STATEMENT OF FAITH
We have divided our Statement of Faith in to two classifications.
1. Essential beliefs that cannot be negotiated by any who would call themselves “Christian.”
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
About Jesus Christ:
We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious suffering, the forgiveness of sin through His sacrifice on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, and that He is coming again in power and glory.
About the Bible:
We believe the Bible in its entirety to be the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and conduct (II Timothy 3:16,17).
We believe that salvation is based on an individual decision of receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior according to Romans 10:9-17 and not trusting in our own goodness – which falls far short of what would be necessary without a Savior.
2. The following are doctrines particular to our understanding of scripture. We firmly believe these to be taught in scripture and should be understood and practiced by all Christians, but realize that they are not essential for a life-giving relationship with God.
About God’s Promise:
We believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ not only paid for our sins, but also obtained healing for our bodies and mental peace for our souls (Isaiah 53:3-5).
About the Holy Spirit:
We believe in the present-day ministry of the Holy Spirit. That includes the Bible teaching of the infilling of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 2:1-4), the fruit of the Spirit being developed in every believer’s life (Galatians 5:22,23) and the gifts of the Spirit in manifestation today (I Corinthians 12:4-10).
About Baptism and Communion:
We believe that water baptism and communion, although not required for salvation (I Corinthians 1:14), were commanded by our Lord Jesus and therefore should be experienced by every believer (Matthew 28:19).
About Daily Conduct:
We believe, as a Christian, that our daily behavior should line up with God’s Word (II Corinthians 7:1). That would involve sharing the Good News of God’s love and plan with others as commanded in Matthew 28:19-20, tithing (10%) our income to the work of our Lord (Proverbs 3:9), and in learning (and doing) what the Bible teaches (II Timothy 2:15).