Beliefs

God

We believe that there is one true Holy, Sovereign, Loving God eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning, God created out of nothing the world and all the things therein, thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom and goodness. By His providence He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes (Isa. 45:8; Psalm 8; Matt. 28:19; 1 Pet. 1:2; Prov. 16:33; Matt. 10:29; Exod. 15:11; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; 1 John 4:8; Psalm 136:1).

Jesus Christ

We believe in the eternal existence of Jesus Christ and that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8; John 17:5). We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the Virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully Man (Isa 7:14; John 1:1-14; Phil. 2:6-11). Though Jesus was tempted in every way, He lived a sinless life (Heb. 4:15; 2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus went to the cross as an appeasement for God’s wrath and as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins (1 John 2:2; Rom. 3:24-25). We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, in His ascension into heaven, where He is seated at the right hand of God, and in His ministry for us as High Priest and Advocate (Luke 24:50-52; 1 Cor. 15:3-4). He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly to fulfill the eternal plan of God and to judge the living and the dead (Titus 2:13; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:11-15).

Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit has been eternally active in the world.  He was given to dwell in the heart of man at Pentecost by the Father and the Son to impart to mankind the saving work of Christ. He convicts sinners, awakens in them recognition of their need of a Savior, and regenerates them. At the point of salvation, He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength, and wisdom, and He uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the building of the body. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scripture. As we submit ourselves to Him, the Holy Spirit makes it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character and to bear fruit for the glory of the Father (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:16-17; Gal. 5:16-26; 1 Cor. 12:7-11; Acts 2:1-4; Gen. 1:2; John 14:16-17; Phil. 1:6).

The Bible

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God which are without error in the original writings. The Bible was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  The Scriptures are the supreme and final Authority in faith and life (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21; Psalm 119:105).

Salvation

We believe that man was created in the image of God that he sinned and thereby we inherit not only physical death, but also spiritual death, from the first man, Adam.  Due to the sinful nature that we have inherited, we are destined to incur God’s wrath and are in need of a savior, Jesus Christ (Gen. 1:27; Gen. 2:17; Gen. 3:6; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 3:23; Rom 3:18-19; Rom. 3:8). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as an appeasement for God’s wrath and as a substitutionary sacrifice.  All who believe in Him are justified apart from works on the grounds of His death and resurrection (Rom. 4:24-25; I Cor. 15:3; 1 John 1:7; Acts 13:39; 2 Cor. 5: I Pet. 2:24; Rom. 4:5). We believe that everyone who receives Christ by grace through faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become eternally children of God. We believe that death seals the destiny of each person. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin in hell or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation in heaven (John 1:12; John 3:16; John 3:5-7 Rom. 8:4; Rom. 10:9-10; Gal. 3:26; Eph. 2:8; Rom. 8:15-16; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:15; Matt. 18:8; Rev. 21:1-4).

The Church

We believe that the Church is a living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head, and all who have received Christ as Savior and Lord are members of the body. We believe that as the Church, our purpose in gathering together in corporate worship is to edify one another and to exalt and glorify God (Eph. 4:11-16; Acts 2:42-47). We believe that members of the Church should earnestly seek and employ their spiritual gifts and to use them in the service of God and man (Rom. 12:3-8). We believe that the Church is appointed by Christ to be salt and light in the world, bringing the truth and influence of Christ in every place (Matt. 5:13-14; 2 Cor. 2:14-15). The Church exists to fully teach the Bible, to encourage believers to know the heart of God, and to fulfill the Great Commission given by Christ (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Hosea 6:3).

Baptism

Believer’s baptism is an act of obedience to Christ. Baptism does not save, but it is a sign and symbol of the new life a person experiences through faith in Christ.  We believe in baptism by immersion because immersion represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and our union with Him.  This was modeled by Christ at His baptism, by His Apostles in obedience to the Great Commission, and is the consistent reference of the Apostles throughout the New Testament.  Christian baptism must come after salvation (Matt. 3:13-17; Col. 2:11-12; Acts 2:38-39; Rom. 6:1-4; Acts 8:35-38).

Communion

We believe that communion is a proclamation of the death of Jesus until He returns.  Communion reminds Christians of Jesus’ brutal death for our sins, calls us to examine ourselves and put our own sin to death before partaking, reminds us of our unity with the church founded in Jesus alone, and is a foreshadowing of our future, glorious feast in heaven with Jesus (John 6:53-58; 1 Cor. 11:23-30; Luke 22:14-20).

Gospel

We believe that the Gospel is the global work of God to reconcile all things to Himself through the life, death, resurrection, and future return of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Gospel stands at the center of God’s redemptive plan. It is the very work of God for salvation from beginning to end (Rom. 1:16-17; 1 Cor. 15:1-11; Titus 3:3-8; 1 Cor. 2:2).