Statement of Faith

The Bible – God’s Word
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)

The Trinity
We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; we believe that these are equal in every distinct perfection and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. (Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2)

God the Father
We believe in God the Father: an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, righteousness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:1; John 4:23-24; John 3:16)

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son, who has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe further that He is not only true God, but true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We also believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His priestly intercession on behalf of His people, and His personal, visible, pre-millennial return from heaven. (John 1:1; John 14:6, John 10:27-30)

Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, His personality, and His work in regeneration, sanctification, and preservation. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to implement Christ’s work of redeeming the lost, and to empower the believer for godly living and service. (Genesis 1:2; John 14:26; Acts 5:3-4; I Corinthians 12:12,13)

Man
We believe God created persons, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. We further believe all people are sinners by nature and choice and are spiritually dead. We also believe that those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:23)

Salvation
We believe in salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We further believe that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, was purchased by Jesus Christ on the cross, and is received by man through faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We further believe salvation enables and results in righteous living, good works, and proper social concern. (Ephesians 2:8,9,10; Romans 6:23)

The Church
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head. We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been immersed upon a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, for instruction, for evangelism, and for service. We believe the ordinances of the local church are believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and the mutual submission of believers to each other in love. (Matthew 16:18; Matthew 18:15-17)

Separation of Church and State
We believe that each local church is self-governing in function, and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. We further believe that every human being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life, and that each should be free to worship God according to the dictates of conscience. (Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:27-29)

Christian Conduct
We believe that the supreme task of believers is to glorify God in their lives and that they should seek to live in such a way that their conduct be blameless before the world. We further believe that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions and that they should seek to realize for themselves the full stature of maturity in Christ. (Romans 12:1-2; Romans 6:13-14; Colossians 3:1-2)

Last Things
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost, the eternal existence of all people either in heaven or hell, and in divine judgment, rewards and punishments. (Hebrews 9:27,28; I Corinthians 3:10-15; II Corinthians 5:10)