STATEMENT OF FAITH
I believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God revealing the love of God to the world. It was verbally inspired by God, and without error in the original manuscripts. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; John 3:16.
I believe in one living, sovereign, and glorious God, eternally existing in three persons; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
I believe God is a Spirit – infinite, eternal and unchangeable, in His being; wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. God created the universe and all that is in it to bring glory to Himself.
Man was created male and female in the image of God. Although God created man morally upright, he was led astray from God‘s Word and wisdom by the subtlety of Satan‘s deceit, and chose to take what was forbidden, and thus declare his independence from, distrust for, and disobedience toward his all-good and gracious Creator. Thus, our first parents, by this sin, fell from their original innocence and communion with God. As the parents of the human race, their sin has infected all mankind. All persons are corrupt by nature, enslaved to sin, and morally unable to delight in God and overcome their own proud preference for the fleeting pleasures of self-rule. Because of this, we are deserving of God’s judgment, wrath, and punishment.
I believe that God sent forth His eternal Son as Jesus the Messiah, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. Jesus took on flesh so that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures were inseparably joined together in one Person, without confusion or mixture. Thus the Person, Jesus Christ, was and is truly God and truly man, yet one Christ and the only Mediator between God and man.
Jesus lived a perfect and blameless life as both fully God and fully man and died death on a cross, rising from the grave and defeating death. His resurrection proves His power and victory over sin and death. Through this, Jesus fully atoned for the children of God, and by grace, through faith, we repent and have changed hearts.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
I believe that, apart from the effectual work of the Spirit, no one would come to faith, because all are dead in trespasses and sins. They are hostile to God and morally unable to submit to God or please Him because the pleasures of sin appear greater than the pleasures of God. For God‘s elect, the Spirit triumphs over all resistance, wakens the dead, removes blindness and manifests Christ in such a compellingly beautiful way through the Gospel that He becomes irresistibly attractive to the regenerate heart. We believe the Holy Spirit does this saving work in connection with the presentation of the Gospel of the glory of Christ. The Spirit binds His saving work to the gospel of Christ, because His aim is to glorify the Christ of the Gospel.
I believe in the one universal Church, composed of all those, in every time and place, who are chosen in Christ and united to Him through faith by the Spirit in one Body, with Christ Himself as the all-supplying, all-sustaining, all-supreme, and all-authoritative Head. I believe that the ultimate purpose of the Church is to glorify God in the everlasting and ever-increasing gladness of worship. Women are not to fill the role of pastor-elder in the local church, but are encouraged to use their gifts in appropriate roles that edify the body of Christ and spread the gospel.