Statement of Beliefs

  1. One God, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has revealed himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  2. The Bible as the inspired Word of God; that it is without error in the original Scriptures, and is therefore the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  3. The creation, test and fall of humanity as recorded in the Bible; that in our natural state we humans are spiritually corrupt (sinful) and therefore totally unable to attain divine righteousness and eternal life.
  4. Jesus Christ, the one true Savior, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, very God and very man.
  5. The Gospel — that Christ died to pay the penalty for our sins, was buried and rose from the dead three days later.
  6. Salvation for sinners, by grace, through faith — that those who believe in Jesus Christ and fully trust him to be their Savior are redeemed. That is, by accepting Christ’s free gift, believers in him have their death penalty paid and are justified (cleared of all charges) by God’s gracious decree, thereby becoming members of his church.
  7. Jesus was resurrected (raised from death to life), that he bodily ascended to heaven, was enthroned as Lord of all and will personally return for his church.
  8. Believers in Christ receive eternal life, living forever with God, while those who die as unbelievers suffer eternal separation from God.
  9. The reality and personality of Satan, the enemy of God and humanity (especially God’s people). Satan was conquered by Christ’s resurrection, which sealed the doom that awaits him when Christ returns.
  10. Water baptism by immersion, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the glory of God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is an act of obedience, an expression of our faith in Christ, our identification with him, and our covenant relationship with God.
  11. The baptism with the Holy Spirit (also known as being “filled with the Spirit”) as an experience following salvation; and that spiritual power is an evidence of the Spirit-filled life.
  12. The Spirit-filled life in this world but not of the world, and that the perfecting of holiness (wholeness, moral purity, devotion to pleasing God) is an expression of true Christianity.
  13. The charismata (gifts of the Holy Spirit) as presented in the Bible. We believe these gifts (including divine healing in its many aspects and speaking in tongues) are for today and are to be exercised as they were in the early church.