufficient for the knowledge of God and His will that is necessary for the eternal welfare of mankind, that its content is infallible and inerrant, and that it is the supreme and final authority for all Christian faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13; Deuteronomy 29:29; 2 Timothy 3:15; John 10:35)

God
I believe that there is one God. He is infinitely perfect in all of His attributes, He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, He is intimately and personally involved in the lives of His children and His creation, and He exists in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 8:4; John 4:24; 5:26; Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16,17; Matthew 28:19)

Jesus Christ
I believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man; that is, He is fully divine and also fully human. I believe that He preexisted eternally with the Father, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect life and died a substitutionary death for the sins of mankind. I believe that He arose bodily from the grave, that He ascended to heaven where He is presently High Priest and Advocate for His people, and that He will return personally and bodily to the earth at the close of this age. He is the world’s only Savior, the Lord of all, and the Bridegroom to His bride, which is the church. (Philippians 2:5-11; John 1:1; Matthew 1:23-25; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Timothy 2:6; 1 Corinthians 15:20; Hebrews 4:14-16; John 14:3; Acts 4:12)

The Holy Spirit
I believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine third Person of the Trinity. I believe that He was sent from the Father by the Son to convict the world, to regenerate and indwell those who trust in Christ, to baptize them into the Body of Christ, to seal them for the final day of redemption, to guide them into truth, to fill them for a life of holiness and victory, and to empower them for witness and service. I believe that He gives spiritual gifts to believers for the proper functioning of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. (Acts 5:3,4; John 16:7-14; 3:5-8; 1 Corinthians 2:9-12; 3:16; 12:3-13,28-31; Ephesians 1:13,14; Acts 1:8)

Salvation
I believe that a person is saved by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Salvation becomes effective when a person, by an act of faith through God’s grace, acknowledges Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior and Lord. The benefits of this salvation include the forgiveness of sins and a new standing before God (justification), the impartation of new life and all the privileges that accompany a new family relationship with God (glorification), and the ongoing presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit (sanctification). The assurance of salvation as a present possession is the privilege of every believer in Christ. (Ephesians 2:8,9; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9; Acts 3:19; Romans 3:28; John 3:16; John 1:12; 10:28; Philippians 1:6)