What We Believe
These statements are not exhaustive. Our final authority for faith and practice is the Bible.
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16‑17; 2 Peter 1:20‑21).
We believe in one God eternally existing in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each has the same nature and attributes, but is distinct in office and activity (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
The Person and Work of the Father
We believe God the Father orders and directs all things according to His own purpose, pleasure and grace. He has decreed all things that come to pass for His own glory. He graciously involves Himself in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Matthew 6:9, John 5:19‑24, Ephesians 1:3‑6).
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe our redemption and salvation are guaranteed by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (John 1:1, 14 & 18; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:23‑26; 4:25). We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God where, as High Priest to His people, He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy (Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; 7:23‑25; 1 John 2:1‑2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe God the Holy Spirit is a person who restrains evil in the world and convicts men of sin. He also regenerates those who receive Christ as Savior, baptizes them into the Church, the Body of Christ, indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts on each one, and fills those yielded to Him (John 16:7‑11; John 3:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4‑11, 13; John 14:16‑17; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18). We believe God answers prayer for the sick and is able to heal in accordance with His will (1 John 5:14‑15; James 5:15‑16).
Angels, Fallen and Unfallen:
We believe angels are spiritual beings who were created as sinless personalities and that they occupy different orders and ranks. They presently exist in both fallen and unfallen states, the former including Satan and his angels (Hebrews 1:13‑14; 2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 7:11‑12). We believe Satan, by his own choice the enemy of God and His people, is the originator of sin, that he led our first parents into sin and now rules as "the god of this world." We believe he was judged at the cross and that ultimately he will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Genesis 3:1‑19; Hebrews 2:14‑15; Revelation 20:10).
We believe God created all things in heaven and earth and that they exist by His power (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16‑17). We believe man was created innocent and in the image and likeness of God but that he sinned, bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and his posterity. We believe man has inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God and is in need of salvation (Genesis 1:27, 2:17, 3:19; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1‑3).
We believe salvation is a gift of God and is received by man through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. We believe man is justified by grace through faith apart from works (Acts 13:38‑39; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:4‑5 & 2:8‑10). We affirm that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever (Romans 8:1, 38‑39; John 10:27‑30).
We believe sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God, is positional, progressive and ultimate. Positionally, it is already complete since the believer is in Christ and is set apart unto God as Christ is set apart unto God. Since the Christian retains his sinful nature, however, there is need for progressive sanctification whereby he grows in grace by the power of the Spirit. Ultimately, the child of God will be set apart from sin in his practice (as he is now in his position in Christ) when he is taken to be with Christ and shall be like Him (John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 10:10, 14).
We believe the Church, the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism, made up of all persons who have put their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. We believe the Church began at Pentecost and that a believer is placed into the Church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:22‑23; 1 Corinthians 12:12‑13). We believe the local church is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ who are voluntarily joined together in one locality for the purposes of worship, study of the Word of God, observance of the ordinances, Christian fellowship, equipping for Christian service and fulfilling the Great Commission (Acts 2:42‑47; 1 Corinthians 1:1‑2; Ephesians 4:11‑13; Matthew 16:18, 28:19‑20).
We believe Christ instituted the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord's Supper, both of which are to be observed by believers until He returns (Matthew 28:19‑20; 1 Corinthians 11:23‑26). We believe that by water baptism by immersion a believer is publicly identified with his Savior. We believe the Lord's Supper is a memorial of Christ's death, the elements being symbols of His body and blood. We believe every Christian has a right to partake of the elements of the Lord's Supper but that participation must always be preceded by solemn self-examination.
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for the Church. The second coming will be followed by the tribulation on earth and will culminate in the return of Christ to earth to set up His millennial kingdom (1 Thessalonians 4:13‑18; Philippians 3:20; Matthew 24:15‑31; Zechariah 14:4‑11; Revelation 20:1‑6).
The Eternal State
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 3:16; 1 John 5:11‑13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:44‑46)
Marriage and Family
We believe that marriage was ordained by God at creation as the sacred union of one man and one woman. All sexual relations must therefore be reserved for that union. Christian marriage is a representation of Christ’s relationship to His church. We also believe that children are a blessing from the Lord. Thus all human life is sacred and worthy of protection from the moment of conception. (Genesis 1:26‑28; 2:24; Psalm 127 & 128; 139:13‑16; Matthew 19:1‑10; 1 Corinthians 6:9‑11; Ephesians 5:22‑33; 6:1‑2; Hebrews 13:4.)