Statement of Faith

Bible   The Bible is the Word of God, and that its original manuscripts are free from errors and contradictions. It is the one and only infallible, authoritative, and trustworthy rule for faith and life. (2 Peter. 1:21, 2 Timothy 3:16). The Roman Catholic Apocrypha is not inspired scripture and is not part of the canon of scripture. The Bible is to be taken as literally as possible except where obviously figurative. Genesis, for example, is literal, and Adam and Eve were actual people.
God   God is the only Supreme Being with no gods created before or after Him in all of existence, in all places, in all time (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6; 44:8; 1 Timothy 1:17). He has always been God and was never anything else (Psalm 90:2). He is Holy (Revelation 4:8), Eternal (Isaiah 57:15), Omnipotent (Jeremiah 32:17, 27), Omnipresent (Psalm 139:7), Omniscient (1 John 3:20); etc. He is Love (1 John 4:8, 16); Light (1 John 1:5); Spirit (John 4:24); Truth (Psalm 117:2); Creator (Isaiah 40:12, 22, 26), etc. He is to be worshiped (Genesis 24:26; Exodus 4:31; 2 Chronicles 29:28; 1 Corinthians 14:25; Revelation 7:11). He is to be served (Matthew 4:10; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Philippians 3:7; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; Hebrews 9:14). He is to be proclaimed (Matthew 28:19; John 14:15; Acts 1:8).
Trinity   There is one God in whom there are three eternal, distinct, simultaneous Persons -- the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. All three are the one God, coeternal, coequal, etc., yet there is only one God, not three gods, and not one person who took three modes, offices, or forms. (Isaiah 44:6, 8; 45:5; Genesis 1:26-27; 3:22; Matthew 3:17; 28:19; Luke 10:22; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus   Jesus Christ is the Word (God) who became a man. He added human nature to His divine nature. He is both human and divine, and, therefore, has two natures. Yet, He is one person, not two. He is not part God and part man. He is presently a man, one person, with two natures where one nature is wholly God and the other wholly man. (Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:5-13; John 1:1-3, 14). Jesus will eternally remain as a man and intercedes for us eternally as a high priest after the order of Melchezedek (Hebrews 6:20; 7:25).
Virgin Birth   Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived and born of the virgin Mary, (Luke 1:42). Mary ceased to be a virgin after the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:25).
Resurrection   Jesus Christ rose from the dead in the same body He died in after being in the grave for three days. He was raised in a glorified, physical body (still retaining his crucifixion wounds). He ascended bodily into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and rules heaven and earth. (John 2:19; 1 Corinthians 15; Luke 24:39). Likewise, we Christians will be raised bodily from the dead and spend eternity with the Lord.
Salvation   Salvation is being saved from the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner. Salvation is obtained by grace alone, through faith alone (Romans 10:9-10), in the work of Christ alone (John 3:16) and not by our good works (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8-9). We are chosen for salvation by God (2 Thessalonians 2:13).
Man's Condition   Man is fallen, corrupt, and wicked. Man believes in God by God's grace through faith (John 6:28-29; 15:5; Philippians 1:29), is unable to come close to God through his own efforts (John 6:44; Romans 3:10-12), nor is he born again of his own will (John 1:13), nor can he understand the spiritual things of God on his own (1 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 8:7), nor can he earn salvation by his attempt at good works (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 4:1-6), nor once saved does he maintain his salvation by his works (Galatians 3:1-3). Eternal punishment in hell and separation from the blessed presence of God are the consequences of the unregenerate person's sinfulness who has not trusted in the redemptive sacrificial work of Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 6:23).
Substitutionary Atonement   God the Father so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Word, became man, bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Peter 2:24), and died in our place, suffering the consequences of the breaking the Law (1 John 3:4), which is physical death (Romans 6:23) and spiritual death (Isaiah 59:2), that was due us (Isaiah 53:4-6). He became sin on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21). His sacrifice was a legal substitution for us (1 John 2:2; John 19:30; 1 Peter 2:24). It was legal since sin is breaking God's Law (1 John 3:4) and substitutionary since Christ took our punishment (Isaiah 53:4-6) and tasted death for everyone (Hebrews 2:9). As a result, God's justice was satisfied, Christian believers are released from eternal punishment (1 Peter 3:18; Matthew 1:21; 25:46; Romans 5; 1 John 2:2), and their debt that our sin brings against us has been cancelled (Colossians 2:14).
Justification by Grace through Faith alone   Justification is being declared legally righteous by God. This justification is received by faith alone without any ceremony/baptism (Romans 4:1-6), in the work of Christ fulfilling the Law in his earthly ministry (1 Peter 2:22), and his removing of sin by his sacrifice. Justification is a gift from God (Romans 3:24) and is received apart from the works of the Law (Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:21).
Baptism   Baptism is an important action of obedience for a Christian and signifies a person's identification with Christ. Baptism is not necessary for salvation. It is an outward manifestation of an inward reality of trust in the sacrifice for Christ, of conversion, and of identification with Christ. The act of water baptism does not save anyone. We are made right before God by faith, not by faith and baptism (Romans 3:28-30; 4:3, 5; 5:1; Galatians 2:16, 21; Philippians 3:9; see also Acts 10:44-48).
Divine Election   God elects/chooses people for salvation according to His foreknowledge from before the creation of the world.
  • "But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth." -2 Thessalonians 2:13
  • "4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will." -Ephesians 1:4-5
  • "It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy." -Romans 9:16
Although God knows who will accept His plan of salvation, He still wants everyone to be saved.
  • "5 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." -1 Timothy 2:3-4
  • "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." -2 Peter 3:9