Our Beliefs

We believe the Bible—both Old and New Testaments—to be the verbally inspired Word of God given to human authors, without error and the final authority in faith and life. We use the grammatical-historical system to interpret Scripture (using the author’s original intent to his audience in language and historical setting to find the correct meaning and application) and accept the historical record of the Bible as accurate. (Matt. 24:35; John 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:21)

The Godhead

We believe in one living God, Creator of everything, eternally existing in three persons, the ‘Godhead’—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Conceptually, this is known as the ‘Trinity’ or ‘three united in one’—who are identical in Divine essence, equal in power and glory, and possess precisely the same attributes and perfection. While billions share humanity, only three share Divinity. (Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 12:32, 28:19; John 5:18)

The Person and Work of God the Father

We believe that God the Father is Holy, Perfect, Good, Just, Gracious, Merciful and Loving. Although all three are equal in the Trinity, both the Son and the Holy Spirit willingly submit to the Father as the Head of the Godhead. No one has seen God the Father at any time, but God the Son has made Him known to us. The Father is a God of infinite love so great that He sent His Son to die for humanity so people could be redeemed out of their sinful condition. Some day in eternity, believers will know and see God the Father as He really is. (John 1:18; 3:16; 17:1-26; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Tim. 1:2; 2 John 3; Rev. 7:17; 21:4)

The Person and Work of God the Son

We believe that the Lord, Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God; that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. That He lived a perfect, sinless life, fulfilling the Law of God. That He gave Himself as a sin-offering on the cross to take the punishment for sinners who would turn to Him for forgiveness and believe on Him. That He resurrected bodily from the grave showing His power over sin and death and the ability to give eternal life to those who would trust Him. That He then ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of His people. (Matt. 1:21; John 1:1,2,14,18; 3:16, 17; 10:15; Luke 1:34; Rom. 3:24,25; 5:8; 1 Pet. 2:2-4)

The Person and Work of God the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person who convicts the world of sin. That He brings new life to those who are spiritually dead and that He places all believers into the one true church, which is the Body of Christ. That He indwells them permanently, sanctifies them, seals them unto the day of redemption, and bestows spiritual gifts upon them for evangelism and the building up of the church. (John 3:3-8; 14:16-17; 16:7-11; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:30; 5:18)

The Condition of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, in innocence and without sin. But in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited the guilt of his sin—a sinful nature, becoming spiritually dead and alienated from God so that man is a sinner both by nature and choice. Man, of himself, is incapable of fixing his lost and depraved condition. (Gen. 1:26; 3:1-24; Rom. 3:10-18; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace given to all whom God has called to salvation and choose to believe. It cannot be gained by good works, but is a free gift for all who put their trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. All who trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are forgiven and saved from their sins and made righteous before God and are born into the family of God. God’s purpose for saving His people is so that they bring glory to Him by their lives. (John 1:12; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-9; Phil. 1:6; Titus 2:11-14)

The Church

We believe the true Church, called in Scripture the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism. Every person who has trusted Jesus Christ for salvation is a part of the church. The local church, as established in Scripture, is made up of forgiven, redeemed individuals who have joined together for worship, fellowship, evangelism, discipleship and ministry. (Acts 2:42; 13:1-2; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:22, 23; 4:11-16)

Baptism and Communion

We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances to be observed by all believers as a matter of obedience, not as a condition for salvation; water baptism subsequent to the believer’s profession of faith, and the Lord’s supper. (Matt. 26:26-29; 28:19; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)

The Eternal State

We believe that at some Day in the future, Jesus will return physically to earth and will judge everyone who has ever lived, both the living and dead. That those who have accepted the grace of God, having their sins forgiven by Jesus taking their punishment on the cross, will go to live and reign with Him for eternity in a state and place called ‘Heaven’. Those who have ignored or rejected the grace of God will take the judgment of their sins themselves and will be separated from God, punished for eternity in a state and place called ‘Hell’. ‘Heaven’ and ‘Hell’ are real places of eternal, conscious existence. (Matt. 25:31-46; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:12-15)