What we believe
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being and nature, and co-equal in power, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4, II Corinthians 13:14).
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God who became man without ceasing to be God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin for the salvation of all those who believe in Him and follow Him. (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35). Jesus accomplished salvation of people through death on the cross. (Romans 3:24, I Peter 2:24, Ephesians 1:7). We believe that Jesus was resurrected on the third day after His crucifixion and that He ascended into Heaven. (Acts 1:9-10, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 9:24, Romans 8:34, I John 2:1-2).
The Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and that He indwells believers, enabling them to live a holy life and be a powerful witness of Jesus Christ (John 16:8-11, II Corinthians 3:6).
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are God-breathed and the ultimate authority for faith and life. (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21, Matthew 5:18, John 16:12-13).
We believe that men and women were created in the image of God, but through Adam’s sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God unable to remedy his condition (Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:22-23, Romans 5:12).
On Salvation and the Church
We believe that salvation is a gift of God brought to men and women by grace alone and received by personal faith in Jesus. Salvation is not earned by works or good deeds. (Ephesians 2:8-10, John 1:12, John 3:16).
We believe that the Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all followers of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; II Corinthians 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament (Acts 14:27;Ephesians 3:8-12; I Timothy 3:1-3). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches (Acts 13:1-4,15:19-31; Romans 16:1,4).
We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church and that every believer should be obedient in baptism and faithfully practice the Lord’s supper. (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-42, Acts 18:8, I Corinthians 11:23-26).
We believe that God is sovereign in the giving of spiritual gifts but it is the believer’s responsibility to develop those spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We believe in the miraculous gifts of the Spirit (John 15:7; I John 5:14-15; I Corinthians 13).
Restoration and Consummation:
We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Jesus Christ, when he will exercise his role as final Judge, and His kingdom will be consummated. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the justified and those outside of the justification of Christ. Those outside of Christ have chosen a life separate from God and thus will be given their desire and live an eternal life of selfishness and suffering in what the Bible calls Hell. Those in Christ will inherit eternal blessedness in the presence of Jesus, in the new heaven and the new earth. On the day of judgement, the church will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering and triumph of Christ, all sin purged and its effects forever banished.