W H A T   W E   B E L I E V E

The Authority of the Bible:

We believe that God has spoken in the sixty-six books of the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises. (Matthew 5:18; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:18-19)

 

The Triunity of God: 

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, each of Whom is to be honored and worshiped as God. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 18:30-31; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; Luke 3:22; John 4:24, 5:23, 10:30, 14:9; Acts 5:3-4; II Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3) 

 

The Person of Jesus Christ: 

We believe Jesus Christ is God the Son, the promised Messiah, conceived in the flesh by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures, without sin, and the only mediator between God and Man. (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-25; Mark 14:61-62; John 1:1-3, 14, 29, 5:18, 8:58, 10:30; II Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:2-9, 2:14-15; I John 5:20)

 

The Work of Jesus Christ:  

We believe Jesus Christ, through His death on the cross, paid for all sin, completely satisfied the righteous wrath of God against sin, and provided redemption and forgiveness for all who believe. After His death, Jesus Christ arose bodily from the dead, was seen by many during a period of forty days, and then ascended into Heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God as our Advocate and High Priest, from which place He will someday return on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory, to establish His Kingdom on earth. (Isaiah 53:5-6; Luke 24:36-43; Matthew 24:30; John 1:18, 3:16, 20:25-28; Acts 1:6-11; Romans 3:21-26; I Corinthians 15:3-8, 20-23; Galatians 3:13; Colossians 1:13-14; I Thessalonians 4;13-18; Titus 2;13; I Peter 1:18-19; 2:24; I John 2:1-2; Revelation 20:6)

 

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit:  

We believe the Holy Spirit is that Person of the Triune Godhead, who convicts men of sin, causes spiritual birth, indwells, seals, sanctifies, guides, equips, teaches, and fills the believer, thus enabling him or her to walk in obedience to God and His Word. The Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ in all that He does. (John 3:5, 14:6, 16-17, 26, 15:26-27, 16:7-15; Acts 1:8, 5:3-4; Romans 8:9, 14; I Corinthians 2:10-11, 6:11, 19, 12:4-13; II Corinthians 3:18; 5:16-18, 22-23; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30, 5:18-21)

 

The Creation and Fall of Mankind:  

We believe we were created by God and are not the product of evolution. God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, under His wrath, and faces eternal separation from Him. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed. (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7, 18-24, 3:1-24, 9:6; Matthew 19:4; Mark 7:21-23; John 8:42-44; Romans 1:18, 3:10, 23, 5:1; Ephesians 2:1-3)

 

The Salvation of Man:  

We believe eternal salvation from sin, death and hell is the free gift of God's grace, and is based solely upon man's personal faith and belief in Jesus Christ. He voluntarily died as a substitute sacrifice for our sins and arose bodily from the dead, thus guaranteeing our own resurrection to eternal life. This salvation is not received by, nor based on, any sacrament, merit, or good work on our part. The one who receives Christ's salvation is eternally secure. At death, the redeemed pass immediately into the presence of Christ and there remain in joyful fellowship until their bodily resurrection unto life. The unbelievers at death descend immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until their bodily resurrection resulting in damnation. (Daniel 12:2; Luke 16:22-23, 23:43; John 1:11-13, 3:16, 5:24, 10:28-30, 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:23-26, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10; II Corinthians 5:8; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 3:10-11, 21; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 7:24-25; I Peter 1:18-19; I John 5:11-13; Revelation 20:11-15)

 

The Nature and Organization of the Church:  

We believe all who have placed their faith in Christ are united together immediately by the Holy Spirit in one spiritual body, the church, of which Christ is the Head. In addition, the members of this one spiritual body are directed to associate themselves together in local churches. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. (Matthew 16:18, 26:26-29, 28:18-20; John 6:55-56; Acts 2:38, 46-47, 8:39, 16:34; Romans 6:3-4; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-26, 29-30, 12:13; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18, 2:12; Hebrews 10:25)

 

Christ’s Return:  

We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission. (Matthew 24:30, 36, 42-51, 25:31, 26:64; Mark 13:32; Acts 1:11; Romans 13:11-14; ; I Thessalonians 1:6-8, 5:1-11; II Timothy 4:8; Titus 2:14; II Peter 3:10-14; I John 3:2-3; Revelation 1:7, 20:1-10)

 

Attitude About Our Beliefs:  

We hold deep convictions on what we believe based on the authority and inerrancy of God’s Word, the Bible. A person is not excluded from worshipping and serving with us because he or she does not agree on every fine point of doctrine; there is allowance for legitimate differences of understanding in some areas of doctrine. We do not draw battle lines over minor points, nor do we make minor issues of doctrine a test of fellowship in the local church. We believe the old church saying holds true: "In Essentials Unity, in Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity (Love)."