i) AUTHORITY OF STATEMENT OF FAITH-This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and the doctrinal position of this church, and therefore, is binding upon all members. Furthermore, in matters of dispute, the Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal, grammatical historical meaning. This means we do not believe the Bible contradicts itself and passages that are difficult to interpret should be interpreted in light of those passages whose interpretation is unmistakable
THE BIBLE-We believe the Bible to be the inerrant, infallible and God inspired (both verbally and plenary), and therefore is the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete divine written revelation of God to man. (Matt. 5:17-19; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Rev. 22:18-19)
i) THE GODHEAD-We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes in perfection, yet distinct in manifestation and ministry. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 1:1-5; Acts 5:3-4; 1 John 5:7)
ii) THE NATURE OF MAN-We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is eternal separation from the Holy God. We believe that all mankind is born with a sin nature and is accountable before God and without excuse. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:23, 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 4:17-19)
iii) SALVATION-We believe that salvation is completely the work of God apart from any human merit. Jesus Christ paid the penalty for sin by His substitutionary death and bodily resurrection. By faith in Jesus Christ alone, a lost sinner who repents and asks for forgiveness, is forgiven of his/her sins, is eternally secured as a child of God, and given all that he/she needs for spiritual life, including direct access to God through Christ, but not license to sin. We further believe that salvation results in a godly compassion and concern for the lost, righteous living, good works, and proper social concern. (John 1:12, 10:27-30; Rom. 3:24-28, 5:1, 6:1-13; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8-10; James 2:14-22; 1 John 3:14-19)
iv) THE CHURCH
(1) We believe in the invisible (universal) and the visible (local) nature of the Church. The former is composed of people from every tribe, race and culture who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The latter is a group of believers who meet together for worship, instruction, fellowship and ministry. The Church is the body of Christ on earth with Jesus as its head. As the body of Christ the Church is to live in unity among its members while celebrating our unique diversity of gifts, backgrounds and cultures.
We believe the visible (local) church gathers to celebrate God’s presence, communicate God’s Word, fellowship with God’s family, educate God’s people and demonstrate God’s love. We also believe that Christ gave His Church the ordinances of Believers Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.