Our Beliefs


God

We believe there is only one living and true God, infinite and eternally existent, perfect in holiness and in love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three personal distinctions (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) one in substance and equal in every Divine perfection (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 45:22, 23; Ps. 90:2; Rev. 1:8; Isa. 6:3; 1 Jn. 4:8b; Mt. 28:19).

We believe in the absolute Deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; that He is true God and true man miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; that He was crucified, buried and rose again the third day. He is the only mediator between God and man. We believe He is physically coming again in power and glory. (Jn. 1:1,2; 1 Jn. 5:20; Lk. 1:35; Mt. 1:18-25; 1 Tim. 2:5; Acts 1:9-11; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:4)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person equal with the Father and the Son and of the same substance and nature; that He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He bears witness to the Truth; that He is the agent of the new birth; and that at conversion He baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ; and that He seals, empowers, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every true child of God. (Acts 5:3,4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Jn. 16:8-11; Jn. 14:16,17; Jn 3:3-7; 1 Cor. 12:12,13; Eph. 1:13; Jn. 14:26; Rom. 15:16; 1 Cor. 3:16).

 

Scripture

We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, is verbally inspired by God and is the product of Spirit-controlled men. Therefore, it is without error and is the only infallible rule for all human conduct, creeds, and opinions (2 Tim. 3:16,17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; Prov. 30:5).

 

Salvation

We believe that man, in the person of the first Adam, was directly created by God in innocence, but by voluntary transgression man fell into sin, thus plunging the whole human race into condemnation and death, so that now all mankind is born with a sinful nature and each person exercises that sinful nature by personal choice and thus is without excuse before God (Gen. 1:26; Gen 3; Rom. 5:12-19).

We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the redemption wrought by Jesus Christ when He voluntarily took upon Himself a human body and nature, yet without sin, and by His suffering, death and bodily resurrection, made full satisfaction to the justice of God for the sin of man; that the blessings of salvation are given on the grounds of grace to all who believe; and that it is the immediate duty of all to repent and accept these offers of mercy and grace (Heb. 10:4-14; Phil. 2:6-8; 1 Pet. 2:22; Jn. 2:2; Eph. 2:8,9; Tit. 3:5; Acts 16:30-33).

 

The Church

We believe the church is an elect company of believers baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body of Christ.  We believe that the body of Christ is manifest through the local church which is a congregation of believers voluntarily associated by covenant of faith for fellowship, work, worship, and the observance of the ordinances of Christ.  The church has the right of self-government by the direction of the Holy Spirit under the laws of God and the headship of Christ (Eph. 1:3-6; 1 Cor. 12:12,13; Acts 2:37-47; Eph. 1:22,23; 5:23,24).

This church holds to the practice of baptism of a believer, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our life.  We further believe baptism is not only an external symbol and witness, but an act of the heart, expressing our obedience to follow Christ’s command to ‘believe and be baptized’.  It is to be a meaningful expression of our faith.  We encourage those that have come to salvation in Christ through the Holy Spirit to follow in baptism.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He returns, and should always be preceded by solemn self-examination, heeding the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

These ordinances are not to be regarded as a means of salvation or church membership, but we strongly recommend, on the authority of the Word of God, that they be observed by every believer (Acts 2:38-41; 8:36-39; 10:47,48; 16:31-34; 18:8; 22:16; Rom. 6:3-5; Mat. 3:16,17; 28:19, 20; Col. 2:12; Gal. 3:26,27; 1 Cor. 11:23-29).

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