WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the Old and New Testaments, fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, were written without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts. The Scriptures are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct, accepted by our church as the revealed will of God and the all sufficient rule of faith and practice. Scripture is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks. (2 Pt 1:16-21; 2 Tim 3:15–17; Rom 10:17; Heb 4:12; Ps 119)
We believe there is one true God, maker of heaven and earth, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality. (Dt 6:4; Gen 1:1; Matt 5:48, 28:19; Rom 1:20)
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God; in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary work on the cross, in His bodily resurrection from the dead, in His exaltation to the right hand of God, and in His coming again.
(Phil 2:5–11; Lk 1:34–38; 1 Pt 3:18; Heb 2:9; Rom 5:9; Acts 2:23–24; Heb 8:1; Matt 26:64)
We believe the Holy Spirit as the third person in the Godhead, has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth, and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power, and control are appropriated in the believer’s life by faith.
(Jn 14:15-18; Rom 8:16; Jn 16:5-15; Rom 8:25-26; Gal 5:16-25)
We believe God created man in His image; by voluntary transgression man fell from his sinless state, and was separated from his Creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation, born with a sin nature and in need of salvation.
(Gen 1:27, 2:16, 3:1-7; Rom 3:9-20, 23)
We believe that God has provided salvation from sin and eternal death and has reconciled our relationship with Him through the redemptive work of Christ Jesus dying for our sins, taking our punishment and being raised to life. The salvation of man is wholly a work of God’s free grace, given to us through our faith in Him and is not, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness and eternal life to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation.
(Jn 3:14-18; Ti 3:4-7; 1 Cor 15:1-5, 12-23; Eph 2:8-9; Rom 4:25, 10:9-10)
We believe that provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age. (Matt 8:16-17; 1 Pt 2:24; Jas 5:13-16)
We believe that upon salvation the born-again believer receives all, not only part, of the indwelling person of the Holy Spirit. God also offers a second general experience, the “Baptism (or filling) of the Holy Spirit” which is not simultaneous with birth in the Spirit but subsequent to it. The outpouring of the Spirit results in receiving power to be His witnesses and bestows upon the church various gifts for works of service.
(Mt 3:11; Jn 7:37-39; Lk 11:9-13; Acts 1:8, 2:1-13,8:14-21, 9:17-20,10:44-48,19:1-7)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all mankind, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith. God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, prayer, edification through the Scriptures, fellowship, participation in ordinances, and the proclamation of the gospel.
(Eph 1:22-23, 2:20, 4:4-6, 5:22-31; Matt 16:18; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Cor 12:12-27; Heb 10:24-25)
We believe that water baptism (full immersion in water by a believer) and communion (The Lord’s Supper) as ordinances of the church, give outward demonstration of the covenant we have with God through Christ and with one another. These ordinances however do not cause regeneration. (Mk 1:9-10; Matt 28:19; Acts 2:41-47; Rom 6:1-14; Col 2:11-13; Lk 22:19-20; 1 Cor 11:23-33; Ti 3:5)
We believe the church is the bride of Christ, called to be the salt and light of the World, whose primary purpose is to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:18-20)
We believe the Christian, upon physical death, enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing. The unbeliever, upon physical death, enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation. (1 Cor 15:20-23, 2 Cor 5:1-8; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Jn 5:28-29; Rev 21:1-4, 8)
We believe in the blessed hope of the literal and imminent return of the Lord. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth—personally, visibly and bodily—to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. (Acts 1:10-11; Rev 1:7; Matt 24:36-44; Lk 21:27-28, Ti 2:11-14)