Statement Of Faith
I. The Bible – We believe that the 66 Books of the Bible in their original manuscripts are the inspired Word of God and are without error. Written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and they are the ultimate Authority for all matters of faith and conduct.
Isaiah 55:10-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 8:31-32; John 20:31
II. The Trinity - We believe that there is one true God who eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Equal in divine perfection and attributes, each executes distinct and harmonious offices in creation providence and regeneration
Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-3; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Corinthians 8:4
III. God the Father - We believe in God the Father, an eternal, infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows and decrees, for His own glory, all that shall come to pass, that He continually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and events, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
1 Chronicles 29:11; Luke 10:21-22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1-2; 2:5-6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6
IV. Jesus Christ - We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, one Person who is fully God and fully man. We that God the Father created all things through His Son, Jesus Christ, who holds all things in existence and operation by His infinite power. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary, atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30-31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9-10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16
V. The Holy Spirit - We believe in the Holy Spirit who comes 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. We believe that the He baptizes every believer into the body of Christ, and infuses them with spiritual gifts. He empowers and transforms every believer to bear spiritual fruit, and seals all believers, keeping them secure until the day of redemption.
John 14:16-17; 14:26; 15:26-27; John 16:8-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 12:12-14; II Corinthians 3:6; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30
VI. Salvation - We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that man sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God. As a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under just condemnation. We believe that those who by grace repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures. They are delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life. We believe that Christians are saved by grace through faith alone in Christ alone and that saving faith results in repentance and good works.
Genesis 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3:1-24; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26: Romans 9:22; Ephesians 2:8-10; II Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3; 19:20; 20:10; 20:14-15; 21:18: Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1; Ephesians 2:8-10
VII. The Church - We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized in a manner in line with salvation by grace through faith alone, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25
VIII. The Ordinances - We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We practice the water baptism of believers by immersion upon a credible profession of faith. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death and by the Supper we draw near to Christ through faith as we remember his sacrifice on the Cross. Any professing, baptized believer mature enough to engage in proper self-examination may partake in the Supper. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26
IX. Christian Conduct and Liberty - We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the 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 stature of maturity in Christ. As the local church we allow Scripture alone to govern the consciences of our members. We expect our members to pursue personal holiness, living lives above reproach, always considering how their conduct may affect others.
I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15; 14:23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Col. 1:9-10; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Corinthians 10:1-33
X. Last Things - We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His eternal kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment of the living and the dead, the eternal joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked in hell.
Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15:1-58; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6; 20:11-15