Beliefs

SCRIPTURE (The Bible)

We believe that the Bible is God’s Holy Word. The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, being breathed out by God, are the Word of God.
(Psalm 19:7-11; II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:16-21)

GOD

We believe that there is only one true and living God who alone is the Eternal Spirit, Personal Creator, Sovereign King, and All-Knowing Judge, being infinite, holy, gracious, unchangeable, and perfect in every way. He is one God who exists as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three distinct persons are co-eternal, the same in essence, and equal in power and glory.
(Genesis 1:1; Exodus 34:5-8; Psalm 145:3; Isaiah 40:12-31; Matthew 3:16-17; I Peter 1:2-3)

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus the Christ is the only eternally existent Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity, who was sent to earth to be conceived supernaturally, born sinless, to live a perfectly law-fulfilling and sinless life, to die on a cross as a sacrificial substitute in the place of all those who trust in Him, and to bodily rise from the dead on the third day.
(Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18, 8:48-59, 10:3-38, Colossians 1:15-20, 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-4; I Corinthians 8:6, 15:3-6)

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person of God who supernaturally gives understanding of the Bible; changes and softens hearts; awakens people to their sin and their need for cleansing and salvation; gives the ability for faith and repentance to treasure, turn to, and trust in Christ; and lives in and empowers every true believer in Jesus.
(Ezekiel 36:26-31; Mark 13:11; John 3:5-8, 34, 15:26, 16:7-15; Acts 4:8; Romans 8:5-17, 26-27, 12; I Corinthians 2:4, 9-16, 3:16, 6:18-20 12; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 2:8-10; I Timothy 4a; II Peter 1:21; I John 3:23-24, 5:7-8, 18-20)

MAN

We believe that God created man in His own image for the express purpose of glorifying and enjoying Him forever. However, by the sin of Adam all mankind fell from intimacy with God and is now born dead in trespasses and sins, wholly incapable and unwilling to come to God apart from the aid of The Holy Spirit, and is under the holy and just wrath of God. We believe that all human beings are dependent upon God for all things.
(Genesis 1:1, 26-31; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Psalm 51:4; Romans 3:9-23, 5:12, 8:7; John 3:19; Ephesians 2:1-3; Titus 3:3; II Timothy 2)

SALVATION

We believe that all people need to be saved because all are sinners and because God is Worthy, Holy, Just. There is salvation ONLY in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. Salvation is by God’s Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in Christ Alone. All people are commanded to repent and believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of and salvation from their sin. Salvation comes only as the Spirit of God enables us to repent of our sins and believe in Jesus Christ as the only Lord and Savior.
(John 6:44-45, 14:6; Acts 2:36-41, 4:12, 10:34-43; Romans 3:9-30, 5:1-11; I Corinthians 15:3-5; Ephesians 2:8-10)

JUSTIFICATION - SANCTIFICATION - PERSEVERANCE - GLORIFICATION

JUSTIFICATION – We believe at the moment of salvation we are no longer viewed by God as a sinner but that He now accepts us as sinners made right, cleansed by the blood of Jesus standing justified in Christ.
(Galatians 2:20; II Thessalonians 5:17; Romans 5:15-17)

SANCTIFICATION – We believe that all people who are truly saved grow everyday in knowing and trusting God; becoming more holy like Jesus.
(John 17:17; Acts 2:36-47; Ephesians 5:26; II Thessalonians 2:13)

PERSEVERANCE – We also believe that all true Christians will persevere in their growing and becoming more like Jesus until they die or until Jesus comes back.
(Romans 8:28-39; John 6:39-40, 10:28-30)

GLORIFICATION – We also believe that all true Christians will one day, when Jesus comes back, be transformed in an instant to be like Jesus by His grace and for His glory.
(Romans 8:28-30; I John 2:28-3:3 )

FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD

We believe that fellowship with God is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ, by God's grace, enabled by the Spirit of God. We can have fellowship with Him as we take in His Word; humbly go to Him in Prayer; actively connect with His Church; and gladly submit to Him with faith in every area of life.
(John 15:1-14; 17:3; I Corinthians 10:31; Philippians 3:7-14; Colossians 3:16-17; I Thessalonians 5:17; I John 1:3)

FAMILY

We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
(Genesis 1:26-31; 2:18-25; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; Psalm 78:1-8, 127; Matthew 19:1-9; I Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:15-6:4; I Peter 3:1-7)

  • We believe that the bible teaches that marriage is only between one man and one woman who were born that way and that they have remained, and will remain, in that state from birth until their death or Jesus returns.

THE CHURCH

We believe that The Church is the Body and Bride of Jesus Christ. A local church is a living and loving body of people who are openly covenanted to Christ, as His Body, and each other, willingly committing to both the general and specific vision, mission, beliefs, values, and distinctions of that particular church. All true believers should be a part of a local church, under the authority and care of qualified pastors, in order to best use their Spiritual Gifts for the good of the whole Church and the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the glory of God.
(Acts 2:38-47; Romans 12; I Corinthians 12; Philippians 2:1-4; Colossians 3:12-15; Hebrews 10:19-25; I John 1:1-4 )

BAPTISM

We believe that baptism is one of two ordinances that the Lord Jesus Christ has given to His Church. We believe that all (and only) true believers in Christ should be baptized after their conversion, though not necessary for salvation, with water by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. It is a symbolic representation and an open confession of personal faith.
(Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 3:21-22; Acts 2:38-41, 7:12, 8:35-38; Romans 6:1-11; I Corinthians 1:17)

COMMUNION (The Lord’s Supper)

We believe that Jesus Christ personally instituted and has commanded His Church to continue receiving The Lord’s Supper as the second of the two Christian ordinances. We believe that receiving Communion in a worthy manner (with humble and faith-filled repentance) is a way for us to remember what Christ has done, and a way for us to proclaim the gospel.
(Matthew 26:26-30; John 6; I Corinthians 11:23-34)

CHURCH DISCIPLINE

We believe that God teaches us to discipline/correct those covenant members of who are continually sinning unrepentantly by treating them as an unbelieving non-member, which is the prescribed way found in His Word. The goal of church discipline is always restoration of those under church discipline to Christ and the fellowship.
(Matthew 18:10-35; I Corinthians 5; II Corinthians 2:5-11)

THE LORD'S DAY

We believe that ever since creation, God has set apart one day each week to be holy and separate unto the Lord, having modeled this for us Himself by resting on the seventh day. While we are not bound to this day, by giving us the principle of observing the Lord’s Day (now Sunday), we believe God has given us a gracious gift and a special opportunity to delight in Him by worshiping God, serving others, and resting in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
(Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:8-11; John 20:1; Luke 24:1; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:2; Revelation 1:10)

HEAVEN AND HELL

We believe that everyone has an eternal destiny that they will face. Those who trust in Jesus Christ will spend all of eternity with God in the New Heaven and New Earth. And those who do not put their trust in Him alone will spend all of eternity in Hell. Heaven and Hell are literal places, where people will literally continue on forever in one place or the other.
(Matthew 25:29-35, 41-46; Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 20:11-15, 21:5-8)

THE RETURN OF CHRIST

We believe that the Bible promises that Jesus Christ will return one day to gather together His own and to judge those who do not trust in Him.
(Matthew 24:27-31, 25:31-46; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; II Thessalonians 1:5-10)