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Statement of Faith

GOD

“The Lord our God, the LORD is one.” (Deuteronomy 6:4). The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the only God and Creator; there is none beside Him, and all the attributes of God are His alone. His unique unity consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each eternally and fully God (Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22). The Son, who is the Messiah, having taken on sinless flesh when born to the virgin Mary, is also fully human--truly man and truly God.

MAN AND SIN

God created man in His image and likeness to be in loving and obedient fellowship with Him forever (Genesis 1:27). Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God’s command and, because of this deed, all men sin (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12). Sin is punished by separation from God; this penalty has fallen upon every member of the human race.

SCRIPTURE

The Bible, consisting of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, is the believer’s sole authority in all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16). It is inspired by God and without error in the original manuscripts. 

ATONEMENT AND SALVATION

God has always provided man with a means of atonement. Prefigured by animal sacrifices, the only satisfaction of God’s wrath is provided by Christ’s death on the cross. This death is the full and final atonement for sin (Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2). God accepted this atonement as proved by Jesus’s resurrection. Any person who repents of his sin and trusts in Jesus is saved by God’s grace (Romans 10:9). This grace leads men to a loving and obedient fellowship with God forever. The Holy Spirit has a necessary role in man’s recognition of God’s holiness, man’s need for a Savior, and the salvation provided in Christ. His work is further necessary in man’s repentance and faith, and in the ensuing process through which they are increasingly sanctified (John 14:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:13).

THE CHURCH

The people of Israel are God’s chosen people whom He loves with an everlasting love. God continues to fulfill all of the promises given to the biblical patriarchs. The body of Christ consists of Jews and Gentiles who trust in the One God and in His Messiah for the forgiveness of sin. Both share in the spiritual promises which God made to Israel by faith, and are equal before God. We also believe that Scripture teaches God's children, the Church, to gather together in local assemblies and engage in fellowship with other believers (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25).

ESCHATOLOGY

Man was created with eternity in his heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11).  He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is heaven. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence (John 5:28-29).
If there wasn't free will, there wouldn't be a hell, but if there wasn't God's sovereignty, there wouldn't be a heaven.