What We Believe

We Believe...

  • In one God, Almighty, who is the Creator of all things. He is a spirit who is infinitely perfect, holy, and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God is changeless in His wisdom, power, grace, mercy, compassion, truth, and love.  He is also the righteous judge of every individual (Deut. 6:4; Psa. 145:8; Mal. 3:6; John 4:24; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Tim. 1:17; Rev. 4:8, 11).

  • In the Lord Jesus Christ, completely God and completely human, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary in His incarnation. He lived a sinless life, died as a perfect sacrifice for our sins, was buried, and rose bodily from the dead.  He ascended into heaven, was exalted by the Father, and now intercedes as our High Priest (Matt. 1:18-25; John 1:1, 14; Rom. 1:2-4, 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 1 Pet. 2:22, 3:18; 1 John 3:5).

  • In the Holy Spirit, co-equal with the Father and Son, who glorifies the Lord Jesus, convicts people of sin, gives new life to the believing sinner, and indwells all Christians. He guides, instructs, empowers, and gives spiritual gifts to believers for godly living, for service in building up the body of Christ, and for evangelism (John 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-14; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16, 12:11; Gal. 5:22, 23).

  • In the Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments, as the inspired Word of God. It was written by prophets and apostles who were guided and directed by the Holy Spirit and is, therefore, entirely trustworthy and without error in the original writings.  It is the complete revelation of God's will for the salvation of people and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life (Matt. 5:18; John 10:35; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).

  • That man and woman were created in the image and likeness of God having intellect, freedom of will, emotions and awareness of and capacity to know God. All people have sinned against God, destroying fellowship with Him, and are guilty before His holiness.  We can receive forgiveness and complete salvation through a spiritual rebirth by the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:27; John 3:3-5; Rom. 3:10, 23; 5:12, 19; Tit. 3:4-7).

  • That the death of Jesus was a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of all people. The death and resurrection of Christ provide the only basis for forgiveness, justification, and acceptance by God.  All who repent of their sins and trust Christ as Savior are forgiven, "born again" of the Holy Spirit and become children of God.  They are sealed by the Spirit, have eternal life, and are preserved by the power of God so that they persevere in their Christian life (John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Rom. 3:21-26; Eph. 2:8-9; Tit. 3:4-7; Heb. 2:4-15; 1 Pet. 1:3-5).

  • In the personal, premillennial and imminent return of the Lord Jesus to take all Christians to be with Himself forever. This hope encourages believers to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in order to please Him.  All believers will appear before Christ to give an account of their life and will be rewarded or deprived accordingly (John 14:2-3; 1 Cor. 15:23-25; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; Tit. 2:13; Rev. 20:1-6).

  • In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord in heaven; and of the unbeliever to everlasting conscious punishment and exclusion from the presence of God in hell (Luke 16:19-31, 23:39-43; John 3:36, 5:24-29; 1 Cor. 15:12-58; 2 Thess. 1:6-10).

  • That the Church is a worldwide, living, spiritual Body (of which Christ is the head) that is composed of all Christians (Matt. 16:18, 1 Cor. 12:12-27). The Lord has called baptized believers to fellowship together in local congregations which are directly responsible to Christ (Acts 2:41-47; 1 Cor. 1:2; Eph. 4:13, 1 Thess. 5:11; Heb. 10:24-25).  The purpose of the church is to glorify God, and it seeks to do so through its worship, education, fellowship, and outreach (locally and worldwide).

  • That the Church should observe two ordinances: baptism and the Lord's Supper. Christian baptism is an expression of a believer's identification with Christ and commitment to follow Him.  It is not a means of, nor an aid to, salvation, but is a testimony of one's faith in Christ as Savior which is expected of all believers in obedience to the Lord.  Baptism by immersion symbolizes the believer's death, burial, and resurrection with Christ to new life (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:3-4).  The Lord's Supper is a memorial celebration of Jesus' death and resurrection which is the privilege and responsibility of all believers.  Any true believer can participate, unless one is willfully engaging in sin, spreading false doctrine or creating divisions in the church (Matt. 26:26-29; Luke 22:15-20; 1 Cor. 10:16-17, 11:23-26).