Statement of Faith

There is only one God.  God is God!  God is the Perfect Being Who is ever greater than all. God is the Sovereign Creator, thus The Authority over all. God reveals Himself to be a tri-unity of love that flows eternally and personally between the Persons of the Trinity.  All Three Persons are divine: equal in glory and power. There is no superiority within the Godhead.  The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God.  The Father is not the Son; the Son is not the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit is not the Father.  God is one.  God has no parts.  God is holy.  God is too pure to approve evil.  God is Light, and Him there is no darkness at all.  God is totally trustworthy.  God does not and cannot lie.  God is not to be mistaken or replaced by any idol or false god.  God is alive.  God is real.  God reveals Himself such that everyone stands without excuse before Him. The Lord God is our Judge, our Lawgiver, our Refuge, and our King.  God made both male and female in His image.

God the Father is the First Person of the Trinity.  The Father was neither made nor created nor begotten from anyone.  God is Father, yet not older than the Son.  God the Father so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.  Every good gift is from above from the Father of lights in Whom there is no shifting shadow.  God’s love is so great that He adopts those who believe in His Name, gives us the right to be His children, and establishes us forever as rightful heirs of an inheritance that does not fade.  

 

God the Son is the Second Person of the Trinity.  God the Son is begotten, yet uncreated. Miraculously the Son of God became human flesh by being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  At once He was fully human, yet fully God.  He is Begotten, not made.  The incarnate Son of God humbly emptied Himself, took on the form of a slave, and sinlessly served both God and humanity by becoming obedient even to the point of death on a cross.  Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the Son of God, the promised Messiah who fulfills the Old Testament prophecies.  Jesus is God the Son, the only Mediator between ourselves and God.  Because Jesus is fully God, He uniquely had the capacity to conquer sin and death by becoming sin as He died and swallowing  Death by the power of His Resurrection.  Jesus raised Himself from the dead, ascended into heaven, and was seated at the Right Hand of God which is God's throne.  Jesus, the Lamb of God, purchased our salvation, not with silver and gold, but rather by the shedding of His own precious blood.  Amazingly, He gave Himself as an Unblemished Sacrifice to appease God's wrath against sin. Someday soon He will return in glory to consummate history, judge all people with His perfect righteousness, and reign forever and ever as Eternal King. 

God the Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity.  The Holy Spirit is God, not an impersonal “it.”  He, like the Son, is The Holy Spirit of God is the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of Truth.The Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son and impartially goes wherever the Spirit pleases to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.  The Holy Spirit enables "whosoever wills” to be truthful enough to believe, repent, and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.  He, the Paraclete, the Helper, the Comforter, imparts peace that surpasses understanding.  The Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to and indwells individual believers, yet baptizes all believers into one body.  The Spirit can be grieved and quenched, but holds omnipotent power.  The Spirit intercedes for believers in prayer with groanings too deep for words.  God put His Spirit on Jesus Who, by faith, worked miracles.  Miraculously, the Holy Spirit inspired the Word of God.

 

The Bible (comprised of sixty-six books) has authority over every other  writing because it is the very Word of God. The Bible is inerrant (meaning true), infallible (meaning trustworthy), the supreme and final authority on all matters about which it teaches, and is God's unique, written revelation.  No other writings are vested with divine authority.  The sum of God’s Word is Truth, and it is meant to be practiced.  Central to the message of God's Word is that God loves people and desires for us all, through Jesus Christ, to live in communion with Him and in community with each other. The top commandments for disciples of Jesus Christ are to love the Lord God foremost with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love other people as yourself.  Love is the fulfillment of the law.  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the person (anthrŌpos) of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.