STATEMENT OF FAITH
Number 1: We affirm our belief in the one-eternal God, Creator and Lord of the world, manifested in three persons and being co-equal, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who governs all things according to the purpose of His will. He has been calling out from the world a people for Himself, and sending His people back into the world to be His servants and His witnesses, for the extension of His Kingdom, the building up of Christ’s body, and the glory of His Name. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 40:28; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:18-19; Luke 3:22; John 14:16; John 17:6, 18; Acts 15:14; Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 4:12)
Number 2: We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written Word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We also affirm the power of God’s Word to accomplish His purpose of salvation. The message of the Bible is addressed to all men and women, for God’s revelation in Christ and in Scripture is unchangeable. Through it the Holy Spirit still speaks today. He illumines the minds of God’s people in every culture to perceive its truth freshly through their own eyes and thus discloses to the whole Church ever more of the many-colored wisdom of God. (Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 5:17-18; John 10:35; John 16:13; Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:17-18; Ephesians 3:10,18; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21; Jude 3)
Number 3: We affirm that there is only one Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the eternal Son of God. We furthermore affirm:
His deity (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1, 14; John 20:28-29; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 2:9)
His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:34-35)
His sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 7:26-27; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5)
His miracles (Matthew 4:23; Luke 6:17-19; John 3:2)
His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood (Colossians 1:14, 20; Romans 5:8-9; Ephesians 1:7)
His bodily resurrection from the dead (Luke 24:4-7, 36-48; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Revelation 1:17-18)
His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:23-36; Acts 5:30-31; 1 Peter 3:22)
His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:1-3)
To proclaim Jesus as “Savior of the world” is not to affirm that all people are either automatically or ultimately saved and DOES NOT affirm that all religions offer salvation in Christ; rather it is to proclaim God’s love for a world of sinners, that Jesus died for all, and to invite everyone to respond to Him as Savior and Lord in the wholehearted personal commitment of repentance and faith.
Number 4: We affirm that human beings, though created in the image of God, are fallen and their only hope of redemption is through the work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, justification by faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man. (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:6: John 3:3-7; Acts 4:12; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 3:10, 23-25; Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 2:1-16; 1 John 5:11-13; Revelation 5:9)
Number 5: We affirm the multifaceted work of the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin, revelation of the truth of the Gospel of Christ, drawing of the person to God, adoption of humanity into the Body of Christ through regeneration, and the distribution and administration of the Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life. Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit to empower them for Christian witness and service, which is subsequent to the new birth. With this experience comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and their use in the work of the ministry. Deriving from the Luke-Acts narrative, we furthermore affirm that the normative confirmation of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit gives utterance. (Psalm 67:1-3; Psalm 85:4-7; Mark 16:20; Luke 24:49; John 3:6-8; John 7:37-39; John 15:26-27; John 16:8-11; Acts 1:4; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 2:42-43; Acts 4:8; Acts 8:12-17; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 11:14-16; Acts 15:7-9; Acts 19:1-7; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 1 Corinthians 14:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22-23; Hebrews 12:28)
Number 6: We affirm the belief in healing for the whole person as a central element of God’s work of salvation. Healing was illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to fellow believers. It is also part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. God heals through both natural and supernatural means. (2 Kings 5:1-19; Psalm 103:1-5; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 8:17; Matthew 9:18-35; Mark 16:18; John 4:46-54; Acts 5:12-16; Acts 9:32-42; Acts 14:8-15; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; James 5:13-16; 1 Peter 2:24)
Number 7: We affirm that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the sacraments of the church commanded by Christ. They are tokens of our profession of Christian faith and signs of God’s gracious ministry toward us. By them, He works within us to quicken, strengthen, and confirm our faith.
WATER BAPTISM by immersion is a symbol of the new covenant of grace and signifies acceptance of the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 3:1-7; Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:37-41; Acts 8:35-39; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 16:29-34; Acts 19:1-6; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:26-28; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:18-22)
THE LORD’S SUPPER is a symbol of our redemption by Christ’s death and of our hope in His victorious return, as well as a sign of the love that Christians have for each other. To such as receive it humbly, with a proper spirit and by faith, the Lord’s Supper is made a means through which God communicates grace to the heart. (Exodus 12:1-14; Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20; John 6:28-58; 1 Corinthians 10:14-21; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32; 2 Peter 1:4)
Number 8: We affirm that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, in power and glory, to consummate His Kingdom, in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those who are lost unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire.
(Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:8)
Number 9: We affirm that God is both the Creator and the Judge of all people. We therefore should share His concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of men and women from every kind of oppression. Because men and women are made in the image of God, every person, regardless of race, rank, sex, and age has an intrinsic dignity because of which he or she should be respected and served, not exploited. When people receive Christ they are born again into His Kingdom and must seek not only to exhibit but also to spread its righteousness in the midst of an unrighteous world. The salvation we claim should be transforming us in the totality of our personal and social responsibilities. Faith without works is dead. (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 18:25; Leviticus 19:18; Isaiah 1:17; Psalm 45:7; Matthew 5:20; Matthew 6:33; Luke 6:27,35; John 3:3,5; Acts 17:26, 31; James 2:14-26; James 3:9; 2 Corinthians 3:18)
Number 10: We affirm that the church is intended by God to be a sign of His Kingdom, that is, an indication of what human community looks like when it comes under His rule of righteousness and peace. As with individuals, so with churches, the gospel has to be embodied if it is to be communicated effectively. To this end we resolve that church is not somewhere we go but rather church is who we are and it is through our love for one another that the invisible God reveals himself today, especially when our fellowship transcends divisive barriers. The prime agency for the work of God’s Kingdom is the local church functioning under the sovereignty of our Lord Jesus Christ. Every Christian congregation is a local expression of the Body of Christ and has the same responsibilities. It is both "a holy priesthood" to offer God the spiritual sacrifices of worship and "a holy nation" to spread abroad His excellences in witness. The church is thus both a worshipping and a witnessing community gathered and scattered, called and sent. Worship and witness are inseparable. (Luke 12:32; John 17:6-23; John 13:34-35; Acts 2:47; Acts 19:9-10; Acts 13:1-3; Acts 14:26-28; Romans 14:17; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Galatians 3:28; Philippians 1:27; Philippians 2:14-16; Colossians 1:3-8; Colossians 3:11; 1 Thessalonians 1:5, 8-10; 1 Peter 2:5,9; 1 John 4:12)