What We Believe

  1. We believe in the eternally existing, personal, triune God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Who made all things. (Psalm 90:2; Genesis 1:3-22; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Rev. 4:11)
  2. We believe in the full Deity and manhood of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His death on a cross, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, and His ascension to the right hand of the Father, where He now acts as Mediator and Advocate.  (John 1:1,14; Luke 1:26-38; Hebrews 4:15; Acts 2:22;John 20:30-31; 1 John 2:2; Rom 3:25; Acts 2:24; Mark 16:19; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 John 2:1)
  3. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit whose indwelling in all believers enables them to live Godly lives. (Acts 2:16-18,39; Romans 8:9, 15-16; Romans 8:4,13)
  4. We believe that the Holy Bible is a sufficient guide for all men, that it is the inspired Word of God through the activity of the Holy Spirit, and that it is our chief authority for living and our final authority in faith and practice.  (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Mark 7:7-8; Joshua 1:7-8)
  5. We believe that man was created by a direct act of God.  Because of Adam’s sin, man inherits a corrupt nature that inclines him to do wrong.  Man cannot save himself by his own purpose or works. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:4-25; Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12-19; Psalm 51:5; Romans 7:15-25; Romans 3:23; Genesis 1:26-28; 2:4-25; Ephesians 2:8-9)
  6. We believe that spiritual birth by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man and that all who repent and receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith will experience forgiveness of their sins as they are born again as children of God.  (Titus 3:5-6; John 3:3-8; John 3:3; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:1-3; John 1:12; Acts 26:20; Acts 2:38)
  7. We believe that after we have experienced spiritual birth, it is possible to fall into sin, for in this life there is no height from which it is impossible to fall.  By the grace of God one who has fallen into sin may, by true repentance and faith, find forgiveness and restoration. (1 John 2:1; Hebrews 12:14; 2 Peter 1:5-11; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11; Revelation 2:5; 3:19; Acts 20:21; Ezekiel 33:12-16; Revelation 3:19-22)
  8. We believe that sanctification is the work of God making the believer pure in heart and consecrated in life.  The work is both instant and gradual.  It begins when a person is saved and continues throughout life.  God’s work of sanctification progresses in the life of the believer as he surrenders his life and will to God and is filled with the Holy Spirit.  (Hebrews 10:10; Acts 15:8-9; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 1:7; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:19; Hebrews 3:12-14)
  9. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and in the necessity of all His followers maintaining good works as evidence of faith.  (Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:14-26)
  10. We believe in disciplined holy living for Jesus that depends upon the inspiration and power given by the Holy Spirit; that results in the growing manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit; that results in a life of prayer, sacrificial giving, and love and care for others; and that draws people to Christ through Godly character.  <(1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 1 Peter 1:13-16; Galatians 5:16-18; Galatians 5:22-23; Colossians 3:1-4; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 6:18; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 9:6-7, 13; 1 John 3:16-20; John 13:34-35)
  11. We believe that the Holy Spirit is to be desired more than the gifts of the Spirit.  However, the Holy Spirit does bestow the gifts of the Spirit upon individual members of the church.  These gifts enable believers to function as members of the Body of Christ and to bless, edify and help others.  These gifts are to be exercised in love.  The value of the gifts of the Spirit is to be tested by their usefulness in the church, not by the ecstasy produced in the ones receiving them.  (Acts 2:38-39; 1 Corinthians 12:4,7-11; 1 Corinthians 12:11; 1 Corinthians 12:12,14,18-27; 1 Corinthians 14:12,19,26; 1 Corinthians 12:31b-14:1)
  12. We believe that those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord become members of the living body of Christ and should seek out and participate in a local church in regular worship of God and in fellowship with other believers in Jesus and should give dedicated service to others in a sacrificial spirit.  (1 Corinthians 12:13,27; Acts 11:25-26; Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:25; Acts 15:21; Acts 2:42,46; Galatians 6:9-10)
  13. We believe that Christ committed two ordinances to the church:  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (or Communion).  (1 Corinthians 11:23-32; Matthew 28;19; Acts 16:31-34; Acts 18:8; Romans 6:3-4)
  14. We believe that every believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ must be responsible for witness by deed and by word, and thereby will be involved in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others. (1 Peter 2:12,15; Ephesians 6:19-20; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)
  15. We believe in the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom, that all men are in need of salvation for this life and the next, and that some will know the resurrection of life and a heavenly homecoming, while others will know the final separation from God and the Hell of His lost love and providence.  (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-57; Revelation 21:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 20:14-15)