Statement of Faith

The Bible

We believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, written by man yet inspired and directed by the Holy Spirit. (2Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)  

God

We believe in one God who exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22)

Jesus

We believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, that he is both God and man, that he was sinless, and that he performed many miracles.  Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the dead so that sins could be forgiven.  Jesus ascended into a heaven to be with the Father, but he will some day return to earth in power and glory. (Philippians 2:5-6, Luke 1:26-38, Hebrews 7:26, Acts 2:22; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Matthew 28:6; Acts 1:9-11)

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every Christian and that He provides the power for living a life that pleases God.  The Holy Spirit guides the believer to what is true and strengthens him or her to resist what is not from God.  The Holy Spirit gives each believer spiritual gifts for the building up of His church.  We are filled by the Holy Spirit when we yield to God’s authority in our life and ask Him to fill us.  (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12; Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-13)  

Mankind

We believe that all people are created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him but became alienated in that relationship through sin, rebelling against God’s will.  Therefore, a person is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his or her own effort alone. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:8-9)

Salvation

We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ provides the only basis for the forgiveness of sin.  Therefore, only those who place their faith in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross will be saved.  When a person believes in Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives that person a brand new life and he or she is born anew. (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Galatians 4:6)

The Church

The church’s primary purpose is to bring glory to God, and this is accomplished primarily through evangelizing the world, making disciples, and equipping others for ministry. (Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-28; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 4:11-16; Matthew 28:18-20)