What We Believe
Believing that God has spoken to us through His living Word, the Bible, as the testimony to His only Son, Jesus Christ, the following statements are an affirmation of those Biblical truths on which we stand firmly as one body.
The Triune God
We believe in the only true God, eternally existing in three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and are worthy of precisely the same honor, worship, confidence, and obedience. We believe God created the heavens and the earth and all that is within them, visible as well as invisible and that He upholds all things by the Word of His power. As Scripture says, “in Him we live and move and have our being.” He is holy and perfect in all His ways and is worthy of worship, love and obedience.
God the Father
We believe that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, reigns with sovereign wisdom, justice and unfailing love over all creation and history. He is the Father of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. He graciously saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; He adopts as his own all those who come to Him; and He becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own.
Jesus Christ, the Son
We believe in the total deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the manifestation of God in the flesh. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe He lived a sinless life as both totally God and totally man. We believe He died on the cross as the only sacrifice for sin, arose bodily from the grave, and ascended back to the Father. He is at the right hand of the Father, interceding for believers until He returns to rapture them from the world, to judge the quick and the dead. He is the Savior of the world.
We believe that the Holy Spirit came from the Father as promised by Christ. The Holy Spirit inspired the writing of Scripture and enables people to understand it. The Holy Spirit regenerates the sinner upon belief in Christ, baptizing the believer into one body of which Christ is the head. The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, sanctifies, instructs, fills, comforts, empowers believers for godly living and service, and seals them unto the day of redemption. The broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and transforming believers into the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit glorifies Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith.
The Holy Bible
We believe that the Bible (the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament) is God's written revelation to man, and that the sixty six books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the verbally inspired, inerrant (in the original documents), and infallible Word of God. We believe that the Bible contains the only true way to our salvation and is the sole authority for life and faith.
Creation of Man
We believe man was originally created in the image and likeness of God and is not the product of evolution. God had perfect fellowship with man until Satan tempted man, and man chose to rebel against God. Mans rebellion and disobedience against God is called sin – and therefore all mankind is sinful by nature. Sin separates man from fellowship with God, because God is holy and hates sin. The punishment for sin is death – separation from God. We believe that without exception every man and every woman is totally depraved and needs a Savior.
Salvation of Man
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that each person who by faith receives Jesus Christ as personal Savior is justified on the basis of His shed blood on the cross, not on any personal merit or good work on our part. Each person who receives Christ as personal Savior is a new creation and enjoys eternal life - this is the only way to salvation and eternal life.
Heaven, Hell, and the Return of Christ
We believe in the blessed hope: the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ. His return has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The saved are raised to eternal, conscious bliss in Heaven, and the lost are raised to eternal torment in Hell in conscious separation from God.
Upon accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, a believer becomes part of His body, which is the church. We believe that the Scriptures teach of the importance of connecting to a local body of believers. The church glorifies God by uniting to corporately worship God, encourage and edify one another, disciple believers toward maturity, minister to those in need, and carry the gospel to the ends of the earth.
The Ordinances of the Church
We believe Scriptures teach that two ordinances have been committed to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believers faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior – the believers death to sin, burial to the old life and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the cup, memorialize the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s perfect sacrificial Lamb, and anticipate His second coming. These two ordinances are to be observed until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe and realize that the cause of Christ extends beyond any one local church and are committed to an ongoing ministry of extending the call of Christ to share the good news of the gospel to make disciples around the world. We actively support missionaries at home and abroad so that others will hear the truth about the love of Jesus Christ and His offer of eternal salvation.