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STATEMENT OF FAITH

 We Believe...

  1. THE INERRANCY, SUFFICIENCY, AND AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE

    • Inerrancy: The 66 books of the Bible are the written Word of God and the standard of truth itself (John 17: 17). The Bible is God’s written revelation to man. From the literal Genesis account of creation to the foretelling of Christ’s return in Revelation every word is “God breathed”, and absolutely inerrant in its original documents.

    • Sufficiency: the Bible is sufficient to thoroughly equip believers for every good work (2 Timothy 3: 16 – 17).

    • Authority: As the Word of God, the Bible in its original documents is authoritative over all human knowledge. As a result, no apparent, perceived, or claimed evidence in any field of study, including science, history, and psychology, can be valid if it contradicts the Word of God. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.”(1 Corinthians 3: 19a). God, knowing all things, can never be wrong; and since the Bible is the Word of God, the Bible can never be wrong. In the end, the final guide to the interpretation of Scripture can only be Scripture itself. (John 17: 17, 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Heb 4:12)

  2. GOD. There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.

  3. THE TRINITY. God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

  4. JESUS. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory. (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 53:4-5; Jonah 2:9; Matthew 18:11; John 3:16; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:17; 2 Pet 3:10; Rev 3:3; )

  5. THE FALL OF MAN. God originally created man in His own image and free from sin; but in the fall of man, Eve was deceived by the serpent (2 Corinthians 11: 3) while Adam rebelled against God by eating the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3), bringing sin and death into the world (Romans 5: 12). Adam’s sin resulted in the fall of the entire human race from the goodness of God and caused the corruption of all creation (Romans 8: 19 – 22). Adam and Eve being the parents of all who are living (1 Corinthians 15: 22, Acts 17: 26, Genesis 3: 20), passed onto us, their descendants, a corrupted sin nature which makes us slaves to sin (Romans 6: 20 – 21) and spiritually dead (Romans 5: 12, Ephesians 2: 1).

  6. God’s Justice and the Condemnation of Man. As a result of our sinful natures, we have willfully broken God’s commandments (Exodus 20: 1 – 17) countless times. “All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23). God, in His perfect goodness and holiness sees us as so completely defiled by our sins that He had the prophet Isaiah compare us to someone with leprosy. As a result, God sees even our good works like a fine white, silk robe placed on a person with the worst kind of leprosy. Moments after touching the puss and rotting flesh, the robe itself becomes defiled. In the same way, our good works are hopelessly defiled by our sins. (Isaiah 64: 6) In the end, by our own merit, we would all stand guilty before Almighty God and deserve to suffer God’s Wrath on evil for eternity in hell. (Romans 3: 23, Matthew 13: 41 – 43).

  7. THE GOSPEL

    • God is Love: Thankfully God is not just holy and perfect in His justice and wrath, God is love. (1 John 4: 8b – 10)
      • “but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”(Romans 5: 8)

    • Jesus’ Subsitutionary Sacrifice
      • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3: 16 – 17)
      • Jesus Christ, the Creator of the universe, came down from heaven to be born of a virgin, fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life and satisfied the righteous requirement of the law that we have broken, so that He could take our place on the cross as the perfect sacrifice. On that cross, the Creator died for His creation. On that cross, Jesus suffered the wrath of God that we deserved for our sins, satisfying the justice of God. On that cross, a legal transaction occurred. Our shameful sins were credited to His account and He paid for them in full with His life’s blood. At the same time, His perfect righteousness was credited to us so that we could have peace with God. Then on the third day, God the Father raised Him from the dead (Acts 5: 30). On the third day, the Holy Spirit raised Him from the dead (Romans 8: 11). On the third day, He rose Himself from the dead (John 2: 19 – 21, 10: 17 – 18), defeating death and later ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.

    • The Gospel call. In response to God’s infinite love that He expressed for us on the cross we repent and believe the gospel. (Romans 5: 8, John 3: 16 – 17, 1 John 4: 8b – 10, Romans 2: 4, Mark 1: 15)

    • Regeneration. Regeneration is the process that occurs when the Holy Spirit draws us to Christ (John 6: 44) and takes us from a state of being spiritually dead in our sins to a state of being spiritually alive (born again) (Ephesians 2: 4 – 5, John 5: 24 - 25). It is when the Holy Spirit gives us a new heart with new affections. Instead of loving sin and hating God, our new heart now loves God and hates sin. Regeneration is what made it possible for us to repent and believe the gospel.

    • Repentance. Repentance is an evangelical grace, where the Holy Spirit makes us aware of our sins towards the God we love, resulting in godly sorrow. When initiated by the Holy Spirit, this godly sorrow leads us to strive with all of our hearts to turn away from sin and turn towards God and obedience to His Word.

    • Faith. Saving faith is an evangelical grace brought by the Holy Spirit. It includes believing the gospel, trusting in the work of Jesus Christ alone for our salvation, and submitting our lives to Jesus Christ as Lord. True saving faith always leads to a life of progressive sanctification.

    • Forgiveness of Sins. This is a complete and eternal salvation, not a superficial forgiveness or a temporary reprieve from God’s wrath. At the moment of salvation we are made white like snow (Isaiah 1:18); all of our sins are removed from us as far as east is from west (Psalm 103: 11 – 13). There is no more guilt, no more shame. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8: 1 – 2). All of our sins past, present and future are completely and eternally forgiven (Hebrews 10: 11 – 14). We are in Jesus’ hand and the Father’s hand (John 10: 28 – 30), and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8: 31 – 39). What a wonderful salvation indeed!

  8. SALVATION. The salvation of man, who is sinful and lost, is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God when the repentant sinner – enabled by the Holy Spirit – responds in faith. This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works. All the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Isaiah 53:4-5; Jonah 2:9; Matthew 18:11; John 3:16; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24-25; John 3:3; 1 John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-12; 1Peter 1:5)

  9. SANCTIFICATION. Sanctification begins at the moment of salvation and ends when we see God face to face. During this period of time, God renews our minds with His Word and progressively takes sin after sin out of our lives leading us to lives of repentance and faith where God progressively transforms us into the image of His Son (Romans 8: 29). During this process, God produces in us the fruits of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control (Galatians 5: 22 – 23).

  10. THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE. As the supernatural and sovereign Agent in regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers us for service, and seals us unto the day of redemption. (Acts 13:52; Ephesians 3:16, 5:18; Romans 8:14; 1Peter 1:5; Hebrews 3:1; John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 5:25-26; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; Philippians 1:6)

  11. RESURRECTION. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; the saved unto the resurrection of life and the unsaved unto the resurrection of damnation. (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 2:16; 5:1-11; Matthew 3:7; 24:30-31; Romans 9:14-24; Prov 16:4; 1 Peter 2:8; Revelation 20:10-15)

  12. THE CHURCH. All who put their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church, of which Christ is the head. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by building its members up in the faith, by instruction of the word, by fellowship, by keeping the ordinances, and seeking to fulfill the Great Commission making disciples of all nations through the preaching of the gospel and teaching them everything that Jesus has commanded. (Ephesians 1:22-23,4:1-16, 1 Corinthians 12:11-13; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 20:28; Colossians 1:18, Matthew 28: 16 - 20)

  13. SPECIAL TOPICS:
    • Creation
      • God created the universe out of nothing in six [6] consecutive twenty-four [24] hour days between 6,000 – 10,000 years ago.
      • The account of origins presented in Genesis is a simple but factual presentation of actual events and therefore provides a reliable framework for scientific research into the question of the origin and history of life, mankind, the earth, and the universe.
      • The various original life forms (kinds), including mankind, were made by direct creative acts of God. The living descendants of any of the original kinds (apart from man) may represent more than one species today, reflecting the genetic potential within the original kind. Only limited biological changes (including mutational deterioration) have occurred naturally within each kind since creation.
      • The special creation of Adam (the first man) and Eve (the first woman), and their subsequent fall into sin, is the basis for the necessity of salvation for mankind.
      • Death (both physical and spiritual) and bloodshed entered into this world subsequent to and as a direct consequence of man’s sin.
      • The great Flood of Genesis was an actual historic event, worldwide (global) in its extent and effect.

    • Abortion.
      • Human Beings were made in the image of God (Genesis 1: 27). As a result, human life is sacred (Genesis 9: 6).
      • God declares that human life begins at conception (Jeremiah 1:4-5, Psalm 139:13-16) and is sacred (Genesis 9: 6). As a result, abortion is the murder of a genetically distinct human being (Exodus 20: 13)

    • Marriage.
      • God established the sacrament of marriage in the Garden of Eden as a covenant between one man and one woman where by entering into this covenant, they would become one flesh (Genesis 2: 21 – 24).
      • In addition, God established marriage as a representation of Christ’s relationship with the church, with Christ being represented by the husband and the church being represented by the wife. As a result, every kind of sexual immorality (adultery, pre-marital sex, homosexual sex, having sexual thoughts about someone who is not your spouse, viewing pornography etc…) is not just a sin against your spouse or your future spouse it is also a direct assault on the image of Christ’s relationship with the church.