WHAT WE BELIEVE

At the heart of all everything listed below stands the following belief: We are freely rescued by God to enjoy eternity-long fellowship with Him by trusting in Jesus Christ both as God and for the forever forgiveness He offers-- such a salvation is demonstrated to one another & to the world through an on-going, present trust in Him.


God

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and though each has different functions in relating to One Another & to the world. We believe that in the beginning God created out of nothing the world and all the things therein, thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom and goodness. By His sovereign power, He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence, He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes. Genesis 1:1,26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1, 3; 4:24; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14


Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true mankind. Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:25-38; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13


Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Christ. We believe that He convicts the sinners of guilt, awakens in them recognition of their need for a Savior and regenerates them.

We believe that, at the point of salvation, He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength, and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for ministry. We believe that the Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scripture. 

We believe that His power and control are appropriated by trusting Jesus, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of growing into Christ-likeness and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father. 

We believe that Christians need to go on being filled with the Holy Spirit as part of their ongoing walk of faith and devotion. Acts 4:31; Acts 13:52; John 14:16-17,26; 15:26-27; 16:8-11,13; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:9-14; 6:19-20; Hebrews 9:14


Mankind

We believe that mankind was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a this spiritual disease that makes us tend toward rebellion (called original sin) and subsequently rebel against our Creator in thought, word and deed. Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Romans 3:25; 5:12-18; I John 1:8


The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, without error in its original manuscripts. The Bible is our supreme and final authority in faith and life. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21


Salvation

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and proved not only the sufficiency of his sacrifice but the validity of his divinity when He rose victorious from the grave just three days after his crucifixion; and that all who trust in Him are justified on the grounds of his enduring the penalty of God's just wrath which we deserved for our rebellion. Isaiah 53; Matthew 20:28; John 3:16; Romans 3:24-26; 5:1; I Corinthians 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; I John 2:2; Matthew 28:6; Romans 10:9; I Corinthians 15:14


We believe that all who, by grace, trust Jesus Christ -- that he is Lord & he forever forgives -- are saved from death & the wrath to come and saved to eternal life & adoption into God's family. John 1:12-13; 3:3,5; James 1:18; I Peter 1:23; Ephesians 2:8-9


The Church

We believe that there is one true, universal Church , comprised of all those who have trusted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We believe that the Scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to the teaching & hearing of the Word, prayer, worship, and the observance of believers baptism and communion as the ordinances established by Jesus Christ. We believe that wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to these commands of Scripture, there is the local expression of the Church and that, under the watch care of Elders and other supportive leadership, its members are to labor together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:42-47


Christ's Return

We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16-17


Eternity

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting joy of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. John 5:28-29; I Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15


Baptism

We believe that all Christians are baptized by the Holy Spirit when they are born again. We believe that water baptism by immersion is a profession of one's faith through a visual demonstration of the dying with Christ & being raised with him. Acts 2:28-41,47; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:36-40; 10:47; 18:8; Romans 6:3-4; I Corinthians 12:13


Lord's Supper

We believe that those who partake of the Lord’s Supper should be those who have trusted their lives to Jesus and continue to trust in Him. Acts 2:42-46; I Corinthians 11:23-29