The Word of God
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, complete as the revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak.
We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that these are equal and perfect in every divine attribute and that they execute distinct and harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. He concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of men and women, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to him through Jesus Christ.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, and fully possesses the same nature and attributes as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is not only true God, but true Man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We 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, visible, return.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, co-equal with the Father and the Son. We believe in his personality and his work in regeneration, sanctification, and preservation. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and implement Christ’s work of redeeming the lost. He also empowers the believer for godly living and service through the giving of spiritual gifts.
We believe God created humanity, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. As a result of the fall, all persons are sinners by nature and choice and are, therefore, spiritually dead. We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior. We also believe that God created human beings in his image in two embodied sexual kinds—male and female. We believe that God designed marriage to unite a man and a woman, and that marriage is exclusive and permanent, involving one of each sexual gender.
We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, and was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received through faith apart from any human merit, works, or ritual.
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head and is composed of all persons who possess saving faith in Jesus Christ and have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. This body expresses itself in local churches comprised of believers in Christ. The ordinances of the local church are believers’ baptism by immersion and the Lord’s table. We believe in the priesthood of all believers; that all believers have the privilege and right of direct access to God through Jesus Christ. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and the mutual submission of Christians to each other in love. We believe that each local church is self-governing in function and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. We believe that church leadership should be non-clerical, and comprised of a plurality of spiritually qualified males. We also believe all men and women are directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life.
We believe that the supreme task of every believer is to glorify God in life and conduct and be blameless before the world. Each Christian should seek to be a growing disciple of Jesus Christ in every area of life, a faithful steward of all possessions, and should seek to realize in every area of life the full stature of maturity in Christ.
We believe that Jesus Christ will personally come again in power and glory to receive his Church to himself and to establish his kingdom. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost, and that Jesus Christ will judge both the living and the dead. We believe that the saved will live with Christ eternally in heaven while the lost will be condemned to eternal punishment in hell.