Articles of faith
We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God.
We believe that there is only one true God.
We believe that within the Godhead, there are three distinct yet equal and eternal persons – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God directly created the world out of nothing. Man was created in the image of God and retains that image after the Fall. God also created angelic beings, including those who later rebelled under Satan.
We believe that every human that ever lived (except Jesus Christ) is a sinner by nature. The penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death and ultimately eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire. All of mankind stands condemned before a holy, just and righteous God. Man can do nothing to merit salvation.
We believe that Jesus Christ (God the Son) was born of a virgin, lived a perfectly sinless life, suffered and died for our sins. He was buried and rose from the dead on the third day. He ascended bodily into heaven and will return the same way. He will forever be fully God and fully man and is currently seated at God’s right hand, making intercession for believers.
We believe that salvation from sin is found only in Jesus Christ. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone and entails repentance towards God and trust in Jesus Christ. Forgiveness for sin is found by accepting God’s gracious gift in Christ.
We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates individuals and places them into the body of Christ at the point of salvation. He gives gifts and empowers individuals for service. The sign gifts are no longer needed today.
We believe in eternal security. All who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ for all eternity.
We believe that baptism follows salvation. It is a public demonstration of one’s salvation. The Lord’s Supper is to be observed in remembrance of Jesus’ death on the cross.
We believe that local churches are God’s means of fulfilling the Great Commission. Such congregations of believers meet for regular worship, govern their ministries under the authority of Scripture, and are led by pastors and are served by deacons.
We believe that God creates each person as male and female. We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity is to be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality, including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, incest and use of pornography, is sinful and offensive to God.
Further, we believe that hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to e repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Compass.
We believe that the church and Israel are distinct entities. God will fulfill his promises to Israel through a future restoration.
We believe in the “any moment” rapture of the church. Following the tribulation, Christ will return to set up his kingdom where believers will enjoy living in the blessed presence of the Lord forever.