Statement of Faith

The Trinity

We believe there are three persons in one God: God the Father, God the Son (Who is Jesus the Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.

 

The Dual Nature of Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is both fully God and fully human, and, therefore, the only mediator between God and us.


Holy Scripture

We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, therefore, we teach nothing that is contrary to the clear and consistent teaching of the Bible. Where the Bible may not be clear (e.g., infant Baptism), we then look to how the Holy Spirit has guided the Christian Church over the centuries and we pray in the Name of Jesus Christ for divine guidance today.
 

The Nicene Creed

We believe that the fourth century Nicene Creed continues to be the defining statement of belief for all Christians.


The Great Commandment

We believe God loves each of us as we are, and that the necessary response to the love of God is to know, love and serve God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength, through worship and obedience, and to love our neighbor as our self. Thus, we seek and serve Christ in all persons, strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.


Salvation

We believe all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, that the consequence of sin is death (separation from God), and that eternal life is by grace alone (it is a free gift that cannot be earned), through faith in Jesus Christ alone.


Saving Faith

 
We believe that faith in Jesus Christ, which is our salvation, is to know the truth about the person and work of Christ, to repent and accept that truth as our own, and to live our lives according to that truth. To accept Jesus Christ as our Savior is to believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and was bodily raised by God from the dead. To accept Jesus Christ as Lord of our life is to seek to do what God wants in all things rather than what we want.
 

Spiritual Warfare

We renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness which seek to corrupt and destroy the creatures of God, and, protected by the whole armor of God and equipped with the Word of God (the sword of the Spirit), we persevere in resisting evil.


The Sacraments

We believe that Baptism (immersion in water or sprinkling with water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) is the New Covenant equivalent of circumcision, and, therefore, is the normal rite of initiation by which we become children of God and heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven. If baptized as an infant, each person must personally confirm their acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, when they come of age. Furthermore, we believe the bread and wine of Holy Communion is the body and blood of Christ, because Jesus said it is. Holy Communion means that all who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are invited to come forward to the altar and receive the sacrament.


The Great Commission

We believe the Christ-given mission of the Church, until He returns again, is to make disciples of all nations; to preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins and the coming of the Kingdom of God, to teach people to obey all that God has commanded, and to heal every disease and every infirmity, as we are each empowered and gifted by the Holy Spirit of God.