Statement of Faith
1. THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. In matters the Bible does not address directly, we assess what is true and right by criteria consistent with its teachings.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31, 32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32; 2 Pet 1:20–21
2. THE TRINITY
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; whom are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1, 3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19, 20; Ephesians 4:5, 6
3. GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1, 2; 2:5, 6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6
4. JESUS CHRIST
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.
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:32; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16
5. THE HOLY SPIRIT
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 power and gifts of the Spirit are fully available to the local church today. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.
John 14:16, 17, 26; 15:26, 27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26
6. DIVINE SOVEREIGNTY
God is sovereign over all things such that there is no aspect of reality outside of His ultimate control. Though God's rule extends to all things, it is particularly His sovereignty over the work of salvation that displays his grace and mercy to us. We believe that it is exceedingly good and glorious news that salvation is not dependent on the desires and deeds of man, but is grounded instead in God alone. Though man is responsible for his sin, God is ultimately and entirely responsible for drawing those He would save unto Himself and overcoming their natural resistance to the gospel and he does this by the power of the Gospel.
Psalm 115:3, 135:6; Ephesians 1:3-14, Romans 8:26-9:23; Philippians 1:29; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Romans 1:16-17
We believe God created humans in His image and for His glory. However, in Adam and Eve, all humanity sinned against God and justly incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death as a result of their rebellion. We believe that apart from Christ all humans are under God's just condemnation for their sinful nature and actions.
We believe in the gospel: that, according to the purpose of His Father's will, to the praise of His glorious grace, and because of the great love with which He loved us, Jesus died for our sins and rose for our justification to reconcile us to God forever. Only those who repent of sin and believe in Jesus—by submitting to Him as Lord and Savior and embracing Him as the supreme Treasure of their lives—are born again, justified, adopted, delivered from condemnation, set free from the bondage of sin, and receive eternal life. We believe this salvation is not a result of our works but entirely the result of Jesus' works credited to us by grace through faith.
We believe Christians are both saved and sanctified by God's grace. When we repent of sin and believe in Jesus, God graciously fills us with His Spirit which produces lifelong, Spirit-empowered growth in Christ-likeness evidenced by ongoing repentance, faith, and the fruit of the Spirit.
Gen 1:26–27, 3:1–24; 5:2; Ps 51:7; Prov 28:13; Jer 17:9; Matt 13:44; John 1:12–13, 3:3–8, 3:14–20, 5:24–30, 8:12, 10:25–30, 17:3; Rom 3:9–6:23, 8:1–39, 10:9–17; 1 Cor 15:1–5; 2 Cor 5:17; Eph 1:3–14, 2:1–10; Phil 2:12–13, 3:7–8; Col 1:9–14; Heb 3:12–14, 6:11–12, 10:39, 12:1–2; Jas 1:13–15; 1 Pet 1:3–25, 3:18; 1 John 1:6–10, 2:3–6; Rev 20:10–15
8. THE CHURCH
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all who have truly repented and believed are members. We believe in and love the local church, consisting of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized, with a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God calls Christians to unite together as the local church to help each other know, love, and obey Jesus more. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25
9. THE ORDINANCES
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26
10. CHRISTIAN CONDUCT
We believe that all whom are save must be born again. Therefore, a Christian should live for the glory of God and the wellbeing of others in all that they do; that our conduct should be blameless before the world; that we should pursue holiness; that we should be a faithful stewards of our possessions; and that we should seek to realize for ourselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ, as we are conformed into His image.
John 3:3; I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:13; Hebrews 12:12-14; John 14:15, 23-24; I John 2:36; II Corinthians 3:18; II Corinthians 9:69; I Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9-10
11. THE RELATIONSHIP OF GOD'S GLORY AND MAN'S JOY
We believe that man's greatest joy is to be found only in faithful obedience to God and that our enjoyment of him in this way is one of the main ways by which He is glorified.
In other words, God is most glorified by us when we are most satisfied in Him.
Psalm 16:11; 37:4; Matthew 13:44; John 15:11; Philippians 3:8; Hebrews 11:6
12. THE LAST THINGS
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe the bodily resurrection and final judgment of humanity will result in the eternal happiness of all who have repented and believed the gospel and the eternal suffering of all who have not.
Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15:1-58; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15