Statement of Faith

Biblical Authority

We believe that the entire Bible, consisting of the sixty-six accepted books of the Old and New Testaments, is verbally inspired by God, and is therefore inerrant in the original writings and of supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life. (Matt. 5:17,18; John 10:35; II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:21)

God’s Sovereignty¬†

We believe that there is only one living and true God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; Is. 48:16; Matt. 28:19; Luke 3:22; John 1:1-3, 10:20, 15:26)

Salvation

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man; who became flesh, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as the sinner’s substitute, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended to the right hand of God where He intercedes on our behalf. (John 1 :1-3, 14, 18, 8:58;¬† Luke 1:26-35; II Cor. 5:21; I Cor. 15:3, 4; Rom. 8:34)

His Spirit

We believe that the work of the Holy Spirit is to glorify God through Jesus Christ by convicting men of sin, righteousness and judgment, and by regenerating, indwelling, instructing, guiding, comforting and empowering believers for godly living and service. (John 3:5, 16:8, 14; I Cor. 6:19, 2:9-12; Rom.  8:12-16, 26; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 12:7; I Peter 4:10, 11)

The Human Condition

We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell from his sinless state through disobedience and thus brought all mankind into a state of sin and spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God. Because of this sinful state all are alienated from God by nature and by choice. (Gen. 1:26, 27; Rom. 1:32, 3:23, 5:12; John 3:19)

By Grace Alone

We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace alone, manifested by repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice for all who believe. (Eph. 2:8, 9; Acts 20:21; Is. 53:4-6; Matt. 20:28; I Peter 3:18; Rom. 8:28-30)

The Church

We believe that all Christians, those yielded to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, baptized by the Holy Spirit and justified before God, are united together in the Body of Christ, the Church, of which He is the sovereign Head. (Rom. 10:9; John 3:5; I Cor. 12:13; Rom. 5:1-2, 8:9; Eph. 2:19-22, 4:14)

We believe that the universal Church of Christ is composed of the redeemed of all ages, and is visibly manifested in local companies of believers who come together for worship, witness, mutual edification and service. (II Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 2:19-22; Heb. 12:1, 2; Acts 2:42-47; I Peter 2:9, 10)

Ordinances

We believe that the Church is to observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ, not as a means of salvation but as visible symbols of the realities of salvation. (Matt. 28:19; Luke 22:17-20; I Cor. 11:23-26; Rom. 6:1-5)

Christ Will Come Again

We believe that Jesus Christ will personally and visibly come again at the close of the age, bringing His rewards for those who believe in Him and eternal punishment for those who reject Him. (Acts 1: 9-11; I Cor. 15:5-52; I Thess. 4:13-18; John 3:16, 5:24-29; II Thess. 1:6-10; Rev. 20:11-15)