What We Believe

statement of faith
 
 

 THE BIBLE

The sole basis of our belief is the Bible - the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe Scripture in its entirety, originated with God, and He revealed it to chosen authors.
Scripture speaks with the authority of God while simultaneously reflecting the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of these human authors. We hold that the Scriptures, in their original manuscripts, are infallible and inerrant; they are the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of faith and practice. There are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
 
 
 

 GOD

We believe there is one, true, holy God, eternally existing in three equal persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In the beginning, God demonstrated His power, wisdom, and goodness by creating the world and everything in it.  Through His divine power and providence, God continues to sustain His creation, operating within history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.

References: Matthew 28:19 | John 1:1-4 | 1 John 5:1
 
 

JESUS CHRIST

 
Jesus Christ, the eternal second person of the Trinity, was fully united with a human nature by a miraculous conception, and virgin birth. He lived in perfect obedience to the Father, voluntarily paid the price for the sins of all people by dying on the cross as their substitute, and satisfied divine justice, bringing salvation to all who trust in Him alone. After His physical death, Jesus Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father as the only intercessor between God and humans. He promises to return to earth, personally and visibly, to fulfill history and the eternal plan of God.
 
 
 

 THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Bible.  He empowers us to live a Christ-like life.
 
 
 

SALVATION

 
The central purpose of God's revelation in Scripture is to call people into fellowship with Him. Originally created to be in relationship with God, humans defied Him by going their own independent way, resulting in alienation from God, and the innate inability to please Him. This fall took place at the beginning of human history; all people since have suffered these consequences and are in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of humanity is completely a work of God's free grace; it is not in any way the result of human works or goodness. Each person can receive salvation by repentance and faith. God's Word assures individuals that He will continue His saving work in them forever.
 
 
 
HUMAN DESTINY
 
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. All humanity will experience a bodily resurrection and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Having rejected God, unbelievers will suffer eternal separation apart from Him. Believers will be received into eternal paradise with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life.
 
References: Hebrews 9:27 \ Acts 4:12
 
 
THE CHURCH
 
All who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are united with Him as members of His body,
the one true church. Scripture commands believers to gather for worship, prayer, fellowship, and the teaching of the Word; to observe baptism and communion as established by Jesus Christ; to offer service to the body through development and use of talents, gifts, and outreach to the world. The local expression of the church is wherever God's people meet regularly in obedience to this command. Cared for and led by Pastors, Elders, and leaders, church members are to work together in love and unity for the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. 
 
 
 
FAITH AND PRACTICE
 
In all matters of faith and practice, Scripture is the final authority. In matters where Scripture is silent, believers should conscientiously seek to be led by the Lord, striving to find unity in diversity of God's people. 
 
References: Ephesians 4:3
 
 
MARRIAGE
 
We believe that marriage, one man with one woman has been ordained by God as a representation of His love toward us. Any other union does not fit the biblical picture of marriage.
 
References: Genesis 1 & 2
 
 
ORDINANCES
 
Baptism/Communion.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and communion. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Triune God.  It is an outward symbol that represents an inward change.  It carries no saving power; it is simply an act of obedience to the will of God. Communion was given to believers by Jesus Christ as a way to remember His sacrifice on the cross and the new covenant He was bringing to people. There is no saving power in communion; it is simply an act of worship & remembrance.   We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
 
 
CHRISTIAN CONDUCT
 
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full statute of maturity in Christ.
 
 
 
CHURCH COOPERATION
 
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in peace & harmony. Such cooperation, whether regional or worldwide, exists and functions by the will of those churches.
 
References: Philippians 2:1-30
 
 
THE END TIMES
 
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal place of the righteous and the wicked.