Our Statement of Faith

RELIGION

“Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictions and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”  James 1:27

BIBLE
The Bible is the Word of God, and that its original manuscripts are free from errors and contradictions.  It is the one and only infallible, authoritative, and trustworthy rule for faith and life.

 

GOD
God is the only Supreme Being with no gods created before or after Him in all places, in all time.

 

TRINITY
There is one God in whom are three eternal, distinct, simultaneous persons--the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.  All three are the one God, coeternal, coequal, etc.
,yet there is only one God, not three gods, and not one person who took three modes, offices, or forms.

 

JESUS
Jesus Christ is the Word (God) who became a man.  He added human nature to His divine nature.  He is both human and divine, and, therefore has two natures.  Yet, He is one person, not two. 
He is not part God and part man.  He is presently a man, one person, with two natures where one nature is wholly God and the other wholly man.

 

SALVATION
Salvation is being saved from the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner.  Salvation is obtained by grace alone, in the work of Christ alone.

 

JUSTIFICATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH ALONE

Justification is being declared legally righteous by God.  This justification is received by faith alone.  Christ fulfilling the law in his earthly ministry and his removing of sin by his sacrifice.


REGENERATION
Regeneration is the work of God that occurs with faith.  This regeneration means a person is made a new creation and is then able to resist his sin and seek to increase in sanctification before the Lord.

 

SANCTIFICATION
Sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit makes us more like   Christ in all that we do, think and desire and increases our ability to repent from sin by God’s grace.

 

HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit works in the believer’s life in the sanctification process.  It is through the gifts of the Holy Spirit that the believer is edified and edifies others.  The Holy Spirit is God and a part of the God Head of the  Trinity, that is the Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit.

 

SECOND COMING
Jesus Christ will bodily and visibly return from heaven to earth with great joy and majesty.

 

ETERNAL JUDGMENT
All who are not justified by faith in Christ and the blood of Christ will face eternal, conscious
,, and agonizing judgment away from the presence of God.

 

KINGDOM WORK
Being a Christian means to participate in expanding the Kingdom of God. Every Christian is to work for this end according to the gifts given by God.