Statement of Faith

Inspiration of scripture – We believe that the entire Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit; that it is inerrant in the original writings, authentic in its matter, authoritative in its counsels; that it is the final authority for faith and practice for all men of all ages and is the standard by which all men shall be judged.

God, His existence and nature – We believe in one God, who is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, infinitely perfect and eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Creation – We believe in God as creator and sustainer of all things. We accept the Genesis account of creation as an historical fact and literally true.

Fall of Man – We believe that man was created in the likeness and image of God and by disobedience brought depravity and death upon humanity; thus, he inherits a sinful nature and needs to be redeemed.

Jesus Christ and Redemption – We believe in Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God, born of a Virgin; that He is the perfect Lamb of God, who died and shed His blood to make atonement for the sins of man and rose for our justification that through repentance and faith we might be saved.

The person and work of the Holy Spirit – We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit; that he convicts of sin,effects the new birth, gives guidance in life, empowers for service, and enables perseverance in faith and holiness.

The Institution of the Church – We believe that the church is the body of Christ, a brotherhood of the redeemed, a disciplined people, obedient to the Word of God; that Christ commissioned her to go into all the world to make disciples of all men and minister to human need.

New Testament Ordinances – We believe that the New Testament ordinances are for the Christian: that baptism be administered upon the confession of faith; that communion be observed as a memorial of Christ’s death and coming again; that feet washing be observed literally by the saints; that the holy kiss be practiced as an expression of Christian love; that the Christian woman be veiled; that anointing of oil be administered to the sick for healing, to those who call for it in faith; and that marriage be the union of one man and one woman for life, with Christians marrying “only in the Lord.”

The Christian’s relation to society – We believe that the state is ordained of God to maintain order in society; that it is the Christian’s duty to honor and pray for those in authority; that Christ’s disciples are to refrain from carnal force in human relations and that Christians are to show love for all men.

Satan – His person and work – We believe that Satan is the personal enemy of God; that he is the deceiver of mankind, and that he is at work in men, promoting evil and seeking to draw them away from God.

Return of Christ – We believe in the imminent return of Christ to receive the righteous unto himself, that he will judge the world in righteousness, and bring to fulfillment the restitution of all things unto God.

The Final Consummation – We believe in Hell as the place of eternal punishment for the devil, his angels and the unrighteous, and that God has prepared Heaven as the place for the righteous to enjoy His fullness and glory eternally in His presence.