What We Believe About . . .

Scripture

The sole basis for our beliefs is the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. It was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and was written without error. It is the supreme and final authority in faith and life in every age  (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13).

The Triune God

We believe God has revealed Himself as one triune God, eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--coeternal in being, coeternal in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

The Person and Work of 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). 

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2).

The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convinces men and women of their sin, reveals the righteousness of Christ, and warns of the coming judgment; He is the effectual Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption  (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18). 

Humanity

We believe that people were created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; there is no part of a person that is untouched by sin and we are utterly unable to remedy our lost condition through our own efforts (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12). 

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. There is nothing that we can do to merit our own salvation (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:71 Peter 1:18–19).

The Church

We believe that the church, which is the family of God in Christ, is comprised of all who trust in Christ alone for their salvation (Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14Romans 8:15-17). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:171 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1–4; 15:19–31; 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 5:4–7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1–4).  We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as a scriptural means of testifying to the life, death and resurrection of Christ for the church (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 18:81 Corinthians 11:23–26).

Baptism

We believe water baptism is only intended for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ's atoning work and become a follower of Christ. Therefore, in obedience to Christ's command and as a testimony to God, the church, oneself and the world, a believer should be immersed in water where possible in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person's union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that his former way of life has been put to death and vividly depicts a person's release from the mastery of sin (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5). 

The Lord’s Supper (Communion)

As with water baptism, we believe the Lord's Supper is to be observed only by those who have become genuine followers of Christ. This practice symbolizes the breaking of Christ's body and the shedding of His blood on our behalf, and is to be observed repeatedly throughout the Christian life as a sign of continued participation in the atoning benefits of Christ's death. As we partake of the Lord's Supper with an attitude of faith and self-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ, receive spiritual nourishment for our souls, and signify our unity with other members of Christ's body (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

The Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the consummation of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joyful fellowship with God for the righteous, and the endless separation from God and suffering of the wicked (Matthew 16:27; 25:31-46; Mark 14:62; John 5:28-29; 14:3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 2:6-11; Philippians 3:201 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:1, 8; Titus 2:13;1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:12-28; 2 Corinthians 5:1-102 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15)

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