Statement of Beliefs

“You can’t tell it like it is, if you don’t believe it like it was.”
- Vance Havner

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The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. The 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament are the authority for all Christian living, doctrine, preaching, and teaching. The Bible is God's Word, providing God's revelation about Himself, the sinfulness of man, and salvation through Jesus Christ. It should be read and studied by every believer, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide each person in the ways of the Lord.


THE GODHEAD

There is one true God, the Lord of Heaven and Earth. He is eternal, infallible, true, and holy. By His word, He created the universe, and He continues to it sustain by the word of His power. He is revealed in Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each Person of the Trinity is co-existent, co-equal, and co-eternal, being absolute in holiness of Person and perfect in action, attitude, and purpose.


HUMANITY

 God created humans in His own image. By an act of disobedience against the command of God, humanity sinned against God and fell from their innocent state. Born into this world, humanity is an enemy of God, hateful of Him, trespassing His Law and dishonoring His Person. Apart from the grace of God working in the life of an individual, humanity is doomed to a deserving, eternal punishment in hell.


THE GOSPEL

 Despite our sin and rebellion, God provided redemption for humanity, when Jesus Christ came to live among us and then die for the sins of the world.  On the cross, Jesus displayed Divine love, upheld Divine justice, and satisfied Divine wrath, first for God's glory and second for sinners' salvation.  Christ is the Gospel; His birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and reign are God's provision for sinful humanity. Each person must repent and believe the Gospel to be saved. The evidence of true conversion is a changed life, a growth in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a love for the things of God, with the Holy Spirit providing His witness to every true believer.


EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS

In response to the revelation of God's Deity, humanity's depravity, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ being the only remedy, Christians must be convinced that their duty lies in taking the Gospel to all nations.  This mission takes place in our Jerusalems (the places closest to us), our Judeas (the places near us), our Samarias (where no one really wants to go), and to the ends of the earth.  Scripture tells us that Christ's bride is made of people "from every tribe and lanugage and people and nation," (Rev. 5:9), and it is the Church's responsibility to take this message to the world.  Missional living is imperative for every Christian, that they not only cross the sea but also the street, that they not only go to the nations, but also to their neighborhood.  To quote Jesus, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Mt. 24:14).  All evangelism and missions must be done in the power of the Holy Spirit, or it is done in vain.


LAST THINGS

As He promised in His Word, Jesus Christ is coming soon. When He comes, He will take His Church home and judge the quick, the living, and the dead. We do not know the exact moment He will come, but we must live each day with the reality that He is coming and is coming soon.  God, stamp eternity on our eyeballs!  Let us live in light of eternity!