Our Statement of Faith
The Bible is The Word of God
We fully believe that the Bible is God’s Word given by divine inspiration and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity. It is trustworthy, sufficient, and without error – the supreme authority and guide for all doctrine and conduct. The true interpretation of God’s Word brings believers into an intimate relationship with Him by shaping and maturing them into His likeness.
I Peter 1: 23-25; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Timothy 3:16; John 20:31; I John 5:9-12; Matthew 4:4; I Peter 2:2
One living and true God
We believe in the one true and living God, perfect in wisdom, sovereignty, holiness, justice, mercy, and love. He exists eternally in three co-equal persons who act together in creation, providence, and redemption.
I Timothy 1:12; Psalm 86:15; Deuteronomy 32:3-4; Genesis 1:26; I Peter 1:2; Hebrews 1:1-3
The Father reigns with providential care over all life and history in the created universe; He hears and answers prayers. He initiated salvation by sending His Son, and He is the Father to those who, by faith, accept His Son as Lord and Savior.
I Chronicles 29:11-13; Matthew 7:11; I John 4:9-10; John 3:16; John 1:12; Acts 16:3
The Son became man, Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Being fully God and fully man, He revealed God through His sinless life, miracles, and parabolic teachings. He provided salvation through His death and bodily resurrection. The Son is the mediator between believers and the Father, as he states that no one gets to the Father except through Him.
I Corinthians 15:3-4; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:23-25; John 14:9; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 4:23-24; John 1:14; Matthew 1:18; . Romans 8:34; John 14-23; Philippians 2:5-11
The Holy Spirit inspired men to write the Scriptures (II Peter 1:21). Through this Word, He reveals the sinful natures of the world and draws them to the Savior. The Holy Spirit is the teacher and the counselor who bears witness to the newness of life in every believer. By regeneration and conversion, the believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit indwells, seals, and gives spiritual gifts to all believers for ministry in the church and society.
James 1:18; John 16:7-11; I Thessalonians 1:5-6; Romans 8:16; Romans 8:9-11; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 12:6-8; I Peter 4:10
God created spiritual beings
We believe God created spiritual beings, namely angels to serve Him and do His will. The holy angels are obedient spirits tasked with ministering to the heirs of salvation and glorifying God. Angels are divine beings who bring messages from God with the ultimate goal of restoration. Certain angels called demons, Satan being their leader, through deliberate choice revolted and fell from their exalted position. They now tempt individuals to rebel against God, and their destiny in hell has been sealed by Christ’s victory over sin and death.
Hebrews 1:6-7, 13-14; Psalm 148:1-5; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 2:14; I Timothy 4:1; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:7-9; Revelation 20:10
God created man
We believe God created man in His own image to have fellowship with Him and to be a steward over His creation. Through temptation, Adam chose to disobey God; this brought sin, death, and suffering to the human race and all creation. Therefore, everyone is born with a sinful nature and needs to be reconciled to God. Satan tempts people to rebel against God, even those who love Him. Nonetheless, everyone is personally responsible to God for thoughts, actions, and beliefs and has the right to approach Him through Jesus Christ, the only mediator.
Genesis 1:26-28; Romans 14:12; Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21, 8:22; Ephesians 4:27; II Corinthians 2:11; Matthew 16:23; I Timothy 2:5; Romans 3:9-18,23
We believe salvation is redemption of the whole person from sin and death through Christ. Salvation is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Scripture states that God is at enmity with the carnal mind. It is through the process of revelation that our minds are transformed and renewed. As a child of God, the believer is acquitted of all guilt and brought into a new relationship of peace. Christians grow as the Holy Spirit enables them to understand and obey the Word of God.
II Timothy 1:9-10; I Thessalonians 5:23; II Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:15; I Thessalonians 3:12; I Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 20:21; Romans 5:1
The church is the body of Christ
We believe that Christ is the head and the Church is the body, as all who believe in Him are His members. Christians are commanded to be baptized upon profession of faith and to unite with a local church for mutual encouragement and growth in discipleship through worship, service, and the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. The body of Christ is bonded by the Spirit of God who unites us through the great calling of faith and belief in the true Word. We believe that there is only one truth upon which we are connected to the true vine (Jesus), as taught by the earliest Christians.
Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 12:4-5; Acts 2:41-42, 47; Luke 24:45-48; Ephesians 4:4
We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and the new earth. The certain hope of the Christian is that Jesus Christ will return to the earth suddenly, personally, and visibly in glory according to His promise. The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge mankind in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to the everlasting punishment originally prepared for the devil and his angels. The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and dwell eternally with the Lord.
Ephesians 1:9-10; Revelation 21:1; Philippians 3:20-21; Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:7, 3:11; John 14:1-3; II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 5:28-29; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10
We believe that the divine revelation of the Word leads believers into a deeper relationship with the Father. We need the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to guide us through the interpretation of Scripture so that we are in alignment with the earliest doctrine taught by Christ Himself. The mysteries in Scripture unveil us to the true meanings that the Father placed in the Word. This ultimately helps us to leave carnal mindsets through the spiritual washing and regeneration of the soul. The unveiling of the Word activates hope and vision to see the Lord’s will for our lives. Jesus declared that His church would be built on the rock of revelation as Peter received a divine revelation from the Father regarding the identity of Christ. Through the redemption process, revelation allows believers to reach God’s original plan for mankind: to be spiritual beings who live in perfect harmony and peace with the Spirit of God.
Ephesians 1:17; Hebrews 6:1; Matthew 5:8; Revelation 1:1-20; Matthew 16:13-20