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Doctrine / Statement of Faith

The Bible

The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of saving faith and obedience. The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:17-18; I Thessalonians 2:13; I Corinthians 14:37

The Trinity

The God of the Bible is one in essence, yet revealed in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three Persons are the same in substance, equal in power and glory. God is our Creator, Ruler, Redeemer, and Judge. Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14

The Father – First Person of the Trinity

God, the Father, is the first Person of the Godhead. He is eternal, infinite spirit, and the Sovereign Ruler over all creation, both visible and invisible. Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14; Psalm 24:1; John 8:28-29; Ephesians 1:3-11

The Son – Second Person of the Trinity

Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death and was raised bodily from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father as King of kings and Lord of lords. Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:34-35; John 10:29-33; Philippians 2:6-7

The Holy Spirit – Third Person of the Trinity

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is given to every believer at conversion as the Indwelling Comforter, Guide, and Helper. Genesis 1:1-2; John 14:16; John 15:26-27; John 16:7-11; Romans 8:9; Titus 3:5

The Fall

Man was created in a state of sinlessness, but he voluntarily broke God’s law, and both sin and death entered the world. As a result, every person lives under the bondage of sin and the threat of eternal separation from God. No one is able to save himself. Consequently, without saving faith in Jesus Christ, everyone is under condemnation. Genesis 3:1-3; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1; Hebrews 2:9; II Corinthians 5:21; I Timothy 2:5-6; Romans 3:21-26

Salvation

Through His mercy and grace, God provided redemption in the work of Jesus Christ, who in His death took upon Himself the guilt and condemnation of His people and in His resurrection broke the power of sin and death. Only through His finished work can man be justified by faith, adopted into the family of God, and assured of eternal life. Hebrews 2:9; II Corinthians 5:21; I Timothy 2:5-6; Romans 3:21-26

Christian Life

God’s requirement for every believer is to live by loving God and consistently obeying His commands. John 14:21; John 15:5; I Peter 1:13-19; I John 2:4-6

Gender

God created mankind in His own image, and He created mankind as male or female. Mankind is not androgynous nor can male or female be changed from one to another. Genesis 1:27

Marriage

God created marriage to be the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment and declared that such marriage should be honored by all. Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:18, 21-25; 1 Corinthians 7:2-4; Hebrews 13:4

The Gospel

The Gospel is the Good News that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, died an atoning death, and was raised bodily from the dead to redeem sinners from the guilt of sin and fear of death. This redemption causes the sinner to be born again. He trusts Jesus Christ alone for salvation, receives a new spiritual nature, and is assured of eternal life. I Corinthians 15:1-9; John 3:3; Romans 5:1-2; I Peter 3:18

The Church

Jesus Christ has a body on this earth which is His Church. She is made up of His people. He is the Head of the Church and has commissioned her to make disciples from all nations. Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 3:10; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-16

The Return of Christ

Christ will personally return in glory to execute final judgement. The unrighteous will be condemned to endless punishment in Hell and the righteous will enter into endless joy in Heaven. John 14:3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16

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