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Statement of Faith

The Bible

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament are the true, inerrant, inspired, and infallible Word of God. God’s Word is the final authority for faith and life. (Proverbs 30:5-6; Isaiah 8:20; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21)

 

God

We believe there is only one God, and He has chosen to reveal Himself in Trinity, an eternal, loving unity of three divine Persons: as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

 

God Created The World

God created the world from nothing and made all things very good. (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11; Hebrews 11:3)

 

God Created Humanity

We believe man was created in the image of God as man and woman to glorify and enjoy God and to be stewards of creation. (Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 8; Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11; Psalm 37:4)

 

Fall of Man

We believe that Humanity and Creation have fallen into sin with the sin of Adam and Eve (the first men). Therefore, every person is born in sin. We are totally unable to save ourselves. (Genesis 3; Romans 3:12, 23; Romans 5:12)

 

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, the second divine person of God’s Trinity. He is fully God and fully man. (Matthew 1:21-23; John 1:1,14; 20:28; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:14).

 

Jesus’ Live and Victory

We believe that Jesus was begotten from the Father from all eternity, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, that He led a sinless human life, that He obeyed God perfectly, that He worked divine miracles, that He died on the cross for our sins, that He bodily resurrected from death, that He ascended to heaven, that He will return visibly in power and glory, and that He reigns over all things. (Luke 1:26-35, Hebrews 4:15; John 14:11, Luke 23-24, Ephesians 1:20-23, 1 Thessalonians 4:16)

 

Salvation is The Work of God

We believe that salvation is the Work of God from start to finish. It is based on the principle of grace through faith. (Isaiah 53; Hebrews 7:26-27; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Acts 4:12)

 

Salvation Only By Grace Through Faith, Not Works

We believe that salvation of lost and sinful man is entirely God’s gift of grace, not our achievement, and received through repentance and faith in the redeeming blood of Christ, not works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the only way to God. By admitting we have sinned and believing in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and accepting Him as Lord and Savior, we can spend eternity with God. While our works can’t save us, our saving faith in Christ will result in good works because “faith without works is dead.” (John 3:16; Romans 1:16-17; Galatians 2:16-21; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 5:1; Romans 3:24; James 2:26)

 

Water Baptism

We believe in water baptism, as taught and demonstrated by Jesus, as the way for believers to identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It is our public declaration that we have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord. Water baptism does not save us but shows the world that we have already been saved.
And while water baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates our love and obedience to Christ. (Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20)

 

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third divine person of God’s Trinity and the primary author of God’s Word – the Holy Bible, was sent to earth and indwells and fills us, gives new birth, unites us to Christ, equips us with His fruit and gifts, gives us a renewed love for God and people, authenticates and illuminates the Word of God and gives us wisdom to apply Scripture to modern issues and everyday life, helps us commit to God’s Word and godly living, and empowers us to be His ambassadors. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. God gives us spiritual gifts through the Holy Spirit for strengthening God’s people (the church) and proof of God’s existence and power to unbelievers. (Romans 8:9-11; Ephesians 3:16-21; 1 Corinthians 12; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23)

 

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit takes place at salvation which unites us with Christ, places us in the body of Christ, and the Holy Spirit indwells us permanently. It happens only once and is for all believers in Jesus without exception and no conditions, except for faith in Christ. (Mark 1:8; Acts 1:5; Acts 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12:12–13; Ephesians 4:5; Romans 6:4)

 

Filling of the Holy Spirit

The Filling of the Holy Spirit is not the same as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit which is a one-time event and takes place at salvation where the Holy Spirit indwells the believer in Jesus Christ. The Filling of the Holy Spirit is a continual process and is part of our sanctification and our discipleship with the Lord. When we yield to the Holy Spirit, He can fully work in and through us, guide us, and control every part of our life. This is when He fills us. While the Holy Spirit will never leave us after salvation, we might grieve (Ephesians 4:30) or quench Him (1 Thessalonians 5:19) when we are disobedient to God and sin. Only when we are obedient to God, the Holy Spirit can fill us, work in us, and through us so we can live a godly life and both serve God and people fruitfully. Since we still have a sinful nature, we are not able to be filled with the Holy Spirit all the time. When we are disobedient to God and sin, our relationship with Him will not be destroyed. He still loves us and indwells us but our fellowship with Him can be disturbed. Therefore, it is important to confess our sins immediately to God and renew our commitment to be Spirit-filled and Spirit-led. (Ephesians 5:8; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13–14; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)

 

The Church

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, that all believers are members of His body, the Church. (1 Corinthians 12:27; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:4; Colossians 1:18)

 

Sanctification

We believe in the sanctification power of the Holy Spirit which is indwelling the believers and enables them to live a holy life. (Romans 6:19; Galatians 5:22-25)

 

Marriage and Sexuality

We believe that marriage is God-ordained. God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, marriage is to be an exclusive relationship, a lifelong faithful union between a man and a woman. This relationship between a husband and wife should reflect the relationship between Christ and the Church. God’s design for sexual intimacy is to be expressed only within the context of marriage. Sex outside of marriage, sexual immorality (including pornography), adultery, and homosexuality are considered as sin. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9)

 

Angels of God

We believe that God’s holy angels defend and help God’s people. (Psalm 34:7, 91:11; Matthew 18:10; Hebrews 1:14)

 

Satan and Fallen Angels

We believe that Satan and other fallen angels are dangerous but doomed because Christ is the victor over them. (Ephesians 6:10-18; Colossians 2:15; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:10-12)

 

Christ’s Return To Earth and The Resurrection of The Dead

We believe in Christ’s personal future return to the earth in power and glory to rule for a thousand years, to raise the dead, and to make all things new. (Matthew 24:30; 1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 21:1-5)

 

Resurrection and Final Judgement

We believe in the resurrection and final judgment of both the saved and the lost, the saved to everlasting life and the lost to everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 21:8; 2 Peter 3:7; 2 Corinthians 5;10)

 

New Heaven and New Earth

We believe in the new heaven and the new earth and the holy Jerusalem, the city of God, descending out of heaven and filled with the glory of God. People who believe in God will rejoice forever in the new heaven and new earth; People who reject God will suffer forever in hell. (Daniel 12:2-3; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 22:1-5; 2 Thessalonians 1:9)

 

Hell

We believe that hell is a real place as described in Scripture. It is a place of suffering and a place where people who died without accepting Christ are eternally separated from God. God’s desire is that no one is separated from Him for eternity, which is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to save us. (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:12-15; John 3:16-18)

 

Eternal Life

We believe in eternal life, and that through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we spend eternity with the Lord in Heaven. We believe that in rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive eternal suffering in hell. (Matthew 25:31-46; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

 

Walking with God

We believe that in order to walk with God, strengthen our relationship with Him, and grow in our faith, we need a daily conversation with God through reading the Bible, prayer, and worship. (Psalm 1; Daniel 6:10; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)

 

God is Love

We believe that God is love and that we are called to a life of love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:7-21; Exodus 20:1-17; Mark 12:30-31; John 14:15; Romans 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 13)

 

Sharing The Gospel

We believe in sharing the Good News because God calls us to spread the Gospel to others. (Psalm 96:3; Matthew 5:14; 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; 1 Peter 3:15)