What We Believe.
We believe in the only true God - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He created all things and upholds all things by the Word of His power. In Him we live and move and have our being. He is a God of truth and without iniquity, He is just and right, and He shall judge the world. We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience. John 17:3; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 12:29; Hebrews 1:3; Acts 17:28; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 9:8; John 1:1-4; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 4:3-4.
We believe in the total deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe He is the manifestation of God in the flesh. We believe He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe Him to be true God and true man. John 1:1,1:14, 1:18; John 14:8-9; 1 Timothy 3:16.
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit regenerates the sinner upon belief in Christ, baptizing the believer into one body of which Christ is the head. The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, instructs, fills, comforts and empowers the believer for godly living. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of God¹s righteousness and of coming judgment (John 16:8-11). We believe the Scriptures teach that the gifts of the Spirit, the ministries of the Lord and the manifestations of the Spirit are for every believer and follower of Jesus Christ – Romans 12, Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12. We believe the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a distinct and separate occurrence in the life of a believer. John 16:14; Mark 13:11; John 14:26; John 16:13; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Act 1:8
We believe the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in their original writings. We believe the 66 books of the Old Testament and the New Testament are God's complete and sufficient revelation and therefore carry God's authority for the total well-being of mankind. Psalm 119:97-104; Psalm 119:160; Matthew 5:18; John 5:46-47; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:15-16.
We believe man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker but, by voluntarily transgressing, fell from his sinless and happy state. Consequently, all mankind is sinful. All people are sinners not only by inheritance, but also by their own choice and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. We believe that without exception every man and every woman is totally depraved and needs a Savior. Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 1:18, Romans 1:32.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that each person who by faith receives Him as personal Savior is justified on the basis of Jesus Christ's shed blood on Calvary. Each person who receives Christ as personal Savior is born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby becomes a child of God. Romans 5:8; Romans 10:9, 10; Eph. 2:8, 9
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ, His ascension into heaven and His present life for us as High Priest and Advocate. Acts 1:3; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 7:25-26.
Heaven, Hell, and the Return of Christ
We believe in the blessed hope: the personal, pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ. His return has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The saved are raised to eternal, conscious bliss in Heaven; the lost are raised to eternal torment in Hell in conscious separation from God. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:34; John 14:2; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Revelation 2:7; Matthew 8:11; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 13:49-50; Mark 9:47-48; Luke 12:5; Revelation 21:8.
Upon accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, a believer becomes part of His body, which is the church. There is one church universal, composed of all those throughout the world who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scriptures command believers to gather in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances (baptism and communion), fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world in fulfillment of the command of Christ to make disciples of all believers. Wherever God's people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church under the oversight of elders and other supportive leadership. The local fellowship is to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. Ephesians 5:23; Romans 12:1; Acts 2:42-46; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4:16.
Realizing that the cause of Christ extends beyond any one local fellowship, we commit ourselves to an ongoing ministry of extending the call of Christ to make disciples around the world. Matthew 28:19-20.