Statement of Faith and Beliefs
STATEMENT OF FAITH AND BELIEFS
The Triune God: The Holy Scriptures declare there is one true and living God, Triune in nature, and eternal being without a body, indivisible, of infinite power, wisdom and goodness
Jesus Christ – The Son of God: The Holy Scriptures declare that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man, in whom the divine and human natures are perfectly and inseparably united. He is the eternal Word made flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived, suffered and died on the cross, was buried, rose from the dead and ascended bodily into heaven. He shall return bodily again to the earth.
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Scriptures declare that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, of judgement and leads men into the fellowship of the church.
The Holy Scriptures: The Holy Scriptures in their entirety are the inspired, inerrant written Word of God. They alone contain the will of God as far as it is necessary for us to know it for our salvation. By the Holy Scriptures we understand there are 66 canonical books of the Old and New Testament.
Provision for Salvation: The Holy Scriptures declare that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself. The offering of Christ on the cross is the perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the world so that no other satisfaction is required.
Justification, Regeneration and Sanctification: The Holy Scriptures declare that we are never accounted righteous before God through our works or merit, but by repentance of sins are justified or accounted righteous before God only by faith in Jesus Christ. Regeneration is the renewal of man in righteousness through Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit bears witness to this gracious work. This is followed by a gracious work of God’s Spirit in the believer’s heart that is know as sanctification, resulting in the maturing and perfecting of the Christian to be more like God and empowered to live a victorious life.
The Church: The Holy Scriptures declare that the church is the community of believers under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, existing for the maintenance of worship, the edification of believers and redemption of the world.
The Sacraments: The Holy Scriptures declare that the sacraments, ordained by Christ, are not only pledges and symbols of the Christian’s profession, but they are also signs of God’s love and grace toward us, by which He works invisibly in us, quickening, strengthening and confirming our faith in Him. Two sacraments are ordained by Christ our Lord, namely baptisms and the Lord’s Supper.
The Second Coming of Christ: The Holy Scriptures declare the coming of Christ to be a bodily return to the earth and that He will cause the fulfillment of all the prophecies made concerning His final and complete triumph over evil.
Resurrection, Judgement and the Future State: The Holy Scriptures declare that there is a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteousness. All men stand under the righteous judgment of God, both now and in that day. The Scriptures further teach an eternal state of rewards in which the righteous dwell in endless life in heaven and the wicked in endless punishment in hell.