Statement of Faith
Article II. STATEMENT OF FAITH
A. We believe there is only one true God, and He exists eternally. He was not created. He always has been and always will be God.
B. We believe God exists in 3 persons - Father, Son, and Spirit. All are equal. All are God.
C. We believe all things were created by God. There is nothing, which exists, that was not created by God.
D. We believe all people were created in the image of God. People of all origins, nations, and backgrounds are loved by their creator and should be treated with dignity and respect.
E. We believe the Biblical definition of marriage is one man and one woman (see Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6).
F. We believe the Bible was written by men who were inspired by God; therefore, the Bible is God’s very words and 100% truth. G. We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God - one of three equal persons making up the one true God. He is fully God and fully man.
H. We believe the following core truths about Jesus documented in the scriptures: He was Born of a virgin, He lived a sinless life, He suffered and died on the cross, He rose from the grave in bodily form, He ascended to Heaven where He sits at God's right hand, and He will return one day and reign forever as the rightful King of all people and creation.
I. We believe that due to the fall of man (see Genesis 3), people are sinful by nature causing all to have sinned. And, we believe that God has justly condemned all people because of their sin.
J. We believe that Jesus was without sin and yet was punished with death on a cross. Therefore, according to scripture, all who put their faith in Jesus are no longer condemned because Jesus' death is seen by God as a substitute for the death they deserve. K. We believe God desires that ALL people, through faith in His Son, be reconciled to Him and dwell in His love and care forever. L. We believe that when a person comes to Jesus for salvation, they are forgiven of their sins, reconciled to God, and given the gift of eternal life. All who come to Jesus in faith will live forever in His kingdom.
M. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells all people who put their faith in Jesus and empowers them to overcome sin, demonstrate God’s love by living sacrificially for others, and to participate in Jesus' mission to make disciples.
Denominational Distinctives Avoided
Gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as tongues, prophecy, and healing
Promise of material blessings based on level of faith
Salvation based on works
Praying to anyone but the Holy Trinity