What We Believe
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God. Therefore, all scripture is authoritative, infallible and inerrant. The Scriptures are the only sufficient rule for faith and practice.
Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21
We believe that there is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, infinitely perfect in every way. He is without beginning and without end. In His sovereignty, He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. To Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience that springs forth from faith.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 139:7-10; Psalm 145:3; Jeremiah 23:23-24; John 1:3; I Corinthians 8:4-6; I Timothy 1:17
We believe that the Scriptures reveal that the one true God eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each person has distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-3, 18; John 4:24; Romans 1:19-20; II Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:5-6
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly ordains and foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.
Matthew 23:9; Luke 10:21-22; John 3:16; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5-6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's one and only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. We believe in his sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atonement for sins on the cross, His literal death, His bodily resurrection on the third day, His ascension into heaven to the right hand of God the Father, His perpetual intercession for His people, and His pending and certain personal return to earth on a promised Day in the future.
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30-31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9-10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; 10:25; 1 Timothy 3:16
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, and to save, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
John 14:16-17, 26; John 15:26-27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26
We believe that God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet He is not in any way the author of or approver of sin, nor does He impede or destroy the free will and responsibility of mankind.
Job 1-2; Isaiah 46:9-11; Proverbs 16:33; Acts 2:22-24; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3; James 1:13-15
We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are saved from their sins by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life.
Genesis 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Ecclesiastes 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1
We believe that repentance is granted by God to a person who is convicted by the Holy Spirit and made aware of the evil of his sin. This awareness brings about humility with godly sorrow and detestation of the sin. A truly repentant person endeavors to change his ways and to walk before God so as to please Him in all things.
Acts 2:37-38; 11:18; II Corinthians 7:10-11; II Timothy 2:25
We believe that saving faith is the belief, on God's authority, of whatever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is brought about in the heart by the Holy Spirit and leads to a life marked with the pursuit of holiness.
Romans 3:27-28; 4:1-5; 4:17-25; 10:14, 17; Philippians 1:29; Ephesians 2:8;
SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
We believe that all those whom God has saved from their sins will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall through neglect and temptation into sin, grieve the Spirit, and impair their graces and comforts, yet they shall be renewed again through repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
John 6:37-40; 10:28-29; Romans 8:28-39; I Corinthians 1:8-9; Philippians 1:6
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all followers of Jesus Christ are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. 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. The regular officers of a church are Elders (Pastors) and Deacons.
John 10:16; Acts 1:8; 20:17, 28; Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22; 5:19-21; I Timothy 3:1-13; 5:17-18; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 10:25
We believe that baptism is an ordinance given by the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, of remission of sins, and of giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church membership and to participation in the Lord’s Supper.
Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 12:13
THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that the Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, and to be observed by His churches until the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their unity in church membership.
Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:23-34
MISSIONS & EVANGELISM
We believe that the church and those who are in Christ are called by him to go forth and make disciples of all nations. To accomplish Christ’s mission for us, we are to faithfully go across the street and around the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are to financially support Christian missionaries who have been called by God to live amongst the unreached, and we are to pray to God asking Him to build His kingdom through our faithful going and giving.
Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20; Luke 24:44-47; Acts 1:7-8; 13:47-48; Romans 10:11-15
THE END TIMES
We believe in the personal and visible 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 blessedness of the righteous and the eternal suffering of the wicked.
Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15