August 29, 2015

Doctrinal Statement

The Scriptures: The scriptures of the Old and new Testaments were given by the inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain, and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.

God: There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself, all perfections, being infinite in them. To Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.

The Trinity: God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

The Fall of Man: God originally created Man in His own image, free from sin. Through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God and fell from his original holiness. Therefore, man’s nature is corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, under condemnation. As soon as man is capable or moral action, he/she becomes a transgressor.

The Mediator: Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. He took upon Himself human nature, although without sin. He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered, and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, Prophet, Priest, King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe. It is in Jesus Christ alone that one can have a right standing before God.

Regeneration: Regenerations is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who stirs and calls those who are dead in trespasses and sins. Enlightening their minds to a saving understanding of the Word of God, the Holy Spirit renews their whole nature so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone.

Repentance: Repentance is brought about by the kindness of God through which a person is made keenly aware of the manifold evil of his sin. Then humbling themselves with godly sorrow, they confess the fullness of their sin and seek forgiveness with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things.

Faith: Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, in whatever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ: accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit and leads to a life of holiness.

Justification: Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made. Nothing wrought in a person or done by them brings justification, but only the obedience and satisfaction of Christ. Jesus Christ is exclusively sufficient and we stand justified by receiving and resting on Him, being declared righteous.

Sanctification: Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God’s Word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is both instantaneous and progressive and is enabled by divine strength. Through God conforming us into the likeness of His Son, we strive after a heavenly life in grateful obedience to all Christ’s commands.

Second Coming: We believe in “that blessed hope,” the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Judgment: We will all be called to give an account of ourselves at the final judgment, in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; this results in the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost.