STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Godhead

We believe there is only one true and living God. There are three persons of one individual essence, who are co-equal, co-existent and co-eternal; namely, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Son is the eternally begotten of the Father, conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on High as our great High Priest, and He will return again to establish His Kingdom of righteousness and justice. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter sent by the Lord Jesus Christ to indwell, to guide, keep, and teach the believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.

Jesus

Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, the second person in the Trinity (Godhead), existing from all eternity with the Father, fully equal with the Father; Who in the incarnation assumed a human nature. God, in His eternal purpose, chose His Son to be the mediator between God and man. Christ, as true Prophet, did reveal to man the will and word of God; as true Priest, did reconcile this world unto God by offering up Himself as the propitiatory sacrifice; and, as true King, did subdue, restrain, and conquer His people and all His enemies. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, was made under the law, did perfectly fulfill the law, suffered, was crucified, and died. He was buried yet saw no corruption; and on the third day, He arose from the dead. Jesus ascended into heaven where He lives to make intercession and from where He rules from the throne of David until all His enemies are made His footstool.

The Scriptures

The Bible is the very word of God; it is inerrant, infallible, inspired, and the final revelation of God to man. The Bible is fully authoritative providing the terms by which all the created universe must be interpreted, presenting to us the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and constituting the Divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice (2 Peter 1:21). With a clear distinction that salvation is found in Christ alone.

Mankind

Man was created from the earth to have dominion over the earth. Man is a created being, made in the likeness and the image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world and all mankind inherited the guilt of sin and its corrupted nature (Romans 5:12). “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil, and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man to God (1 John 3:8).

Salvation

By his fall, Adam not only corrupted himself and all future generations, but also made necessary the infliction of the penalty of death. Man was morally polluted, guilty, and incapable of paying that debt. God chose to accept the unmerited sufferings of Christ as just equivalent for the suffering due to sinners. Jesus, discharging the penalty due man through His vicarious suffering and death, has fully satisfied the justice of His Father and has purchased reconciliation and an everlasting inheritance for His people.

Jesus restores man to holiness and life through His perfect obedience; the merits of Christ’s obedience are given to His people as their righteousness. Salvation is by grace; is wholly the gift of God received by faith. Good works are not meritorious ground but rather the fruit and proof of salvation. The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, Who proceeded from the Father and The Son and Who is co-equal with the Father and The Son, does apply to us the redemption Christ purchased for us. The Spirit, working conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and revealing the person and work of Jesus Christ, is the Agent of regeneration, sanctification, and preservation.