The Church’s statement of faith describes our theological beliefs on key aspects of faith. Centered in Christ and His message, ours is a biblical theology rather than a theology that is speculative, subjective, or merely rooted in tradition. These beliefs are derived directly from Scripture (both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible).
In our essential beliefs we have unity, in non-essential beliefs we have liberty, in all things we love everyone always.
About the Bible
We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are entirely originated by God. God inspired the writing of the Scriptures by human authors through the power of His Holy Spirit. The Bible speaks with the authority of God while simultaneously reflecting the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of these human authors. Holy Scripture is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It reveals the January, 2015 3 principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. There are no other writings similarly inspired by God. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.
We believe there is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
About God the Father
We believe God is the eternal Father who reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in his attitude toward all.
About God the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men and women to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts the world about sin, righteousness and judgment. He calls all people to the Savior, and effects regeneration. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. His presence is manifested in the believer by the fruit of the Spirit. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the assurance of God to bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
We believe humans were created by the special act of God, in His own image, and are the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning we were innocent of sin and were endowed by the Creator with freedom of choice. By our free choice we sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan we transgressed the command of God, and fell from our original innocence; whereby our posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin, and as soon as we are capable of moral action become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring us into His holy fellowship and enable us to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created us in His own image, and in that Christ died for all humanity; therefore every person possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
We believe salvation involves the redemption of the whole person, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.