The following statements set forth the minimum understandings of biblical teaching necessary for membership and ministry in this church. More clearly defined understandings are necessary for those exercising leadership (“Household of Faith Doctrinal Confession”).
God: We believe that there is one true God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Triune God is the Creator of all things visible and invisible and that a belief in this truth is necessary to understand the meaning and purpose of all reality.
The Lord Jesus Christ: We believe in the eternal pre-existence and deity of our Lord Jesus Christ and in his incarnation (fully-God, fully-man) through the virgin, Mary. We believe in his sinless, obedient life; the reality of his recorded miracles; and in forgiveness of sin through his shed blood on the Cross as our substitute. We believe in his bodily resurrection, his ascension, and his present ministry at the right hand of the Father. We believe in his personal Second Coming.
The Holy Spirit: We believe in the present personal ministry of the eternal Holy Spirit in every believer. We believe every believer is indwelt by the Spirit, baptized by the Spirit into the Body of Christ and equipped by the Spirit with various spiritual gifts. We believe it is the will of God that every believer be empowered, or filled, with the Holy Spirit for holy living and effective service.
The Scriptures: We believe the Bible, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God, altogether sufficient for all matters of faith and practice.
Humanity: We believe that God created man as male and female in his own image. We believe each person has inherent worth and is answerable to his Creator. We believe man has fallen into sin resulting in spiritual and physical death, and that the new birth, or regeneration, is necessary for his salvation.
Salvation: We believe in a complete and eternal salvation by God’s grace alone through His drawing of men to His Son, received as a gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The One True Church: We believe in the spiritual unity of all who have faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe in the organization of believers into local churches for worship, edification and witness.
Ordinances: We believe that Christ has ordained that his Church observe the sacraments of believer’s baptism and communion.
The Christian Life: We believe God calls every Christian to a life of good works and spiritual freedom, to service in the church and community, and to separation unto God’s will and away from evil. We believe in the sanctity of the home, purity in sexual relationships, the sacredness of human life, the necessity of manifesting the fruit of the Spirit and a Christ-like character, and the importance of a life of prayer, Bible study, Christian fellowship, and personal witness.
Satan: We believe in the existence of the Devil as a distinct, created personal being, the great adversary of God and his people. We believe in Satan’s final defeat and judgment.
The Second Coming: We believe in the personal and visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ to join his church with himself, to finalize the defeat of evil, and to establish his righteous rule as King of Kings. We believe that this truth should lead Christians to live godly, productive lives in the present world and to eagerly wait for his appearing.
Future Life: We believe that death is gain for Christians, for they enter the presence of the Lord. We believe that there will be a resurrection and a judgment of both the righteous and the unrighteous; the righteous will enter eternal blessings and the unrighteous eternal condemnation.