What We Believe

The Bible:

We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings and is the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice  (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

God:

We believe in one God eternally existing as three equal persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each has the same nature and attributes, but is distinct in office and activity (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

The Person and Work of the Father:

We believe God the Father is the first person of the Trinity who orders and directs all things according to His own purpose, pleasure, and grace. He has decreed all things to come to pass for His glory. He graciously involves Himself in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:9, John 5:19-24, Ephesians 1:3-6).

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ:

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became 100% man, while remaining 100% God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and was born of Mary, a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.

We believe He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as the substitutionary sacrifice.

We believe our redemption and salvation are guaranteed by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead (John 1:1,14,18; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:23-26; 4:25).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God the Father where as the High Priest to His people, He is now interceding as our Advocate (Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; 7:23-25; 1 John 2:1-2).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit:

We believe God the Holy Spirit, is a person, not an impersonal force. He is the third member of the Trinity who restrains evil in the world and convicts men of sin. He also regenerates those who receive Christ as Savior, baptizes them into the Church, the Body of Christ, indwells permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts on each one, and is fully present to continually fill (control and guide) His own (John 16:7-11; John 3:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 13; John 14:16-17; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18).

Angels, Fallen and Unfallen:

We believe angels are spiritual beings who were created as sinless personalities and that they occupy different orders and ranks. They presently exist in both fallen and unfallen states, the former including Satan and his angels (Hebrews 1:13-14; 2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 7:11-12).

We believe Satan is by his own choice, chose to be the enemy of God and His people. He is the originator of sin, led our first parents into sin and now rules as “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

We believe he was judged at the cross and ultimately will be cast into the Lake of Fire forever (Genesis 3:1-19; Isaiah 12:12-14; Hebrews 2:14-15; Revelation 20:10).

Creation:

 We believe that God created all things in heaven and earth and they exist by His power (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16-17).

Mankind:

We believe Adam and Eve were created innocent and in the image and likeness of God but Adam sinned bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and his posterity.

We believe that fallen mankind inherits a sinful nature, is alienated from God, can do nothing to merit God’s favor, and is, therefore, in need of salvation (Genesis 1:27; 2:17; 3:19; Ephesians 2:1-3).

We believe that God created mankind in His image; male and female, sexually and biologically different, but with equal personal dignity. It is inconsistent with God’s design for a follower of Christ to in any way practically live or seek to change, alter, or disagree with their obvious gender which has been assigned by God at conception (Genesis 1:26-28; Romans 1:26-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

We believe that marriage is the union ordained by God and intended as a lifelong commitment between one man and one woman (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18; Matthew 9:4-9; Mark 10:5-9; Ephesians 5:31-33).

In keeping with the Bible’s clear teaching on marriage as a union between one man and one woman, we will not conduct nor host marriage ceremonies inconsistent with Scripture.

Salvation:

We believe salvation is a sovereign and free gift of God and received by man through personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin.

We believe sinners are justified by grace through faith apart from works. Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation, and so one is saved apart from a conscious and personal decision to trust exclusively in Christ as his or her Savior (Acts 13:38-39; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:4-5; 2:8-10).

We believe that all believers, God’s elect,  are kept secure in Christ by Christ forever (Romans 8:1, 38-39; John 10:27-30; 1 Peter 1:3-5).

Sanctification:

We believe sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God, is positional, progressive and ultimate. Positionally, our sanctification is already complete since the believer is in Christ. Positionally, God sees us as Christ, already seated with Him in heaven. Since a Christian retains his sinful nature, however, there is need for progressive sanctification whereby he grows by the power of the Spirit. On this side of heaven, we will not be sinless in practice, but we will grow to sin less. Ultimately, when the children of God go to be with Him, their sanctification will be complete (John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 10:10, 14).

The Church:

We believe the Church, the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism, made up of all born-again persons of this present age.

We believe the church began at Pentecost and that a person is placed in the Church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit upon belief in Christ as Savior. The church is distinct from Israel (Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 10:32).

We believe the local church is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ, who are voluntarily joined together in one locality for the purposes of worship, study of the Word of God, observance of the ordinances, Christian fellowship, equipping for Christian service and fulfilling the Great Commission (Acts. 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; Ephesians 4:11-13; Matthew 16:18, 28:19-20).

The Ordinances:

We believe Christ instructed believers to practice the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper, both of which are to be observed until He returns (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

We believe that water baptism by immersion publicly identifies a believer with his Savior. Infants of believing parents may be dedicated to the Lord but should not be baptized until they can personally articulate their faith and the purpose of baptism.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ’s death and an expression of our faith in His future coming that is to be continually practiced by all believers. Every believer has the right to partake of the elements of the Lord’s Supper, which must always be preceded by solemn self-examination.

The End Times:

 We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for the Church. The event, commonly called the rapture, will be followed by the tribulation and will culminate in the visible and bodily return of Christ to earth to set up His millennial kingdom (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20; Matthew 24:15-31; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 20:1-6).

The Eternal State:

 We believe the souls of believers in Jesus Christ do, at death, immediately pass into His presence, and there remain with Him until the resurrection of our earthly bodies at His coming for the Church, when our souls and imperishable bodies shall be with Him forever in glory.

We believe the souls of unbelievers pass at death into the constant misery of Hades until the Great White Throne judgment at the close of the millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord. (Luke 16:19-26; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15).

These statements are not exhaustive; they are given in order to emphasize the foundation of our faith. The sole authority for faith and practice as the body of believers in Christ is the Bible.