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Our Statement of Faith

The Scriptures

WE BELIEVE that the Bible, composed of 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is inerrant and verbally inspired of God in all its parts, and is of supreme and final authority in faith and life.

(Matthew 5:18 • Luke 24:27, 44 • John 5:39; 10:35; 12:48; 17:17 • Romans 15:4 • 1 Corinthians 2:13; 10:11 • 2 Timothy 3:16 • 2 Peter 1:21)

The Trinity

WE BELIEVE in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.

(Matthew 28:18-19 • Mark 12:29 • John 1:14 • Luke 3:22 • Acts 5:3-6 • 2 Corinthians 13:14 • Hebrews 1:1-3)

Jesus Christ

WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.

(Matthew 1:18-23 • Luke 1:30-35; 2:40 • John 1:1-3, 14, 18; Philippians 2:5-8 • 1 Timothy 2:6 • Titus 2:13 • Hebrews 4:15)

WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His bodily resurrection from the dead.

(Isaiah 53:5-6 • Matthew 20:28 • Luke 24:36-43 • John 1:29; 20:25-28 • 2 Corinthians 5:21 • Galatians 3:13 • Hebrews 9:11-12; 10:12-14 • 1 Peter 3:18)

WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest and representative, He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor and Advocate.

(Ephesians 1:22-23 • Hebrews 1:3; 4:14-16; 7:25; 9:24 • 1 John 2:1)

The Holy Spirit

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Triune God and who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He baptizes and indwells all believers, sealing them unto the day of redemption, at the moment of their regeneration.

(Matthew 28:19 • John 14:16-17; 16:7-15 • Romans 8:9 • 1 Corinthians 6:11 • 12:13 • Ephesians 4:30; 5:18)

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who fills and empowers all believers for Christian life and service, and who guides believers into all truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. Some gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as the gift of speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary gifts, and never the necessary signs of the filling of the Holy Spirit.

(John 14:12-17, 26 • Acts 4:8, 31 • Romans 8:23 • 1 Corinthians 13:8 • Galatians 5:22 • Ephesians 3:16; 4:30, 5:18)

The Origin and Fall of Man

WE BELIEVE that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin, the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that unregenerate man is spiritually dead, and utterly unable of himself to remedy his lost condition.

(Genesis 1:26-28; 3:1-14 • Psalm 51:5 • Jeremiah 17:9 • Mark 7:21-23 • John 3:3-6; 8:42-44 • Romans 3:23; 5:12; 7:18; 8:6-7 • Ephesians 2:1-3 • 1 John 3:8)

Salvation Only Through Christ

WE BELIEVE that salvation is the gift of God brought to man wholly by grace alone and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins, and that apart from Christ there is no possible salvation.

(Isaiah 64:6 • John 3:16; 6:28-29; 14:6 • Acts 4:12; 16:30-31 • Romans 3:24; 4:4-5; 5:6-9; 6:23 • 2 Corinthians 5:21 • Galatians 3:13; 6:15 • Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9 • Titus 3:5 • James 1:18 • 1 Peter 1:18-19, 23)

Eternal Security

WE BELIEVE that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power, secured in Christ forever, and guaranteed never to perish; and, that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.

(John 5:24; 10:27-30; 17:11 • Romans 3:22; 6:14; 8:16, 29 • Galatians 3:26 • Ephesians 1:3 • 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 • 2 Timothy 1:12 • Hebrews 7:25 • 1 John 2:1-2; 3:1-3; 5:1-10 • Jude 24)

The Christian Walk

WE BELIEVE that every saved person possesses two natures—the old and the new nature; and, that although the old nature can never be eradicated in this life, provision has been made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

(Romans 6:11-13; 7:15-25; 8:2, 4, 12-13; 13:14 • Galatians 5:16-23 • Ephesians 4:22-24 • Colossians 2:1-10 • Hebrews 10:10, 14 • 1 John 1:7-9; 3:5-9)

WE BELIEVE that all believers should live in such a manner as to glorify their Saviour and Lord; and, that separation from all forms of religious apostasy and compromise, and all worldly and sinful practices, pleasures, and associations is commanded of God.

(John 7:7; 15:19 • Romans 12:1-2 • 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 • Ephesians 4:24; 5:11, 25-27 • 1 Thessalonians 5:23 • 2 Timothy 1:13; 4:2-5 • Hebrews 10:10,14; 12:10 • 1 John 2:15-17, 3:1-3)

The Church

WE BELIEVE that a New Testament church is a local body of born-again believers associated together for worship, observance of the ordinances of the church, and the spread of the Gospel to all the world. All true Christians are also members of the universal Church which began at the day of Pentecost.

(Matthew 16:15-19; 28:19-20 • Acts 1:8; 2:41-42, 47 • Romans 12:2 • 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 • Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:3-10 • Colossians 3:14-15 • Hebrews 10:25)

The Ordinances

WE BELIEVE that there are two ordinances which believers are to observe until he comes—believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper; and that the immersion of a believer in water baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit sets forth the essential facts of redemption (the death and resurrection of Christ) and also the essential outlook of the believer (dead to sin and alive unto God).

(Matthew 28:19 • Luke 22:14-20 • Acts 2:37-41; 8:36-39; 10:47-48; 16:32-33; 18:7-8 • Romans 6:3-10 • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

The Enemy

WE BELIEVE in the personal existence of Satan, the great adversary of God and His people, who is judged at the cross and whose final doom is certain; and, that Christians are able to resist and overcome Satan and his demons through the blood of the Lamb and the whole armor of God.

(Isaiah 14:13-14 • Ezekiel 28:13-17 • John 12:31-32; 16:11 • Ephesians 6:12-18 • 1 Timothy 3:7 • 2 Peter 2:4 • Jude 6 • Revelation 20:10)

Last Things

WE BELIEVE in the imminent return of the Lord for His church before the seven-year tribulation period, and in His subsequent glorious and visible return to the earth with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom.

(Jeremiah 30:7 • Daniel 9:27 • Matthew 25:15-46 • John 14:3 • Acts 1:6-7; 15:16-17 • Romans 8-11; 13:11 • 1 Corinthians 5:51-58 • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 • 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8 • 1 Timothy 4:1-3 • 2 Timothy 3:1-5 • Titus 2:13 • Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)

The Eternal State

WE BELIEVE in the bodily resurrection of all men—the saved to eternal conscious bliss with the Lord, and the unsaved to everlasting, conscious punishing in the Lake of Fire.

(Daniel 12:1-2 • Matthew 25:41 • Mark 9:44 • John 5:25-29 • 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 • Revelation 6:9-10; 20:10-15; 21:1-8)