Doctrinal Statement of Faith
- We believe that the Bible, including both the Old and New Testaments, is the divinely revealed Word of God to man, the original writings of which were inspired by the Holy Spirit and written by chosen men.
- We believe that these writings have been divinely protected and cared for in their transmission through the ages, so that we now have every revealed requirement for faith and conduct.
- We believe in one God, who exists in three Persons, equal in power and glory: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son, co-equal with God the Father. He took upon himself the nature of sinful mankind, yet apart from sin, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary; he suffered death upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins; he was buried, and the third day he rose from the dead in a visible body of flesh and bone; he ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, making intercession for the church; he will return to the earth personally and visibly to set up his kingdom and to judge the living and the dead.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person, separate and distinct from and co-equal within the Trinity with the Father and the Son. He is sent to direct the affairs of the church and to dwell within the heart of each child of God to comfort and lead into all truth.
- We believe that every person born into this world is born in sin, without spiritual life. We are saved from sin by the grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree, suffering the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit we accept the Lord Jesus as our Savior and receive spiritual life. We are then able to enter obediently into God's plan and purpose for our lives.
- We believe that a person once having received by faith the Lord Jesus Christ will persevere unto the end, for all those whom God justifies he will also glorify. Though this holiness is never fully attained in this life, it is to be sought be a diligent use of the means of grace. Of particular importance to a walk in the Holy Spirit is an experiential acquiescence in the crucifixion of the self-life with the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, an appropriation of the resurrection life of Christ, and a daily reckoning of self to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- We believe in the existence of a personal devil, Satan, who is the sworn enemy of our Lord Jesus Christ and of all who put their trust in him. Jesus Christ has won open and complete triumph over Satan by his death on Calvary and by his resurrection from the dead. This victory of the Lord Jesus is shared by all his saints. A daily advance in the expression of it is enjoyed as they know experientially their death and resurrection union with him.
- We believe in one church, the body of Christ, composed of all true believers, through which it is God's purpose to manifest his glory and a knowledge of the truth. The present responsibilities of the church are to magnify God through obedience to his will, nurture believers, encourage and support marriage and the family, marriage being a sacred covenant between one man and one woman, and bear witness to the uttermost part of the earth.