What We Believe
We believe that 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God and useful “for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The Scriptures in the original language are without error and therefore serve as the final authority for everything relating to faith and life.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Hebrews 4:12)
GOD IS TRIUNE
We believe that there is only one true God, who has eternally exists as three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Triune God performs distinct and harmonious roles in the work of creation, the redemption of man and his subsequent relationship with God, and judgment of man. The three persons of the Trinity are co-eternal and infinite in being, absolute in power, perfect in holiness, truth, and love, and thus equally worthy of worship, confidence, and obedience.
We believe in the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.) Eternally coexisting in perfect fellowship. Out of this perfect fellowship and love within the Godhead, creation became manifest.
The Triune God is spirit and personal.
(Genesis 1:1, John 1:3, 1:14, 4:24, Mark 12:29, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:18-19)
GOD THE SON
We believe that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah, the only Eternal Son of God, who entered the human race after being conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe He was born of the virgin Mary, yet still remained fully God, that He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily fulfilled the will of God by laying down His life as a substitute and atoning for the sin of humanity. His sacrifice satisfied Divine justice and achieved salvation for all who place their trust in Him. He was raised from the dead by God, ascended to heaven, and exalted to the right hand of God where He is currently interceding for His own, awaiting His return to consummate God’s kingdom and redemptive plan.
We believe Jesus Christ is fully man and fully God. Jesus Christ came to earth and absorbed the wrath of God that sinners deserve through his death on the cross. Jesus Christ conquered death and is raised from the grave and sits at the right hand of God.
(John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 9:24, Romans 8:34, 1 Peter 1:3-5)
GOD THE SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is present in the world to bring conviction of sin and make man aware of his need for salvation. He is responsible for the regeneration, sanctification, and preservation of the saints. We believe that He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
(John 14:16-26, 16:7-13, Ephesians 1:13-14, Romans 8:9)
We believe that man fell from his original condition because of Adam’s sin. As a result, all of humanity, with the exception of Jesus, would inherit a sinful nature, be born with a heart that is rebellious against God, and become totally depraved and unable in himself to remedy his lost condition. Man’s condition and inability to make himself right before God places him directly under the wrath, condemnation, and righteous judgment of God.
(Genesis 3:1-24, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:22-23, Ephesians 2:1-3)
We believe that man, both male, and female has been distinctly created in the image and likeness of God, as the apex of His creation so that they might enjoy fellowship with Him.
We believe the chief purpose of man is to glorify God by enjoying him forever. G
We believe human beings have rebelled against our creator God. The only just punishment for this wicked rebellion is God‘s wrath. Our sin against a holy and perfect creator is vile and all sin is ultimately against this perfect God. Even sin against our fellow man is a sin against God, for all people are made in God’s image.
(Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7, 2:18-24)
We believe that the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, salvation only occurs when a person turns from their sin and places his or her faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This means a person believes in the true identity of Jesus as the Son of God (He is Lord). Only a God of infinite value can pay the debt for fallen man.
This debt can only be satisfied by a substitute. Jesus Christ is that perfect substitute, who can pardon for us. There is no other way man can be saved except through Jesus. (Acts 4:12)
We believe salvation is only for those who repent and trust/believe in Christ alone. It is faith alone in the work of Jesus Christ. Salvation is by grace alone from God.
Salvation is to the glory of God alone.
We believe that The Holy Bible Scriptures alone that gives us the knowledge of hope of this salvation. This gives us confidence to know we are among God’s regenerated people.
We believe salvation is accompanied by the work of regeneration. This regeneration comes from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will work in a persons heart to give them new desires and new heart 2 Cor. 5:17. Evidence of this regeneration is seen in repenting, believing and living in Christ alone for salvation.
(Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6; 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1)
We believe that there is only one true Church, the spiritual body and bride of Christ. The Church consists of all people who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, with Jesus serving as the Head. The Church functions through local churches where all Christians can come together to worship, pray, teach God’s word, fellowship, service to the rest of the body, outreach the lost, and observe the two sacraments Jesus instituted: Baptism and Communion.
(Ephesians 5:25-27, Matthew 16:18, 28:18-20, Acts 2:42-47, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 2 Corinthians 11:2)
We believe there is a spiritual being whose name is Satan, also referred to as the devil. He was the crown jewel of God’s angelic creation until his own pride and ambition to become God caused him to convince many other holy angels to join his rebellion to overthrow God. He is now the unholy ruler of this world, father of lies, deceiver and tempter of man, author of every false religion, and leader over the powers of darkness and evil. He is destined to be overthrown, defeated, and cast into the eternal punishment by Jesus.
(1 Peter 5:8, Ezekiel 28:11-19, Isaiah 14:13-14, Ephesians 2:1-3, Revelation 12:10, 20:10)
Baptism is always a new believer’s first step of obedience after salvation. Baptism is a public profession of one’s faith in Jesus Christ and should always follow faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism also symbolizes a person’s dying to their old self and the beginning of their new life in Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:38-39, Acts 10:43-47, Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12)
SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
(John 10:29, 2 Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14, 1 Peter 1:3-5)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
(John 3:16, I John 2:25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15)
Marriage is God’s idea. God created and sanctioned marriage to bring together one man and one woman in a covenant relationship with Himself (Genesis 2:18-25). Marriage between one man and one woman for life is uniquely designed to reflect Christ’s relationship with His Church (Ephesians 5:21-33). Marriage also serves as the foundational unit of a stable society (1 Corinthians 7:2). It provides the best chance that children will grow up in the same home with both their mom and dad (Ephesians 6:1-3).
Gender, likewise, matters. God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female (Psalm 139:13-16), and these distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). Human sexuality is a wonderful gift from God (Song of Solomon) intended and designed for the marriage relationship between one man and one woman. The Bible is clear in its teaching that any form of sex outside of marriage, whether it be heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise, is sinful and must be avoided.
(Leviticus 18:22; Matthew 5:17-20; Matthew 15:19; Matthew 19:4-5; Rom 1:26-27; I Cor 6:9-11; I Tim 1:8-10; Jude
We believe God has commanded his church to fulfill the great commission seen in Matthew 28:18-20. This is not a lone ranger task, this is a commission given to the followers of Christ. Believers are to be sent by the local church to all places on the earth. This missionary task is evangelism, preaching the gospel, discipleship, and planting healthy churches to the glory of God.
THE LAST THINGS
We believe that Jesus will literally, personally, and visibly return to earth to purge the earth of sin, destroy evil, judge unbelieving man for his sin, consummate His marriage to His bride, the Church, and consummate His kingdom. We believe the return of Jesus is the blessed hope of the believer, the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.
(Luke 16:19-26, Revelation 20:4-6, 20:11-15, Titus 2:13, 1 Corinthians 4:5, 4:15, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12)