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What We Believe

 Statement of Faith 

Approved at the Annual Business Meeting January 25, 2009

 

  1. Doctrine of Scripture
    1. Revelation – Revelation is God’s initiative to reveal Himself to us through His Word.  We know only what God chooses to reveal to us (Psalm 19, Acts 14:17, Romans 1).
    2. Inspiration – All Scripture is given by inspiration of God (God-breathed).  God the Holy Spirit creatively used responsible human agents to write the Scriptures in such a way that what they conveyed corresponded fully to what God wanted to say.  The scriptures reflect without exception, His character of authority and faithfulness (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:18-21).
    3. Canon (measure or rule) – The test of canonicity was inspiration.  The works in question, whether they are a narrative or an epistle, must be the handiwork of God Himself. The Church did not create the canon of scripture; rather, the Church put together a canon based upon lists of books already used by many local churches. The Canon, the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, is closed.
    4. Inerrancy – The Bible is inerrant in all matters that are central to our faith. It is not capable of contradicting itself or teaching falsehood of any kind. (1 Thessalonians 2:13, John 17:17).
  2. Doctrine of God
    1. Attributes – God has communicable attributes.  These are attributes that we as humans also might have.  God’s communicable attributes are faithfulness (Psalm 118:1,29), goodness (Mark 10:18), mercy (Micah 7:18), righteousness (Psalm 96:10-13), justice (Psalm 7:11), judgment (Psalm 9:7-8), and compassion (Psalm 145:8).  He also has incommunicable attributes, attributes that we as humans do not have.   God’s incommunicable attributes are omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10, 1 Kings 8:27), omniscience (Job 37:16, Proverbs 15:3), and omnipotence (Psalm 115:3, Luke 1:34, 37.)  He is Holy (Exodus 15:11, Hosea 11:9), eternal (Genesis 21:33, Psalm 45:6), and unchanging in His being (Numbers 23:19, Malachi 3:6).
    2. Trinity – There is one God (Isaiah 45:5, Deuteronomy 6:4).  The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God.  These three persons of the Godhead, which make up the Trinity, are both co-eternal together and co-equal. Not one is greater or less than the other (Genesis 1:1-3, 26, Exodus 31:3, Colossians 2:9, Matthew 28:19, Mark 1:10-11, Luke 1:35, John 1:1, 14:9-11, 16-17, 26, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Peter 1:1-2).
  3. Creation
    1. Purpose of Creation – The purpose of creation goes beyond and is outside of itself. It exists to display the glory of God (Psalm 8, 19:1-4, Romans 1:20).  It houses and serves God’s redemptive plan (Psalm 113, Acts 17:26-28, Hebrews 1:3, Romans 8:19-23).
    2. Theology of Creation – God, out of His own free will and to His glory, created the heavens and the earth out of nothing.  The entire creation is dependant upon God. Scripture supplies us with the truth of creation’s origin (Genesis 1, 2, Colossians 1:16).
  4. Anthropology
    1. Creation of Man/Woman – God created man in His own image as the crown of His creation.  Adam (man) was formed out of the dust of the earth and Eve (woman) was formed from Adam’s rib (Genesis 1:26, 2:7, 21, 22).
    2. The Fall – In the beginning man was free from sin and given free choice by God (Genesis 2:16, 17).  However, man disobeyed God and fell from his sinless state.  The fall brought about the sentence of eternal death (Genesis 3).
    3. Original Sin – Through Adam’s sin the sentence of eternal death is brought to the entire human race.  Adam was appointed by God to be the federal head for the entire human race (Romans 5:12-21, Psalm 51:5). From this condition, only the grace of God can bring man into holy fellowship with God (Ephesians 2:1-9, John 3:3; 6:44, Romans 8:7, 8).
  5. The Person and Work of Christ
    1. Person of Christ/Two Natures – Jesus Christ, the eternally preexistent Son (John 1:1), became incarnate by being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Galatians 4:4-5, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18, Luke 1:27-28).  In Jesus we find both human (Matthew 4:1-2, Luke 24:39, John 1:14, 4:5-6, 11:13, Hebrews 2:14, 17-18, 4:15) and divine natures (Isaiah 9:6, Acts 2:21, John 17:5, Col 1:16, Mark 2:5-7) being united while remaining whole, perfect and distinct. Neither nature can be compromised or reduced.
    2. The Mission of Christ – Christ’s mission was to effect salvation through dying on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. This was the decisive victory over evil (Isaiah 53:4-5, John 10:14-18, Romans 3:25, 5:10, Galatians 3:13, Colossians 1:19-20, 1 John 2:2, Revelation 5:9).
    3. The Atonement – Christ lived a sinless life in order to become the penal, substitutionary satisfaction for the remission of sins (Hebrews 4:15, 1 Peter 1:18-19, 1 John 4:9-10).
    4. The Resurrection – Christ has risen from the dead.  The resurrection was a visible sign, which demonstrated that Jesus did in fact satisfy the penalty for sin and thereby defeated death and the Devil (Luke 24:36-39, Romans 1:2-4, 1 Corinthians 15:3-6, 17, 20).
  6. Salvation
    1. Regeneration – Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17, Acts 16:14, John 3:3, 5:7).  It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 5:17, Acts 16:14).  Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace (Acts 3:26; 9:35, Ephesians 2:8).
    2. Justification – Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. The word has a legal sense to it. Through justification, we are declared to be in a state of harmony with the law. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God (Romans 8:1, 33, Galatians 2:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21).
    3. Sanctification – Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which believers are put into a state of harmony with the law. They are set apart for God’s purposes, and are enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in them (Romans 8:13-14, Galatians 5:16, 24).  Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life (Romans 6:4-5, 11, 2 Corinthians 10:5, 2 Timothy 1:14).
    4. Perseverance – All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.  The genuineness of a Christian may only be seen at the end by whether or not they have persevered (Hebrews 6).
  7. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
    1. The Personhood of the Spirit – The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.  He is fully divine and co-equal with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Peter 1:1, 2).
    2. The Role of the Spirit – The Spirit’s role is to manifest God’s presence (Luke 12:11-12, Acts 13:2, Romans 8:26). He is the indweller of believers and exercises the power of God in their lives (Ephesians 5:16-18, 4:30).
    3. The Fruits/Gifts of the Spirit – Every believer should exhibit the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, etc.) in increasing measure.  Everyone has a gift and all gifts are from God. Gifts should be used to edify the church body and ultimately glorify God.
  8. The Church
    1. The Nature of the Church – We believe in the universal church, a spiritual body in which all regenerated persons are a part with Christ Jesus as the head (Ephesians 1:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13).  The church is to include people from all races, cultures, and tongues (Galatians 3:28, 1 Corinthians 12:20-27).  We also believe in the local church, which consists of a group of believers gathered together for worship, work, and fellowship (Acts 2:4-7, 5:14, 10:43, Corinthians 1:1-2, 1 Peter 3:8).
    2. The Mission of the Church – We believe that the primary task of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 15:15-16). This is carried out through evangelism, foreign missions, acts of benevolence and social compassion, discipleship training and Christian nurture (Matthew 28:18, Luke 24:45-49, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 16:1-3, Galatians 6:10, Ephesians 4:11-13).
    3. Church Government – We believe that church government falls under the authority of Jesus Christ and the inspired Word of God.  We believe that under this authority, the congregation should govern the local church (Acts 6:1-6, 1 Corinthians 5:12-13).  The offices of the church include elders, deacons and pastors.  While the New Testament outlines clear character traits for theses offices, their roles and responsibilities are not so clearly defined.  We believe they should include governing, caring, and equipping the members for ministry (Philippians 1:1, Acts 6:1-6, 20:17-19, 28, Titus 1:5-7, 1 Timothy 3:8-13).
  9. The Ordinances
    1. Baptism – Christian Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  It symbolizes the believer’s faith in and identification with Christ.  This Ordinance, as a commandment of Christ, should be practiced until His return (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:41, 8:12, 36-38, Romans 6:3-5).
    2. The Lord’s Supper – This is a symbolic act, instituted by Christ, in which the members of the church partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine for the commemoration of Christ’s death. This Ordinance, as a commandment of Christ, should be practiced until His return (1 Corinthians 11:23-25, Luke 22:14-20).
  10. Eschatology – We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ. God will bring the world to an end in His own way and in His own time (Revelation 3:10).  We believe in the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment (2 Corinthians 5:10), the endless joy of the righteous (1 Corinthians 9:25, 1 Thessalonians 2:19, James 1:12, 2 Timothy 4:8, 1 Peter 5:4).
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