Statement of Faith
THE HOLY BIBLE
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. It is inspired, infallible, and inerrant (Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and coeternal (Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 3:7-11; 1 John 5:7).
GOD THE FATHER
God the Father is the first person of the Trinity, Creator of the universe. He is the Father of Jesus, and Father of everyone who trusts in His Son, whom He sent into the world to redeem humankind (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 3:17; John 1:1, 12, 3:16; Galatians 3:26).
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit, in the virgin Mary’s womb, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for humankind and as a result, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day, ascended to the right hand of God the Father, and will return again in power and glory. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:27-35; 3:21-22; John 1:1, 14, 3:31-32, 36, 14:6, 20:28; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5, 3:16).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He possesses all the distinct attributes of deity and personality. He is called the Comforter and the Spirit of Truth. He does not call attention to Himself and is ever-present to bring glory to, and testify of, Jesus Christ. He is active today, convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates, seals, and sets the believer apart to a holy life. At the moment of salvation, each believer is permanently indwelled by the Holy Spirit (John 14:17, 26; 15:26, 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11; 12:11; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus Christ’s blood shed on the Cross of Calvary is 100% sufficient to cleanse humankind of all sin. All those who believe in Jesus Christ and receive Him as their personal Savior and Lord are free from the penalty of sin, which is death (John 1:29; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9).
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:22).
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in a Believer. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Hebrews 2:11).
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts may occur in various combinations and always operate in harmony with the Scriptures (Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6, Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12, 14; Ephesians 4; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Peter 4:10).