Faith Statement

file000834886879WE BELIEVE:

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

Mankind is made in the image of God. Although people have the potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This sin nature separates people from God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead on the third day to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15)

Salvation is a gift from God. No one can ever make up for his or her sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can a person be saved from sin’s penalty. The moment someone receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith, that individual receives eternal life. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26)

There is only one mediator between human beings and God: Christ Jesus. With the acceptance of Jesus’ death on the cross, believers have direct and immediate access to the throne room of God. Christians have no need for mediators because their relationship with God is direct and personal. (1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 3:12)

The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides all Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truths, and guidance in living according to God’s will. Faithful believers seek to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:3; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)

The Bible is God’s Word to all people. Written by human authors, it was created by the divine inspiration of God, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. (2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5)

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