Our Beliefs



The Bible

Scripture is God’s Word to us, written as God’s revelation of Himself to man, penned by human authors under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  Being breathed from God Himself, it is inerrant, infallible, and the final source of faith and practice for followers of Jesus Christ.  (Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.)

The Trinity

There is one true and living God, whom always has and always will exist as one substance in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and from eternity past have lived in perfect relationship with one another.  He is Creator, Preserver, Redeemer, and Ruler of all. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 10:30, 14:10-11,16-17; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6.)

God the Father

As the first member of the Godhead, God as Father reigns as Creator of all.  He rules with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and all that happens throughout history according to His purposes of His grace for His glory.  He is all-powerful, all knowing, perfectly loving while perfectly Holy, wise, and good.  (Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 32:6; Isaiah 43:15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 6:9; 7:11; 23:9; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6.)

God the Son

The second member of the Godhead, Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  Incarnated, he was born of a virgin conceived by the Holy Spirit.  Sent by the Father, he lived a sinless, blameless life as He perfectly glorified and submitted to God in everything He did.  He was crucified on a Roman cross, becoming a perfect substitutionary sin sacrifice for all those who would believe in Him.  Three days later, He rose from the grave, conquering death and sin.  He ascended into Heaven, and will return again to rule as King forever.  (Psalms 2:7; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 28:1-6; Mark 1:1; Luke 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 11:25-27; 16:28; 17:1-5, 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:20; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 4:14-15; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; Revelation 19:16.)

God the Holy Spirit

The third member of the Godhead, God the Holy Spirit is fully divine and equal with the other two members of the Trinity.  He convicts people of their sin and their need for Christ.  Upon salvation, as the agent in regeneration He seals all believers, baptizing followers of Jesus into the body of Christ.  He indwells all followers of Christ and in doing so equips them by the giving of gifts to build up the body of Christ and the yielding of fruit through their submitted lives.  (Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Psalms 139:7; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 28:19; Luke 11:13; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:38; 6:3; 7:55; 10:44; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12: 13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7.)

Man

Man was created in the image and likeness of God, as the supreme object of creation.  Man was designed to live in perfect fellowship with God, but through Adam’s original sin all humankind fell into the curse of sin and therefore became alienated from a holy and just God.  Man will continue to choose sin, and is completely and utterly incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his or her own efforts.  (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7,18-22; 3; Psalms 8:3-6; 51:5; Isaiah 53:6a Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:12,19; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Ephesians 2:1-3,12; Colossians 1:21.)

Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God offered to man by grace through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and occurs the moment one puts his or her faith in Christ as sufficient payment for his or her sins.  Since man can never earn righteousness in the sight of a holy God, this gift is the only way to be saved from sin’s penalty, and is naturally accompanied by the repentance from sin.  Salvation unites the sinner in relationship to God through His son, Jesus Christ, and such begins eternal life. (Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 27:22-28:6; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9; 17:3; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20.)

Eternal Security

Once a believer truly repents and trusts in Christ, that person is secure in their salvation.  They will spend eternity with God.  Eternal life begins at salvation, and is continued forever by the grace and power of God, not the effort of the believer.   (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1; 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Philippians 1:6; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14; 1 Peter 1:3-5.)

Eternity

Man was created to exist forever.  He will either be eternally separated from God as a consequence for his sin in the real place of Hell, or he will spend eternity with God in the real place of Heaven as a result of forgiveness and salvation, which is only available through personal repentance and placed faith in Jesus Christ. (Matthew 7:21-33; Luke 16:19-31, John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15.)

The Church

All people who put their faith in Jesus Christ have become part of the universal body of believers known as the church.  This is expressed in a local context through the believer’s belonging to a local, autonomous congregation, comprised of baptized believers sitting under Christ-centered teachings encouraging obedience to His commands and the taking of the Gospel to the world.  The church works together in love and unity while commissioned to obey the two ordinances of Christ, baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  (Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 11:23-26; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3.)

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