Our Beliefs

God 

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

 

The Bible 

We believe that God has spoken without error and perfectly through the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.  We believe the Old Testament, the Old Covenant, to be a shadow of the things that were to come, which have been and are being fulfilled in the incarnation and ministry of Jesus Christ. This fulfillment is the transition from shadow to light, from Old Covenant to New Covenant, and is embodied in Scripture, authored by the disciples who lived and learned from Christ and confirmed by them and by those who witnessed first hand Gospel events.

The Human Condition 

We believe that God created man and woman in His image with free will. He gave them commandments on how to live, and, when tempted by Satan, they chose to disobey those commandments which brought sin into all of the world. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ, the second and last Adam, can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed. Salvation can be obtained no other way except through Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus Christ 

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits in bodily form at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.  The Spirit of God's Son, Jesus, which is the Comforter and Holy Spirit, has been imparted to dwell inside of man from the moment man repents of his sins and turns to follow the Way of Christ. Jesus will return again in bodily form at the end of Days to rapture His church out of the world.

 

The Work of Christ 

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation and holiness.  Apart from Christ, no man can be redeemed.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church 

We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ, of which He is the Head.  All are welcome in the physical local church, but, as a working symbol of the true Church, which is the Body of Christ, the local church's membership and service should be comprised of believers.  Faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior should be the requirement to local church membership. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm, nourish, and testify to the reality of the believer.

 

Christian Living 

We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with submission to God, care for one another, compassion toward the poor, and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, teaching as Christ taught, and always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed. We believe that "in the beginning the Word was with God and the Word was God", and "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" as Jesus Christ.  Because we believe that the Word of God is "God-breathed" and "useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, and fully equipped for every good work", by the Holy Spirit, the Word of God is the highest instruction in the life of a Christian for Christian Living. 

 

Christ’s Return 

We believe in the personal and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to Godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny 

We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world based on that decision, assigning the unrepentant to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the repentant believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.