Belief Statement

Belief Statement

We believe the Bible is the Word of God, inspired by Him and completely accurate in the original manuscripts, and therefore our only authority in all matters of faith and practice (Mk. 12:36; Lk. 24:44; Rom. 15:4; 2 Tim.3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:21).

We believe that there is one God, infinite and eternally self-existent, in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Mat. 28:18-19; Mk. 12:24; 2 Cor. 13:14).

We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. He is fully God and fully man. He exists eternally with the Father, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life and was crucified and buried. He was resurrected bodily on the third day, appeared to his followers, and ascended into heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father. We believe this same Jesus will one day return physically and visibly to the earth, and every knee shall bow to Him and every tongue confess that He is Lord (Jn. 1:1-3, 14, 18; 1 Jn. 4:2, 14-15; Is. 7:14; Mat. 1:18-23; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 Cor.15:3-7; Jn. 14:1-3; Acts l :11; Phil. 2:10-11).

We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son. He indwells every believer at the moment of salvation and ministers through them as they yield themselves to God (Jn. 14:16-17; Acts 2:38, Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:19; 12:13, Eph. 4:30; 5:18).

We believe all men are sinners and therefore justly deserve God’s condemnation. The atoning death of Jesus is God’s provision for our salvation, and eternal life is received by personal faith in Jesus Christ (Jn. 1:1-14; 3:1-21, 36; 10:27-30; Rom. 1:11-17; 5:6-8; Eph. 2:1-9; 1 Pet. 1:18-19).

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead, of the believer to everlasting life and fellowship with God, and of the unbeliever to judgment everlasting condemnation (Jn. 5:25-29; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:11-15)

We believe that the believer ought to conduct himself so as to honor God and be a consistent testimony of his new life in Christ. He is to obey the commands of Christ and His Word (1 Cor. 10:31; 2 Cor. 5:17; Jn. 14:21).

We believe the Church is composed of all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The local Church is a congregation of believers united by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18; 1 Cor. 12:13; 14:23).

We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances administered by the church. Water baptism is the act by which the believer pictures his identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. In the Lord’s Supper, the believer partakes of the bread and the cup in remembrance of Jesus Christ, proclaiming His death. The Lord’s Supper should be a special time of self-examination (Mat. 28:18; Lk. 22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48; 16:32-33; 18:7-8; 1 Cor. 11:23-32).

We believe the Great Commission is to make disciples of all nations by going, baptizing and teaching. All of God’s people are to be prepared for works of service so that the Body of Christ may be built up. We gather together for worship and fellowship and disperse into the world to be witnesses of God’s love and eternal salvation (Mat. 28:19-20; Eph. 4:11-13; Jn. 4:24; Acts 1:8; Heb. 10:24-25).