Statement of Faith
THE FATHER GOD
There is only one true and living God. The Father God is the Creator. God created the heavens, the earth and everything in it. God is all-knowing and all-powerful. God is present everywhere. God is eternal. God is three persons, but one being, He is triune. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in perfect relationship with one another. He has no beginning and no end. God is invisible. God is unchangeable. He is perfect, pure, and loving. God’s will is perfect. God is truth, and therefore He cannot lie.
God desires to draw near to men. He is jealous for the affections and obedience of His people. God rewards those who seek Him earnestly. God is goodness, and He is the giver of all good things to man. Everything that is good comes from God. God is holy. All worship, praise, adoration, and obedience is due to Him. (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 139:1-16, John 1:18, Colossians 1:15, John 4:24, Deuteronomy 6:4, James 4:8, Deuteronomy 4:24, Deuteronomy 5:9, Hebrews 11:6, James 1:17, Isaiah 6:3)
THE HOLY BIBLE
The Holy Bible is the canon of Scripture known as the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Holy Bible is the written Word of God. These Holy Scriptures were actually authored by God as He spoke through men throughout history. God reveals Himself to man through the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is authoritative. The written Word declares God’s design of man, His love for man, and His plans for man and earth.
The Bible is the one and only guideline for faith and practice for Christians. It should be proclaimed and taught regularly in the church. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” God’s written Word is alive and powerful for Christians today. God continues to use the Holy Scriptures to speak to Christians today. (2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 4:4)
Jesus Christ is God the Father’s one and only Son. He is the uncorrupted image of God the Father. The Son was with the Father in the beginning. All things were made through Christ, by Christ and for Christ. Jesus Christ holds all things together. The fullness of God is in Christ. Christ is both fully human and fully God.
Jesus Christ is the savior of the world. Many prophets foretold of a coming Messiah. John the Baptist proclaimed His coming. Angels announced His birth to shepherds. He was born to the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judea. He was tempted by Satan. He lived a sinless life. He performed many miracles. He healed men, raised the dead, drove out demons, and forgave sins. He was despised, rejected, persecuted, blasphemed, and beaten, and then suffered a painful death by crucifixion at the hands of sinful men. But it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him, and God the Father raised Him up on the third day. He then appeared to His disciples, as well as over five hundred people at one time, and also to James and other apostles. Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies foretold by the Old Testament prophets.
Jesus then ascended into heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God the Father. The Son is the only mediator between God and man. Christ’s work is all-sufficient for the redemption of man. Jesus Christ is going to return to judge the earth, and claim His church for Himself, as the final act of His redemptive work. All things are subject to Christ, because God has highly exalted Him above all things. (John 3:16, Colossians 1:15, John 1:3, Colossians 1:16-17, Colossians 1:19, John 1:29, Matthew 1:23, Hebrews 7:26, Acts 10:38, Acts 2:22-24, 1 Corinthians 15:6, Luke 24:39, Acts 1:9, 1 Timothy 3:16, Philippians 2:9)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
God is Spirit. The Spirit of God is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was with God before the foundations of the world. He is the Spirit of truth. The Holy Spirit both inspired and illuminates the Holy Scriptures. He indwells every true believer. He counsels, comforts, and guides believers into all truth. The Holy Spirit convicts men of sin. He empowers believers.
The Spirit of God manifests itself in the life of believers in different kinds of gifts as He determines. The Holy Spirit works to sanctify the believer. Because of the Holy Spirit, the believer experiences the love of God in his heart. Most importantly, the Holy Spirit of God always glorifies the Son of God, Jesus Christ! (Genesis 1:2, John 4:24, John 14:17, Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38, John 16:8, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, Romans 8:4, Romans 5:5, John 16:14)
Man was created in the image of God. In the beginning, God gave man free will. Man sinned against God when Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan. Men and women inherit a sinful nature at birth due to the sin of the first man. No person seeks God on his own, and man is not able to save himself. Without the grace of God, man is totally incapable of responding to the message of Christ. God demonstrated the value of men by creating them in His image and then by sending His perfect Son to die for all mankind. Every person, regardless of ethnicity or gender has equal value, because Christ died for all. (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 3:1-20, 1 Corinthians 15:22, Romans 7:5-8, Galatians 5:17, Romans 3:11, John 6:44)
Because of sin, all men deserve death. Without faith and trust in Christ, all men are separated from God eternally. All persons will face judgment after death. Men without Christ are destined to an eternity in a literal hell. But because of His great love and mercy toward men, God saves men. The saving grace of God is received by faith alone, not by any sort of human effort whatsoever. The Word of God demonstrates that salvation is preceded by repentance. God the Father does not wish for anyone to perish, but desires that all will come to repentance.
The atoning work of Christ on the cross is sufficient for all, and perfectly satisfies God’s wrath against sin and all ungodliness. The Christian places all of his faith in the redemptive work of Christ’s blood. The salvation of God is found in Jesus Christ alone. There is no other way to the Father God except through the Son, Jesus Christ. Salvation is not found in any other name than the name of Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:23, John 3:18, Hebrews 9:27, Ephesians 2:4-5, Acts 2:38, Isaiah 59:20, 2 Peter 3:9, Romans 3:25-26, Ephesians 2:13, John 14:6, Acts 4:12)
The Church, or the body of Jesus Christ, is the group of true believers in Christ. Jesus Christ is the one and only head of the Church. The Church gathers in local, autonomous groups to worship the Head, Jesus Christ, and to encourage one another. Every believer is a part of the body of Christ regardless of ethnicity, gender, or social status. It is the Church’s responsibility to carry out the work of ministry, help those in need, and teach and preach the Word of God. The body of Christ seeks to make disciples of Christ by baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and by teaching them God’s commands. Believers in Christ remember His great sacrifice by partaking of the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, on a frequent basis when they gather together, until Christ’s return. This is commanded by Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12, Colossians 1:18, Hebrews 10:25, 1 Corinthians 12:27, Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25, Matthew 26:26)
At the time that God the Father determines, the end of the age will come. Jesus Christ will return in all His glory with His holy angels to judge the living and the dead. This is the blessed hope for all believers, because those who know God the Father, and Jesus Christ His Son, will enter into eternal life. Those who do not know God and Christ will enter into eternal torment. God will destroy both heaven and earth by fire. Satan and his fallen angels will be permanently and definitively defeated. Finally, God will create a new heaven and a new earth, and He will dwell with redeemed mankind forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 19:11-18, Titus 2:13, John 17:3, John 14:3, John 3:18, Revelation 19:20-21, Revelation 20:10, 2 Peter 3:12, Revelation 21:3, Revelation 21:27)