The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Revelation 22:18, 19)
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. (Matthew 3:16, 17; 15:26, 16:13, 14; Acts 5:3, 4; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 2:13-18; Hebrews 9:14; 1 John 5:7, 8; Jude 20, 21)
God, the Father
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 46:9; John 1:1-10; John 4:22; John 14:6)
We believe in one unique and infinite God (deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 44:6; Isaiah 45:21-22; John 17:3), the Supreme Ruler of heaven on earth (Psalm 104; Proverbs 21:1; Daniel 4:25, 35; Matthew 6:10-30), whose existence, clearly evident from what He has created and innately recognized by the conscience of man (Romans 1:19-20), has always been and shall always be (Genesis 21:33; Deuteronomy 33:27; 2 Peter 3:8; Psalm 90:2, 4).
We believe that God is a Spirit (John 4:24), and as such is an Immaterial (Luke 24:39), invisible (John 1:18; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:1; 1 Timothy 1:17, 6:16), living (Psalm 84:2; Matthew 16:16) and life-giving (Psalm 36:9; John 5:26) Person.
We believe in the infinite and unlimited transcedence of God: in perfection, holiness (Exodus 15:11; Psalm 99:9; Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 1:15-16) and immutability (Psalm 102:27; Malachi 3:6; James 1:17); in knowledge, omniscience (Proverbs 15:3; Isaiah 46:10; Hebrews 4:13); in power, omnipotence (Isaiah 40; Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:27; Ephesians 3:20; Job 42:2); and in presence, omnipresence (Psalm 139).
We believe in the immanence of God, as evidenced by His gracious love for and merciful interaction with the creation, notably with man (Psalm 103), demonstrating His trustworthiness (Psalm 100:5; John 17:3; 1 John 5:20; Romans 3:4); righteousness (2 Chronicles 12:6; Ezra 9:15; 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 6:4) and goodness, love (Psalm 100:5; 1 John 4:7-8), benevolence (Psalm 145:9; Matthew 5:45; Acts 14:17), mercy (Ephesians 2:4; James 5:11; 1 Peter 1:3), and grace (Romans 5:21; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Titus 2:11).
We believe that God directly created out of nothing the universe and all that is in it, including mankind, as literally set down in Genesis 1-2; that all theories of evolution, secular or religious, not only deny observable natural law but also deny the veracity of the Scriptures and undermine the rightful authority of God over His own creation (Genesis 1:31; Isaiah 45:11-12, 18; John 1:3; Romans 5:12; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:1).
We believe that God providentially oversees the affairs of the universe, both spiritual and physical, sustaining and guiding it according to His predetermined purpose (Nehemiah 9:6; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3); that on occasion He has used lieteral miracles to bring about His will (notably in the days of Moses, of Elijah and Elisha, and of Christ and His apostles); that even those things that are inherently bad and evil cannot ultimately thwart His will, but become tools in His hand to bring about the Divine consummation of history (Psalm 76:10; Acts 4:25-28).
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit as God incarnate; one mediator, true God and true man. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His subsituationary atoning death, burial, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpretual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20, 23; Mark 10:45; John 1:14; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 3:25; Romans 5:8; I Corinthians 15:1-4; II Corinthians 5:19-21; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:25-27; Revelation 20:4-6)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to give unbelievers a new life in Christ. We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to enable believers to live a godly life, to sanctify them, and to empower them to service. We believe that the Holy Spirit permanently indwells every believer in Christ at the time of salvation, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, guide, and comforter. (Luke 12:12; John 3:8; John 14:16-18; John 16:7-14; Romans 8:9, 14, 16, 26, 27; I Corinthians 12:13; I Corinthians 6:19, 20; Ephesians 1:13, 14, Ephesians 5:18; Titus 3:5, 6; I Peter 1:2)
We believe that the only true gospel is that sinners are delivered from sin and judgment by grace and that salvation may not be earned by working or obeying the law. This grace, though freely given, is preceious and costly, for its basis is the saving work of Jesus Christ. The saving work of Christ is both necessary and sufficient to save sinners; it is the cross of Christ without compromise, which makes the difference between heaven and hell. There is no room for any boasting whatsoever; all the glory goes to Jesus Christ, for He has done it all.
Even the ability to come to Christ in saving faith is a gift based upon the cross of Calvary. At the cross, Christ purchased for His people deliverance from the spirit of unbelief. Through His resurrection, He secured for His people the spiritual life, which enables them to believe to salvation. When a sinner is converted in response to the preaching of the gospel, it is because Christ has poured out His Holy Spirit upon him to apply to his heart the saving power of Christ's death and resurrection. (Acts 4:12; Romans 3:24; Roamans 4:4; Romans 5:15; Romans 11:6; I Corinthians 1:17, 18; II Corinthians 8:9; Galatians 1:6; Galatians 5:4; Ephesians 2:8-9; II Timothy 1:9)
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.
As a church we also believe that salvation is the gift of God's grace. Salvation is received only by faith in Jesus Christ and is based, not on human effort, but solely through the gift of Jesus' death on the cross so that our sin can be forgiven. All who repent of their sin and trust the Savior are born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. (John 1:12; John 10:27-30; Acts 2:38; Acts 16:30-33; Romans 5:9, Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8-9)
Perseverance of the Saints
We believe that because of the very nature of the gift of eternal life, because of the present intercessory ministry of Jesus Christ, and because of the sealing of the Holy Spirit, all true believers, once saved, will be kept saved by the power of God forever. We beleive that through God's power the Christian will preservere until the end of their lives and that only those who perservere until the end have been truly born again. (Matthew 10:22; John 5:24; John 6:38-40; John 8:31-32; John 10:27-29; Romans 8:29; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; Jude 24)
This does not mean that Christians will be sinless in this life or that a temporary falling into sin will cause one to lose his/her salvation. Rather, this is meant to warn those who are thinking of falling away or have fallen away that if they do this it is a strong indication that they were never saved in the first place. (Matthew 7:21-23; John 6:63-71; II Corinthians 11:13-15; Galatians 2:4; I John 2:19)
Assurance of salvation is available to Christians based on a present trust in Christ for salvation (Colossians 1:23; Hebrews 3:14), evidence of a regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14-16; Galatians 5:22-23; I John 2:4-6; I John 4:13), and a long-term pattern of growth (II Peter 1:5-10).
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 3:23, 24; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17)
We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. We also believe that sin is failure to conform to God's standards, and includes both rebellion against and indifference to God. Man is therefore completely unable to recover from his lost condition except by a personal fiath in Jesus Christ. He has alienated himself from God and is in need of reconciliation. This is true of all men and women, and except a man is born again by the Holy Spirit, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (Genesis 1:26-27; John 3:3-8; Romans 1:18-22; Romans 3:10-11, 23; Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a clear profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship with the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world in both word and deed. (Mark 16:15; John 3:16; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:47; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:21-23; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:25; I John 2:2)
We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. We believe that every Christian should practice compassion, forbearance, and patience toward his brethern in the Lord, forgiving any wrong done against him, refraining from all gossip and unkind criticism, and always seeking to help the weak and to correct the erring. We believe that his conduct toward all who are outside the assembly of believers should be honest and above reproach at all times. (Acts 20:35; Romans 12:1, 2; I Corinthians 10:31-33; I Corinthians 4:1, 2; Galatians 6:1; Ephesains 4; Philippians 2:15; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 3:1-17; I Thessalonians 4:12; I Thessalonians 5:14; Titus 2; I Peter 4:10)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God, symbolizing the believer's cleansing from sin through identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
We believe that the Lord's Supper, which consists of unleavened bread and drink from the fruit of the vine was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that it symbolizes Christ's broken body and shed blood sacrificed on our behalf to deliver us from sin and death; participation shows the unity of the body here on earth and looks forward to the day when we shall be with Christ in His kingdom; and that it is open to all true believers in right standing with God.
We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:17-20; John 6:41-65; Acts 2:38, 41; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 1:13, 15; I Corinthians 11:23-34)
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by an ecclesiastical or political authroity. (Matthew 7:7; Matthew 11:28-30; Matthew 22:20-21; Mark 11:24; John 14:6; Acts 4:19, 20; Romans 13:1-7; I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14-16; James 1:5; I Peter 2:13-17)
We believe God is love. He demonstrated His love for us by sending His Son to die for our sins. We are to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Believers in Christ have a new commandment, which is to love one another as Christ loved us. (Mark 12:30, 31; John 13:24, 35; Romans 5:8; I John 3:16; I John 4:16)
The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visibile return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. ( II Timothy 4:18; Acts 1:11; Acts 24:14, 15; Philippians 3:9-11; II Peter 3:7; I Thessalonians 4:16, 17)
We believe in the imminent bodily resurrection of deceased believers immediately followed by the catching away of living believers immediately followed by the catching away of living believers to meet the Lord Jesus in the air. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 2:1; I Corinthians 15:51-54)
We believe in a literal thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ upon this earth, during which Satan shall be bound and believers shall serve as administrators of Christ's kingdom. We believe that Satan shall be loosed to mount a final unsuccessful rebellion against Christ and His people and shall be cast into the lake of fire, where the Antichrist and the false prophet are, to burn forever. (Revelation 20:1-10)
1. Judgment Seat of Christ
We believe that believers will not be judged by Christ for their sins, those having already been judged in His own body on the cross; however, the believer's works will be judged and the results rewarded or destroyed based on the motivation of those works in regards to furthering the kingdom of Christ. (Romans 14:10; II Corinthians 5:10; I Corinthians 3:12-15)
2. Tribulation Judgment
We believe in a literal seven-year tribulation, during which God shall pour out judgment on the earth. We believe that the man of sin shall reigh over most of the civilized world, aided by the false prophet; that he shall persecute Israel and those that have accepted Christ during this period, especially during the last three and a half years; and that both he and the false prophet shall be cast into the lake of fire after their unsuccessful battle of Armageddon against the Lamb of God, returning from heaven with His holy ones to set up His millennial kingdom. (Revelation 6-19)
3. Great White Throne Judgment
We believe that unbelievers of all times, whose names are not written in the Lamb's Book of Life shall be sentenced by Christ to burn in torment forever in the lake of fire. (Revelation 14:9-11; Revelation 20:11-15)
We believe that the redeemed of all ages, in glorified bodies, shall dwell with the triune God forever, to serve and to enjoy Him in perfect peace and happiness. (Revelation 21-22)