Statement of Faith



God

THE TRINITY

We believe in one God. He is one being who exists in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each person of the Godhead is unique in consciousness, harmonious in will, and truly divine. Each person of the Godhead equally shares the attributes of God: He is uncreated, self-existent, eternal and infinite, immutable or unchanging, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, absolutely sovereign over all. He is holy, love, truth, and righteousness. He is just, merciful, wrathful, forgiving, faithful, jealous, and longsuffering.

We understand the term “trinity” is not found in scripture, but that the relationship is clearly expressed in scripture. No true parallel of the Trinity exists in human experience and we cannot fully comprehend this existence until it is more fully revealed by God.

GOD THE FATHER

The Father is the first person of the Trinity. He is the Father over all creation. He created everything out of nothing through His Word. He created everything for His glory, and works everything to happen for the fulfillment of His will and design. He is the Father of the Son, and becomes the intimate Father for all believers.

GOD THE SON

The Son is the second person of the Trinity. He is eternally begotten of the Father. He is the Logos, or Word of God, through which all of creation was made. He set aside his glory and was sent by the Father to incarnate human flesh and come into the world through the virgin birth as Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Jesus was truly God and truly man. He lived with self-imposed human limitations, experienced temptations but led a sinless life. Therefore He became the “perfect man” for us. He gave Himself up to be sacrificed on a cross to atone for the sins of everyone who would believe in Him for their salvation. His death paid the price we were to pay for our sin and it satisfied God’s wrath for our sin. Now, because of His death we can be free from sin, have fellowship with God, and be called His children. Three days after His death, Jesus was raised from the dead with a glorified incorruptible body, and was seen by His disciples. After, He ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for believers as our High Priest and Head of the Church. We believe He will come again to receive His saints and inaugurate His 1000 year reign on earth.

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He was sent forth by the Father and the Son and now makes his abode on earth to comfort believers, glorify Jesus Christ, and convict the world of sin. He is the constant companion of all believers, indwelling each individual who follows Christ sanctifying them and interceding for them.

His indwelling comes at the moment of salvation and He never leaves the individual, sealing them and setting them apart for God, giving assurance to the believer. At the same time he also baptizes the new believer into the body of Christ. Throughout a believers life one will experience the “filling” of the Spirit which happens many times. We understand this to be when the Spirit empowers believers for specific works for God’s glory.

Scripture

We believe that the Holy Bible, (39 books of the Old Testament and 27 Books of the New Testament) are the inspired Word of God and are the only authoritative source of revelation from God. Through the Holy Spirit, God used human authors to reveal Himself to humanity through written scripture. Every word is God-breathed and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16). We believe that The Bible is accurate and without error or contradiction in all that it teaches in its original form. Scripture must not be added to, nor superseded by any tradition or human wisdom, and it is completely sufficient for guidance in Christian living.

Humanity

We believe that people were created in the image and likeness of God, as a consummation of all creation. We were created to glorify God and to have fellowship with Him. However through Adam, with his sin of disobedience, all of humanity inherited sinfulness as an intrinsic part of our human nature. No one can now have fellowship with God, nor glorify, nor please God in their fallen and sinful state. Everyone requires God’s forgiveness to have a relationship with Him and live out their true purposes in life.

Sin

The word in ancient Hebrew which we now translate as “sin” meant to “miss the mark”, and as such sin is any divergence from the character of God, whether this be an action, a thought, a disposition, or a state of being. Sin is disobedience to God. Sin is always against God and is an affront to His holiness.

We understand two ways of seeing sin in our lives: The first is personal sin, which includes every action, thought, mentality, etc. that does not conform to God’s will or character. They can be sins of commission, either consciously or unconsciously, and of omission. The second way of understanding sin in human life is our sin nature. Through his original sin Adam became a fallen and sinful being and was only able to propagate children like himself. As children of Adam all of humanity carries this fallen, sinful nature. This nature separates us from God, and predispositions us to sin and rebel against God. As we are all “under sin” humanity has no merit or ability to approach God or save itself from God’s wrath. We understand that after salvation, a believer still carries around a sinful nature, while possessing a new spiritual nature. The predisposition towards sin remains but will never become dominant in a believer’s life, and victory over sin can be experienced through the Spirit.

Salvation

Salvation is the entire work of God by which He saves people from His wrath and eternal damnation, and in turn grants eternal life and fellowship with Him. Salvation is only granted through our faith in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Once a person has received salvation from God he or she can never lose it.

Election

We believe that due to our sin nature all of humanity is deserving of God’s eternal punishment, and that no person is able to come to God or please God on their own. God, being omniscient, chose before creation individuals onto whom He would shine His grace and grant His salvation. These are known as the elect, and no one will come to God unless they have been called by Him. However we also understand that no one who theoretically would want to be saved will be refused due to election.

Justification

Justification is a one-time event that happens at the moment of salvation. The divine conviction of our sinfulness has been taken away, and in its place the righteousness of Christ is accounted to us. We do not become righteous in and of ourselves nor do we become sinless. It is helpful to see justification as a legal proclamation such as a pardon. Now when God the Father looks upon us He no longer sees the stain of our sin the perfect righteousness of His Son.

Sanctification

Sanctification is a lifelong process which begins immediately after justification. This is a work of the Holy Spirit whereby we are conformed and made more like Christ. This happens through learning as we fellowship with God, gain wisdom from His Holy Scriptures and experience trials in our lives.

Glorification

This future event will happen to each believer during the resurrection. God will raise us from the dead with in-corruptible, glorified bodies like Jesus’ when he was resurrected after His crucifixion.