What We Believe
While it’s hard to sum up our full statement of beliefs or our doctrine in a short space, we hope to provide the essentials below.
We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant word of God and is the basis for any statement of faith. For our full doctrinal statement, click on the link at the bottom.
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament are the inerrant, inspired, infallible Word of God. God’s Word is the final authority for faith and life.
We believe there is only one God who consists as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is all-powerful and all knowing.
We believe Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus lived a sinless human life. His death on the cross made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He literally, physically rose from the dead three days later, conquering death and sin. He then appeared to His disciples, and ascended into heaven where He is exalted at the right hand of God.
We believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired men to write the Scriptures. He enables mankind to understand truth, convict them of their need of Jesus Christ, and calls them to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration, He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
We believe man was created in the image of God and that the sin of Adam (the first man) marred that image, creating an eternal divide between God and man.
We believe the only way a person can have a true, forgiven relationship with God is through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Salvation is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God offers eternal life as a free gift and it must be received by faith alone through God’s grace alone. The life that comes from this gift is a permanent possession of the one receiving it. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
We believe the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of regenerated believers on mission to enlarge God’s kingdom by making disciples of all nations. The local church is autonomous, free of any external authority of control.
We believe Jesus instructed His followers to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the church two visible symbols or ordinances as reminders. These two ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
We believe in the literal, physical return of Jesus to judge the living and the dead to complete His redemptive mission.