What We Believe

1. 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, complete as a revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Tim 3:16-17 and 2 Pet 1:19-21).

2. The Trinity.  We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Each person is fully God, sharing the same nature and attributes (Gen 1:26; Deut 6:4; Matt 3:16-17 and Matt 28:19).

3. 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 affairs of men, hears and answers prayers, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (John 16:23-27; Gal 4:4-6; Eph 1:3; 17-23).

4. God the Son.  We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son. He is true God and 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 in behalf of His people, and His personal, visible return from heaven (Matt 1:18-23; Luke 24:1-8; John 1:1; 14; Acts 1:11; 2 Cor 5:19-21; Heb 4:14-16; 7:24-25; 1 John 2:1; Rev 19, 20).

5. God the Holy Spirit.  We believe the Holy Spirit is a person and is fully God.  He regenerates, baptizes into the body of Christ, indwells every believer, guides and empowers believers, and gives gifts to all believers to be used in ministry so that the church fulfills its mission on earth (Matt. 28:19; John 3:5; 16:13; Acts 1:8; 5:3-4; 1 Cor 6:11; 19; 12:4-13; Eph 3:16; 4:1-16).

6. Man.  We believe God created man, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. We further believe that man, because of his fall in Adam, is a sinner by nature and choice and is therefore spiritually dead, in need of salvation (Gen 1:26-27; 2:7-3:19; Rom 3:23; 5:12-21; 6:23).

7. Salvation.  We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  We further believe that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received by man through faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual.  Salvation results in righteous living, good works, and proper social concern.  Salvation is by grace, through faith, accompanied by repentance from sin and a genuine confession of Jesus as Lord (Luke 13:3; John 1:12; 3:3-7; 5:24; Romans 2:5; 3:25; 10:9-10; 11:6; Eph 2:8-10; 1 Tim 2:5).

8. Church.  We believe that the church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head.  The true church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit.  This body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been baptized upon a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, instruction, evangelism, and service.  We believe the ordinances of the local church are baptism 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 (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2:41-47; Eph 5:21; Col 1:18; Heb 10:24-25).

9. Marriage and Sexuality.  We are all created in the image of God.  We all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standards in one way or another.  Yet His forgiveness, grace and mercy extend to all of us who turn from our sin and ask for it.  Marriage is a picture of Christ’s relationship with His Bride – the Church.  It is defined from the beginning of Scripture as a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman and reaffirmed by Jesus as God’s design for sexual expression.  God designed sexual intimacy for a marriage relationship and does not endorse or condone it in any other context. Consequently, any sexual expression outside of marriage is prohibited by Scripture (Gen 1:26; Rom 3:23; Eph 2:4-5; Eph 5:22-23; Gen 2:24; Matt 19:4-5; 1 Thes 4:3-5).

10.Bodily Resurrection. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost, the eternal conscious existence of all men either in heaven or hell, and in divine judgments, rewards, and punishments (John 5:29; 1 Cor 3:11-15; 15:51-58; 2 Cor 5:6-10; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Rev 19, 20)