Statement of Faith and Guiding Principles
A. In essential beliefs – we have unity “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3
B. In non-essential beliefs – we have liberty “Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.” 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.” 19 “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” 22 “So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves.” Romans 14:1, 4, 19, 22
C. In all our beliefs – we show love. “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” I Corinthians 13:2
A. About God: We believe that God exists eternally and that He manifests Himself in three persons…God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that the universe originated by the creative act of God as revealed in scripture. (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Psalm 90:2; Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, John 1:1-3)
B. About Jesus Christ (Son of God): We believe in the deity, humanity and redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, was crucified, buried, and rose bodily from the grave. We believe in his ascension to the right hand of the Father and that He will come again to this world to reign in righteousness. We believe that Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. (Luke 1:30- 35; John 14:6; I Thessalonians 4:16-17, Colossians 1:13-20, 1 Timothy 2:5)
C. About the Holy Spirit: We believe that a person is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ at the time of conversion; this baptism results in a believer being filled and supernaturally empowered for service through spiritual gifts. (I Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9-17; John 16:7-13; Galatians 5:25; John 14:16-17)
D. About the Bible: We believe that the Bible is our supreme authority, and it is sufficient as our only rule of faith and practice. The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit and it is truth without any mixture of error. (II Timothy 3:16; Revelation 22:19; Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 119:105, 160; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
E. About Salvation: We believe that forgiveness of sin, salvation, and new life is made possible by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. This salvation is by grace, through faith, and by the appropriation of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:2)
F. About Eternity: We believe there shall be a resurrection of the saved to eternal life and a resurrection of the unsaved to eternal punishment in hell. Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. (John 3:16; 1 John 5:11-13; John 10:29; Romans 6:23, John 5:24-25, 28-29)
G. About Sexuality: We believe that God creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complimentary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. (Genesis 1:26-27). We believe that any form of sexual immorality is sinful. (Matthew 15:18-20, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
H. About Marriage: We believe that marriage has only one meaning, the uniting of one man and one woman as delineated in scripture. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. (Genesis 2:18-25, 1 Corinthians 6:18, 7:2-5, Hebrews 13:4)
I: About the Sanctity of Life: We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. We believe we are called to defend, protect, and value all human life. Psalm 139.