Articles Of Faith (Abbreviated)
A. We believe the Bible is inerrant and inspired of God and is our only authoritative reference in matters of faith and practice.
B. We believe in God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
C. We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son, is fully God and became truly human through His virgin birth. His sinless life, voluntary death, shed blood, and bodily resurrection were necessary and sufficient for the redemption of man - the justification of sinners through faith in Him alone. He will visibly return to earth in glory.
D. We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace. To be saved, sinners must be born again and that this new birth is instantaneous and not a process. We believe a sinner is justified before a Holy God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone and thus being the only condition for salvation. Justification includes the pardon of sin; the gift of eternal life bestowed on the believer, not based on any works of righteousness that he/she has done, but solely based on faith in the Redeemer's blood.
E. We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God. Through his power and presence, He is the effective agent in the new birth and, through His indwelling, empowers the believer for godly living and service.
F. We believe that man was created by God, in His image, as a moral and relational being and not through evolution. The historic fall of man into sin and his disobedience, individually and corporately, produced divine condemnation.
G. We believe God created each person male or female, that the term "marriage" is the union of one man to one woman, and that any form of sexual immorality is sinful and offensive to God.
H. We believe the redeemed will be resurrected to the everlasting presence and enjoyment of God, and the unredeemed will be resurrected to judgment and everlasting punishment.
I. We believe that all that are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.
J. We believe God has ordained the local church, made up of true followers of Christ, as a covenant community for the purpose of fellowship, spiritual growth, accountability, service, and evangelism of the lost. Believers will be active members of a local body.