Statement of Faith
The True God
We believe that there is but one God, the Creator, Preserver and Ruler of all things, Who is perfect in holiness and in love, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power, and Who reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Nehemiah 9:6; I Chronicles 29:11,12; Exodus 15:11; I John 4:8b; Matthew 28:19).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, Whose ministry is to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; to regenerate the unbelieving; and to baptize, seal, indwell, sanctify, and teach those who believe in Jesus Christ. (John 16:7-13; 3:3, 7; 14:26; I Corinthians 6:19, 20; 12:12, 13; Ephesians 1:13; I Peter 1:2).
We believe that man was created in the image of God and that he sinned, thereby incurring both physical and spiritual death; thus, we believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice, are guilty and deserving of the wrath of God, and thereby are in need of salvation. (Genesis 1:26; 2:17;Ezekiel 18:20a; John 3:3, 5, 7; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 4:22-24).
We believe that, according to the Scriptures, the Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinless, exemplary life, died for our sins as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him and receive Him as personal Savior are justified on the ground of His shed blood and finished work on the cross. (I Corinthians 15:3, 4; Revelation 1:5).
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not of works, and that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit, thereby becoming children of God. We believe in the eternal security of the saved. (Ephesians 2:8, 9; 4:30; John 3:3; 1:12; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; I Peter 1:5).
Resurrection and Return of Christ
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, his ascension into Heaven, and His present ministry there for us as High Priest and Advocate. We believe in the personal, visible, bodily, imminent, and premilennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones, to be followed by His coming glory. (I Corinthians 15:4; Acts 1:8-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; I John 2:1, 2; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-15).
We believe in the Church, a living, spiritual body of which the Lord Jesus Christ alone is the Head, which is composed solely of those who have been redeemed and washed in His blood and regenerated and baptized by the Holy Spirit. This act spiritually unites believers to the body of Christ by identifying them with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (I Corinthians 12:1-31;Ephesians 6:1-11; Ephesians 4:4, 5). We also believe that the local, visible church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, associated together for worship, ministry, and fellowship (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47, I Corinthians 12:1-31).
We believe that God has established marriage as a lifelong exclusive relationship between one man and one woman and that all intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise is immoral and therefore sin (Genesis 2:24-25; Exodus 20:14, 17, 22:19: Leviticus18:22-23,20:13, 15-16; Matthew 19:4-6,9; Romans 1:18-31; I Corinthians. 6:9-10, 15-20; I Timothy 1:8-11; Jude 7). We also believe that God created the human race male and female and that all conduct with the intent to adopt a gender other than one’s birth gender is sin according to the Scriptures (Genesis 1:27; Deuteronomy 22:5).
We believe in the observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper in obedience to the commands of Christ. We believe that baptism is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as a sign of one’s fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of one’s sins, and giving up of one’s self to God, to live and walk in newness of life. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and the cup, and to be a commemoration of His death “till he comes.” (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38, 42, 46, 47; 8:36-39; Romans 6:3,4; I Corinthians 11:23-26;Ephesians 5:23).
Priesthood of Believers
We believe in the universal spiritual priesthood of believers; that is, all true believers are priests and have the privilege of approaching God through Christ, of interpreting the Scriptures through the Holy Spirit, and ministering to those who are part of the body of Christ. (I Timothy 2:5; I John 2:27;Revelation 1:6).
The Local Church
We believe in the sovereignty of the local church, recognizing the Lord Jesus Christ as our sole Head and that each local church has the right to be independent and autonomous and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. (Acts 4:18-20; 6:2, 3; II Corinthians 8:19).
We believe in the administration of spiritual gifts through the direction and determination of the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the evangelists, pastors, and teachers are used for the equipping of the believers. Believers, being used according to their serving gifts, continue in the work of ministry and the building up of the body of Christ. Sign gifts (which include miracles, tongues, and healing – specific powers given to an individual to perform any of these) gradually disappeared as the canon of Scriptures was complete and the authority of the Bible generally recognized. We believe, however that God still retains the ability to work miracles and to heal in a way and time that He chooses. (Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:7-12; James 5:13-16; I John 5:14-15).