Statement of faith
The final authority for our beliefs is the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testament. It was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and was written without error in the original manuscripts. It is true and trustworthy in all it affirms and is to be mankind’s rule and guide in every age.
There is but one God, infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love, the Creator of the universe, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses all the attributes of Diety and the characteristics of personality.
God created man in His own image, and man, as he was originally created, was innocent before God. But man chose to sin by disobeying God, and therefore was alienated from his Creator and came under divine condemnation. Thus all human beings are born with a corrupted nature and without spiritual life, and are totally incapable of pleasing God in and of themselves.
God the Father, by His own choice and out of love for sinful men and women, sent Jesus Christ into the world to reconcile sinners to Himself. Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He is God in the flesh, both true God and true man. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and voluntarily suffered and died as our substitute to pay the penalty for our sins, thus satisfying God’s justice accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He arose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He bodily ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, makes intercession for His own. He will return to earth – personally, visibly and bodily – to judge all men and establish his kingdom.
Men and women are freed from the penalty for their sins not as a result, in whole or in part, of their own works, goodness or religious ceremony, but by the undeserved favor of God alone. God declares righteous all who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation.
The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ, to convict men and women of their sins, and to impart new life to all who place their faith in Christ. He indwells believers from the moment of spiritual birth, seals them until the day Christ returns for them and empowers them to live a life pleasing to God.
All who are born again of the Spirit can be fully assured of eternal life from the very moment they put their faith in Christ. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but upon the fact of God’s election, upon Christ’s complete payment for sins and upon the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who is called a deposit which guarantees their future inheritance by God.
THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD:
At physical death, the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits a bodily resurrection to everlasting glory and blessing. At physical death, the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits a bodily resurrection to everlasting suffering, judgment and condemnation.
BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER:
Jesus Christ has instructed those who believe in Him to be baptized in water as a symbol of their new birth in Christ. The Lord also instituted the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of His suffering, death and resurrection. Neither baptism nor the Lord’s Supper have any merit in helping a person obtain eternal life.
All true believers make up the ministry worldwide and should assemble together in local ministries – for worship, prayer, fellowship and teaching – to become conformed to the image of Christ and to become equipped to carry out the “Great Commission” that Christ gave His followers in Matthew 28:19-20.