We believe that the Bible is the Word of God written under inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is supernaturally given revelation from God Himself, concerning Himself, His being, nature, character, will and purposes; and concerning man, his nature, need, duty and destiny. It is inerrant, and it is the final authority for all that we believe and for how we live.
Ps. 19:7, Matt. 5:17-18; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet. 1:21
THE TRIUNE GOD
We believe in one God, holy, infinite and personal, creator of all things, who exists eternally in three persons* Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is the all-powerful and all-knowing sustainer of the universe. His just and loving purposes are always accomplished.
Deut. 6:4; Ps. 23:1-6, 33:6-9, 90:1-4, 102:12,24-27, 119:90-91, 146:5-6, 147:5; Isa. 26:4, 42:8, 45:5-6,21; Jer. 10:10, 23:24; Lk. 1:37; 1Pet. 1:15-16; Rev. 19:6
*Although the term Trinity does not appear in God’s Word, we believe that the truth and the reality of the Trinity appears throughout the Bible. (e.g. Gen. 1:26, 3:22; Matt. 28:19; 2Cor. 13:14; 1Pet. 1:2)
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who is true God and true man. He shared in the creation with the Father, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the Virgin Mary. He died as the final sacrifice for our sins, was buried and arose physically from the dead on the third day. He ascended into Heaven where He intercedes for His people. He will return personally for His church and will judge the living and the dead.
.Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18,20,22-23; John 1:1-3. 20:28-29; Acts 1:9; 1Cor. 15:3-4; 2Cor. 5:10; Phil. 2:6-8; 1Thess. 4:16-17; 1Tim. 2:5, 3:16; Heb. 1:1-3.8. 10:10-12
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit, that He is God, and that His ministry is that of convicting unbelievers of their sin, and of their need of the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. He is instrumental in the quickening miracle of the new birth. He baptizes believers into the body of Christ, and He indwells, instructs, guides, empowers, and seals them unto the day of redemption.
John 3:3,5, 6:63, 16:18,13; Acts 1:8, 5:3-4; 1Cor. 2:9-16, 3:16, 12:13; 2Cor. 1:22; Eph. 4:30
We believe that Satan is a spirit being. His existence is real, he is the enemy of God, the accuser and tempter of God’s people and the deceiver of all men. His final and complete overthrow is certain and until that time he can exert vast power only as far as God allows.
Job 1:6-12; Matt. 4:1-11; Lk. 22:31-32; 2Cor. 11:14; 1Pet. 5:8-9; Rev. 12:10, 20:10
CREATION AND FALL OF HUMANITY
We believe that man was created in the image of God, after His likeness, but the whole human race fell with the fall of Adam. All men, until they accept the Lord Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, are lost, darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of ignorance that is in them, hardened in heart, morally and spiritually dead in their trespasses and sins. They cannot see, nor enter the Kingdom of God until they are born again of the Holy Spirit. We believe in the physical resurrection of the body. Believers will be raised to eternal joy and unbelievers to eternal judgment.
Gen. 1:26-27; John 3:3, 5:24; Rom. 3:10-20, 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 4:18-19; Rev. 20:15, 21:27
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. It is a gift which we could never earn by any works on our part and is totally undeserved. As we, by faith, repent from our lives of sin to trust in God and in the atoning death and shed blood of Jesus Christ His Son, we are declared righteous and are born (again) of the Holy Spirit into the family of God. This salvation initiates a process of abandoning the old life and living as a new creation–a process that will be completed at the final resurrection. Those who are born again will love and live in obedience to our God by His very strength and life working in us.
John 1:12-13, 15:4-5,16; Acts 2:38-39; Rom. 3:23, 5:1, 6:23, 8:1; 2Cor. 5:17; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 2:8-9; Phil. 4:13; Titus 3:5-7; 1Pet. 2:24; 1John 3:9
We believe that as Christians we are to be joined to a local church, which is symbolic of His body, through which He still works today. As members of His body, we are given gifts by the Holy Spirit as He so chooses with the express purpose of building up and edifying one another and ministering to the needs of a hurting and dying world. We become members of the local body upon confirmation of our testimony and water baptism. *We believe that Holy Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is clearly commanded and established by the Lord Jesus Christ for the sake of remembering His death and resurrection. We believe that “the bread and fruit of the vine” served in Holy Communion is symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. This should be observed regularly by born again believers, preceded always by self-examination. (Luke 22:14-20; 1Cor 2:23-29) As members of the local body, we believe in supporting the meetings with our presence and prayers. We believe that our meetings have a three-fold purpose: to reach up in worship of God; to reach in to equip the saints; and to reach out with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Matt. 25:34-40; Rom. 12:4-10; 1Cor 12:7-18; Gal. 6:2; Eph. 4:11-16; Heb. 10:24-25
*Baptism follows conversion since it is symbolic of the burial of the old life and the raising of the new life in Christ (Rom. 6:3,4). Baptism is by immersion when possible.
We believe that as His children we are chosen priests of God, lights to the world, ambassadors of Jesus Christ and His Gospel of Grace. Therefore, it is our personal responsibility to be involved as witnesses for Him to those around us as God gives us opportunities.
Matt. 5:13-16, 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2Cor. 5:17-20; 1Pet. 2:9
We believe that God’s purpose for our lives is to glorify Him. The path to achieving that purpose is summed up in the two great commands: “'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind'. This is the great and foremost commandment. And the second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 22:37-40 NASB)
Rom. 8:28-29; 2Pet. 3:18; 1John 3:1-3.