Our Statement of faith

God The King And The Holy Trinity

We believe that God is the Eternal King. He is an infinite, unchangeable

Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power, and love. From

all eternity He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons of one

substance, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory.


God The King: The Creator And Ruler Of All Things

We believe that God’s kingdom is everlasting. From His throne, through His

Son, His eternal Word, God created, upholds and governs all that exists: the

heavenly places, the angelic hosts, the universe, the earth, every living thing,

and human beings. God created all things very good.


Counterfeit Kingdom: Satan And Demonic Hosts

We believe that Satan, originally a great, good angel, rebelled against God,

taking a host of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s presence and, as a

usurper of God’s rule, established a counter-kingdom of darkness and evil on

the earth.


The Kingdom In Creation, The Fall, And The Doctrine Of Original Sin

We believe that God created mankind in His image, male and female, for

relationship with Himself and to govern the earth. Under the temptation of

Satan, our original parents fell from grace, bringing sin, sickness, and God’s

judgment of death to the earth. Through the fall, Satan and his demonic

hosts gained access to God’s good creation. Creation now experiences the

consequences and efects of Adam’s original sin. Human beings are born in

sin, subject to God’s judgment of death, and captive to Satan’s kingdom of

darkness.


God’s Providence, Kingdom Law, And Covenants

We believe that God did not abandon His rule over the earth, which He

continues to uphold by His providence. In order to bring redemption, God

established covenants which revealed His grace to sinful people. In the

covenant with Abraham, God bound Himself to His people Israel, promising

to deliver them from bondage to sin and Satan and to bless all the nations

through them.


We believe that as King, God later redeemed His people by His mighty

acts from bondage in Egypt and established His covenant through Moses,

revealing His perfect will and our obligation to fulfill it. The law’s purpose

is to order our fallen race and to make us conscious of our moral

responsibility.


By the work of God’s Spirit, it convicts us of our sin and God’s righteous

judgment against us and brings us to Christ alone for salvation. We believe

that when Israel rejected God’s rule over her as King, God established

the monarchy in Israel and made an unconditional covenant with David,

promising that his heir would restore God’s kingdom and reign over His

people as Messiah forever.


Christ The Mediator And Eternal King

We believe that in the fullness of time, God honored His covenants with

Israel and His prophetic promises of salvation by sending His Son, Jesus,

into the world. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, as

fully God and fully human in one person, He is humanity as God intended

us to be. Jesus was anointed as God’s Messiah and empowered by the Holy

Spirit, inaugurating God’s kingdom reign on earth, overpowering the reign of

Satan by resisting temptation, preaching the good news of salvation, healing

the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead. Gathering His disciples,

He reconstituted God’s people as His Church to be the instrument of His

kingdom.


After dying for the sins of the world, Jesus was raised from the dead on the

third day, fulfilling the covenant of blessing given to Abraham. In His sinless,

perfect life Jesus met the demands of the law and in His atoning death on the

cross He took God’s judgment for sin, which we deserve as law-breakers. By

His death on the cross He also disarmed the demonic powers. The covenant

with David was fulfilled in Jesus’ birth from David’s house, His Messianic

ministry, His glorious resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven,

and His present rule at the right hand of the Father. As God’s Son and David’s

heir, He is the eternal Messiah-King, advancing God’s reign throughout every

generation and throughout the whole earth today.


The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church at Pentecost

in power, baptizing believers into the Body of Christ and releasing the gifs

of the Spirit to them. The Spirit brings the permanent indwelling presence

of God to us for spiritual worship, personal sanctification, building up the

Church, gifing us for ministry, and driving back the kingdom of Satan by the

evangelization of the world through proclaiming the word of Jesus and doing

the works of Jesus.


We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and

that He is our abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the filling or

the empowering of the Holy Spirit, ofen a conscious experience, for ministry

today. We believe in the present ministry of the Spirit and in the exercise of

all of the biblical gifs of the Spirit. We practice the laying on of hands for the

empowering of the Spirit, for healing, and for recognition and empowering of

those whom God has ordained to lead and serve the Church.


The Suficiency Of Scripture

We believe that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of

Holy Scripture so that the Bible is without error in the original

manuscripts. We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New

Testaments as our final, absolute authority, the only infallible rule

of faith and practice.


The Power Of The Gospel Over The Kingdom Of Darkness

We believe that the whole world is under the domination of Satan

and that all people are sinners by nature and choice. All people

therefore are under God’s just judgment. Through the preaching of

the Good News of Jesus and the kingdom of God, and the work of

the Holy Spirit, God regenerates, justifies, adopts, and sanctifies,

through Jesus by the Spirit, all who repent of their sins and trust

in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. By this they are released from

Satan’s domain and enter into God’s kingdom reign.


The Church: Instrument Of The Kingdom

We believe in the one, holy, universal Church. All who repent of

their sins and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior are regenerated by

the Holy Spirit and form the living Body of Christ, of which He is the

head and of which we are all members.


Baptism And The Lord’s Supper

We believe that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the

Church: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Both are available to

all believers.


The Kingdom Of God And The Final Judgment

We believe that God’s kingdom has come in the ministry of our

Lord Jesus Christ, that it continues to come in the ministry of the

Spirit through the Church, and that it will be consummated in the

glorious, visible, and triumphant appearing of Christ – His return

to the earth as King. Afer Christ returns to reign, He will bring

about the final defeat of Satan and all of his minions and works,

the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment and the eternal

blessing of the righteous, and eternal conscious punishment of

the wicked. Finally, God will be all in all and His kingdom, His rule

and reign, will be fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth,

recreated by His mighty power, in which righteousness dwells and

in which He will forever be worshipped.