Statement of Faith

Doctrinal Statement (Alphabetically arranged)

Baptism

I believe in the ordinance of Christian baptism by water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Baptism is a public witness to faith in Christ and pictures the identification of the believer in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.  I believe baptism should be a requirement for church membership.

Matthew 3:15; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:36; 10:48; 19:5; Romans 6:3,4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27; 1 Peter 3:21


The Bible

I believe the Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God. God has given us a written record of His work in this world in order that we may know Him and live for Him. The Bible is our rule of faith, our source of spiritual nourishment and means of growth. I believe that without the Holy Spirit living in us and guiding us we cannot fully appreciate, understand or apply the Scriptures.

1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:16; 2 Corinthians 4:2; Hebrews 4:12; 5:12-14 Psalm 119:130; Isaiah 55:11; Jeremiah 15;16


Creation

I believe in the Genesis account of the creation. I believe that man was created directly in God's own image and after his own likeness. I do not believe mankind evolved, or has evolved. 

Genesis 1:27; 2:21, 22; 1 Corinthians 11:8, 9; 15:45; 1Timothy 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:13; 2 Peter 3:3


Communion

I believe Jesus instituted communion as a means to remember His life and death until He returns for us. I believe the early church celebrated communion when they met on the first day of the week, and perhaps much more often.

Matthew 16:26-28; Luke 22:14-20; Mark 14:22-24; 1Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-29


The Devil, or Satan

I believe that Satan is a real spiritual being, a deceiver and the father of all lies. He is the malignant prince of the power of the air and the evil god of this world.  He is mankind’s greatest enemy, the enemy of God and Christ, and the accuser of the saints.  He is destined to final defeat at the hands of God's Son, and sent to eternal hell, a place of torment prepared for him and his angels.

Genesis 3:3, 4; Job 1:6; Zechariah 3:1; Matthew 4:10; Luke 22:3; John8:44 Acts 26:18; Romans 16:20; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 11:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; 1 Peter 5:8: Revelation 2; 13, 24; 9:11; 12:9; 20:10


  
Giving

I believe that giving should support the local church and its outreaches. We are to give both our time and resources to expand the ministry of the church. I also believe in complete transparency of the use of finances. 

Luke 6:38; Romans 15:26-31; 1 Corinthians 9:7-11; 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 4:2; 7:2; Galatian 2:10 1 Thessalonians 2:3, 5; 1Timothy 6:18; 2 Timothy 2:6


God

I believe that the Bible teaches us that there is only one God and yet He is a triune God. We are to acknowledge and worship the Father as God, Jesus Christ as God and the Holy Spirit as God. Our God is all knowing, all powerful and present everywhere. He is all good, loving, full of mercy, just, and holy. 

Deuteronomy 4:35; Isaiah 44:6; Genesis 1:26; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Acts 2:33; Romans 15:26; John 20:28; Luke 24:52; Ephesians 3:3; 1 Peter 3:22; Acts 5:3,4; Exodus 17:7 w/ Hebrews 3:7-9; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2; Matthew 28:18,19; Psalm 139:8; Job 34:21,22; Jeremiah 23:23,24; Ephesians 1:22; Psalm 139:1-4; Proverbs 15:3; Psalm 119:68; Luke 18:19; 1 John 4:8,16; Luke 1:50; Titus 3:5; Job 34:12; Psalm 19:16; 61:8; Isaiah 6:3; Acts 7:50; Revelation 4:8; 1 Timothy 1:18


Hell

The Bible teaches that hell is a place that was created for the devil and his followers. It also teaches that it is the eternal abode of those who die apart from Christ. It is a place of unimaginable torment and suffering. Jesus warned people about hell and died to save people from hell.

Matthew 5:22-30; 25:41; 10:28; Mark 3:29; 16:16; Luke 16:23; John 5:29; 1 Peter 2:4; Revelation 20:14, 15


The Holy Spirit

I believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person equally with God the Father and God the Son.   I believe that He was active in creation and is now active in the work of convicting, regenerating, empowering, instructing, sanctifying, and ultimately the glorification of each believer.  I believe that every believer from the moment of regeneration, is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and baptized into the body of Christ by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a person and can be talked to, blasphemed, lied to, received or resisted, grieved and worshiped.

Genesis 1:2; Nehemiah 9:30; Job 33:4; Isaiah 63:10; Matthew 1:20; 12:31,32; Luke 2:12; John 3:6; 14:26; Acts 5:3; 7:51; 8:15; 15:28; 20:23; 21:11; Romans 5:5; 7:6; 8:15.16,26,27; 1 Corinthians 2:4; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 3:16;4:30; 1Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 4:1; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:2,12; 1 John 2:27;Jude 1:20

Jesus Christ

I believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, and that He is both the Son of God, and God the Son. I believe in the literal bodily resurrection of Christ, that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.  After manifesting Himself for forty days to His disciples, He ascended to His Father's right hand where, as our great High Priest, He is preparing a place for us and praying for us. I believe that according to His promise He will come again without sin unto salvation; and that His coming will be personal, visible and glorious. I believe that He alone is the Savior and that apart from Him there is no salvation.

Matthew 1:20; John 14:2, 3, 6 Hebrews1:2-8; Acts 1:3; 4:12 10:40; 13:30, 34; 17:26; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 4:8; Hebrews 7:25; Titus 2:13; 1 Timothy 2:5


Mankind

I believe that man was created a perfect being in the image of God.  When our first parents disobeyed God mankind lost his spiritual life, and became dead in trespasses and sins.   I believe that this spiritual death has been transmitted to the entire human race of man, and that every child of Adam is born into the world with a sinful nature.  Man is a sinner by nature and by practice and is, therefore, under the just condemnation of God.

Genesis 1:26; 2:17; 3:19, 20; Romans 3:22; 11:32; Galatians 3:23; Job 15:14-16; 1 John 1:8-10; Ezekiel 18:20a


Marriage

I believe marriage is a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman. A marriage is to be recognized by the government and witnessed accordingly. Any sexual relationship outside of the bonds of marriage constitutes sexual immorality and is forbidden and condemned in the Scriptures.  The relationship between a man and his wife is to portray the relationship between Christ and the church.

Genesis 1:27, 28; 2:24; Proverbs 5:15-23 Matthew 19:8; 1 Corinthians 7:2-5 Ephesians 5:22-28 Colossians 3:18, 19 Hebrews 13:4; 1Peter 3:1-7

Salvation
               
I believe that the Bible clearly teaches that our salvation is provided for by the sacrificial death of Jesus in our behalf and is to be obtained by placing our faith in Him and being born again.

Ephesians 2:8,9; John 3:3,15-18, 36; 5:24; 6:29,35; Acts 13:39; 16:31; Romans 3:24; 4:16; 10:9,10; Colossians 2:12



The Second Coming of Jesus

I believe the Bible teaches a second coming of Christ. I teach that He will come one more time and only once. We will have trials and tribulations in this life but I do not believe the Bible teaches a future tribulation period or a millennial kingdom as is commonly taught. I believe the popular views of the end times are man-made schemes and thwart the clear meaning of the Word of God. I also recognize that end times teachings can be very difficult to wade through and come to an understanding. My basic understanding and teaching is as follows:
          
The next major event will be the second coming of Christ which will take place when the Lord Jesus returns at the last trumpet with a shout and the voice of the archangel. The dead in Christ will be raised, the living saints will be raptured and the judgment of all mankind will take place. After the judgement the righteous will enter into heaven and the lost will be condemned to eternal damnation.          

Matthew 16:27,28; 25:31; 1; John 5:28,29;  Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 15:23-28,26,50-52; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:21; Colossians 3:4;   1 Thessalonians 1:10; 3:13; 4:14-16;5:9 Revelation 10:7; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; Hebrews 9:28;10:27 2 Peter 3:7-13; 1 John 3:2; Jude 6,7,14; Revelation 1:7; 20:14,15;21:1


Worship

I believe our lives are to be lived for the glory of God. Everything we think, say and do should be an act of worship. When we meet together we have the great privilege of worshiping God in song, Our worship is more than our singing, it is a state of our hearts.


Romans 12:1, 2; 13:14; 14:7, 8; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 1:11; Colossians 3:17; 1 Peter 4:11 Psalm 40:3; 149:1

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