What We Believe

Affirmation of Faith

1. There is one living and true God, infinitely perfect in glory, wisdom, holiness, justice, power and love, one in His essence but eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God sovereignly created the world out of nothing, so that His creation, while wholly dependent upon Him, neither comprises part of God, nor conditions His essential perfection.

2. The books which form the canon of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

3. God created man in His own image, in a state of original righteousness, from which man subsequently fell by a voluntary revolt, and consequently is guilty, inherently corrupt and subject to divine wrath.

4. Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, became man without ceasing to be God by uniting to His divine nature a true human nature in His incarnation, and so continues to be both God and man, in two distinct natures and one person, forever. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, exhibited His deity by manifold miracles, fulfilled the requirements of the Law by His sinless life, shed His blood as a vicarious and propitiatory atonement for man’s sin, was resurrected from the dead in the same body, now glorified. He ascended into heaven and now intercedes in glory for His redeemed as our great high priest and advocate, and as the Head of the Church and Lord of the individual believer.

5. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, through the ministry of regeneration and sanctification applies salvation and places believers into the Church, guides and comforts God’s children, indwells, directs, gifts and empowers the Church in godly living and service in order to fulfill the great commission, and seals and keeps the believer until Christ return.

6. Every person, regardless of race or rank, who receives the Lord Jesus Christ by faith is born into the family of God and receives eternal life. This occurs solely because of the grace of God and has no ground in human merit.

7. The Holy Church is the one institution specifically ordained of God to function in the furthering of the Kingdom until Christ comes again. It consists of all those regenerated by the Spirit of God, in mystical union and communion both with Christ, the head of the Body, and with fellow-believers. Neighborhood congregations are the local manifestation of the Church universal. In obedience to the command of Christ, these congregations preach the word of God, equip God’s people for the work of ministry, and administer the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.

8. The Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily, visibly and personally to receive His own, to conform believers to His own image and to establish His millennial kingdom. He will judge the living and the dead and will effect a final separation of the redeemed and the lost, assigning unbelievers to eternal punishment and believers to eternal glory, enjoying conscious fellowship with Him.

9. Man’s chief end in life is to honor and glorify Almighty God. Personal salvation is a means to this end.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,

The Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth

and of all things visible and invisible.

We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,

the only Begotten Son of God,

Begotten of the Father before all ages,

God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God,

Begotten not created, of the same essence as the Father,

through Whom all things were made.

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

and became human.

Who for us too, was crucified under Pontius Pilate,

suffered and was buried.

The third day He rose again according to the scriptures,

ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and His kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and life-giver,

Who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

Who together with the Father and Son

is worshiped and glorified.

Who spoke by the prophets.

We believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sin,

and we look for the resurrection of the dead

and the life of the age to come. Amen.

A Word

From the Dean

“Onesimus is a person in the book of Philemon in the Bible who starts out a criminal and ends up a great leader in the Christian church. This is still happening today with men and women and it’s our great privilege to disciple them on the inside while they are serving time and after they get out.”

– Pastor Charles