Statement of Faith

The Bible is the Word of God
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, which are the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments.  The Holy Spirit spoke through the words of human authors.  As the verbally inspired Word of God, The Bible is without error in its original writings, it is the complete revelation of His will for our salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged.  Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Trinity 
There is one God. This one God exists as three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  All are equally divine and are therefore equal in eternity, power and substance, yet as distinct persons they exercise various roles within the Godhead.

The Person of Christ
The Second person of the Trinity, the Eternal Son of God, added a human nature to his divine nature by being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  Jesus Christ is therefore fully God and fully man, one person with two distinct natures.  Being a perfect, sinless man and God Almighty in the flesh, He is the only mediator between God and man.  In a manner incomprehensible to us, in the midst of His humanity He remained God but laid aside His divine prerogatives in submission to the Father’s will.

Salvation through Christ
Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of His people by shedding His blood on the cross.  Salvation is the work of the Holy Spirit by which individuals come to respond to God’s grace and receive the gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus in a personal way, whereby they are assured of their eternal destiny.  We affirm that because salvation is the gift of God and has been accomplished by God, it is for God’s glory and that we must glorify him always.

The Church is the Body of Christ
The Church is the Body of Christ. The two sacraments given to the Church by her Lord, Jesus Christ, are baptism and the Lord’s Supper, also known as Holy Communion.  The essentials of Christian faith are expressed in the Apostle’s Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Heidelberg Catechism.  We must strive to live our entire lives before the face of God, under the authority of God and for his Glory alone.  The Church is to bear witness to the light of Jesus so that all may have the opportunity of entering into eternal life with Christ.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35