Statement of Core Beliefs ...
(Click HERE to view our complete Statement of Faith)
•The Bible is the fully inspired Word of God. It is without error, and is the supreme and final authority for all matters of life and belief. (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
•There is only one true and living God, Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who are equal in every divine perfection, executing distinct but harmonious offices in all the work of the Godhead. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
•Man was created by God in His own image, but through his sin incurred physical and spiritual death. As a result, all humanity (Christ excluded) are born with a sinful nature, and are sinners by choice, and therefore under condemnation and without hope apart from salvation in Christ. (Genesis 1:26; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3)
•Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was born of a virgin, and is both fully God and fully human. (Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3)
•The Gospel – the good news of God’s saving actions towards sinners through Jesus Christ. Namely, that He took on human nature, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death for sinners, and physically rose from the dead.
(Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18)
•Salvation is a free gift that comes only by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Those who repent, forsake sin, and trust in Jesus Christ and His death on their behalf, are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures. They are delivered from condemnation, receiving forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. (John 3:16; Romans 3:24; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19; 1 John 1:9)
•Jesus Christ physically ascended into heaven, where He perpetually makes intercession for His people, and will one day physically and visibly return to earth to establish His kingdom. (Acts 1:9; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2; Revelation 1:7)
•In the future bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost: Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal joy, living and reigning with Christ. Those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to endless punishment. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15)