STATEMENT of FAITH

 1.     Bible:

 We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six Books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments, were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union. (Mark 12:26 – 36; John 16:12,13; 2 timothy 3:16,17; 2 peter 1:21)

 2.     God:

 We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:6-8, Isaiah 63:8-10; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4,14; 3:3; 3:16-18; Act 5:3,4; Romans 8:15-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)  

 3.     Lord Jesus Christ:

 We believe in the absolute and essential deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:35; John 5:39; Acts 17:2,3; 18:28; 26:22,23; 28:23)

 4.     The Holy Spirit:

 We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit; Who convinces of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; Who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ. (1 Samuel 16:13; Zechariah 4:6; John 7:38,39; 14:16,17; 15:26; 16:13-15; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4)

 5.     Satan:

 We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the arch-enemy of God and man. This Satan will, at the end of time, receive his full penalty at the Last Judgment. (Genesis 3:14,15; Job 1:6-12; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 9:11; 20:2,7)

 6.     Mankind:

 We believe that mankind was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring spiritual and physical death. (Genesis 1:26; 2:17; 6:5; Psalm 14:1-3; 51:5; Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:6; 5:40; 6:53; Romans 5:12-19; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 5:6)

 7.     Salvation:

 We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord. (Leviticus 17:11; Matthew 26:28; John 1:12; Romans 5:6-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; 6:15; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 2:11-14; James 1:18;  1 Peter 1:18,19,23;  2:24)

8.     Future Things:

We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the resurrection of the just and unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked. (Psalm 90:3,4; Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 7:22-27; 12:2,3; Zechariah 14:4-11; John 5:28,29; Act 15:16,17; Romans 1:4; 8:17,23; 1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 2 Peter 2:9; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6, 11-15; 21:8; 22:11)

9.     The Local Church:

The universal Church, of which Christ is the Head, consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and commissioned by Christ to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the Gospel to all nations. (Ephesians 3:6-12; 1:22-23)

The local church, the visible expression of the universal Church, is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together to worship God, to observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, to pray, to be edified through the Word of God, to fellowship, and to testify in word and deed to the good news of salvation both locally and globally. The local church enters into relationships with other like-minded churches for accountability, encouragement and mission. (Acts 2:41-47; Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, 11:19-30; 15)

10.   Ordinances:

 We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order:

a.     Baptism which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ’s command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:38; 8:12)

b.     The Lord’s Supper which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and wine - which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He come. (Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28)