Members' Affirmation of Faith
The Scriptures -are true, authoritative, and sufficient (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
The Godhead -There is only one God. The Father is God.The Son is God.The Holy Spirit is God.The Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit.The Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit.The Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6, 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7, 110:1; Matthew 3:13-17, 28:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
The Fall of Man -Each person, i.e., all humanity (Christ excluded) is by birth and action a sinner. The just penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual (i.e., eternal) (Genesis 2:15-17, 3:19, 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 179; Romans 3:23, 5:8, 5:12-21, 6:23, 7:18; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 1:14-15).
The Person of Jesus Christ-He is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin, and is both fully God and fully human (Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3).
The Work of Jesus Christ -He died on the Cross as a substitute to pay the penalty for sin. Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead and physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return to earth (John 1:20-21, 1:25, 1:29, 10:1-18, 14:3; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 15:12-34; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Gala-tians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18, Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:7).
Salvation-Based on the Cross, salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Only by God’s grace can one be reconciled to God, justified, sanctified, and ultimately glorified (John 3:18, 3:36, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).
The Christian Life-After trusting in Christ for salvation, a believer is to profess faith through water baptism, become a faithful member of a local church, and pursue Christian discipleship, with Jesus as our example and the Holy Spirit as our empowerment, in obedience and faith (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Peter 3:18). Sanctification is the ongoing work of the indwelling Holy Spirit, who graciously sets apart for God’s purposes those who trust in Christ. The presence and power of the indwelling Spirit enables the believer to progress in Christ-likeness and holiness. Growth in grace should continue throughout the believer’s life; yet final perseverance is based on the sure promise of God Himself to preserve His own to the end (Romans 6:5-14, 8:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 1:6, 3:12-14; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:13-14).
The Righteous and the Wicked-There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead.Those who trusted in Christ alone will be raised to eternal re-ward.Those who did not trust in Christ will be raised to eternal punishment (Matthew 25:31-26; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15