WHAT WE BELIEVE
• We believe in the verbal inspiration and authority of the scriptures.
• We believe the Bible reveals God, the Fall of Man, the way of salvation,
and God’s plan and purpose for the ages.
• We believe in God the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit.
• We believe in the deity, the Virgin Birth, and the bodily resurrection
of Jesus Christ.
• We believe that salvation is by grace, plus nothing, and minus nothing,
and the conditions to salvation are repentance and faith.
• We believe that men are justified by faith alone, and are accounted
righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Savior,
• We believe in the visible, personal and pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ.
• We believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved
and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
The Holy Scriptures:
We believe the Scriptures-both the Old and New Testaments-to be the verbally inspired Word of God, written by men in God's control, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts and the final authority in faith and life. We accept the grammatical-historical record of the Bible as accurate.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- who are identical in essence, equal in power and glory and possess precisely the attributes and perfection.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5; John 1:1; Acts 5:3-4; Matthew 28:19
The Person and Work of Jesus Christ:
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God; that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin in order that He might redeem sinful man. He accomplished this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice the cross, thereby satisfying God's righteous judgment against sin. He gave proof that He accomplished that redemption by His bodily resurrection from the grave. He then ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on the behalf of His people.
John 1:1-2, 14,18; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:21,23; John 10:14-15;
2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:25; Romans 8:32; 1 Corinthians 15:15-19
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin. He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead. He places all believers into the one true church, which is the Body of Christ; and He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, and bestows spiritual gifts upon them.
John 16:13; John 16:7-11; John 3:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7,11, 13, 27; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14
The Condition of Man:
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, in innocence and without sin. But in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited the guilt of sin, and a sinful nature, becoming spiritually dead and alienated from God so that man is a sinner both by nature and choice. Man, of himself, is incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition.
Genesis 1:27,31; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:10-18
We believe that salvation is the gift of God's grace given to all who repent and believe the gospel. It includes all that God does in saving believers from the penalty, power and presence of sin and in restoring them to a right relationship with God. As such, it is solely the work the work of God from initiation to completion. It cannot be gained by good works, but is the free gift for all who put their trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. All who trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are forgiven and saved from their sins and made righteous before God and are born into the family of God.
John 1:12-13; Colossians 2:13-14; Romans 6:7, 11-12; 2 Corinthians 5:18a; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians3:9; Titus 2:11-12
Security, Assurance +Responsibility:
We believe that all the saved-those in whom God has accomplished His transforming work of Grace- are kept by His power and thus, are secure in Christ forever. This assurance, however, is not the occasion for sin, for God in holiness cannot tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love, He corrects them. True faith in Christ is expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life that endures until death.
John 6:37; John 10:27-29; Hebrews 12:5-6, 11; Matthew 7:15-20; Hebrews 3:14
We believe that God, in the Scriptures, has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. This includes the salvation from penalty of sin and just as surely, the provision of sanctification (separation) from sin. Sanctification from sin affects both the positional and practical aspects. Positional sanctification as a work of the Holy Spirit is complete and absolute; however, practical sanctification is a result of the continuing work of the Holy Spirit using God's Word to provide nourishment for growth into maturity in Christ. While the process of practical sanctification is assured by the Word and the Spirit, it is yet imperfect in this life. There is some element of corruption in every part of the fallen nature, which is the source for the war between the flesh and the spirit. Spiritual growth occurs as believers feed on the Word and are in fellowship with other believers for encouragement and service.
2Peter 1:3; Romans 6:19-22; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 2:2; Philippians 3:12; Galatians 5:16-17; Ephesians 4:15-16
We believe the true church, called in Scripture the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism instead of just an organization. Every person who has trusted Jesus Christ for salvation is a part of the church. The local church, as established in Scripture, is made up of redeemed individuals who have joined together for worship, instruction, fellowship and service.
Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Acts 2::41-47
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances to be observed by all believers as a matter of obedience, not as a condition for salvation. Those two ordinances are baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is by immersion and following a believer's profession of faith.
Matthew 28:18-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
The Eternal State:
We believe that at death the souls of those who have trusted in Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and remain there in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at Christ's coming for the Church, when soul and body will be reunited. We then, shall be with Him forever in glory. We also believe that at death the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery until the final judgment when the soul and body will be reunited and cast into the lake of fire-not to be annihilated, but to be separated from God forever in conscious punishment.
Phililppians 1:23; Revelation22:3-5 ;2Thessalonians 1:7-9
We believe, according to His promise, that Jesus will physically return for His people. We believe His return will be visible and pre-millennial. This truth has bee revealed to provide the believer comfort and encouragement in this life.
John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18