STATEMENT OF FAITH

1. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and that all Scripture (both of the Old and New Testaments) is given by inspiration of God. We believe that this divine inspiration extends to the very words used, making the Bible perfect and without error in the original manuscripts, and that it is today the supreme, only and final authority from God for our faith and life. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21; Mark 12:36; John 5:39; Acts 1:16; Rom. 15:4;1 Pet. 1:11,12.)

2. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19,20; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6; Acts 5:3,4; 2 Cor. 13:14.)

3. We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who existed from all eternity and who came into the world that He might manifest God to man and become the redeemer of a lost mankind. To this end He was born of a virgin and became a perfect man, yet retained His absolute Deity, being at the same time true God and true man. (John 1:1-4, 18; Luke 1:30-35; Heb. 1:8-10.)

4. We believe that the life of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the earth was perfectly sinless throughout, and that in infinite love for the lost He voluntarily became the sacrificial Lamb of God, the sinner’s substitute, and died on the cross, the just for the unjust, thus becoming the Savior of the world. We believe that the crucified body of the Lord Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead, that he ascended to heaven to be at the right hand of the Father where He is now head over all things to the Church and ceaselessly advocates and intercedes for those who are His. (John 1:29; Rom. 3:25,26; 2 Cor. 5:14; 1 Pet. 3:18; John 20:20; Eph. 1:22; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1.)

5. We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, premillenial and imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth. (John 14:1-3; 1 Thes. 4:14-18; Titus 2:11-14; Zech. 14; Acts 1:11; Rev. 19 & 20.)

6. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the blessed Trinity, who though omnipresent from all eternity, took up His abode in each and every true believer on the Day of Pentecost. He is the source of all power, acceptable worship and service. He never takes His departure but is ever present to keep the believer occupied with Christ. He is the “Comforter” sent to us by Christ. (John 14:16,17; John 17:12, 24; John 16:7-15; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 2:22.)

7. We believe that man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, and that he fell through sin and as a consequence lost his spiritual life and became dead in trespasses and sin. We believe that this depravity has been transmitted to the whole human race so that every child of Adam in himself is essentially and unchangeably bad. (Gen.1:26; Gen. 3:6; Rom. 3:1-12.)

8. We believe that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that there is no difference, and that all are under condemnation and are hopelessly lost, being both morally and spiritually dead through trespasses and sins. We commend our children, who have not reached the age of moral accountability, to the love of Christ, who said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Rom. 3:23; Rom. 6:23; John 3:18, 36; John 5:24; Ezek. 18:4; Isa. 64:6; Matt. 19:14; Luke 18:17; 2 Sam. 12:23.)

9. We believe in a full salvation, which has been accomplished for us solely through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, who was made sin for us, dying in our room and stead. And that by simple faith in Him our sins are forgiven and to us is imparted a new life from above and we become Sons of God, being born again into God’s family. We believe that nothing can add in the least degree to the merit of the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross for us. (Matt. 26:28; Rom. 5:6-9; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; Gal. 6:14; Eph. 1:7; Tit. 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19, 23.)

10. We believe that all who are united to the risen Son of God are members of His Church and members of one another and that all such are under solemn obligation to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace with a pure heart fervently. (Acts 2:47; Eph. 1:22, 23; Col. 3:12-14; Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12-27.)

11. We believe that all true Christians should be careful to maintain good works and walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. We believe that though the flesh, or old nature, is never eradicated. It can be controlled by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 7:23-25; Rom. 8:3b,4; Eph. 2:10; Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:16,17; Col. 2:6,7; 1 John 1:5-7.)

12. We believe in a literal heaven, a place of conscious bliss, where the spirits of those who have trusted Christ pass immediately upon death to be with Him, remaining there until the resurrection when spirits and bodies shall be reunited to be associated with Christ forever. (John 14:1-6; Phil. 1:23; 2 Cor 5:8; 1 Thes. 4:13-18.)

13. We believe in a literal hell, a place of eternal woe and loss. We believe that the spirits of those who reject Christ pass into a place of misery until after the resurrection of the wicked, when they will be judged and punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord. (Luke 16:19-31; 2 Thes. 1:6-9; Rev. 20:11-15.)

14. We believe in a personal and real Satan who is the originator of sin and who leads a great company of demons, his agents in his unholy purpose. We believe that he is the enemy of God and the enemy of the Christian. We believe that he is the “prince of this age” but will in God’s own time be cast into the lake of fire where he will be punished through all eternity. (Ezek. 28:11-19; Isa. 14:12-17; 1 Pet. 5:8; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; John 8:44, Eph. 2:1, 2; Rev. 20:1-3, 10.)