What We Believe
We believe in one God, the Creator, Sustainer, Ruler, and Judge of all things to whom all love, reverence, and obedience is due. He is living and personal, a spirit whose essence is incomprehensible. He is eternal, self-existent, self-sufficient, all-powerful and complete in knowledge. This one God eternally and splendidly exists in three persons, one in essence and distinct in person—Father, Son, and Spirit. These three persons execute distinct but harmonious offices in the divine work of creation, providence, and redemption.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Genesis 1:31
WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible—consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments—is God’s very Word, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, entirely true and without error in its original writings, wholly sufficient and clear for faith and practice, and supremely authoritative for what is true and right. We believe that through the Bible God makes known to us Himself, our own condition, and the way of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. As God’s Word, we affirm that the Bible is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it commands, and trusted in all that it promises.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is God incarnate—the eternal Son of God become man (truly God, and truly man). He was conceived through the miraculous agency of the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, withstood temptation, lived a sinless and fully obedient life, performed many miracles, taught with authority, was crucified, rose bodily from the dead, appeared to many, and ascended into heaven. We believe that as our representative His work was substitutionary and atoning, that through His death and resurrection He inaugurated the New Covenant and defeated sin and death for us—bearing our guilt, reconciling us to God, restoring us from corruption. Our Savior is now seated at the right hand of the Father, unceasingly intercedes for us, and will come to judge the living and the dead when He returns. He is God’s promised Messiah, our Lord, and the Savior of all who trust in Him. Redemption can be found nowhere else.
John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Acts 1:11
We believe that salvation is entirely by God’s grace, based wholly on the work of Christ, and is received solely by trusting in Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior. We believe that this salvation concerns the redemption of the whole person and involves regeneration, in which God grants believers new life in Christ, justification, in which God imputes to believers Christ’s righteousness based on His sin-bearing work, sanctification, in which God sets believers apart from sin and unto His purposes, and glorification, in which God brings believers’ salvation to completion through physical resurrection and the eradication of sin. We believe that the believer’s good works are an indispensable evidence of this saving grace and serve as an authentication of saving faith.
Ephesians 1:4; 2:8-10; Romans 8:28-30; 10:9-10, 13; 2 Peter 3:9, John 3:16
We believe all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Savior, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all of his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, assured of spending eternity with the Lord;
We believe in the one, holy, universal, and apostolic Church composed of all those who, in every time and place, are united to Christ by the Spirit through faith The Church exists to glorify God by worshipping Him and lovingly communicating His love to the spiritually lost world. This body—of which Christ is head—is manifest in local churches. Christ has commissioned his Church to carry on His mission by spreading His Gospel with the aim of making disciples of all peoples. Every believer is gifted by God for service, contributing to the ministry of His Church.
There are two ordinances of the church:
Baptism by Immersion –We believe that scriptural baptism must be: (1) by being completely immersed under the water and (2) after salvation. Jesus was immersed and all baptisms in the New Testament were by immersion. These two facts set the standard for baptism today. Baptism has no saving power but is the first act of obedience symbolizing (1)the believer’s faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, (2) the believer’s death to sin and resurrection to walk anew in Christ, and (3) the Christian’s belief that he will die, be buried, and that Jesus will resurrect him from the dead.
The Lord’s Supper –The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby believers remember the death of the Lord Jesus and anticipate His second coming. The bread is symbolic of His body and the juice represents His blood.
Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25
We believe that marriage is exclusively the union between one man and one woman in a lifetime commitment to each other (Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew 19:4-6). Marriage reflects the relationship between Christ and the Church and provides for procreation, intimate companionship, and we believe is the only basis for any form of sexual expression (1 Thess. 4:3; Ephesians 5:3). We believe that any intimate sexual activity outside of marriage is a sin and that God disapproves any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance.
Genesis 19:5; Lev. 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1, 6:9; Hebrews 13:4
We teach that man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally with God is heaven. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)