What We Believe

 *For more details beliefs please read our doctrinal statement

Scripture

     We believe the Bible is the center of true Christian faith, practice, and unity. It is the standard by which all attitudes, thoughts, and actions must be measured. We believe that the Bible is God's inspired revelation to humanity. God supernaturally directed the human writers of Scripture. Using their literary styles and vocabulary, the Holy Spirit caused them to pen the very words of God. The Bible is therefore infallible and inerrant in all matters to which it speaks, as it was originally given by God (verbal plenary inspiration). The Scriptures are all-sufficient, containing everything necessary for life and godliness.

1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Peter 1:19-21 

Psalm 119:101-102; Isaiah 8:20; John 12:47-50; Romans 2:12, 16; James 1:22-25

God

     We believe in the One Almighty God, the Creator and Sustainer of everything that exists. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal being. Without beginning or end to His existence, God remains eternally the same.

God, in His unity, has eternally existed in three equal Persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, executing three distinct, yet harmonious, offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. Each person of the Godhead is truly, fully, and equally God in every divine perfection.

Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Isaiah 45:5-6; Malachi 3:6; John 4:24

Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19-20; John 1:1-2, 20:28; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:3-6; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 1:17

Creation

 We believe in the Genesis account of a six-day creation. God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, “each according to its kind,” through His spoken Word and not through an evolutionary process.

Genesis 1:1-2:3; Exodus 20:11: Colossians 1:16-17

Fall of Man

      The first man, Adam, by his choice, sinned against God. In this way sin and death entered the world, subjecting all of creation to futility. Therefore, Adam’s descendants inherited a bent to sin and trespass against God. We are sinners by birth, by natural tendency, by practice, and by choice. Having lost spiritual life, humanity is now totally depraved. Humanity is without remedy apart from the saving work of Christ.

Romans 1:18-32, 3:9-23, 5:12-19, 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-10; Galatians 3:22

Salvation

    We believe that salvation is wholly by God’s grace through faith alone. God ordained that salvation would be mediated only through His Son, Jesus Christ. Christ died on the cross as the sinner’s substitute. He bore the penalty for the sin of all humanity. Christ fully satisfied the just demands of a holy and righteous God through the once-for-all sacrifice of His blood (propitiation).

Acts 4:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 19; Ephesians 1:3-6; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 9:24-28, 10:10-14; Romans 4:3, 6:23, 11:29; Ephesians 1:3-6, 2:1-9

The Church

We believe that a local church is made up of people who are described in Scripture as the body of Christ and the bride of Christ. The local church is an organized congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have the opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy or individuals or organizations; and that the one and only Superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit.

 

1 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Acts 2:41, 42; Ephesians 3:22, 23; 2 Corinthians 11:2-4; Revelation 19:

Ordinances

   We believe that baptism is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Baptism is the sign of the believer’s fellowship in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also the sign of the convert’s incorporation into Christ and His church, and of God’s remission of his sin. In baptism, the new Christian pledges to live and walk in newness of life.

We believe that Christ instituted communion as a perpetual memorial until His return. Communion is the sign of Christ’s once-for-all sacrificial death and of His dwelling within the body of the believer. It is also a sign of the believer’s nourishment and growth in Christ, and of his union to Christ and His church. Through the Lord’s Supper, Christians pledge to live and walk in fellowship with Christ and with one another. Salvation is the prerequisite to participation in communion.

Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 14:25; John 6:53; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; 10:16-17; 11:17-34; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; 8:36-39; Romans 6:1-16; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 4:5