|STATEMENT OF FAITH|
1. The Bible is our sole guide, and sets forth criteria for a heaven-bound people. We believe that it supremely declares the “Holy Oracles” of God, which our confidence in its profound truth is essential for establishing our faith and religious practices.
2. The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired, the product of holy men of ancient times who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:21). The Bible is the revelation of God to man, the inerrant, authoritative guide for faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13).
3. The Triune Godhead – The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternal, self-existent, immutable, “I Am”, the Creator of the universe and the Redeemer of mankind (Deut. 6:4, Ex. 3:14, Isa. 43:10,11). God has further revealed Himself as a Triune Being, but manifested in three personalities as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Isa. 48:16; Matt 28:19, Luke 3:22). God the Father is greater than all (John 14:28), the Source and Begetter of the Word (John 1:14, 16:28). No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared him (John 1:18). The Son is the Word, God incarnate, the One begotten and existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1, 14, 18), being co-equal with God (Phil. 2:6). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from God the Father (John 14:26, 15:26), God the Son (John 16:7), and is eternal (John 14:16), being promised by Christ from the Father to all cleansed believers (John 14:16, 17).
4. The Holy Trinity – The term “Trinity” while not found in the Scripture, is a term that conforms to the Scriptures. The New Testament teachings of Christ express a relationship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and yet the “Trinity” is incomprehensible and inexplicable (Luke 1:35, I Cor. 1:24, Matt. 11: 25-27, 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14, 1 John 1:3, 4).
5. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ – The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, is divine, and shares in the Deity of God as the second person of the Holy Trinity (Matt. 1:23, John 5:22, 23, 2 John 3, Heb 1:1-3).
6. Original Sin and the Fall of Man – Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God; for God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (Gen. 1:26, 27). However, the first man, Adam, by his transgression fell, and thus sin entered into the world resulting in physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God (Gen. 1:26, 27; 2:17; 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12-19). For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). As it is written there is none righteous, no not one (Rom. 3; 10).
7. The Salvation of Man – Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Christ, the Son of God (Luke 24:47). Salvation is received through repentance (i.e. a change of heart, attitude, mind towards God) and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Rom. 5:8-13; 10:9; Jas. 1:21;Eph. 2:8). The Spirit bears witness inwardly that we are saved (Rom. 8:16), while there is definite evidence outwardly of a consecrated life of righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:24; Titus 2:12). We believe that eternal life in heaven is the reward of the righteous (Matt. 24:13; Mark 13:13).
8. The Church – is the Body of Christ (1Cor. 12:12-27), not intended to be the edifice or institution, but the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and the Church of the firstborn, which was written in heaven (Eph. 1:22, 23; 2:22; Heb. 12:23).
9. The Mission of the Church – Since God’s purpose concerning mankind is to seek and save that which is lost (Luke 19:10), to be worshiped by all mankind and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the mission of the Church is:
a. To be an agencyfor evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19, 20; Mark 16: 15, 16).
b. To be a corporate body (i.e. The Local Church) in which man may worship God ( 1 Cor. 12:13).
c. To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 12:28; 14:12).
d. To uphold the holy union of marriage as God ordained from the beginning between a man and a woman.
10. Second Coming of Christ – includes the catching away (rapture) of the Church (saints) (1 Thess. 4:16,17); followed by the actual, visible return of Christ with His saints to reign with Him on earth for one thousand years (Zech. 14:5; Matt. 24:27, 30; Rev 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6). This Millennial Reign will bring salvation to national Israel (Ezek. 37:21, 22; Zeph 3:19, 20; Rom. 11:26, 27), and the establishment of universal peace (Isa. 11:6-9, Ps. 72: 3-8; Mic. 4:3, 4).
11. The Final Judgment – Is when the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimestone which is the second death (Matt. 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).
12. The New Heavens and the New Earth – We, according to His promise, look for a new earth wherein dwells righteousness (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1).