Statement of Faith
one God: the self-existent, eternal, triune Godhead consisting of three
distinct and equal persons who share the same divine nature. The Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit are the one God.
things are created by God and for Godís glory.
created man in His own image, thereby making man a living spirit with a
soul that comprises all aspects of personhood.
created in the image of God necessitates manís freewill.
other angelic beings (though not wholly created in Godís image), were also
granted freewill. Some of these angelic beings and Adam, the first man,
employed their freewill defiantly. The angelic beings rebelled against
Godís authority Adam willingly disobeyed Godís commandment to not eat of a
particular tree. By these acts the theretofore conceptual possibility of
sin, and its consequences, became reality.
single act of disobedience changed his nature from that of pure innocence
to that of conscious disobedience. He sentenced himself and his
descendants to the bondage of sin, and subject to suffering the
consequences of sin: sickness, pain, and death, both physically and spiritually as he was estranged from his personal fellowship with God. Thus, as the responsible agent
of sin, man is also the responsible agent for the misery it breeds.
In it all
God remains righteous, even showing mercy to those whom He created in His
own image. Ultimately, manís failure highlighted Godís great love for His
creation. In His omniscience, which infers foreknowledge, God knew man
would disobey. And God knew the great price He Himself would have to
pay. He knew the only cure for this severed relationship would require a
great personal sacrifice on His part.
No effort on manís part, no degree of goodness no matter how
pious and spiritual it may be, can bridge this great gulf. Sinful man
cannot have, nor does he truly desire to have, honest fellowship with the
righteous God. Nor can God have intimate fellowship with man in his
unredeemed sinful state.
Therefore, out of love for those whom He created in His own
image, the Creator entered intimately into His creation in the person of
Jesus Christ, the second person of the Godhead, who, being born of a human
mother by miraculous intervention, simultaneously possesses two natures:
that of God and of man. Thus, God became a man and dwelt among us,
subjecting himself to the laws and limitations of the physical universe,
and to the moral and ethical trials man faces.
However, unlike other men, Jesus remained righteous in the eyes
of God. Not having a human father, Jesus was free from the bondage of sin
passed down from Adam. Jesus became the only man to live a sin free life
and as such the only man not exiled from Godís fellowship.
Although not subject to the death penalty himself, out of love
for his fellow man, Jesus offered himself as a propitiation for manís sin,
giving his life to manís debt. In so doing he voluntarily took upon
himself the punishment for the sins of the world.
By resurrecting to life three days later, he forever conquered
sin and death, and opened the door for man to once again enter Godís
presence and restore the lost fellowship. It is for this reason that
Jesus claimed to be the way, the truth, and the life. No man, he said,
comes to the Father but through him. All who try to access the Father but
through Jesus are robbers, thieves attempting to possess that which is not
and mercy, God offers salvation and eternal life as a free gift to all
who, through faith in the sacrificial work of Jesus, simply confess that
Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, the savior of the world.
accepting this gift, man is born anew and reinstated to fellowship with
God. The Holy Spirit gives manís spirit new life and a new nature that
empowers him to overcome the sinful, Adamic nature that he retains until
to Godís Word results in continued spiritual growth and thus spiritual
health. Although it is a determined battle with many failures for every
believer, as the spirit of this new nature grows stronger the old sinful
nature simultaneously grows weaker; thereby empowering and advancing the
believerís pursuit of personal righteousness and obedience.
believerís hope for this world is the soon return of Jesus Christ; at
which time he will resurrect the righteous, purge the world of evil and
establish his kingdom on earth.
end of Christís reign upon the earth, God will establish a new heaven and
a new earth in which sin and evil will never again materialize.
It is the
task of every Christian to glorify God, to share this gospel with fellow
sinners and to encourage spiritual growth in fellow believers.