The Importance of Faith & Scripture.

God has reveals himself in Scripture.
Scripture is reliable for it is inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Scripture reveals one God in three persons – Father, Son & Spirit.
Scripture points us to the Gospel – the Good News of Jesus.
Scripture points us to forgiveness of sin and salvation by grace.
Faith comes by hearing the word of God.
Jesus paid for all sin on the cross; believing brings forgiveness and life eternal.
Believers revere, enjoy, and worship God.
Scripture teaches us how to “live beautifully.”
Christians are not hearers of God’s word, but doers.

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Statement of Faith

WE BELIEVE in one sovereign God, eternally existing in three persons: the everlasting Father,
His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and the Holy Spirit, the giver of life; and we
believe that God created the Heavens and the earth out of nothing by His spoken word, and for
His own glory.

WE BELIEVE that God has revealed Himself and His truth in the created order, in the
Scriptures, and supremely in Jesus Christ; and that the Scriptures of the Old and New
Testaments are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing,
so that they are fully trustworthy and of supreme and final authority in all they say.

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, was
true God and true man, existing in one person and without sin; and we believe in the
resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present
life there for us as Lord of all, High Priest, and Advocate.

WE BELIEVE that God directly created Adam and Eve, the historical parents of the entire
human race; and that they were created in His own image, distinct from all other living
creatures, and in a state of original righteousness.

WE BELIEVE that our first parents sinned by rebelling against God’s revealed will and thereby
incurred both physical and spiritual death, and that as a result all human beings are born with a
sinful nature that leads them to sin in thought, word, and deed.

WE BELIEVE in the existence of Satan, sin, and evil powers, and that all these have been
defeated by God in the cross of Christ.

WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a
representative and substitutionary sacrifice, triumphing over all evil; and that all who believe in
Him are justified by His shed blood and forgiven of all their sins.

WE BELIEVE that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit
and thereby become children of God and are enabled to offer spiritual worship acceptable to
God.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit indwells and gives life to believers, enables them to
understand the Scriptures, empowers them for godly living, and equips them for service and
witness.

WE BELIEVE that the one, holy, universal Church is the body of Christ and is composed of the
communities of Christ’s people. The task of Christ’s people in this world is to be God’s
redeemed community, embodying His love by worshipping God with confession, prayer, and
praise; by proclaiming the gospel of God’s redemptive love through our Lord Jesus Christ to the
ends of the earth by word and deed; by caring for all of God’s creation and actively seeking the
good of everyone, especially the poor and needy.

WE BELIEVE Jesus Christ ordained two important practices to be followed in faithful obedience:
Believer’s Baptism and Communion.

WE BELIEVE in the blessed hope that Jesus Christ will soon return to this earth, personally,
visibly, and unexpectedly, in power and great glory, to gather His elect, to raise the dead, to
judge the nations, and to bring His Kingdom to fulfillment.

WE BELIEVE in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting punishment of the
lost, and the everlasting blessedness of the saved.