Statement of Faith

THE WORD OF GOD 
We believe that the Bible, composed of sixty-six books, 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 is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Romans 10:17)

THE TRINITY 
We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that these three are equal in all divine perfection and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. (Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

GOD THE FATHER 
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 16:23-28, 17:5; Ephesians 1:3-14)

JESUS CHRIST 
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son, and has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe further that He is not only true God, but true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We also believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His priestly intercession on behalf of His people, and His personal and visual return to earth. (Matthew 1:18-23; John 1:1, 14; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-23; Romans 8:34)

HOLY SPIRIT 
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify, baptize, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe the Bible’s teaching that the Holy Spirit is received by every believer at the moment they hear the gospel and trust in Christ; that He indwells every believer in Christ and intercedes for them in prayer; that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide; and that He gives gifts to individual believers for building up the body of Christ in love (John 14:26, 16:7-13; Ephesians 1:13; Romans 8:16; Romans 8:26- 27; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:11-16)

HUMANITY
We believe God created people, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. We further believe that the image of God in humans is now distorted due to the fall of Adam and Original Sin; which resulted in physical and spiritual death to all of mankind. We also believe that those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26; 1 Timothy 2:13; 1 Peter 3:7; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-4, 12; Romans 5:10; 8:29; Acts 3:21)

SALVATION 
We believe in salvation by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. We further believe that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, and was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received by people through faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ by faith as their personal Lord and Savior are saved from condemnation and are declared righteous before God. We also believe that those thus saved need no mediation other than Jesus Christ and can come directly to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Romans 3:23-24; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 3:18)

SATAN
We believe that Satan is a spirit being, a fallen angel, the first created being to sin; that he is the enemy of God and man and consciously strives to separate the two; and that he will suffer eternal, conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 4:1-11; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 20:1-10; 2 Corinthians 4:6)

THE CHURCH 
We believe in the universal church; a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit of God. 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 the Holy Spirit gives leaders to the church to equip believers for the work of the ministry, and that God has laid upon the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and the mutual submission of believers to each other in love (Matthew 28:16-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30, 12:27; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 3:10, 4:4-6, 4:11-16)

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY 
We believe that each human being is ultimately responsible to God alone in all matters in the practice of faith. Also, this church is independent and autonomous and will be subject to no other authority than God in its beliefs and practices of faith. We further believe that although church and state should be separate, the church shall always remain free to exercise its influence for biblical morals and ethics. (Romans 14:12; Proverbs 14:34; Mark 12:17; Acts 4:19; Romans 13:1-2)

CHRISTIAN CONDUCT 
We believe that the supreme task of believers is to glorify God in their lives. We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God, the enjoyment of God, and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before God, the church, and the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions, and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others that full stature of maturity in Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 16:9-11; Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Colossians 1:28, 3:1-17; Romans 6:1-4)

THE ORDINANCES 
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Biblical baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God to publicly signify their union with Christ. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for the commemoration and proclamation of His death for us. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of Jesus Christ for His church. (Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 3:13-17 & 26:26-29 & 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:20-34)

LAST THINGS 
We believe in the blessed hope of the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His church. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust for final judgment - the everlasting joy of the just, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. We believe in the final and full consummation of the Kingdom of God in the New Creation - the New Heavens and New Earth, the home of righteousness where all sin and its effects are forever removed. We believe that God will make all things new again. (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11; Acts 24:15; John 5:29; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20-21)