Confessions of Faith

 

We do not believe in creeds and therefore these confessions, both those most basic to all Christianity and others more particular to our congregation, spring forth from our understanding and faith in God.

 

GOD: There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. God is revealed to us as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.

THE SCRIPTURES: The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the inspiration of God and contain all the knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness.

THE MESSIAH: Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and Man for the purpose of restoration. Having taken upon himself human nature, yet without sin, he suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand he ever lives to make intercession for his people. He is the path of our salvation.

MANKIND: God created man in his own image and free from sin. He transgressed the command of God and fell from his original holiness. We inherit a corrupt nature and are originally under condemnation. We believe in the eternal mercy of God for those incapable of moral decisions.

SALVATION: Recognizing our sinfulness through the power of the Holy Spirit; repenting of our sins; and accepting the abundant and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ alone. The faithfulness of God toward His new covenant assures that those whom God has accepted in Christ will be kept by the power of God through faith.

SANCTIFICATION: Maturing in our walk with Jesus Christ. Gaining wisdom in how to endure the trials of life and attain the virtues of a disciple through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

THE CHURCH: The Lord Jesus Is the Head of the Church and it composed of all His true disciples. Christians are to associate themselves into Christian assemblies for the purpose of worship, the Lord’s Supper, exhortation, and mission.

ORDINANCES: These symbols were ordained by Christ and should be observed within the body of believers. We believe that the Lord’s Supper should be available to all believers of Jesus Christ as a continual renewal of our commitment to him and one another. Believer’s baptism is commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ upon answering the call to follow Him. It represents our place in his death, burial, and resurrection to which all believers are promised.

AUTONOMY: We believe in the self-governance of each congregation to be good stewards of God’s gifts and workers in His mission. We also believe in the priesthood of all believers such that every Christian may stand directly before God with no other intermediary or authority other than Jesus Christ.