Statement of Faith

    We at believe that the Bible is our one and only authority in matters of faith as well as practice. And our conviction of this truth leads us to believe:

  That the whole Bible, in its original form, both Old and New Testament is the holy, inspired, inerrant, and infallible word of God. The scriptures are God breathed and they are our final authority. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17

2.           In the holy, eternal, co-equal Trinity; that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are uniquely one and yet uniquely separate, each with distinct functions. All working in perfect harmony to the purposes of God’s divine will.  Genesis 1:26-27, Matthew 3:16-17

3.           That God created the Heavens and the Earth in six literal days. Genesis 1:31 We believe that all people were created by God and in the image of God. Genesis 1:26-27 And that all men are now fallen and are born into sin because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:15, Ephesians 2:1-3 Because of that sin we are now all born under a curse which takes the form of physical and spiritual death, as well as Hell and eternal separation from God. Matthew 10:28

4.           That not only is humanity now born under the curse, but that we have each, individually broken God’s laws which were given to us in the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:1-17 Since God is the just and holy judge of the universe and we have sinned against Him, we should be found guilty on Judgment Day in His holy court. And because we have incurred the wrath of God, a price needed to be paid for our sins. Matthew 5:21-28, Mark 10:17-23

5.           That Jesus Christ is the only Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the virgin Mary just as the prophets foretold in the Old Testament. Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, Micah 5:2 He lived a perfect and sinless life; being completely human, while never ceasing to be God. Christ lived the life that each of us should have lived but cannot. Luke 1:35, John 1:14, Matthew 1:18, Genesis 3:15, Galatians 4:4-5

6.           That because God is not only wrathful and just, but also loving, He sent His one and only Son to die on a Roman Cross over two thousand years ago as a propitiation for our sins. He was our representative and substitutive sacrifice, as was foreshadowed by the continual sacrifices in the Tabernacle and then the Temple. See Leviticus.  Christ in his death absorbed all of God’s wrath towards our sins and granted us his holiness. Romans 3:21-27, John 3:15-17, Zechariah 12:10, Two prophetic psalms of the crucifixion - Psalms 22:1-2, 6-8, 14, 17-18, 34:20, Another prophetic scripture on Christ’s coming - Daniel 9:24-27, 1 Peter 1:18-19

7.           *That God the Father raised Jesus Christ, who is God the Son, from the dead on the third day. Psalms 16:10-11, 30:3,9-11, 40:1-2, 68:18, Matthew 28:1-20 He ascended back into Heaven where he now resides in his resurrected body as our High Priest and Advocate for us before the holy altar and throne of God. Isaiah 53:10, Proverbs 30:4, Hebrews 7:23-28

8.           That anyone who repents, turns from their sins and trusts in Christ’s work on the cross for them is justified. They are born again through the Holy Spirit in one justifying prayer and become the adopted children of God as well as his heirs. In becoming a Christian, we are not only saved from Hell and granted entrance into Heaven, but more importantly all of our sins have been taken up by Christ completely. We are shielded by Christ’s blood and left pure before the eyes of God the Father. Romans 5:1, 8:15-17, Ephesians 1:5                                                                              

     Those who are truly Christians God will preserve and he will finish what he has begun in their lives. However, he calls us to persevere with in his guidance and protection on towards our inheritance of eternal life with Christ.
    Continuing on and growing in your Christian faith is evidence that you are a Christian. If you are not growing you are not alive in Christ.  Philippians 1:6, 1 Peter 1:3-5, 2 Peter 1:5-8, 10-11, John 10:27-29, Matthew 7:21-23, Mark 4:5-6, 16-17, John 15:1-2,6

9.           In the reality of the Devil and the fallen angels who reside in Hell, and that Hell will be the ultimate destination of all who do not repent and trust in Christ as their savior. Also, that Satan will continue to work to take away and destroy men, both physically and spiritually until the day when God locks him in Hell for all of eternity.
                   We also believe that Satan’s ultimate goal is to be glorified. He wants to take and to have the
               praise, honor and the power that God holds. While the Devil does wield some power in the                   
               world, he only has as much and can only do as much as God allows and ordains. He is, as it
               were, on a leash and he can do nothing outside of God’s perfect plan.  Ultimately God will
               overthrow Satan and his demons and cast them into Hell for all eternity. See the book of Job.
               Mark 4:2-20, Luke 10:17-20, John 8:44, Romans 16:20, 2 Corinthians 11:14, Ephesians 6:10-19,
               1 Peter 5:8-9, 1 John 3:7-9, Revelation 2:10,

10.       In the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who is the Great Comforter. The Holy Spirit works to manifest the presence of God on the Earth, specifically in the Church and the lives of individual believers. Although the Holy Spirit was at work in the Old Covenant, His work is much more evident in the New Covenant. Both in Jesus work while he was on Earth and after his ascension into Heaven when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, who is present with us now.
    God uses the Holy Spirit to empower his people for service by administering the gifts of the Spirit as he sees fit. Some of the Holy Spirit’s gifts are prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, generosity, leadership, and acts of mercy.  Romans 12:4-8 Some of the Holy Spirit’s fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23, 25 He also teaches and illumines, brings about conviction of sin and purifies. Joel 2:28, John 3:5, 15:26, 16:7-15, Acts 1:5 and 8, 2:2-17, 5:3-5, 10:44-47, Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:7-8
11.       That the Church is the Bride and Body of Christ. The Church is to glorify God in its works, being an instrument that reflects his own light back to him. The Church’s purpose is to edify and equip believers through sound teaching and apologetics to reach the lost, not to cater to the lost. It is the Church’s job to show the love of Christ, at any cost to its self, by bringing the word of God to the lost.
    We believe that God has ordained that only men should hold the positions of Pastor or Elder, but that both genders are free to hold other roles with in the church. Since God created both men and women in his image they are equal in his site but he has given them different, complimentary roles in life and in the Church. God has designed men and women’s relationships to be this way in order to put on display his amazing, sacrificial relationship with the Church. Genesis 1:27, 5:1-2, Ephesians 4:4-14, 5:22-33 
12.       That the ordinances of the Church: Baptism* and Communion as well as the Great Commission:  Witnessing are to be actively, consistently and intentionally carried out. *(Baptism need not be carried out more than once.) Mark 16:15-18, Acts 1:8, 22:14-16, Romans 6:3-7,
1 Corinthians 11:23-28

13.      We believe in the imminent return of the risen savior Jesus Christ, and that he will take up his saints to be with him, both the quick and the dead.  John 6:40, 14:1-28, 2 Corinthians 4:13-15, Romans 4:23-25

14.       God will judge everyone according to his Books, which includes the Book of Life, and that these books determine where you will spend eternity and what your experience will be in that eternity. You will spend forever in Hell either in eternal torment, or in Heaven eternally worshiping God and glorying in his presence. The final judgment will serve the purpose of glorifying the justice of God.  John 12:48-50, Acts 17:30-31, Romans 3:19-26, 2 Timothy 4:1-2,    1 Peter 4:4-5, Revelation 20:12-15

15.       That those who are sent to Hell will be eternally separated from God and experience inescapable torment. And that those who’s lives have been hidden in Christ will attend the marriage supper of the Lamb and will spend eternity on Heaven in communion and eternal worship of God. Matthew 5:10-13, 6:19-21, 7:21-23, 8:11, 10:32-33,28, 22:2-14, 24:31,          John 6:37-40, 2 Peter 2:4-21, Revelation 14:9-13, 19:9

16.       The God of the Bible is the one and only true God in Heaven and Earth. The God of the Bible is different from every other god because He is both infinite and personal.

    “…he is infinite in that he is not subject to any of the limitations if humanity, or of creation in general. He is far greater than everything he has made, far greater than anything else that exists. But he is also personal: he interacts with us as a person, and we can relate to him as persons. We can pray to him, worship him, obey him, and love him, and he can speak to us, rejoice in us, and love us.” – Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, pg. 167.

              In this text, Paul speaks to the Athenians on the fact that God is infinite and personal:
              So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: "Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, 'To the unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for "'In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, "'For we are indeed his offspring.' Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead."  - Acts 17:22-31
    “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think…to him be glory…” – Ephesians 3:20
          God is far more glorious and perfect than we could ever comprehend or fathom, and because of his perfect nature, it is only right and just that he seeks his own glory through what he has created. God is the author and he writes our stories in a way that will reflect his own glory back to him.

“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” – Romans 11:36


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    GDS Theme Passage

    "For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus
    Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for
    Jesus' sake. For God, who said, 'Let light shine
    out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give
    the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in
    the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure
    in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power
    belongs to God and not to us."
    - 2 Corinthians 4:5-7

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