ARTICLE III
CHURCH CREEDS

SECTION 1
STATEMENT OF FAITH

THE HOLY BIBLE

We believe that the Scriptures, comprised of the 66 books of the Old and New
Testaments, are the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak. We believe Scripture must be understood through the literal, contextual, grammatical, and historical method of interpretation, and applied under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. (2 Samuel 7:28; Psalm 119:160;
2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Corinthians 14:37)

THE TRINITY

We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and they are equal in essence. They execute distinct but harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. (Genesis 1:1-2; Job 26:13; Psalm 104; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 2:18; John 10:30; 14;23;17;5; Acts 5:3-4)

GOD THE FATHER

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, knowledge, power, and love. We believe He concerns Himself both graciously and mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. The Father does everything in accordance with His perfect will, though His sovereignty neither eliminates nor minimizes our personal responsibility. (Matthew 28:19; John 15;26; Psalm 19;1; Exodus 3:14; Colossians 1:17)

JESUS CHRIST

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s eternal Son. We believe further that He is not only true God, but true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. We also believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His priestly intercession on behalf of His people, and His personal and visible return from heaven. (Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13;14; Philippians 2:5,6; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17)

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in God the Holy Spirit. He was sent by God the Father and God the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ and implements Christ’s work of redemption and baptism. He regenerates, seals, gifts, and indwells all      believers at conversion, progressively sanctifying, and securing them in Christ forever. The Spirit fills, leads, comforts, and intercedes for believers, empowering them for godly living and service. His      presence is evident by the fruit of the Spirit and the building up of believers into the body of Christ, the Church. (Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17; John 16:8-11; Ephesians 4:30; Exodus 31:3; 1 Samuel 16:13; John 14:26; Romans 8:26)

CREATION

We believe God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit are the sole agents responsible for the creation of the physical universe. We further do not condone any syncretistic theories that would attempt to harmonize the literal, historical account of creation as recorded in the Bible with evolutionary presuppositions, and therefore repudiate all forms of evolutionary, humanistic theories in regard to origins.(e.g. Theistic Evolution, Progressive Creationism) (Genesis 1; Genesis 2; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalms 33:6-9; Isaiah 44:24; John 1: 1-3; Colossians 1:12-17; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation4:11)