Statement of Faith
by jruiz | Mar 25, 2020 |
- We believe in the Bible as the inerrant Word of God, composed of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice.
- We believe in one God, Eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the Virgin birth of Jesus Christ, and that He is true God and Man. He died on the Cross for our sins, as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice. He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven where at the right hand of the Father He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
- We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through the regeneration by the Holy Spirit can Salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
- We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
- We believe that Salvation is the free gift of God, entirely apart from works, and is possessed by all who have by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.
- We believe in the priesthood of all believers, that every believer under God is competent to approach Him without any intermediary. This means that everyone has the right to worship God according to the dictates of an enlightened conscience without any earthly hindrance. As a result of this principle, we teach that every believer is responsible, under the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit, to develop his own personal and spiritual relationship with God.
- We believe that the Church is composed of all born-again believers; its mission is to witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the Gospel among all nations; it will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air when He appears in His Glory to set up His Kingdom.
- We believe in religious liberty, including the principle of congregational church government, with the members of the church having equal rights, privileges and duties under the Lordship of Christ. In that both freedom and responsibility are involved, independence and inter-dependence are equally acknowledged, each member being free to make his/her own decisions within the local context while associating with others in fellowship and wider service to carry out the commission of Christ. (Romans 12:5).
- We believe that the Lord’s Supper and Water Baptism are the two ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.
- Baptism is an act which symbolizes a profound spiritual experience. (Romans 6:3-4). We believe that biblical baptism is by immersion which pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Baptism is an oath of solemn obligation. When one is baptized based on intelligent understanding of its meaning and significance, he/she is registering a vow before men that he/she will “walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4). Therefore, the act of baptism represents a powerful witness to all those who observe this ordinance. Baptism is a confession of faith of the candidate as well as that of the baptizing minister.
- The Lord’s Supper is both a memorial and a symbol. It is observed in remembrance of Jesus, His life, His death, His resurrection, and His coming again. (I Corinthians 11:24). This ordinance is a visible expression of the Gospel and it is in the light of the Gospel that it must be understood. The Bread and the Cup speak of Christ’s broken body and shed blood, the price He so willingly paid for our salvation. We practice Open Communion. This means that persons who are not members of church, but who are professing Christian believers walking in fellowship with the Lord, are welcomed to actively participate by receiving the Bread and the Cup.
- We believe in the personal, pre-millenial and imminent Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a dynamic bearing on the personal life and service of every believer.
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
- We believe that every local church has the right under the Lord Jesus Christ, its Head, to decide and govern its own affairs according to biblical standards.