Statement of Faith

The Bible
We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God, that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error. We believe that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union. We believe that the scriptures should be interpreted according to the plain meaning of the words used in the light of proper grammar and as found in the historical setting of the times. Yet God’s word is forever relevant and applicable to our current circumstances.
II Tim 3:16,17; II Peter 1: 19-21; Psalm 119:160; I Thess 2: 13; John 17: 17


God
We believe in one holy, omniscient, sovereign, eternal, loving God existing as three equal persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is the creator, sustainer, and infallible judge of all.
Genesis 1:1; John 10:30: John 4: 24; Deut 6:4; Psalm 139; Matt 28: 19; Col 1: 16,17; Rev 20: 11-15; Heb 9:14


Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became a sinless man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin that He might reveal God and redeem sinful mankind. This redemption was accomplished through His atoning blood, death on the cross and made sure to us by His physical resurrection. He ascended into Heaven to make intercession for those who believe in Him, will return for His Church and following the great tribulation, will establish His Kingdom upon earth.
John 1:1; John 1:14; John 1:18; Matt 28:6; Isaiah 7:14; Phil. 2:6-8; Hebrews 4:15; Romans 5:6-11; Rev 20: 1-6; Matt 28:6; I Cor 15; Heb 7:25; I Thess 4: 15-18; Thess 1:10


Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, comes to indwell the believers at the moment of faith. We believe in the work of the Holy Spirit in the regeneration, sanctification and in the maintaining of good works in the believer and in the giving of gifts to be used for the edification and perfecting of the Church. We believe that signs and wonders were given to authenticate ministry to the first-century church, but today the greatest authentication of ministry is found in the resurrection of Christ, the Scriptures and in born-again believers. We recognize that God in His sovereign wisdom and power still performs the miraculous.
Act 2; 1-4; Act 2: 16-32; John 3: 3-8; I Cor 12: 1-11; Eph 4:1-13; John 16: 7-15; Eph 4: 23-32; Titus 3:5


Humanity
We believe that Adam and Eve, our first parents, were divinely created in the image of God, that they sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death for all mankind.
Genesis 1: 26-28; Genesis 2: 7; Genesis 2: 18-25; Genesis 3: 1-24; Romans 5: 12-21


Salvation
We believe that salvation is never obtained by personal effort or works, but is the gift of God made available to all sinful individuals by grace, and received solely through repentance and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. All who believe in Him are justified by the merit of His shed blood and shall be eternally kept. Believers may fall into sin, neglect, and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the cause of Christ, and temporal judgments on themselves. Yet victory is to be realized through godly sorrow for sin, confession and living in submission to the Holy Spirit.
Romans 10: 9-13; John 1: 12; Eph 2: 8,9; John 10: 28,29; John 3:16; I Peter 1: 3-5; I Tim 2: 4-6; I John 1: 6-10; Eph 4: 22-32; Romans 6: 11-13; Gal 5: 16-26; Titus 3: 5-7


Satan
We believe in the existence of the person of Satan. He is the enemy of God and the tempter of all people. Satan’s ultimate goal is to overthrow God. He is a liar and deceiver and works to prevent the salvation of the lost and destroy the believer’s witness and testimony. He was conquered by Christ’s death and resurrection and will one day be cast with his angels into the lake of fire forever.
I Peter 5:8; Rev 12:9; Isaiah 14: 12-15; Jude 1:6; Luke 10:18; II Peter 2-4; I Thess 2: 18; Rev 20: 10; I Cor 4:4; Job 1: 6-12


The Church
We believe in a universal church comprised of all Believers in Jesus Christ who are in Heaven and on Earth at any particular time. A local church must be a company of born again believers baptized by immersion, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the word, the observance of the ordinances of Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s supper, for mutual edification and encouragement and for the maintenance and spread of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The officers of the church function together under Jesus Christ, the only head, and include pastors (elders or bishops) and deacons. Each local church is autonomous with every member serving as a believer priest in praise, prayer and according to one’s spiritual gift and choice.
Act 2: 41,42; I Cor 11:2; Matt 28:19; I Tim. 3: 1-13; Titus 1: 5-9; Col. 1:18,19; Heb. 10:19-25


LifeStyle
We believe God’s Word clearly demands that believers live a holy life by God’s Spirit that is apart from fleshly pleasures and questionable practices which are harmful to oneself and a hindrance to others. We further believe that Christians should neither marry unbelievers nor contract any legal alliances with them.
I Peter 1: 13-16; Gal. 5:16-26; II Cor 6: 14-18; Romans 14: 21,22; Romans 12: 1,2


Lord's Day
We believe that God instituted a seventh day of rest and worship for people under Old Testament law and that the Lord Jesus Christ kept that day during His earthly life. But with Christ’s resurrection, the birth of the church at Pentecost, and the first day of the week being used by the early church, Sunday, or the Lord’s Day, became the new day set aside for man’s good and God’s honour.
Exodus 20: 8-11; Matt 28: 1-6; Acts 20:7; I Cor 16: 1,2; Rev 1:10


Future Events
We believe in the rapture of the church and the premillennial Second Coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The dead shall be resurrected and with the living be judged by God to determine their eternal destiny. All Believers will enter into eternal blessedness and all unbelievers into eternal punishment and separation from God.
John 14: 3; I Cor 15: 51-58; I Thess. 4: 13-18;Rev 4: 1-10; Matt. 24: 1-31; Luke 21: 5-28; Rev 20: 1-15;Luke 16: 19-31; Rev 19:11-20


Civil Government
We believe that civil government is ordained of God for the interest and good order of society and that civil authorities are to be prayed for, honoured, and obeyed except in things opposed to the revealed will of God. We are persuaded that civil government is to remain distinct and separate from churches so that freedom of worship and promoting one’s faith may be exercised.
Romans 13: 1-6;Act 5: 29; I Tim 2: 1-4  

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