Declaration of Faith
There is one God who has eternally existed as three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise. God is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom, justice, and mercy. He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. (Exodus 20: 2-3, Deuteronomy 10:21, Hebrews 13:8)
God has revealed himself to us through holy scripture. We believe the Holy Bible as the inspired and infallible word of God that is the all-sufficient authority for all matters of faith, doctrine, and Christian living. (2 Timothy 3:15-16)
God has also revealed himself through his Son, Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God who is the perfect image and representation of an invisible God. (John 1:14, Colossians 1:15) And God has revealed himself through creation, so that all mankind is without excuse for not recognizing the reality of God. (Romans 1:20)
Jesus Christ is the eternal Word of God, who existed eternally with the Father and all things are made through him (John 1:1-3). Jesus Christ is fully both man and God, born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross for our sins. He rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and now serves as our High Priest and Mediator. (Matthew 1:23, 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4, Hebrews 4:14-16, 1 Timothy 2:5)
Humans, both male and female, were created in God's image for His glory (Genesis 1:26). The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and appointed as caretakers of the rest of God's creations.
When Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God. This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God, and fractured all of creation ever since that time. As a result of this initial fall from grace, we as descendants of Adam and Eve have inherited a sin-nature, a natural bent towards rebellion of a Holy God. And in this state, we are dead in our sins. (Romans 3:23, 5:12)
Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead and now, by grace, offers as a free gift eternal life to
all who follow Christ, by faith, as their Lord and Savior. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone.
(Romans 6:23, John 14:6, Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-9)
The Church is meant to be the visible body of Christ, sent into the world to glorify God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 2:20-22)
Jesus Christ is returning one day to judge both the living and the dead and to usher in the fullness of God's kingdom on earth. Because Jesus Christ is resurrected from the dead, we too will experience a resurrection of our mortal bodies. Those found in Christ will experience eternity with him, while those who reject Christ will experience eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Acts 24:15, 1 John 5:11)