Our Doctrinal Beliefs:
Triune God – We believe in the only true God, eternally existing in three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and are worthy of precisely the same honor, worship, confidence, and obedience. God created all things and upholds all things by the Word of His power – in Him we live and move and have our being. He is a God of truth and without iniquity, He is just and right, and He shall judge the world. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4, 32:4; Psalm 9:8,; 18:30-31, 147:5; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 12:29; Luke 3:22; John 4:24, 5:23, 10:30, 14:9, 17:3; Acts 5:3-4, 17:28; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 4:11)
God the Father – We believe that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace. He is the Creator of all things. As the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Psalm 145:8 9; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36; Genesis 1:1 31; Ephesians 3:9).
His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with mankind. As Creator, He is Father to all men, but He is spiritual Father only to believers. He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass. He continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events. In His sovereignty He is neither author nor approver of sin, nor does He lessen the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures (Ephesians 4:6; Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Ephesians 1:11; 1 Chronicles 29:11; Habakkuk 1:13; John 8:38 47; 1 Peter 1:17).
He has graciously saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; He adopts as his own all those who come to Him; and He becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own (Ephesians 1:4 6; John 1:12; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 12:5 9).
Jesus Christ – We believe in the total deity of the Lord Jesus Christ … He is the manifestation of God in the flesh. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary – He is true God and true man, the Messiah. He died on the cross as the only sacrifice for sin, arose bodily from the grave, and ascended back to the Father. He is at the right hand of the Father, interceding for believers until He returns to rapture them from the world. He is the Savior of the world. (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-25; Mark 14:61-62; John 1:1-3, 14, 29, 5:18, 8:58, 10:30; II Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:2-9, 2:14-15; I John 5:20)
Holy Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit came from the Father as promised by Christ and that He is a divine Person, eternal, and possessing all the attributes of personality and deity (the HS is the manifest presence of deity). The work of the Holy Spirit is to execute the Divine will with relation to all mankind and we recognize His sovereign activity in creation, the incarnation, the written revelation, and the work of salvation. The Holy Spirit regenerates the sinner upon belief in Christ, baptizing the believer into one body of which Christ is the head. The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, sanctifies, instructs, fills, comforts, empowers believers for godly living and service, and seals them unto the day of redemption. The broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and transforming believers into the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit glorifies Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith. (Isaiah 53:5-6; Luke 24:36-43; John 1:18, 3:16, 16:14, 20:25-28; Acts 1:6-11; Romans 3:21-26; 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 20:61 Corinthians 2:10 13; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 12:11; Hebrews 9:14; Psalm 139:7, 10; Isaiah 40:13-14; Romans 15:13; John 16:13; Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3 4; 28:25 26; 1 Corinthians 12:4, 6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Jeremiah 31:31, 34; Hebrews 10:15 17; Genesis 1:2; Matthew 1:18; 2 Peter 1:20 21; John 3:5, 7; 6:7, 9; Acts 1:5; 2:4; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:22; John 16:13, 14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4 11; 2 Corinthians 3:18)
Bible – We believe that the Bible (the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament) is God’s written revelation to man, and that the sixty six books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the verbally inspired, inerrant (in the original documents), and infallible Word of God. We believe the literal, grammatical historical interpretation of Scripture which affirms the belief that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation in six literal days. We believe that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice – it is God’s complete and sufficient revelation and therefore carries God’s authority for the total well-being of mankind. (Genesis 1:31; Exodus 31:17; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 16:12 13; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:18-19)
Creation of Man – We believe man was originally created in the image and likeness of God and is not the product of evolution, he became a sinful creature by personal rebellion against God. Consequently, all mankind is sinful – all people are sinners not only by inheritance, but also by their own choice and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. We believe that without exception every man and every woman is totally depraved and needs a Savior. (Genesis 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, 5:1; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 1:14)
Salvation of Man – We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. Each person who by faith receives Him as personal Savior is justified on the basis of Jesus Christ’s shed blood on the cross, not on any personal merit or good work on our part. Each person who receives Christ as personal Savior is a new creation, born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby becomes eternally secure as a child of God. We believe the Holy Spirit baptizes each believing person into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation and that there is no second baptism of the Holy Spirit. (John 1:11-13, 3:16, 5:24, 10:28-30, 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:23-26, 5:8, 6:23 8:37-39, 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 7:24-25; 1 Peter 1:18-19, 1 John 5:11-13)
Destiny of Man – At death, the redeemed pass immediately into the presence of Christ and there remain in joyful fellowship until their bodily resurrection unto life. The unsaved at death descend immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until their bodily resurrection resulting in damnation. (Daniel 12:2; Luke 16:22-23, 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 3:10, 11, 21; Revelation 20:11-15)
Heaven, Hell, and the Return of Christ – We believe in the blessed hope – the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ. His return has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The saved are raised to eternal, conscious bliss in Heaven, and the lost are raised to eternal torment in Hell in conscious separation from God. (Matthew 8:11, 10:28, 13:49-50, 25:34; Mark 9:47-48; Luke 12:5; John 14:2; 2 Corinthians 5:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 2:7, 21:8)
Church – Upon accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, a believer becomes part of His body, which is the church. There is one church universal, composed of all those throughout the world who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe that the Scriptures command believers to gather in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances (baptism and communion), fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world in fulfillment of the command of Christ to make disciples of all believers. Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church under the oversight of spiritually minded leaders/elders and other supportive leadership. The church’s members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. (Matthew 16:18, 28:19-20; Acts 2:42-47, 6:1-6; Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 12:13, 14:26, 40; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11-12, 16, 5:23; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Peter 5:1-5)
The Ordinances of the Church – We believe Scriptures teach that two ordinances have been committed to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God. This ordinance, being a command of Christ, is recognized as a prerequisite for membership in the local church. Likewise, the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His atoning death. These two ordinances are to be observed until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:41, 10:47-48; I Corinthians 11:23-29)
Missions – We believe and realize that the cause of Christ extends beyond any one local fellowship and we are committed to an ongoing ministry of extending the call of Christ to share the good news of the gospel to make disciples around the world. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)