Word of God
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
[Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21]
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three distinct persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct, but harmonious, offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
[2 Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26-27; 1 Peter 1:2; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19]
God the Father
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that 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.
[Psalm 19:1; Exodus 3:14; Romans 8:14-15; Matthew 6:9; Matthew 7:11]
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
[John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2]
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
[John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14]
We believe all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are a new creation through the work of the Holy Spirit.
[John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5]
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
[Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:16; 1 Timothy 3:15; Colossians 1:24]
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe in baptism in the name of the triune God by immersion of a believer following confession in faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We believe the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
[Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Peter 3:21; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32]
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal peace and joy of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.
[1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18, 5:9; Revelations 3:10, 19:11-16, 20:1-6]
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
[John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5]
Sanctity of Life
We believe in the dignity of all human life including unborn babies.
[Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13-16; John 3:16; Job 12:10; Luke 12:6-7; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17]
We believe that God created each person specifically as a man or a woman. God ordained expressions of human sexuality to be only in the bonds of marriage between one man and one woman.
[Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-25; Ephesians 5:22-33; Proverbs 31:10-31; Deuteronomy 22:5; Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:18-28; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11]