What We Believe

The Word of God
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, completed as the revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

The Trinity
We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that these are equal in every divine perfection and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. (Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19)

God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 16:23-27; Galatians 4:4-6; Ephesians 1:3, 17-23)

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son, and has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections as God the Father and of the Holy Spirit. We believe further that He is not only true God, but true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. We also believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His priestly intercession on behalf of His people, and His personal, visible, premillennial return from heaven. (Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 24:1-8; John 1:1, 14; Acts 1:11; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:24-25; 1 John 2:1; Revelation 1, 20)

Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, His personality, and His work in regeneration, sanctification, and preservation. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and implement Christ’s work of redeeming the lost and empowering the believer for godly living and service. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer, guides and empowers believers, and gives gifts to all believers to be used in ministry so that the church functions properly. (Matthew 28:19; John 3:5, 16:13; Acts 1:8, 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 6:11, 19, 12:4-13; Ephesians 3:16, 4:1-16)

We believe God created man, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. We further believe man, because of his fall in Adam, is a sinner by nature and choice and is therefore spiritually dead. We also believe that those who repent of their sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:27, 2:7-3:19; Romans 3:23, 5:12-21, 6:23)

We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We further believe that this salvation was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received by man through faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We further believe salvation results in ongoing development of righteous living, good works, and proper social concern. (John 1:12, 3:3-7, 5:24; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Timothy 2:5)

The Church
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head. We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been baptized by immersion upon a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, for instruction, for evangelism, fellowship, and for service. We believe the ordinances of the local church are believer’s baptism
by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and the mutual submission of believers to each other in love. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8, 2:41-47; Ephesians 5:21; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:24-25)

Relationship of Church to the State
We believe that each local church is self-governing in function, and must be free from interference by an ecclesiastical or political authority. We further believe that every human being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life, and that each should be free to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience. (Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-6)

Christian Conduct
We believe that the supreme task of every believer is to glorify God in his life; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself the full stature of maturity in Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 1:28; 1 Timothy 6:6-9; 1 Peter 1:14-15)

Last Things
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost, the eternal existence of all people either in heaven or hell, in divine judgments, rewards and punishments. (John 5:29; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, 15:51-58; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 John 8; Revelation 19, 20)