What we believe

The following statement of faith represents what we as church members believe:

We believe in the divine inspiration and the absolute, supreme authority of the sixty-six books of the Christian Bible, in its original autograph. Scripture is infallible (incapable of error), inerrant in its content, and altogether sufficient for faith (belief) and practice (behavior). Because it is the Word of God, it should be cherished, revered, believed, and loved (Psalm 119; John 10:35; 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

We believe believe in one, triune God: the Father; Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son; and the Holy Spirit—Who is eternal, all-knowing and immutable, the Creator of all that is; Who is the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe; Who is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption; Who continually sustains the universe; Who has complete, accurate, and infallible knowledge of all events, past, present, and future (Genesis 1-2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Chronicles 29:11; Psalm 47:2, 8; 103:19; Isaiah 45:5-7; Matthew 28:18-19; Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 8:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:11; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 4:11).

We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice, being totally depraved in all aspects of their being, totally unable to earn their salvation, and therefore are under condemnation (Genesis 1:26-27; Isaiah 59:1-2; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 8:6-8; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 3:9).

We believe that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man, born without sin of the virgin Mary; Who lived a sinless life, died by crucifixion, rose again to life on the third day, and later ascended to heaven where He sits at the right hand of God. He offered the atoning sacrifice in place of all who follow Him as their Lord and Savior, and who are thus granted eternal salvation in heaven (Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 14; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:15; 7:25-27; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18).

We believe that salvation comes by grace alone through faith alone to those made alive and willing through the Holy Spirit’s sovereign work, and that those who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit will repent and forsake their sin and trust in Jesus Christ and His redemptive work; thereby becoming new creatures, delivered from condemnation and recipients of eternal life (John 3:5-7, 16, 36; Acts 16:31; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:7; 2:4-9; Colossians 1:21-22).

We believe that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is the sole means by which we receive forgiveness of sins and the imputation of His righteousness; that those truly saved are secure forever; and that the Holy Spirit lives within every true believer, teaching and guiding them in holy living through His power and Word (John 6:37, 40; 10:27-30; 14:6; Romans 4:24-25; 8:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:29; 4:7; 5:1).

We believe that the church is a unique spiritual organism designed by Christ, made up of all believers and that all those who believe in Christ are incorporated into the body of Christ, His church. We believe that the Lord Jesus is the Head of the church; that Christians are called to assemble in local congregations to carry out the tasks of edifying, encouraging, instructing, equipping, and sending forth its members to make disciples, all as an act of worship (Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Peter 2:9; 4:10-11).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is by water immersion into the name of the triune God following a believer’s profession of faith. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for confessing believers to commemorate His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:17-33).

We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, in power and glory, with his holy angels to the earth to consummate His kingdom (Acts 1:9-11; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 19:11).

We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust—the unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in hell, as our Lord himself taught, and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of Him who sits on the throne and of the Lamb (Daniel 12:2-3; Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:25-29).

We believe that the mission of the Church is to bring glory to God through worship, godly living, and by making disciples everywhere (Isaiah 43:7; Matthew 28:19-20; Colossians 1:15-16; Titus 2:11-14; Revelation 4:11).