What do you believe?

Our beliefs revolve around the person and work of Jesus Christ. As the central focus of our church, he is the core of our faith. We are careful to divide only upon those things that are essential. Nothing is as essential for the Christian as Jesus Christ. Our view of him is summed up in the Fourfold Gospel as evidenced in our society’s logo:

saviorChrist Our Savior

The cross signifies the saving work of Christ. It is only through the person and work of Jesus that sinful humanity can be forgiven, redeemed and reconciled to God. There is no other source of salvation; no other way to be saved.

 

sanctifierChrist Our Sanctifier

The laver signifies the work of Christ in personal holiness—sanctification. To be sanctified is to be set apart as holy. At the moment of salvation Christ sets us apart from the world as his holy possession—this is Positional Sanctification. At some point the believer becomes aware through the work of the Holy Spirit that the saved are called to live holy lives—this is the Crisis of Sanctification. The final element of sanctification is Progression. In the Progression of Sanctification the believer is made more and more holy as the Spirit works to convict of and free from sin, while developing within the believer Christian virtues and habits of a godly life.

 

healerChrist Our Healer

The Pitcher of oil signifies the current work of Christ healing the body as well as the soul. Healing is a reality for the people of God today. Healing is to be sought in Christ and may come through immediate divine blessing or through wisdom divinely imparted to a doctor. While believing Christ heals today, we also believe he uses human agency, so we encourage wisdom in medical decisions. We also believe the sovereign God decides when to heal and when to allow illness.

 

Coming KingChrist Our Coming King

The Crown signifies the reign of Christ and his eventual triumphant return. We believe the return of Christ is tied to world evangelism and as a result we play a part in bringing back the King. Matthew 24:14NIV says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”


We also have a more detailed statement of faith for those so inclined to know more:

There is one God, (1) who is infinitely perfect, (2) existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (3)

Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man.(4) He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.(5) He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust,(6) as a substitutionary sacrifice,(7) and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.(8) He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures.(9) He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest.(10) He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace.(11)

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, (12) sent to indwell, guide, teach, empower the believer,(13) and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.(14)

The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice. (15)

Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God: (16) he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature,(17) are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.(18) The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment;(19) and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss.(20)

Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God. (21)

It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, (22) being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. (23) This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion. (24)

Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body.(25) Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age. (26)

The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, (27) which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations. (28) The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (29)

There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; (30) for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment. (31)

The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent (32) and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. (33) This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service. (34)

Notes:

[1] Deuteronomy 6:4, [2] Matthew 5:48, [3] Matthew 28:19, [4] Philippians 2:6–11, [5] Luke 1:34–38, [6] 1 Peter 3:18, [7] Hebrews 2:9, [8] Romans 5:9, [9] Acts 2:23–24, [10] Hebrews 8:1, [11] Matthew 26:64, [12] John 14:15–18, [13] John 16:13; Acts 1:8, [14] John 16:7–11, [15] 2 Peter 1:20–21; 2 Timothy 3:15–16, [16] Genesis 1:27, [17] Romans 3:23, [18] 1 Corinthians15:20–23, [19] Revelation 21:8, [20] Revelation 21:1–4, [21] Titus 3:4–7, [22] 1 Thessalonians 5:23, [23] Acts 1:8, [24] Romans 6:1–14, [25] Matthew 8:16–17, [26] James 5:13–16, [27] Ephesians 1:22–23, [28] Matthew 28:19–20, [29] Acts 2:41–47, [30] 1 Corinthians 15:20–23, [31] John 5:28–29, [32] Hebrews 10:37, [33] Luke 21:27, [34] Titus 2:11–14

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