Statement of Faith
As an organization, it is important to know what we believe. This will help guide future decisions, who we hire and how we go about doing work. It also ensures that we stay on the path God has intended for us to walk in a way that is in line with our calling. We want to walk in a way that is worthy to our calling.
The Bible. The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, God’s infallible written Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that God inspired the complete text of the Bible extending to the very words the writers chose and was written without error in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life on which it speaks (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Psalms 119:105).
God. There is one true God (2 Samuel 7:22), eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7-8) – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human. He became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever (Isaiah 9:6, Colossians 1:15-20). Jesus lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15) and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone (John 10:17-18; John 3:16-17). Jesus rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died (Mark 16:6). Jesus ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own (Romans 8:34).
The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men (John 16:14). He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption (John 16:8). His fullness, power and control are appropriated in the believer’s life by faith. Every believer is called to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit so that he will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God. The Holy Spirit’s supernatural gifts are available and operative today for all Christians (Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-25, Romans 12).
Man. Man was originally created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). He sinned by disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator (Isaiah 59:2). That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation (Romans 3:23; 6:23a). Man’s nature is corrupted, and he is thus totally unable to please God (Romans 3:10). Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit (Romans 3:23b).
Salvation. We teach that Christ alone provides salvation (Acts 4:12, John 14:6). This salvation is a free gift provided by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). We teach that one can be certain of eternal life (John 5:24). We teach that we partake of this free gift of grace by faith alone (Romans 3:28, John 3:16).
Changed Life. We believe that becoming a Christian leads to a changed life (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20). We call this change sanctification, which is a lifelong process of growth in selfless love, humility, service, stewardship, and holiness under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Change and growth are not optional for those saved by grace (James 2:17, Romans 12:2). Because a good tree bears good fruit (Matthew 7:17-18), people justified by grace through faith act on that faith and will change and grow in Christ (2 Peter 3:18, James 1:22, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 5:17, Ephesians 4:22-24).
The Church. We teach that we are a part of one true Church (Ephesians 4:4-6, Romans 12:5) made up of all who believe in Christ as Lord. We extend the hand of fellowship to all members of this universal Christian Church (Romans 15:7). God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement and accountability (Hebrews 10:25).
Prayer. We are a people of prayer. We teach that God answers prayer and we encourage everyone to grow in prayer (Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24; James 5:16, Matthew 18:18-20).
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We teach that Jesus instituted baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We teach that God truly acts in these sacraments and we are commanded to apply them to our lives (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
Return of Christ. Jesus will come again to the earth – personally, visibly and bodily – to consummate history and the eternal plan of God (Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; John 14:3). We encourage a sense of readiness and a zeal for the return of Christ, but leave beliefs on the final events and their exact sequence up to the individual believer (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Eternity. At physical death the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:22-23; Luke 23:43). At physical death the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation (Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20:13).
Kingdom Expansion. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to Jesus Christ and expanding His kingdom (Matthew 28:18-20; 9:37-38; Acts 1:8).
Marriage. We teach that a full sexual relationship belongs within the boundaries of a publicly committed marriage between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24, Ephesians 5:31, Exodus 20:14, Romans 1:26-28).
Sanctity of Life. We teach the sanctity and defense of all human life including the unborn (Deuteronomy 30:19, Jeremiah 1:4-5, Psalms 139:13-14).
Peacemaking. We teach that we are to be proactive in peacemaking (Ephesians 2:14, Matthew 5:9). We teach that Christians are to work actively to break down the barriers that divide people; especially those of race, economics, and gender (Acts 10:34-35, Galatians 3:28). We do not believe that these distinctions will matter in heaven and teach that the church on earth should begin to mirror this eventual reality (Matthew 6:10).