What do We Believe?
We believe the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in its original manuscripts, and written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Bible has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe there is one God, who exists eternally in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – equal in divine perfection. The three distinct persons of the one triune God operate in harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe in his infallible foreknowledge of all that shall come to be. He concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of man, and he hears and answers prayer. He saves all who come to him through Jesus Christ from sin and eternal judgment.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is both fully God and fully human. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His atoning death in place of ours, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, and perpetual intercession for his people. We believe he will come again with a personal, visible return to earth. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which man can be saved.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who was sent forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit both lives within and empowers all who repent and believe in Christ. The Holy Spirit is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.
We believe man was created by God in his own image. Man disobeyed God and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death, eternal separation from God. As a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice, and therefore under condemnation.
We believe, in accordance with Scripture, that Satan is the leader of many fallen angels who purpose to destroy man’s relationship with God. Satan is called man’s adversary, and we are told to resist him in faith. We believe there is continual spiritual warfare in the heavenly realm, in which we are directed to be involved through the help of God’s Holy Spirit.
We believe Jesus Christ is the gospel. The good news is revealed in his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. We believe Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel, that his resurrection is the power of the gospel, his ascension is the glory of the gospel. His promised return is the hope of the gospel. Christ’s death is a substitutionary sacrifice to God for our sins.
We believe any person can receive salvation when he or she repents of their sin and believes that Jesus is Lord, who died and rose from the dead, as complete payment for their sin.
Assurance of Salvation
We believe everyone who believes that Jesus Christ is Lord has the assurance of their salvation. They can know that they have eternal life and will dwell with Christ in heaven forever.
Empowered by the Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit empowers believers to witness for Christ and serve in His name. He gives his gifts for the building up of the body of Christ, the church, and for various works of ministry in the world. We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit that were at work in the church of the first century are still available today. These gifts are vital for the mission of the church and are to be earnestly desired and practiced.
We believe the universal church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head. We believe in the local church, consisting of a body of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe God has given the local church the primary task of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost world.
Baptism and The Lord’s Supper
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ established two ordinances for the local church to fulfill – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ to commemorate his death. We believe these two ordinances should be observed and administered often until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.