Statement of Faith

The Trinity:

We believe that biblical revelation testifies to the certainty that there is only one God, and that God is eternally existent in three persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God the Father:

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.  We believe that he concerns Himself mercifully in the affiars of men, that He hears and answers our prayers, and that He delivers from sin and death all who respond to Him through Jesus Christ.

God the Son:

We believe that Jesus is eternally God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed true miracles and demonstrated power over nature and the devil.  He died on the cross for our salvation, was physically raised from the dead, and then returned to heaven.  He has a present ministry of intercession for us and will soon visibly return to earth at the end of all time in power and glory to receive those who have called on His name.

God the Holy Spirit:

We believe in the person and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle of new birth in those who come to Him, that He indewells believers to help them live according to the Father’s will.  We believe the Holy Spirit gives each believer spiritual gifts for building up the whole church.  Furthermore, we believe that God the Spirit continues to perform signs and wonders through his people in our present age.

The Church:

We believe in the church, Christ’s body.  We believe that in every generation, God is showing his affection to his bride, the church, as he empowers her with all the gifts of His Spirit.  He builds her up and heals her wounds by the finished work of Christ and through the loving embrace and support of the church community.  He gives her authority to destroy the works of Satan.  He uncovers His beauty and glory through her as she rubs shoulders with the undecided of the world.  The church (His body) is the messenger of God’s great invitation, “return to the lover of your soul.”

The Bible:

We believe that the 66 books of the Bible containing Old and New Testaments are alone the only infallible inspired Word of God.  We believe its authority is ultimate, final and eternal.  It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or make equal to any other writing.  The Bible is the source of all Christian doctrine, instruction, correction and reproof.  It is authoritative in all matters of life and practice.

Salvation:

The Bible makes it clear that salvation is a free gift of God, not by works of any kind.  It is based on the merits of Jesus’ death and is appropriated by faith.  Salvation is received by personal repentance, accepting Jesus as your personal savior, and belief in the Lord Jesus resulting in justification and baptism (spiritual) into the body of Christ.  It is securely established in the unchanging commitment of God.  The evidence of being saved is a lifestyle of obedience that is gradually and steadily experienced as we learn to appropriate the fullness of Christ’s finished work.

Atonement:

Christ’s death paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world, but its benefits are only applicable to those who receive Jesus personally.  Healing of the body, soul and spirit are provided in Christ’s atonement as well as the full benefits of our inheritance.

Christian Growth:

We believe the Scriptures teach clearly, it is by grace that we come to God through Christ and it is by this same grace that we grow in our relationship with God.  Every born-again follower of Jesus is plunged with Christ into His burial and resurrection.  The righteousness of Christ has been deposited into our account.  We have become new creations, “the old has passed away and the new has come.”  Christ is our new source of identity and life.  The Scriptures declare us completely pardoned (just as if we had never sinned), “without blemish and free of accusation.”

While God has removed the penalty for sin, he has left Christians in this world vulnerable to the flesh and in need of healing of mind, will and emotions. When we sin, the Holy Spirit brings conviction to what is true and right, reminds us of Christ’s finished work and moves us to turn from sin by trusting God.  The Christian journey is a quest for Christ-likeness, that we, in co-operation with the Holy Spirit, undergo the transformation of our mind, will and emotions and that our bodies follow by becoming living sacrifices.  God has done His part.  Our part is to yield to the renewal process and come into agreement with God’s plan for our growth.

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:

We believe in two perpetual ordinances or sacraments of the church.  The first is water baptism.  We identify with the death and burial of Jesus through baptism.  In taking the Lord’s Supper or Communion we are remembering Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf.  In the act of remembering we bring to mind in the present, the mystery and power and results of the cross.

End Times:

We believe that the bride of Christ, the church, is currently living in the last days before the return of Jesus Christ.  He will return in person with a body.  We believe in the resurrection of the dead, the Millennial Kingdom, and the final judgment.  We believe that born-again believers who have already been judged in Christ through his death will stand before a mercy seat of rewards to be acknowledged for what they did with the life they were given after becoming a Christian.