Statement Of faith
These things we believe and teach:
–The entire Bible is the inspired Word of God. It contains the instructions for living our lives pleasing unto Him. It is the absolute authority for morality, as defined by God. (2 Timothy 3:16)
–In the beginning, God made the heavens and the earth. It was a literal creation, not evolution of any kind. The creation involved six days and God rested on the seventh day, the Sabbath. (Genesis 1: 1-31) (Genesis 2:1-2).
–God created man from the dust of the earth. He breathed life into his nostrils and man became a living soul. Man was perfect and in union with God until sin entered the world through deception and disobedience. Through the sin of one, all mankind became guilty and sinful, breaking the union with God. (Genesis 2, Genesis 3).
–God provided a way for man to become united with Him again. God became flesh and dwelt among men on the earth for approximately 33 years. (John 1:14). He lived among sinful men, yet He was not sinful. (2 Corinthians 5:21). He became the Messiah and Redeemer for all men who will accept His condition for salvation. (John 3:16). His condition involves repentance from sins (Matthew 4:17), acceptance of His free gift of grace (Romans 6:23), and obedience to His commandments (John 14:16).
–Jesus paid the sin debt for all mankind by His own life (1 Peter 2:24). He was born of a virgin named Mary (Matthew 1:18-25). He suffered a cruel death on an execution stake (Luke 23:33). He was buried in a tomb (John 19:38-42). After three days, He was resurrected unto life again (John 20). Later, He physically ascended into Heaven from where He came (Acts 1:6-10). He promised to return again to gather those whom He has called righteous through His own blood (Acts 1:11).
–There is only one way to salvation (restoration with God) (Acts 4:11-12). It is found in the words of Jesus of Nazareth, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).
–One who physically dies without accepting the terms of God’s restoration is hopelessly and eternally lost with no further opportunity to find God’s grace (John 5:24). God, Himself, will judge and punish all who rejected His free gift of salvation and chose to continue with rebellion against Him (Isaiah 13:11).
–The Bible teaches us to live a life separated unto God. This is called sanctification. We are His representatives to all mankind; therefore, we are called to live a life of obedience to His instructions as recorded in His Word (1 Peter 1:14-16).