(Our statement of faith is in the process of being updated. We’re adding new sections every week or so).
Updated Oct, 2009
The Holy Scriptures:
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were written by men borne along and superintended by the Spirit of God and are thus “God-breathed.” (ie, verbal inspiration).
While the autographs have not been preserved, the text of them is preserved within the manuscripts we possess. Therefore, for all intents and purposes we have the reading of the original.
The Scriptures are the self-attesting ultimate authority for the child of God; the all-sufficient, certain and infallible rule of life. Wherever the Scripture speaks, and upon whatever matter it touches, it is authoritative. They are also the means through which the child of God beholds Christ and is transformed from glory to glory.
The Scriptures are the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and pronouncements should be tried. Once a portion of Scripture is properly understood in the sense that the author intended, it is binding on the conscience of the reader or hearer. As such, it is imperative that we interpret them in accordance with consistent, literal (plain-sense), historical, grammatical hermeneutics.
The canon of Scripture is complete and closed.
We deny that present day personal or post-canon impressions, dreams, visions, prophesies, sensibilities, experiences or claimed revelation contain the certainty or authority of the Word of God found in Scripture. Where they duplicate the ideas of Scripture they are unnecessary, where they add to the ideas of Scripture they are uncertain, where they contradict Scripture they are evil. They are neither necessary for understanding the Divine, salvation, holiness, spiritual life nor growth, nor for making proper decisions in this life. They provide no certain knowledge of Divine things and are thus not binding on the conscience, especially on the conscience of others.
The True and Self-Existent Living God:
The Scriptures declare that there is only one true and living God who is the Creator and sustainer of all things, infinitely glorious and utterly perfect in all His attributes. God is a Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit each of the three persons being fully and truly God. We subscribe to the Nicean-Constantinoplean formulation of the Godhead. None but God Himself can fully understand His essence. The three Persons, though not to be divided in nature or being, are distinguished by their personal relations within the Godhead, and by the distinct yet harmonious works which they undertake. Having the same nature, perfections and attributes, they are worthy of precisely the same worship and trust.
We reject the modern heresy of open theism wherein God cannot know the future with certainty. We deny that Father, Son and Spirit are modal manifestations of one Divine person. We deny that any Person of the triune God is essentially (ontologically) inferior to any other.
The Father – Eternal Deity. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Father of all who believe in Christ. He has blessed believers with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:3; Acts 1:6, 7)
The Lord Jesus Christ – Eternal Deity and Sonship. Fully God and fully man, being born of a virgin by the Spirit. He died for the penalty of the sins of all mankind and became sin for us, bearing the outraged indignation, rejection and wrath of the Father towards sin on the cross. He was bodily resurrected, ascended and glorified and maintains a present intercession for the saints; and will return in a personal, premillennial, pretribulational, and imminent rapture of the church, of which He is the head and savior. (Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:1-9; Revelation 3:10, 20:1-6)
The Holy Spirit – Eternal Deity, eternally proceeding from the Father, sent by the Father through the Son. Certain ministries have been committed to Him in this age. He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is responsible for the regeneration, indwelling, enlightening, sealing unto the day of redemption, He baptizes each believer into the one body of Christ (the Church) and into the person and work of Christ (His death, burial, and resurrection). He transforms each believer into the image of Christ as the believer beholds Christ in the word of God. (John 3:6, 16:7-11; Romans 6:1-6, 8:9, 29; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:7; 1 John 2:20-27)