What we believe

THE BIBLE

The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the verbally inspired Word of God; they were without error in the original writings; they are the complete and final written revelation of God, and they alone are our only authoritative source of faith and practice. Throughout history, God demonstrated the authority of His Word and its writers. As the Hebrew Scriptures were written, He gave some prophets the ability to heal and perform miracles as a testimony to Israel. In the New Testament era, He gave the Apostles the sign gifts of miraculous powers, healing, and speaking foreign languages to bring the Gospel to the nations and establish the church. These, like all spiritual gifts, are not intended for every believer. The Holy Spirit chooses the gift(s) each believer receives and how they are employed. Additional written revelation from God ceased with the completion of the New Testament. (Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119; Matthew 5:18; John 17:17; 1 Corinthians 12:10; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21).


THE TRIUNITY OF GOD

There is only one God, eternally existent in three Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - Who are co-equal in Their nature, attributes, and perfection; and each of Whom is to be honored as God (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 18:30,31; 147:5; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; Luke 3:22; John 4:24; 5:23; 10:30; 14:9; Acts 5:3,4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3). 


JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the promised Messiah, begotten in the flesh by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, without sin, true God and true man, and the only mediator between God and Man (Isaiah 7;14; 9:6,7; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1- 3, 14, 29; 5:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:2-9; 2:14,15; 1 John 5:20). 


THE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST

The death of Jesus paid the penalty for sin, completely satisfied the righteous wrath of God against sin, and provided redemption and forgiveness for all who believe. After His death, Jesus Christ arose bodily from the dead, was seen by many during a period of forty days, and then ascended into Heaven to appear before God the Father as our Advocate and Intercessor from which place He will some day return to establish His Kingdom forever (Isaiah 53:5,6; Luke 24:36-43; John 1:18; 3:16; 20:25-28; Acts 1:6-11; Romans 3:21-26; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; 20-23; Galatians 3:13; Colossians 1:13,14; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:18,19; 2:24; 1 John 2:1,2; Revelation 20:6). 


THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Bible teaches that all believers receive the Holy Spirit at conversion as they are being baptized into the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts men of sin, indwells, seals, sanctifies, gifts, guides, equips, teaches, and fills the believer, so that he may walk in obedience to God and His Word. (John 3:5; 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 5:3,4; Romans 8:9,14; 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 2:10,11; 6:11,19; 12:4-13; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:16-18, 22,23; Ephesians 1:13,14; 4:30; 5:18-21). 


THE CREATION AND FALL OF MAN

The physical universe was created by God. Man was made by God in His own image, but sinned through his personal disobedience to the revealed will of God; and as a result, all mankind is sinful in nature and practice, is unable to save itself, and faces eternal separation from God (Genesis 1:1,26,28; 2:7, 18-24; 3:1- 24;9:6; Matthew 19:4; Mark 7:21-23; John 8:42-44; Romans 1:18, 3:10,23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3). 


THE SALVATION OF MAN

Salvation from sin, death, and hell is eternal; is the free gift of God's grace; and is received by man's personal faith and belief in Jesus Christ. This salvation is not received by nor based on any sacrament, merit, or good work on our part (John 1:11-13; 3:16; 5:24; 10:28-30; 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:23-26; 5:8; 6:23; 10:9,10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 7:24,25; 1 Peter 1:18,19; 1 John 5:11-13). 


THE CHURCH                                                                                                   

Everyone who puts their faith in Jesus Christ is a member of God’s family, the church. God calls the church to meet regularly to worship, to love each other, to build each other up, to exercise our unique spiritual gifts, to be mutually accountable, and to make disciples by teaching and applying God’s word. Jesus Christ is the supreme authority over the church and He delegates authority to men who meet biblical qualifications to lead local churches. (Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31; 1 Peter 4:10-11; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Peter1:22; Matthew 18:5-14; Galatians 6:1-3; Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8, 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18; 1Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5; Hebrews 13:7,17)


BAPTISM                                                                                                         

Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a public declaration of Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior. Baptism does not save someone; it shows the world that someone has already been saved. While baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates our love and obedience to Christ.(Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20)


COMMUNION                                                                                             

Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.(Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)


THE DESTINY OF MAN

All believers will be resurrected to spend eternity in a new heaven and a new earth. All non-believers will be resurrected to stand before God's throne of judgment where they will be sentenced to everlasting punishment and separation from God (Matthew 25:46; John 3:16; 5:24; 10:27-30; Romans 5:1; 6:23; 1 Thessalonians 1:9,10; 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 1 John 5:13; Revelation 20:11-15; 22:3,4).