Our Beliefs

 

Our Official Statement of Faith:


 Holy Scriptures:
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, written by men under God’s control, Inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts and the final authority for faith and practice. (2 Tim. 3:15-17, 2 Pet. 1: 20-21, Psalm 19: 7-9)

The Godhead:
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three being identified in essence, equal in power and glory, and possessing precisely the same attributes and perfections.  (Deut. 6:4, Matt. 28: 19-20, 2 Cor. 13:14)

The Condition of Man:
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, in innocence and without sin. However, in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became spiritually dead, and alienated from God.  Now man is in a lost and depraved condition. (Gen. 1:26, 3: 1-24,
Rom. 3: 10-18, 5:12, Eph. 2: 1-3)

The Person and Work of Christ:  
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful man.  He accomplished this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thus satisfying God’s righteous judgment against sin.  After his bodily resurrection from the grave, He ascended to the right hand of His Father, where he intercedes on behalf of those who trust Him. ( I John 1:1,2,14,18; Luke 1:34, Rom. 3:24-26)

The person and work of the Holy Spirit:  
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin, that he alone brings new life, that he places all believers into one true church, which is the body of Christ, that he indwells them permanently, and fills those who are yielded to Him. (John 3: 5-8, 16; 7-11,
I Cor. 12:13, Eph. 4:30) 

Salvation:  
We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace, apart from human works, and freely bestowed upon all who put their faith in the finished work of Christ at Calvary.   For a complete explanation, see our Gift page.

Security, Assurance, and Responsibility:
We believe that all the saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.  It is their privilege to rejoice in that assurance.  This assurance must not be the occasion for sin.  God in his holiness cannot tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in His love he corrects them.  True faith in Christ must be expressed in fruitful, God-pleasing living. (Romans 8:29-39, I John 5:14, Heb. 12:6, James 2:20)

The Church; We believe that the true Church, called in Scripture, "the Body of Christ,' is a spiritual organism into which every person who has trusted Jesus Christ for salvation in this present age has been baptized by the Holy Spirit.  The Scripture also teaches the establishment of local churches—groups of redeemed individuals joined together for worship, instruction, fellowship, and service. (Eph. 1;22-23, Acts 2:42, 13: 1-2)

The Ordinances:  
We believe that there are two ordinances instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, which should be observed by all believers until His return:

          Baptism.  This is the outward testimony of the spiritual transformation in the life of one who has placed their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for Salvation.  We believe that baptism by immersion is the Biblical mode portraying that which Baptism symbolizes --- death, burial and resurrection of Christ. (Matthew 28: 19-20, Acts 2:41, 8;12, 8:36-38, Romans 6:3-5)

          The Lord’s Supper.  In the commemoration of Christ's death, "communion" is to be observed by all self-examined believers. (Matt. 6: 26-29, I Cor. 11: 23-30)
 

The Second Coming of Christ:  
We believe in the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational, pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air for His church.  After the seven years of tribulation, Chist will return to earth with His saints where He will reign for 1,000 years.  (IThess. 4: 13-18; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-6)