What We Believe
The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, God's infallible written Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.
1. THE ONE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is only one God (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19) existing eternally as three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; 15:26).
We believe that each of these Persons is God (Rom. 1:7; 9:5; Acts 5:3-4).
We believe that each is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power and that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men.
We believe that God is sovereign in all authority over the entire universe (Rom. 9:20-21). We also believe that it is our responsibility to submit ourselves to the will of God ( Rom. 12:1-2).
2. THE BIBLE
We believe that the Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God.
We believe that the Bible is verbally inspired in all of its parts and, therefore, it is without error as originally given by God (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; Jer 1:4-10).
We believe that it is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Ps. 119:9-11).
We accept as the Word of God those translations reflecting the above view of scripture and competent scholarship.
3. GOD THE FATHER
We believe in the fatherhood of the First Person of the Trinity; that He is the Father of the Second Person in a unique way by eternal generation (2 Cor. 1:3); and that He is the Father of all believers by the new birth (Gal. 3:26; John 1:12).
4. GOD THE SON
We believe in His eternal preexistence and deity (Micah 5:2; Isa. 9:6; John 1:1,14; Titus 2:13).
We believe in His first advent to earth, assuming a complete, sinless human nature by virgin conception and birth (Luke 1:26-2:7) and becoming the God-man, Jesus Christ.
We believe in His sinless human life (1 Pet. 2:22; 1 John 3:5), His substitutionary death (1 Pet. 2:24; Rom. 5:8), His bodily resurrection (Luke 24:5-6), His physical ascension into heaven (Acts 1:6-12), His current intersession for us at the Father’s right hand (Rom. 8:34), His current work of building the church (Matt. 16:18), His return for the church (1 Thess. 4:13-17; 2 Thess. 2:1), and His second advent to earth to rule over the world for a thousand years (Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6).
5. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in His deity and personality (Acts 5:1-4; 13:2).
We believe in His work of restraining evil and of convicting the lost (John 16:8-11; 2 Thess. 2:6-7).
We believe in His work of regenerating (Titus 3:5), instantaneously baptizing into Christ and His body (Acts 1:5; Gal. 3:27; 1 Cor. 6:19-20), and sealing (Eph.1:13; 4:30) all who receive Christ as their Savior.
We believe in His continuing work in each saved person of convicting (1 John 3:20, 24), sanctifying (2 Cor.3:18), teaching (1 John 2:27), guiding (Romans 8:14), imparting gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-11), filling (Acts 4:31; Eph. 5:18), abiding (John 14:16), indwelling (John 14:17 and Matt. 3:16), and enabling (Gal. 5:25).
We believe the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit (miracles, healings, prophecies, tongues, etc.) served their useful purposes during the infancy of the Christian church and until the completion and distribution of the New Testament, and are not normative for today (Heb. 2:3-4; 1 Tim 5:23; 2 Tim 4:20).
We believe that the first man and woman were directly created by God with the divine image apart from any organic evolutionary process (Gen. 1:27; 2:7, 21, 22).
We believe that Adam and Eve sinned against God and brought upon themselves and their posterity spiritual and physical death (Gen. 2:16-17; 3:1-19; 5:5; Rom. 5:12).
We believe that all of mankind, being Adam’s posterity, are sinners by nature (Rom. 5:19) and by practice (Rom. 3:9-12) and are justly condemned by God (Rom. 5:18; 3:19; John 3:18).
7. THE ATONEMENT
We believe that God, motivated by His love and grace, has fully met the demands of His holiness on behalf of sinners and has done all that is necessary for their salvation by giving His Son to pay man’s debt of sin and by raising Him from the dead (John 3:16 Rom. 6:23; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24; Heb. 9:26; John 1:29).
We believe that on the basis of Christ’s death and resurrection God is freely and righteously able to save everyone who repents and trusts Christ and His substitutionary work on the cross (John 3:16; 1:12; Acts 17:30).
We believe that salvation, which is deliverance from sin’s penalty, power and ruin, can neither be earned by human merit nor produced by human works; that it is the gracious gift of God to all who receive the Savior (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 6:23).
We believe that salvation brings the believer into a right relation with God (John 17:3) and bestows upon him the riches of God’s grace (Eph. 1:3) including forgiveness of sin (Acts 10:43), eternal life (John 5:24), and membership in God’s family and kingdom (John 1:12; 3:3; Col.1:13).
We believe that all who are saved are divinely kept until they experience the redemption of their bodies from the power of sin and death at Christ’s return (Eph. 4:30; Rom. 8:10-11, 23: Phil. 3:20-21).
9. THE CHURCH
We believe in the universal church of Christ, which is that company of people who, from Pentecost until the rapture, are saved and are baptized with the Holy Spirit into Christ (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 1:22; Acts 1:5; 11:15,16; 1 Cor. 12:12, 27); that this church presently functions as Christ’s body (Eph. 1:22,23); and in the future will function as His bride (Eph. 5:32; Rev. 19:7).
We believe in the local church, which is that company of saved, baptized people who assemble regularly to worship God, to observe the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:42), to fellowship together in the Word and in prayer (Acts 2:42-47) to edify one another (1 Thess. 5:11), to exercise discipline (Matt. 18:15-20), and to exercise their spiritual gifts (Acts 13:1-3; Rom 12:6-8), who do good works (Acts 11:27-30), who bear witness to the gospel at home and abroad (1 Thess. 1:8-10 ); Phil. 4:10-18), and who look for Christ’s return (1 Thess. 1:10; Acts 1:9-11).
We believe that every saved person who is physically able should give himself to water baptism by immersion in obedience to the Lord’s command (Matt. 28:19-20).
We believe that every believer should regularly observe the Lord’s Supper in obedience to the Lord’s command as he is able (Luke 22:19-20).
11. FUTURE EVENTS
We believe in the conscious existence of the dead (Rev. 6:9-10), the resurrection of the saved (1 Cor. 15:20-23) and of the unsaved (John 5:28-29), the appraisal of the saved (2 Cor. 5:10), the judgment of the lost (Rev. 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved, and the eternal punishment of the lost (Matt. 25:46).
We believe in Christ’s return for His church before the seven-year tribulation period (1 Thess. 2:1-3), His advent after the tribulation to rule over the earth a thousand years (Matt. 24:29-31; Rev. 19:11-16), and the creation of a new heaven and earth (Rev. 21:1-5) wherein God will dwell with His people forever.
(See Article VI, Section 2 including its footnote.)
We believe in the existence and personality of Satan, (Matt.4:1-11), a fallen angel (Matt. 4:8-11; Mark 1:12, 13; Luke 4:1-13 Ezek. 28:13-17), who leads a rebellion against God and who is the adversary of God’s people (1 Pet. 5:8).
We believe that he was divinely condemned at the cross (John 16:11; Acts 26:18; Luke 10:18) and eventually will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev . 20:10).
13. CHRISTIAN LIFE AND SERVICE
We believe that each church member is to be and to do all that God has revealed for him in His word and as summarized in the Church Covenant.
We believe that the Christian life is essentially Christ’s living in and through His people (John 15:5; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 1:21) and that Christian service is His working through His people to build His church in saving the lost and strengthening the saved (Act 14:27; Rom. 7:4; 1:11-13).
We believe that these are progressively experienced in daily life as the believer abides in Christ by daily surrender, faith, communication and obedience (John 15:1-5; 14:15; Rom. 12:1; Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:16; 1 Thess. 5:17).
14. MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
We believe that God ordained marriage for the purposes of 1) companionship, 2) the proper context for the sexual expression of love and for propagation, and 3) for the teaching of Biblical truth and values to succeeding generations (Gen. 1, 2; Deut. 6:4-7).
We believe that a family consists of one biological man and one biological woman who are married to each other and any children that are born or adopted and raised in this relationship, though some family units may be limited by circumstances to a partial grouping of the above.
We believe sexual lusts and activities that deviate from this relationship (such as pornography, incest, child molestation, pre-marital/extra-marital/homosexual intercourse, etc.) are considered sinful by God and are to be avoided (Matt 5:27-28; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Rom. 1:24-27; Heb. 13:4).
We believe that God also honors those that remain single and celibate and that they are able to serve God with a singleness of purpose that is not encumbered by marital duties (1 Cor. 7:32-37).
We believe that God created the human race in His image, both male and female, in perfection. Therefore any conduct with the intent to adopt a sex other that one's biological birth sex is immoral and therefore sin. (Gen. 1:27; Deut. 22:5)
15. CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests of good order of society; that governing authorities are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ Who is the only Lord of our conscience and the coming King of kings on earth (Rom. 13:1-14; 1 Pet. 2:13-14; 1 Tim. 2:1-5; Acts 5:29).